Audra Tolbert-Martin

(MFA, MA, LPC)

About Me

I provide a warm, supportive, nurturing, and reflective space for clients to explore unresolved pain. With humor and compassion, I help clients address issues of shame and abandonment, as well as co-dependency and core self-esteem issues. I have over twenty years of experience in art, self-discovery, therapeutic growth and recovery. I enjoy combining my greatest passions: psychology and art and employ non-traditional and alternative methods of healing (including Dreamwork & Guided Meditations). As Jungian Analyst, James Hillman espoused, "The purpose of therapy is to keep the imagination alive." I will help you explore the depths of your soul as we uncover self-sabotaging patterns and help you learn to live abundantly – with meaning and purpose.

Professional Graduate Education:
Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Rhode Island School of Design 2004
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Southeastern Oklahoma State University 2011
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Art Therapy, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 2018
Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas (71604) and Connecticut (2945)

Areas of Interest:
-Grief, Loss, Death & Dying (Including Divorce, Separation and Breakups)
-Men or Women in Controlling Relationships
-Life Transitions: Financial Loss or Gain, Moving, Career Changes, Retirement, Mid-Life Crisis, Empty Nest, & Finding a New Career at Mid-Life
-Trauma: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression
-Unresolved Pain from Childhood
-Relationship Problems (Professional and Personal)
-Sexual Issues in Relationships
-Intimacy Issues in Relationships
-Existential Issues: Finding Meaning in Life, Finding a Life that Matters for You, Taking Risks, Taking Responsibility, Self-Care & Adulting
-LGBTQ
-College Students & Emerging Adult Issues
-Parenting Support
-Neuro-Biologically Informed Therapeutic Approach: Understanding the Brain and Trauma, Understanding Attachment Issues in Relationships, & Understanding the Adolescent & Teen Brain, Appreciating the Teen Brain and How to Preserve this Creative Essence in Your Own Adult Life
-Recovering Families: Supporting Families thru Recovery (Al-Anon & CODA)
-Spiritual Recovery from Co-Dependency
-Men and Woman Who Need to Work on Reclaiming Their Lives from Controlling or Consuming Relationships
-Jungian - Oriented Dreamwork & Active Imagination
-Guided Healing Meditations
-Artist Support
-Creative Thinking, Brainstorming, & Problem Solving Support for Artists and Graduate Students
-Creative Adult Play
-Counseling with Other Mental Health Professionals

Additional information about my spiritual approach to counseling.

"I believe that we are on a journey of growth called the human experience, that is, in fact, a spiritual journey. By helping you increase awareness of suffering and learning to accept it as something necessary for personal growth, and ultimately, spiritual enlightenment, I will help you learn to be present with more joy, appreciation, and gratitude. Learning to love your human experience, while in relation to your spiritual path, is an enlightened space for all those who seek it."


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #2945 (Expires: 2019-03-31)

LPC #71604 (Expires: 2020-03-31)


Reviews

Written by M.I. on Jan 03, 2019 after counseling with Audra for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Audra is insightful and kind.

Written by L.I. on Nov 05, 2018 after counseling with Audra for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

Audra has been the best counselor I've ever had and I've been to quite a few. She was matched to me perfectly by BetterHelp. I have grown and learned a lot from her. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for the kind of help I need.

Written by C.H. on Oct 23, 2018 after counseling with Audra for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Audra is professional, patient and empathetic. I've really grown and bettered myself with her help. I feel like the world is more positive place. I'm excited for the future!

Written by T.R. on Aug 16, 2018 after counseling with Audra for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

I feel I have gained so much from working with Audra. She provided excellent resources and reading materials I had never encountered before and introduced me to a therapeutic approach I didn't know I had been looking for. I highly recommend her. I am grateful and fortunate to have matched with her after my first was not a good fit.

Written by Q.U. on Jul 30, 2018 after counseling with Audra for 1 month on issues concerning family

It has been my pleasure to get help from a variety of counselors, for a variety of reasons over the last decade. I wanted to say that I have never had a counselor so specifically address my issues (family and alcohol) as I did with Audra. This program, app, and most of all this counselor have been a fantastic experience. I have already been making recommendations to my friends and family, in the hopes that they will also find this wonderful service.

Written by O.L. on Jul 27, 2018 after counseling with Audra for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, and intimacy-related

Audra was extremely helpful. She listened and help me get through a very tough time in my life. I would highly recommend her. She gave me reading materials and helped me view my situation from a different perspective. She not only helped me out, but also my family on keeping us together.

Written by J.I. on Jul 20, 2018 after counseling with Audra for 1 week on issues concerning relationship

Today is the very first session I had with Audra and I have decided to book the next one with her. She's very good.

Written by T.A. on Jul 04, 2018 after counseling with Audra for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, and parenting

Excellent and top notch.

Written by A.U. on Jul 02, 2018 after counseling with Audra for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

Audra has a noteworthy talent for understanding the obscure under workings of a person's mental state. She has helped improve my ability recognize the veiled insides that cause the surface issues. Being more self-aware is going to make a significant improvement on my ability to handle my life issues going forward. I only had a few sessions, but I wouldn't hesitate to return and request her if needed in the future. She has my recommendation.
Thanks you.

Written by M.H. on Jun 02, 2018 after counseling with Audra for 2 months on issues concerning relationship, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

She is very easy to talk to and points out issues clearly in the moment rather than waiting for the end. She has a good sense of humor which is necessary in counseling! She has a way of guiding you back on track when you are working through difficult topics.

Written by P.. on Nov 21, 2017 after counseling with Audra for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, self esteem, and career

Audra is fantastic and caring.

Written by I.M. on Oct 24, 2017 after counseling with Audra for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Audra understands me so well and I am so grateful to have her.

Written by A.B. on Aug 23, 2017 after counseling with Audra for 5 months on issues concerning addictions, and anger

Audra is a very calm-minded, considerate and caring person that really makes you feel at home with telling her your issues. Sometimes just talking to her really resolves my issues as I know I have a good ear to talk to.

Written by L.E. on Jun 09, 2017 after counseling with Audra for 3 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related

Really love the work we're doing and the access to self-improvement that BetterHelp and Audra provide!

Written by M.E. on May 15, 2017 after counseling with Audra for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Audra has assisted me tremendously in just a few sessions, and exceeded my expectations re: therapist expertise and wisdom. I felt comfortable speaking with her right away- she offers breadth and depth re: counseling style. She attends well, addresses issues promptly and thoroughly during live phone sessions as well as recommends helpful resources to review outside of sessions to further the work. I highly recommend her to others without reservation.

Written by A.N. on May 01, 2017 after counseling with Audra for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, and intimacy-related

She has been very helpful. Thanks, Audra and BH!

Written by E.R. on Apr 15, 2017 after counseling with Audra for 3 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related

Audra has been fantastic. She seems to understand me from the get-go and has been supportive through my therapy. I am so glad that I was matched with her.

Written by W.E. on Apr 14, 2017 after counseling with Audra for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, grief, parenting, and career

The best.