Welcome to my profile page at BetterHelp! Most of the people I work with call me Marty. I'm looking forward to meeting you and working with you.
I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a masters degree in psychology and a doctorate in sexology. I have worked extensively in County Behavioral Health systems both as a therapist and a supervisor, and in private practice as well. I have also worked in a hospital setting at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and in grade schools, middle schools and high schools as well as institutional settings including jails and juvenile halls. It's been my privilege to work with children, adolescents, young people, adults and older adults as singles, couples,and polycules in traditional and intentional families. In all, I have more than 30 years experience with individual, family and group therapy and in supervising other licensed professionals and interns.
I have published extensively about working with sexual issues. I have a special interest in working with people who struggle with concerns related to polyamory, gender expression, less common sexual interests including BDSM/Kink, LGBTQIA concerns and disorders of sex development (DSD or intersex). I also have experience working with patients who have medically related mental health concerns, including post-surgical patients whose functioning is compromised and those with head trauma, brain injury or other debilitating accidents that impair or alter sexual function. Sometimes such arousal patterns and practices, or differences in physical development or functioning can give rise to difficulty in relationships including marriage/partnering, family dynamics, and parenting.
And, of course, it's common for sexual concerns to be a part of the work in therapy with trauma, abuse, anxiety and depression and obsessive or compulsive behaviors.
My approach to working with people in therapy is to meet them where they are, help them formulate goals, and marshal the tools to help them meet their objectives. There are many theoretical orientations and philosophies, techniques, and treatment aids every therapist learns about in school and masters on the job. The best ones are the ones that work for you. My job as a therapist is to offer you tools and support you on your journey.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Somatization
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 39231
Marty is very sincere, responsive and offers insightful analysis and assistance on how to deal with complex life issues. I value his time and and input tremendously and recommend him highly.
Written on Nov 29, 2023 after therapy with Harold for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and adhd
Dr. Malin is a great listener and helps me see things from a different perspective. Oftentimes, I don't spend enough time thinking about my own needs and he helps me find healthy ways to support the people around me while reminding me that I matter, too. Thank you!
Written on Mar 03, 2021 after therapy with Harold for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and anger management
Marty is warm, compassionate, and smart. He got me through a very difficult time in my life.
Written on Jan 25, 2021 after therapy with Harold for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
I am so thankful to have him. We dont talk often but when we do i genuinely feel better
Written on Jan 19, 2021 after therapy with Harold for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
Thoughtful, attentive and vocal. Very helpful when avoidance is a challenge
Written on Dec 28, 2020 after therapy with Harold for 10 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and adhd
Marty is great. He is an active participant in the conversation and in your recovery, and often is able to hear what you mean, when you're not being totally honest with yourself.
Written on Nov 20, 2020 after therapy with Harold for 1 year and 8 months