The Psychotherapist

Carol Marks Stopforth

About Carol Marks Stopforth, LMHC

My training in psychotherapy began informally in the seventies when I lived in London and was mentored by the Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing who was well known for his work with people diagnosed with schizophrenia. For a number of years I taught a weekly yoga class to people living in one of the psychotherapeutic homes under Laing’s supervision. This experience taught me a tremendous amount about mental anguish and the possibility of healing through undertaking a journey of self-exploration.

After coming to the United States I directed a mental health program called Windhorse for ten years. Windhorse has a tradition of treating psychosis and other illnesses within healthy, family like environments, using a mindfulness-awareness approach. It is based on treating people with compassion and kindness, its goal is to facilitate a social network for those who are unable to do it for themselves, but who nevertheless long for connection.

Post Windhorse I became a licensed mental health counselor. I was the Clinical Director of Rebound, a residential facility for adolescent boys. After five years at  Rebound, I became part of New Beginnings, a group practice in Stoneham. I then moved into private practice, where I work with individuals and couples. My practice is in Jamaica Plain.