Mark Olkowski was born and raised just outside the Bay Area in Northern California. Before moving to Texas, he spent seven years living in San Diego. Apparently, something was missing out there (surely not good weather), so he relocated to the Dallas area and is here to stay. He earned his Bachelors in Psychology at San Diego State University and his Masters in Marital and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary San Diego. Throughout his time there, his love for therapy grew, but his passion for the helping profession was in the making long before.
Growing up in a family of six with extended family close by, Mark did not lack for a variety of relationship “highs” and “lows.” Marital discord, secrecy, divorce, emotional abuse, prolonged anger, childhood trauma—many of the challenging aspects of relationships were found throughout his family ties. And yet, his deepest focus remained on the “good” that can be found in relationships. Love, friendship, intimacy, passion, safety, acceptance—the sort of personal and interpersonal connections that, when experienced, add hope, security, and vibrancy to life. Altogether, Mark discovered the reality that relationships are powerful and is dedicated to making the most of them, whether in