I offer a safe place for you to tell your story in an atmosphere of acceptance. Whether life has thrown you a curve or you find yourself on a “hamster wheel” repeating unhealthy patterns, these are times when self-exploration is the means to move forward. Therapy provides an avenue to identify patterns that no longer serve you, find the strengths that can sustain you, and develop resiliency to face new challenges. It is work, but it is rewarding work that will serve to improve your relationship with others and even with yourself. My strengths as a therapist are my genuine interest in you and your experience, compassionate objectivity, and a sense of humor. I am committed to seeing you as whole person, not merely a diagnosis or collection of behaviors, and then assisting you with clarifying your goals and reaching them.
I provide counseling to adults 18 years of age and older. I draw from various theoretical and treatment modalities dependent on the client’s needs, including compassion focused therapy (CFT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, attachment theory, object relations and psychodynamic theory. I am experienced in working with clients who have diagnoses of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder, and schizophrenia, as well as individuals experiencing distress from life transitions and relationship challenges. I have special expertise in working with clients who are addicted to tobacco and want to quit. I trained at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for treatment of tobacco addiction, and I am a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. My approach is relational, educational, and client centered.
My background was quite varied before I became a therapist. My undergraduate degrees are in film theory and criticism as well as French language and literature. I have worked on movies you have never heard. I also spent many years working in Austin real estate as an appraiser and a Realtor. Outside of work, travel is my passion and cooking my creative outlet. I love exploring new places and experimenting with new recipes and flavors I have discovered. When I'm not planning my next trip, I'm reading my book club's next selection, catching a classic movie at the Paramount, or walking the hike and bike trail around Town/Lady Bird Lake.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Coping with life changes
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue Read more...
LCSW #58209 (Expires: 2021-04-30)
Martha is excellent. She's kind, patient, listens well, and has very insightful ideas. I always feel better after talking to her!