Mark Carpenter, MA, LPC, welcomes teens and adults to benefit from professional counseling at his VAE Life Coaching practice in Fenton.

Mark Carpenter, MA, LPC, welcomes teens and adults to benefit from professional counseling at his VAE Life Coaching practice in Fenton.

In Mark Carpenter’s VAE Life Coaching practice, his goal is to bring hope back into the lives of teens and adults.

 A licensed professional counselor since 2009, Carpenter recently opened his local practice in the North Towne Professional Center in Fenton Township.

 “Life coaching is for everyone,” said Carpenter, MA, LPC. “It gives you more joy and clarity for what you are worth as a person.” VAE stands for Vision-Achievement-Excellence, which is Carpenter’s goal for the process of life coaching.

 A 1991 graduate of Fenton High School, Carpenter went on to a military career with the U.S. Marines, followed by work as an ex-Marine as a member of Personal Security Detail Teams in Iraq and Afghanistan for the Department of Defense.

 He knows first-hand the debilitating effects of anxiety and fear, and went on to become a life coach/counselor to help others in all walks of life overcome these issues. “Anxiety is based on fear,” said Carpenter, “It’s all closely linked with depression and grief.”

 Through Carpenter’s practice, he helps adults and teens set goals for the future. “The main word is ‘hope,’” he said. “We focus on the successes of the past and people can begin to see that all things are possible.”

 VAE Life Coaching will begin to bill major insurance companies in the spring. For now, charges are at an affordable rate for a 60- to 90-minute session. The office is at 14165 North Fenton Rd., Suite 104K, Fenton, telephone (810) 282-4093.

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