Marcus Shumate, LCMHC, LCAS is the Clinical Outreach Director at the Advaita Collective, which includes Advaita Integrated Medicine and Green Hill Recovery. Marcus is a North Carolina native who 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.
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 working with a broad clinical demographic through various roles. Eventually, he helped develop a Young Men’s Program where he led the implementation and development of clinical programing and curriculum, provided clinical supervision, and oversaw clinical care and management of staff.
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 biases evolve and become limiting for individuals and the field as a whole. This 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 Advaita Collective’s mission.
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.
Gardner Webb University (Boiling Springs, NC) — MA, EDs. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Gardner Webb University (Boiling Springs, NC) — B.S.. in Psychology