Mark L. Ruffalo, LCSW
Psychotherapist and Adjunct Professor
(813) 829-1804
Mark L. Ruffalo, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist in private practice in Tampa. He serves as an instructor of medical education (psychiatry) at the University of Central Florida and an adjunct instructor of social work at the University of South Florida. Trained at the University of Pittsburgh and its affiliated hospital system, he completed additional postgraduate training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is an associate member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and has served as membership chair of the Academy for the Psychoanalytic Arts.

Mark has authored peer-reviewed articles in publications such as Social Work, Psychiatric Times, Psychology Today, and an affiliate journal of the American Psychiatric Association. He specializes in the treatment of a range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, and stress, and has particular interest in the psychotherapy of schizophrenia and psychosis. He has previously served on staff at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Mark practices a form of therapy known as psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the oldest and most intensive type of therapy available. Psychoanalytic therapy is founded on the idea that much of what motivates us as human beings is hidden at a level that is outside of our awareness, and that the goal of therapy should be to help a person become more aware of their inner conflicts, motivations, and strategies of conduct. Central to the analytic approach is the observation that psychiatric symptoms possess meaning and are symbolic manifestations of deeper-rooted conflict. Unlike other forms of treatment such as medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic therapy seeks resolution of the underlying issues causing emotional distress.

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"Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways." - Freud
"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." - Rudyard Kipling

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University of Pittsburgh- and Chicago Institute-trained
Instructor of Medical Education, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Member, American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
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