Martha Portman

LPCC, LMHC

About me

Multiculturally aware, bilingual, independently licensed mental health therapist who understands that compassion and relationship building are at the core of the healing process. I am a trauma-informed, dialectical, and person-centered clinician who believes in both practical and deeply, emotionally based healing processes.

I am a graduate of John Carroll University and have 9 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked with clients in various community mental health settings with problems ranging from situational life stress to severe mental illness. Some special interests include: PTSD and trauma related disorders, anxiety disorders, life transitions, parenting issues, existential issues, couples counseling and personality disorders. I have also completed multiple research projects focusing on anxiety and the efficacy of different treatment modalities. I possess the skills, expertise and compassion to help individuals with a wide range of issues or concerns.

I take a person-centered approach, where I work on building a strong therapeutic relationship with each client in order to help them reach their greatest potential and work towards reaching their goals. I believe that connection and relationship are the two foundations to personal growth. The strength of the relationship is based on my ability to maintain a non-judgmental, trusting and validating environment for the client while encouraging growth. My techniques include an integrative approach, combining multiple techniques, with an emphasis on Mindfulness-based techniques and DBT skills.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

Licensing

OH LPCC E.1800733-SUPV

MA LMHC 12898

OR LPC C6542

WA LMHC LH61253615

KY LPCC 261630


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Martha Portman . We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on May 18, 2022 after therapy with Martha for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Martha has been very helpful with all of my worries, concerns and trauma when I was at a lost of self identity and figuring out how to better communicate with all of my relationships. She really help explain and she'd to light a lot of different parallels with childhood trauma and current life. The worksheets and goals sheets she gave really help to see what I need to work on or see the patterns of behaviors into a different perspective. Very grateful to have worked with her.

Written on Apr 13, 2022 after therapy with Martha for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues

I like feel she gets me.

Written on Apr 09, 2022 after therapy with Martha for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She is amazing, she tells me what I need to hear and things I never realized. It really helps me on how I should think, what to accept and what not to accept. Martha is the best.

Written on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with Martha for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Compassionate and kind, while still guiding me and keeping me focused on my therapy goals.

Written on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Martha for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Very open minded and willing to listen. Good at letting me talk at my own pace, and adapting to methods that work best for me. I would recommend her to anyone that wants or needs help because she'll work to make you feel comfortable while at the same time being honest to help you make progress.

Written on Jun 04, 2021 after therapy with Martha for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

So far, this has been a great experience. Martha has done a great job in helping me figure out a lot of the root causes of what I feel today. I can’t recommend her enough.

Written on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Martha for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Martha is extremely good at what she does. She’s very insightful when she responds and gives me different ways of thinking about things. Even though she doesn’t do video or call currently, the connection between a counselor and a patient isn’t lost.

Written on Apr 08, 2021 after therapy with Martha for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Martha has done an incredible job of getting to know me and my personal situation. She has offered so much affirmation and encouragement along the way - I look forward to getting into more applicable therapy once this initial processing phase is more completed and she has a better idea for what I need/want to work on/process through. I already feel more hope than I did before I started counseling with Martha, and I look forward to seeing what comes of our time together going forward.

Written on Mar 17, 2021 after therapy with Martha for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, eating disorders, and anger management

She’s amazing, I feel like I’ve known her for years. I feel like she helps me everyday with what I need.

Written on Feb 28, 2021 after therapy with Martha for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and self esteem

I really like how much Martha listens to whatever I have to say and is extremely supportive when my voice felt like it wasn't being heard. She is sweet and lets me vent about things I have been stressing about. I highly recommend her!

Written on Nov 11, 2020 after therapy with Martha for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Martha has really helped me get to the root of my anxiety. I feel like I've been making really good progress with her help!

Written on Nov 07, 2020 after therapy with Martha for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

I’m so glad I was paired with Martha. She quickly helped me feel at ease and I was able to be completely honest with her. I feel so much better after several months of therapy. I highly recommend her!

Written on Nov 02, 2020 after therapy with Martha for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I love the text medium of communication, I think it helps feel like I’m getting it out of my system. She looks at my concerns thoroughly and addresses each one where I feel like before I wasnt being understood completely because of how complex my situation is . I appreciate her methods and they have been very helpful so far !

Written on Oct 16, 2020 after therapy with Martha for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, self esteem, and adhd

Martha has been very helpful in dealing with many of my concerns and areas of struggle when it comes to mental health. Her perspective extends beyond that of every other counsellor / therapist I have worked with before. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who wishes to better understand themselves.

Written on Sep 29, 2020 after therapy with Martha for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Martha is very kind and professional! She's excellent at working out what the root cause for issues are, then working out how to handle it. 10/10!

Written on May 27, 2020 after therapy with Martha for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I worked with Martha Portman for a few months. It was a wonderful experience and I think she did a lot to help with my anxiety. She helps in a way that isn’t uncomfortable or stressful.

Written on Feb 02, 2020 after therapy with Martha for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Martha has been instrumental in getting me through my separation. Without her, I would be in a very dark place. I cannot thank her enough for helping me, we still have a long way to go but I am optimistic about the future now.

Written on Jan 24, 2020 after therapy with Martha for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Martha has been a huge help in working towards better self-care, as well as a stronger sense of self-worth. She's respectful and understanding, and very accessible. I would recommend her to any of my family or friends.

Written on Nov 23, 2019 after therapy with Martha for 3 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Martha Portman was my very first counseling experience, and I am amazed at how willing and eager she to tackle my issues with me. Every response was comprehensive and always kept the progress moving forward. She immediately helped me establish goals for myself, and I look forward to exceeding them. I highly recommend Martha to anyone, you can truly tell she cares for her patients.

Written on Oct 24, 2019 after therapy with Martha for 3 months

I want to share with you how wonderful my experience with BetterHelp has been, particularly with Martha Portman. In my few months with her, I already feel I know myself better, that I have better tools for processing, that I am professionally cared for, and that I am becoming healthier and happier. She and BH have been a true gift to me.

Written on Sep 15, 2019 after therapy with Martha for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and eating disorders

Martha is a good counselor, non-judgmental, patient and has helped me work through complex feelings with a variety of tools and techniques suited to the challenges we were exploring.

Written on Jul 28, 2019 after therapy with Martha for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

The time I spent with Martha was invaluable. She is kind and supportive and very quick to reply. I am very grateful for her help during a difficult transition in my life.

Written on Jul 28, 2019 after therapy with Martha for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and coping with life changes

I'm amazed at how well BetterHelp matched me with a counselor. I feel like she tapped in to what I needed almost immediately. She offers great and well thought out advice and responds quickly. Her words have calmed me when I needed it. I'm going through a very tough time and it's nice to know she's there when I need her!

Written on Jul 18, 2019 after therapy with Martha for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Martha is great! She listens to my concerns, responds in a timely manner and allows me to express my feelings and concerns in a safe space. Would highly recommend her!

Written on Jul 15, 2019 after therapy with Martha for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Each session with Martha has a learning that we both agree on, she’s been giving me many insights I didn’t realize before. She’s not judgmental or inconsiderate. I’ve been acting on her advice and I feel much better.

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