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Mark is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with over 10 years of experience in various mental health settings, who specializes in treating active and former NFL players. Mark’s expertise lies in Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression/anxiety disorders, and brain trauma – all prevalent among retired football players. Seeing a need for a specialized program of treatment for former football players, Mark created and co-founded Sage Elite Healing.

Mark has dedicated his career to helping former NFL players and their families overcome the unique challenges they face and provides guidance as they navigate symptomology. He understands the physical and emotional toll that football can take on the body and mind. As such, he is committed to helping clients navigate the difficult transition into the next chapter of their lives and refine their purpose beyond the game. 

Mark utilizes multiple clinical modalities (CBT, DBT, SFBT, MI, ACT), coupled with a holistic body-mind-spirit approach, to bridge the gap between peak performance and quality of life. This approach involves understanding the Four realms of Healing (Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual) and evolving our mind-body connection. Along with the clinical and holistic approaches, Mark strongly believes in Nature-based modalities and reconnecting ourselves back to the natural world. The Rocky Mountains of Colorado provide the perfect environment to explore our true selves.  

Aside from nature, Mark also utilizes body-based mindfulness training, Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), breathwork, progressive muscle relaxation, Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), Yoga Nidra, Hot Yoga, psychoeducation, expressive art, and psychodrama. In order to harness the power of fellowship, he also connects former players with their peers in a group setting. 

Mark’s approach is warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental while creating a safe space for players and their families to explore their thoughts and feelings. This approach empowers clients to take control of their mental and physical health, but also provides guidance and education along the path. 

In addition to his clinical work, Mark is actively involved in the healing community as an advocate for player mental health care. He frequently speaks at conferences and events advocating for increased player health resources before, during, and after the game.


Mark lives in Boulder, CO with his wife and two daughters. He owns two rescue dogs from the Pine Ridge Reservation that also help him in his therapeutic approach.  He enjoys going to his daughters’ sporting events, coaching, hiking, camping, as well as spending as much time in nature as possible.



Director of Athlete Development

Brandon is a former NFL tight end and a current Co-Owner of Sage Elite Healing. Born and raised in Florence, South Carolina, he attended Newberry College where he played wide receiver on the football team. Joined the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2012 with the Green Bay Packers and went on to spend 5 years in the league playing for the Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals and the NY Jets. Brandon earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Newberry College and was inducted into the Newberry College Hall of Fame in 2022. 

Brandon experienced a traumatic event in the 2015 NFC Championship Game and went thru a deep depression in 2020, which led him to struggle with his mental health. After seeking support and finding the help he needed, he began his own journey of personally healing. This journey to heal himself, and seeing the results from the work he put in, led him down a path of wanting to help others find their path to healing. On this path, he meet Mark Van Steenberg and together they formed Sage Elite Healing.



Sage Elite Healing is dedicated to helping individuals and groups align their focus with the Four Realms of Healing. Through Sage Elite’s programming, members will build awareness, organization, and the needed skills to effectively navigate their lives. 

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