Marcos Flores, M.A.
Marc was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. He found his interest and subsequent passion for psychology after volunteering in a special education class at a young age. Marc graduated from the specialized Applied Psychology Program (APP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the same institution.
While his academic and clinical training have positioned Marc to work with the general population, his areas of interest include human sexuality, identity development, trauma, anxiety, and mood disorders. He worked with children and adolescents as a behavioral specialist for over two years and has clinical experience in academic settings from kindergarten through the graduate level.
As an advanced student, Marc is currently working on his dissertation, which focuses on the psychological sense of community among bisexual men. His study will help delineate the themes and factors contributing to the development of belongingness and security, which will allow therapists to develop better clinical interventions.
Marc was a coauthor in an article published in the Journal of LGBT issues in counseling, surrounding best practices and conscious clause legislation in counseling education and supervision. As such, Marc is also interested in ethics, equitable treatment, and working with underserved or marginalized communities. He works from a Humanistic-Existential framework and emphasizes unconditional positive regard, empathy, and authenticity to create a growth-promoting environment. Marc values individual differences and works with clients to find solutions to their concerns, with the goal of developing healthier, more positive living.
In session, Marc relies on active listening, reflection and a genuine respect for each of his clients. He works from the understanding that each client brings with them the innate ability to generate change, and as such, helps the clients openly talk about their concerns with the focus on working as a “mental filter,” where Marc can help clients recognize their own strengths and challenges.