Mark L. Ruffalo, D.Psa., L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist in private practice in Tampa, Florida, and serves as Instructor of Psychiatry at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He specializes in the psychoanalytic treatment of mood disorders, personality disorders, and psychosomatic illness, and has particular interest in the psychotherapy of schizophrenia.

Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy is distinguished from other forms of therapy on the basis of its focus on the unconscious forces contributing to emotional distress. A depth therapy, psychoanalysis seeks to understand the nature and meaning of psychiatric symptoms within the context of the individual person and his or her experience. Over one hundred years since its development, psychoanalysis remains the most comprehensive understanding of the human mind and behavior.

Dr. Ruffalo sees patients at his private office in Tampa on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. He frequently works in collaboration with psychiatrists, but he does not prescribe medication. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (813) 829-1804.