Martha Portman


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.


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

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPCC #E.1800733 (Expires: 2020-06-30)


Written by J.I. on Oct 24, 2019 after counseling 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 by G.I. on Sep 15, 2019 after counseling 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 by K.A. on Jul 29, 2019 after counseling with Martha for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I'm still at the beginning of my journey, but Martha has been so helpful in recommending strategies and responding to my concerns quickly.

Written by J.E. on Jul 28, 2019 after counseling 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 by T.I. on Jul 28, 2019 after counseling 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 by S.T. on Jul 18, 2019 after counseling 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 by R.I. on Jul 17, 2019 after counseling with Martha for 2 weeks 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 have been working with Martha Portman for a couple of weeks or so. I took some time to pick a counselor. I picked Martha Portman because of her experience. From our initial conversation, I had confidence I had made the right choice.

She has helped me work on various issues. She always is very understanding and she has given me some great advice. I would definitely recommend anyone with similar issues to give her a try.

Written by A.S. on Jul 15, 2019 after counseling 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.