Marvice Marcus, PhD (He/Him/His) is a counseling psychologist in private practice in Durham.
To set up a new appointment or consultation, please e-mail Marvice at: dr.marvicemarcus[at]gmail.com
Approach: Interpersonal process, Relational cultural theory, psychodynamic, liberation psychology
Education: Predoctoral Internship, Duke University; PhD, Washington State University; Bachelors and Masters degrees, University of Nevada-Reno
Insurance: BCBS (all plans except Blue Value, Blue Home, Blue Local), Cigna, self-pay, sliding scale
First, I appreciate your interest in working with me. Psychotherapy is such a personal and intimate endeavor, ideally filled with promise and mutuality. A therapeutic encounter, in my view, is both a place of refuge from pronounced othering, even in our most special relationships, and an avenue of self-advocacy. Without question, the potential of human transformation is catalyzed in psychotherapy. Of value will be our ability to cultivate a spirited interaction that fosters disciplined criticality, boundless connection, and authenticity, all of which promote healing and sustained growth. Our relationship, then, is the primary vehicle through which you confront aspects of your life that are no longer life-giving.
My approach to psychotherapy is primarily based in psychodynamic theory. I collaborate with individuals in helping them gain more awareness into the origin of their thoughts and feelings. In so doing, we co-create meaning to contextualize your subjective (i.e., personal, unique) experience of the self, social and familial relationships, and our world. Insight, albeit meaningful, is not sufficient, and it is here that our interpersonal process facilitates forward action on your end. This is not always easy; in fact, readiness for change takes time and internal resources, mental and emotional. I view my role as someone who will walk alongside you, providing encouragement and appropriate accountability. Psychodynamic thought, particularly with an overlay of cultural studies, will help us grapple with the complexities of human suffering, which is likely the reason you are reading this short sketch of my professional work.
Clinical interests include adjustment concerns, mood and anxiety disorders, interpersonal functioning, and identity development. Additionally, I am en route toward becoming a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS). Other professional and scholarly interests include liberationist theories, men and masculinities, race and gender politics, and access and meaningful inclusion in higher education.
In my free time, I am nourished by spending time with family and friends (laughter!), caring for my hyper dog, reading and listening to music, and watching silly television shows.