Who is Dr. DeMarquis Clarke?

I am Dr. DeMarquis Clarke, LMFT. I grew up on the west side of Jackson, Mississippi, parented by two amazing people who instilled in me many essential survival skills, one of which being the value to social justice. So, I have dedicated my life to fighting for issues of equality and social justice. My dedication and passion show up in everything I do and in all parts of who I am.

I am a clinician, professor, entrepreneur, executive coach, clinical consultant and humanitarian. I am the owner and CEO of the Center for Relational Change, a group therapy practice. I also maintain an active private practice, and have over 15 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and families. In addition to my practices, I am the program director and a tenured Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Seton Hill University. I have over 10 years of experience teaching and supervising. Plus, I have done countless hours of community outreach with organizations connected to issues ranging from fighting against sex trafficking, racial discrimination, bullying and poverty, as well as working for marriage equality and gay rights.

But, at the end of the day, I’m just a country boy from the west side of Jackson, Mississippi trying to make a difference in the world.


  • Couple/marital therapy
  • Sexual abuse and trauma recovery
  • Working with adolescents
  • Working with issues of religion/spirituality, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation


  • Grief and Loss
  • Emotional distress
  • Gender identity
  • Communication struggles
  • Childhood trauma
  • Racial or ethnic struggles
  • ….and more.

Group Therapies

  • Adult Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Grief and Loss Support Group
  • Self-esteem Support Group

My Credentials.

Academic Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University
  • Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Tougaloo College

Academic post

  • Assistant Professor in Marriage and Family Therapy, Seton Hill University
  • Adjunct Professor in Counseling Education, Northeastern Illinois University

Professional Membership

  • International Family Therapy Association
  • Clinical Fellow Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Clinical Fellow Member of Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapy


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinical Experience

Over 15 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups at mental health agencies and practices in Mississippi, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.