Suzanne Martinez

(MA, LMFT)

About Me

Hello!
I have been working as a marriage and family therapist for twenty-years. I am licensed in Illinois. In my practice. In December 2020, I completed all the requirements to become an Illinois Supreme Court Approved Mediator for Judicial Circuit Courts. In all my work I focus on strengths, aspirations, and in developing a vision for your life. In my work, I focus primarily on the present and future, specifically working on, “How to feel better, right now.” Too often therapy focuses solely on the past; it almost always includes failed relationships of all types, and negative childhood memories. Looking at these painful issues do not usually yield symptom relief. Often the insights gained from rehashing the past do not help you move forward. I know that we all carry emotional baggage, we will not ignore it, but we will address your past as clinically necessary. Over examination of the past drains your energy to change. We work in the NOW, to energize behaviors in order to activate change.

Being fully engaged in the now, without placing negative judgement on your circumstances, allows you to become diagnostic of your present situation. People who are “now” focused, ask themselves, “What do I want, now? and What do I need, now? These questions prepare you to be action forward as oppose to being reactive and being stuck in ruminative thinking patterns. Through mindfulness you will learn to take the moment and savor both the good and bad of it. You will learn the magic and personal power found in saying these two words, “For now.” You will not be bound exclusively to your past.

I see clients who tell me, “I am stuck, and my life is not working.” I use a variety of therapeutic orientations in order to help my clients gain insight about their life circumstances. I pose other points of view and perspectives to expose disordered thinking. I offer resources, information about alternative choices. I often use humor because it is good to laugh. I actively listen and give support to my clients. Some of the issues that I have worked on with these clients include low self-esteem, depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, panic attacks, job problems, family issues, divorce, and work-life balance problems.

I also see clients who enter therapy for personal growth and this therapy is part of their self-care plan. These are clients who are not depressed, not terribly anxious, not dealing with trauma or any major mental health issue. These clients want to process “their stuff” with somebody who is objective, listens and is helpful. These clients are folks who want to put “The Wow” in their life process. The focus of this therapy is about maximizing strengths to achieve personal aspirations.

I am often told that I feel more like a life coach than a therapist. Most trained and licensed therapists are "coaches." We support you as the client to achieve a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance. Unlike a life coach, I have been trained to also deal with specific mental health issues that life coaches do not have the training to do.

I believe that it is important to create a space that you can honor your feelings, to gain insight; but equally important, the space needs to foster support and encouragement “to do life.” Know that I will hold you accountable “to do” what you have learned from therapy. Insight alone does not make a meaningful life, living your best version does…let’s visit more.

SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS:
• Stress, Anxiety, Panic Attacks
• Relationship issues
• Life Transitions
• Divorce, Blending Families
• Job Coaching/ Job Performance Issues


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties
  • Coaching
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #166000614 (Expires: 2023-02-28)


Reviews

Written by O.L. on May 13, 2021 after counseling with Suzanne for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Suzanne is amazing. She always knows the right thing to say and I feel like she understands things about me that I haven't even had a chance to say myself. She has really helped me through the most difficult time of my life.

Written by D.A. on May 03, 2021 after counseling with Suzanne for 7 months on issues concerning self esteem, and career difficulties

Suzanne is an awesome counselor! She helped me work through the personal issues I was having which helped me become the best version of myself. I would definitely recommended her.

Written by J.A. on Oct 04, 2020 after counseling with Suzanne for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Suzanne is great! I highly recommend working with her.

Written by J.E. on Sep 18, 2020 after counseling with Suzanne for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Suzanne has been a great counselor to me so far. I am only a month into using BetterHelp and I feel like I have already learned a lot from her. She walks me through my thought process and helps me to grow from them. I would definitely recommend Suzanne to anyone looking into therapy.