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Mark Loewen
Mark Loewen, LPC, founded Launch Pad to help children and adults live happier and more fulfilling lives. His book "What Does a Princess Really Look Like?" tells the empowering story of a girl who discovers her own power through the strength, courage, and determination of a princess. As a counselor, play therapist, and parent coach, Mark enjoys helping children and families build strong relationships and achieve their goals, and sees clients at Launch Pad Counseling in Richmond.

    Is My Child Gay?

    I think my 11-year-old son is gay. I’m straight, my husband is straight, and we have no gay friends. I’m about to begin what might be the most important parenting I’ve ever done, and I need some guidance. Do you…

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    Talking to Your Kids About Race

    A few years ago, a video Snap was made public where white students from an area middle school held down African American students in sexually explicit positions while making racist remarks. Naturally, parents were appalled. Social media responses like “This…

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    Parenting Your Show-Off Child

    Negative behaviors in children are often a plea for attention. We’ve all seen it: tantrums, bully-level jokes, and overly dramatic reactions. But what about the child who constantly seeks attention through what is perceived as positive behavior? It’s the over-achiever…

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    How Play Therapy Works

    For many adults who feel overwhelmed with emotional stress, seeking the help of a professional therapist is common practice. So, why should it be any different for children? Even though they may not be able to vocalize their emotions in…

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    What Pixar’s “Inside Out” Teaches Parents

      By now, Pixar’s latest animated film, Inside Out, has probably replaced your child’s obsession with Queen Elsa. Okay, that’s a stretch, but adults just loved it, right? Full of creative, but, scientifically accurate information about the workings of the brain,…

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    Children and Annoying Behavior

    While at the store the other day, I noticed a parent try to quiet a whining child. I saw the parent rolling his eyes, and I released an empathetic sigh. I knew how he felt when I heard the pleading:  “Please,…

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