Mark L. Ruffalo, LCSW
Psychoanalyst & Adjunct Professor
Mark L. Ruffalo, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist in private practice in Tampa. He serves as an affiliate assistant professor of psychiatry 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. He is a voluntary associate professor in the psychiatry residency program at Centerstone Hospital.

Mark has authored peer-reviewed articles in publications such as Social Work, Psychology Today, Mad in America, 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. He is actively involved in the teaching and supervision of psychiatry and social work trainees.

Mark practices a form of therapy known as psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the oldest and most intensive type of therapy available. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy 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 psychoanalytic approach is the observation that psychiatric symptoms are symbolic manifestations of deeper-rooted conflict, and that effective treatment consists, in part, of deciphering the hidden meaning of the patient's symptoms. Unlike other forms of treatment such as medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy seeks resolution of the underlying issues causing emotional distress.

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University of Pittsburgh- and Chicago Institute-trained
Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of South Florida Department of Psychiatry
Member, American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
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