Marc C. Hardy
Marc provides counseling and therapy with individuals, children, adolescents, couples and families as they address life’s many milestones such as marriage, divorce and parenting and the challenging moods, thoughts, emotions and conflicts that often accompany these milestones. Marc believes that people are also sometimes searching for a purpose in life, and that there are numerous, valid ways that counselors can help them strive for that purpose.
Marc is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in African American Studies and his Master’s degree in Counselor Education in 1992 both from North Carolina State University. He holds a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor (LCMHCS) license #S4423, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) license #4423, National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certificate #76069, and School Counselor license. He has been working with children (ages 3-12), adolescents (ages 13-20), and their families (adults) for over 28 years in numerous settings including inpatient residential hospitals, schools, intensive alternative therapeutic foster care, intensive in home, community based agencies and private practice.
Marc prefers a person-centered approach, though he will still use goals, contracts and homework when appropriate. Marc mainly utilizes therapeutic techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (e.g. Ellis’s ABC model, thought journaling, cognitive restructuring, etc.) but he also uses techniques from Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Multisystemic Therapy (MST).
He completed his internship at the Center for Child and Family Health, Inc. providing intensive in home multisystemic therapy and collaborating with psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers and other clinical professionals to address the needs of children who have experienced trauma. He has worked in The Spring Hill and Whitaker Schools’ adolescent units at Dorothea Dix hospital and John Umstead
hospital. He has been a therapeutic parent, team lead and intensive in home therapist, special education (BEH) self-contained classroom teacher, Willie M. case manager, teacher assistant, behavioral science specialist in the NC National Guard, Kemetic Education for Young Scholars’ research assistant, Governor Hunt’s Support Our Students program chair and high risk intervention family services worker.
Through working with children and their families in many different settings as a counselor, Marc has come to strongly believe in the encouragement of client’s strengths, making a plan for action, then following through with that plan to success. Like Rogerian theorists, he believes people strive to be congruent and strive to be fully functioning. People want to be the person they want to be. Like choice theorists such as Glasser, he believes the only person whose behavior we can control is our own. Like cognitive behavioral theorists, he believes people are capable of becoming aware of their own thoughts and are capable of changing those “irrational” beliefs and thoughts and change behavior.
Marc has been a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation for over 27 years, a proud brother of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and enjoys
spending time with his son, many times on the beach.