Mark Loewen, LMFT, Richmond VAAbout Mark Loewen

Mark is a psychotherapist and a dad. He was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and moved to the United States to pursue his counseling career. He met the love of his life in Richmond, VA. A few years later, they became dads through open adoption.

Becoming a father to a girl opened Mark’s eyes to the challenges many girls and women face in today’s world. Mark’s passion for equality drives everything he does, whether he is in the role of therapist, husband, father, or friend.

Mark is the founder of LaunchPad Counseling, a private practice in Richmond, VA. He spent years as a Play Therapist, and now coaches parents to use Play Therapy principles to build strong, healthy relationships with their children.

He is the founder of Brave Like A Girl, an organization that celebrates girls who naturally tap into their courage and strength to overcome challenges.

Mark’s first children’s book What Does A Princess Really Look Like is scheduled release on July 1, 2018. It will be the first in the Brave Like A Girl series.




Mark provides individual coaching for parents and educators. Most parents have not been equipped with the knowledge or experience to respond to the world children face today. During the first coaching session, clients assess their family life, strengths and challenges, the family’s personality make-up, and other personal experiences that parents bring into their parenting life. A coaching plan is set in place that will help each client reach their particular goals in the best way possible.

Coaching sessions can be online or in person. They can be set up weekly, monthly, or as needed. If you are interested in coaching or online courses, email Mark directly at be@bravelikeagirl.com.

Public Speaking:

Mark is available for speaking and training events on parenting and self-help topics. He engages groups of all sizes candidly, making the experience conversational and dynamic. Schools invite Mark to speak to children about managing feelings, negative thoughts, and conflict. As a Play Therapist, Mark incorporates games and fun activities that keep children engaged, and allow the lessons to be fully internalized by each student.

To book a speaking engagement, you can email mark directly at be@bravelikeagirl.com.

Media and Press:

Mark enjoys collaborating with media sources, providing information about parenting and child development, and discussing mental wellness issues. For interviews or press requests, you can email him directly at be@bravelikeagirl.com.

Previous collaborations can be found in this Press Room section.