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June 16
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I was interviewed this morning on the Debbie Chavez show about my book "Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul. For those interested, you can take a listen:…/healing-for-the-heart-br…/

Learn spiritual practices that will help you heal your heart, brain and soul after experiencing a painful break-up or divorce (Mark Karris) To download podcast, right click HERE and choose “…
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Devon Jane
· July 3, 2017
I am so happy that we FINALLY have such a wonderful resource for those who are grieving. Thank you for writing this book, Mark. It will help mend so many broken hearts.
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Kathryn de Bruin Family Therapy and Training
September 28

Just in time for our Hold Me Tight® Couples Workshop: Getting to know our friend and colleague Mark Karris- who also happens be assisting us... this weekend! We are in awe of all he's accomplished so far- and continue to cheer him on in his successes and heart for working with others.
{Note: he also has some GREAT tips on communicating with your partner!}

"I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, ordained pastor, husband, proud father, published author, recording artist, and worship leader. I am a voracious reader, researcher and all around biophilic.

I began performing therapy in NY working at a Mental Health Facility performing individual and group therapy with the severely mentally ill populations. After moving to San Diego in 2010, I had the privilege of working as a therapist at Point Loma Nazarene University and shortly after at the Alliant Couple and Family Clinic in San Diego specializing in Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy (EFT). At the same time, I was in private practice under the incredibly inspiring Kathryn de Bruin Family Therapy and Training. Most recently I moved back to San Diego after three years living in Yokosuka, Japan leading mindfulness and process groups and performing individual, couple, and family therapy on the military base, as well as traveling internationally for the Red Cross performing workshops on stress, trauma, anger, and communication.

About seven years ago, I fell in love with Emotionally Focused Therapy. It’s focus on connection, love, and relationships resonated with me instantly. I also appreciated that it was based on science and not merely poetic niceties. I use it not just because I like it. I use it because it works. I have been with my wife for almost ten years and EFT’s principles has certainly helped maintain our love and intimacy.

Hold Me Tight experiences are transformative, one-hundred percent of the time. To see couples come in burnt out and hopeless to sizzling with desire and newfound insight and connection is priceless. I have been fortunate to not only participate but also facilitate Hold Me Tight workshops in the past.

“A gentle (tender or soft) answer turns away wrath (anger-fury), but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

Our tone and how fast or slow we start conversations (otherwise known as prosody), has a huge part to play in how our conversations end up and thus our feeling of connection or disconnection.
Research shows that when people start a conversation harshly or reactively it has a 96% chance of going nowhere. Why? Because Reactivity promotes reactivity and vulnerability promotes vulnerability. We can either trigger the other persons threat system and hard and hot emotions or trigger their vulnerability and soft and warm emotions (tend and befriend system)....If we share our needs vulnerably in a soft and slow way we can watch our relationship grow day after day."

Mark's brand-new book, entitled “Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul,” can be found here:

Already read Mark's book and ready for more?
“Rethinking the Phrase ‘God Allowed’,” is included in a recent book entitled Uncontrolling Love: Exploring the Uncontrolling Love of God (SacraSage Press, 2017). You can find it here:

Pioneering peer-reviewed research article on Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Trauma and Compassion, here: content/uploads/2016/06/Karris-Caldwell_2015.pdf

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Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone. —Mr. Fred Rogers I...

Rethinking the phrase, "God Allowed."

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August 24

Sharing about my essay recently published in the book entitled “Uncontrolling Love: Essays Exploring the Love of God.” My essay is called “Rethinking the Phrase 'God Allowed.'"

Do you struggle with Perfect(shun)ism? Check out my short blog post on the topic:…/perfectshunism/

Our culture elevates strong, sexy, vibrant, and plastic over weak, average, weary, and wrinkled. Men and women, many of whom we watch on our favorite television programs or see in the movies, spend billions of dollars a year on cosmetic surgeries to get perfect bodies. We listen to music that has…

Wow!! What an amazing review of my book. I am grateful. You can check it out here:

Mark Gregory Karris - Author added a new photo.
July 5
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My book “Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul” is available now:

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Here is another stellar review of "Seasons of Heartbreak" by one of the most creative writers I know! I am sure his book will be out someday! You can find my book available here:

My friend Mark Karris wrote a book that comes out TODAY. He blessed me with an advanced copy and although this isn't the place for a full on book review, I wanted to take some time to share it with…

How can you win a free signed copy?

1. Like my Author page.
2. Pick a number 1-500.
3. Post an answer to this question:


What is the hardest part in grieving the loss of someone you loved?

The four persons who pick closest to my number will win a free copy. The names will be unveiled on this post Friday, June 26th 2017.

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Are you struggling after the loss of a romantic relationship? Have you found yourself heartbroken, lonely, confused, even devoid of hope? Are you angry at God because of your loss? Is it hard to let go? “Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul,” is for you! Renown grief and trauma expert H. Norman Wright, author of over ninety-books says, “This is a much-needed book and will touch the lives of many." Tim Clinton calls it “Simply Masterful.” Order your copy now:

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"Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul" is available in four days!!

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