Texas Tech University

Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy Alumnus Helps Lubbock Residents Recover from Life’s Difficulties

Breck Gavin

July 24, 2023

Dr. Mark

Dr. White uses his years of experience and knowledge to improve mental health of patients

Mark White, owner of Dr. White and Associates, P.C., graduated from the College of Human Sciences with a Ph.D. in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy (CMFT) in 2009. Today, White specializes in the treatment of compulsive sexual behavior and couple recovery from infidelity and betrayal trauma. He also supervises and trains graduate school interns seeking their state licensing in Texas and New Mexico.

White's extensive background and experiences in the field have allowed him to have a large impact on many people in the Lubbock community. He has a dual goal in mind with all his patients which sets them up for the best chance of health and healing.

“Since 2010 I have provided therapy for over 3200 individuals and families, helping them not only recover from life difficulties, but for many to emerge into an abundant life of greater satisfaction than before.”

The CMFT program has also put White in a unique position to stay connected to Texas Tech while inspiring and equipping future therapists. Many individuals that have worked in his office have a connection to the College of Human Sciences.

“Since 2017, Dr. White and Associates have employed 20 part-time receptionists,” White said. “Many of these were recruited from the COHS undergraduate degree programs, preparing them with invaluable work experiences leading to their grad school pursuits of licensed marriage and family therapists or other mental health professions.”

White was a non-traditional student and decided to return to school at the age of 39. He chose the TTU CMFT program based on the recognition of the program on both a regional and national level, university support of his disability and veteran status, and remaining close to his home in southeast New Mexico.

Today, White is appreciative of the relationships that he was able to form during his time in the department.

“The most valuable preparation the TTU program provided me was the personal interaction with TTU professors in mentoring and supervision experiences.”

In the future, White hopes to continue to help improve mental health, while continuing to mentor up-and-coming young professionals in the field.

“My goal is to continue building a regional business to meet the needs of relationships, families, and individuals who struggle through life difficulties,” White said. “Further, I desire to promote the idea in therapy and training interns and associates that individuals and relationships are inherently equipped and designed for success and abundant life.”