Marcus Shumate

Marcus Shumate, LCMHC, LCAS is a North Carolina native and grew up in the Eastern part of the state. He has functioned in various clinical roles and provided individual therapy, family counseling, group counseling, and supervised the professional development of staff. Throughout his career Marcus has cultivated various relationships between treatment systems towards coordinating care for individuals. Through that process he has developed a passion for linking systems of care in order to provide the best care.

Prior experience

Marcus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Gardner-Webb University and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gardner-Webb University. Marcus has previously worked in residential SUD treatment at Pavillon. He began as a Continuing-Care Coordinator, transitioned to a primary therapist in various programs at Pavillon, and then developed and implemented the Young Men’s Program at Pavillon. In the years prior to arriving at Green Hill, he functioned in the role of Program Manager of Pavillon’s Young Men’s Program. He led the implementation and development of clinical programing and curriculum and provided clinical services in addition to supervising and managing clinical staff.

Professional passion

Marcus is passionate for innovation in the field of SUD treatment and challenging assumed constraints. As Marcus and his professional interests have evolved, he’s become increasingly interested in how various cognitive biases evolve and become limiting for individuals and the field as a whole. This burgeoning interest in cognitive biases has fueled his interest in the ways in which contemplative practices can help penetrate these biases. Additionally, he has deep rooted interests in human flourishing that began in his undergraduate experience when he was first introduced to different texts from classical philosophy. Given his interests in all things related to human flourishing, Marcus was drawn to the alignment he experienced with Green Hill’s mission.

More about marcus

Marcus currently resides just outside of Asheville, NC. He loves the beauty of Western NC and spending as much time as he can outside with his three dogs. Marcus is a big advocate for trying new activities that he’s likely to be bad at. He’s been a life-long enjoyer of the martial arts and views them as pathways for improvement and confronting unhealthy aspects of ego. He enjoys spending his free time on the mats training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, or wrestling. He loves food, cooking, and almost all sports. If you happen to find yourself around him for more than a few minutes he will likely force a reference to the latest podcast episode that’s caught his attention.