Hi and 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 clinics, both as a therapist and a supervisor, and I have worked 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. I have worked with children, adolescents, young people, adults and older adults as singles, couples, traditional and intentional families. In all, I have more than 30 years experience with individual, couples and group therapy and 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 issues related to gender experience, unusual sexual practices and orientations, LGBTQIA concerns and disorders of sex development (DSD or intersex). Any of those conditions can give rise to difficulty in relationships including marriage or partnering and family dynamics including parenting. And, of course, it's common for sexual concerns to be a part of the work on trauma, abuse, anxiety and depression and obsessive or compulsive behaviors. 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 functioning.
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.
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Intimacy-related issues
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 , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Family of Origin Issues , Forgiveness , Gender Dysphoria , Infidelity , Mood Disorders , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexual Dysfunction , Sexuality , Somatization Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LMFT #39231 (Expires: 2022-08-31)
I am so thankful to have him. We dont talk often but when we do i genuinely feel better
Thoughtful, attentive and vocal. Very helpful when avoidance is a challenge
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.
I really value my relationship w Dr.Malin. While I may go some time between sessions. I feel very understood each time. Very solid advisement.
I am very thankful for Dr. Malin Jr. and for everything he has helped me with. He is kind, patient, professional and resourceful. I would, without hesitation, refer a friend or colleague to him.
Dr. Malin (Marty) is not only possessed of an impressive degree of expertise and experience, but is a thoughtful, compassionate listener who provides gentle, pragmatic feedback and helpful questions for further consideration. Moreover, he is a warm and thoroughly decent person. I would recommend him unreservedly.
Dr. Malin is an exceptional counselor who is thoughtful and kind in his approach. I feel like he respects my opinion and supports me in the right ways while challenging me to be more honest with myself. He is helping me be more self-aware and remember to care for myself more. I feel like he has transformed how I look at mental health as a black man and I value my relationship with him.
Very helpful and if you are a believer, he supports that belief.
Dr. Marty is fantastic. He immediately put me at ease - and I was very particular in selecting a therapist! He is genuine, calming and very sharp. I feel so fortunate to have found him!
Marty is caring, a good listener, and is a wonderful guide for anyone looking to learn about themselves and to grow healthier.
Dr. Malin has been very helpful and supportive. He asks questions that help me see different perspectives.
Dr. Malin "Marty" really helped me through a rough time. He's like the dad I've always wanted. He gives excellent and applicable advice, and offers unique insight I hadn't thought of. I was very grateful he did not just respond with "and how does that make you feel?" Ug! That's why I've never liked therapy...because of those stupid and lazy types of responses. Marty actually offers sound advice, while never coming across as preachy or judgmental. I really appreciated all he did for me and will definitely go to him again when I need him.
He has listened so far, we’re still in the Q n A part of it but I have confidence he will help
Marty is the best counselor I ever had. He listens deeply, he is compassionate, absolutely non-judgmental. He asks multiple questions to understand my problem better. He also recommends very useful techniques to ease my anxiety for example. I can only recommend him!
Amazing! He understood me and started directing me in ways I never thought about previously. Always available and encouraging, what a great experience!
Dr. Malin Jr. (aka Marty :) ) is a wonderful therapist. For the longest time I thought I would never be "okay" but it is because of him that I was finally able to learn how to love myself. He listened to my life story actively and was extremely patient and kind even when I struggle to piece it together. His guided questions are thought provoking and powerful allowing the therapy session to continue well after the video conversation has ended. I highly recommend Dr. Marty!
Dr Malin is a great counselor. He really takes the time to understand the issues I bring to him, even if they are extremely ambiguous and complex. He does a great job in breaking them down and helping me find my own answers. I enjoy speaking with Dr. Malin a lot, and has been extremely helpful to my life.
Dr. Malin is simply amazing. After having sessions with him for the past couple months, he makes me feel like my thoughts and feelings are valid. He has taught me some amazing tips and tricks to ease my anxiety when it come to relationships and just life in general. I am so glad to have been matched with Dr. Malin.
Great man, clever methods.
I've only been working with Dr. Malin for a few weeks, and it's been an incredibly rewarding experience so far. I speak to Marty once a week, usually for 60 minutes by phone, and he always gives me much to take away from that hour. I feel like he truly understands my needs and, more importantly, he makes sure that I always FEEL understood, which is so important to me. He provides me with insights that lets me understand myself better, as well as practical advice, which allows me to implement better changes in my life. In the last month that I've been working with Marty, there has already been prominent, positive changes in my life, and for that I am super grateful. My favorite part of our sessions are when he asks me questions to help me explore beyond just the surface of my problems. I'm naturally introspective, so I really appreciate Marty's counseling and communication style. He is skilled, knowledgeable, warm, and has a good sense of humor. I feel fortunate to be working with him.
Dr. Malin, Jr., is very responsive and asks pertinent questions to the situation at hand. He has helped me think through some issues and come to a better or at least clearer understanding of them and myself. He gives me feedback which helps me to focus my attention on "problems" at hand.
Dr. Malin is very quick with helping to identify potential problems or things that need to be tackled within my general concerns. He is very thorough in his descriptions and tends to be very understanding and logical.
Marty understood very quickly what I am struggling with and actively think of ways to help me cope. He is patient when I have a lot of things to get off my chest. He also asks though provoking questions when I don't know what to say or when he wants me to explore some ideas I might not have thought of. He shows that he is interested in me as an individual. He doesn't show any signs of judgement; I feel safe and welcomed when I speak to him over messages and video calls. He is an intelligent and caring person. He's great at challenging my negative thoughts while making sure I'm emotionally supported.
I've been in various forms of counseling over the years (mostly family matters) but it seems like for a variety of reasons this on-line counseling has opened up a basket of goodies that are being dealt with. I'm 60 so not a spring chicken and realize there's so much room to make a better future, but clearing out the cobwebs and making new connections in your brain is fundamental for that to happen.