Mark Kerr

B.A. (SFU), M.A. (UBC), Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)
Surrey Office: Main 3850D

Mark Kerr has been teaching in post-secondary for over a decade and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Distinction from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He has taught at many different institutions over the years including teaching courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Community College, Alexander College, and Stenberg College.

Mark has had a variety of different roles in the field of psychology since starting his journey in 2008. Those roles have included working with non-profit organizations in various roles including the following:

  • Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

  • SOS Children’s Village BC

  • British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Within his private clinical practice, Mark has worked with diverse populations, but maintains a focus on working with male survivors of sexual abuse, first responders, military veterans, people suffering from chronic illness, and clients dealing with general trauma and trauma-related injuries. His therapeutic approach to working with clients includes somatic, cognitive-behavioural, psychedelic, internal family systems, and other trauma-informed methodologies. Mark also believes firmly in following a strength-based, resilience-based approach to both his clients and students alike. Authenticity and respect are two values that guide and influence his work and life in general.

Courses taught

  • CNPS 3320: Career Counselling and Career Education
  • CNPS 4300: Counselling Relationships and Basic Skills
  • CNPS 4310: The Reflective Practitioner
  • CNPS 4330: Group Facilitation

Areas of Interest

Mark’s academic and clinical areas of interest are in trauma, suicidal ideation and behaviour, chronic illness, anxiety & depression, personality traits, critical thinking and evaluation, resilience, psychedelic treatments, stress-related injuries, masculinity.

Scholarly Work

  • Kerr, M. S. (2021). Therapeutic Enactment: A Case Study of the Experience of a Canadian Military Veteran. [Master’s thesis]. The University of British Columbia.
  • Turner, S.J., Per, M., Kerr, M.S. & Chapman, A.L. (2014). Psychiatric Symptoms and Suicide Risk in Self-injuring Adults: Comparing Depression and Anxiety. Annual Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Conference, Vancouver, BC. [Poster].
  • Turner, S.J., Kerr, M.S., Per, M. & Chapman, A.L. (2013). Positive and Negative Beliefs about Suicide Prospectively Predict Suicidal Behavior in Individuals with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury. Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS), Vancouver, BC. [Poster]