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This Relaxation Exercise May Be The Easiest Way To Relieve Stress Or Anxiety

On April 7, 2015, Posted by , In Anxiety,Depression,Relaxation,Stress, By ,, , With No Comments

For many of us, relaxation is a state of mind that can’t be accessed much of the time. It’s more of a dream than a reality, especially when it comes to the times when we need it the most –…


How to Find the Right Counselor or Therapist

So you’ve decided you could probably benefit from talking to a counselor or therapist. Congratulations! That’s a brave first step. But that’s when things may start to feel overwhelming for you. Before you even set foot into a psychotherapist’s office…

“I’m Sorry” for Apologizing

I’ll admit it – I’m an over-apologizer. At least, I used to be. I’m working on it. Recently I’ve begun to notice just how often I say sorry about things… which usually aren’t even my fault in the first place….

Unique Considerations in Counseling Black Men who Have Sex with Men

In many ethnic minority communities, particularly within the black/African-American community, the term “gay” is viewed as pertaining solely to the white male experience; for all intents and purposes, gay equals white. This word has no important personal meaning or significance…

What Do Facebook & Suicide Prevention Have to Do with Each Other? A Lot

This should’ve happened years ago. Luckily, it is happening now. Facebook, the social networking giant, will be beginning to take steps to help users who may be dealing with suicidal ideation. We’ve all been there: scrolling through Facebook’s News Feed,…

Kristen Martinez Interviewed by

I have been featured as a “Counseling Expert” by for my specialty as an LGBT+ affirmative counselor. You can read the entire interview here. Photo credit: – Kristen Martinez, M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHCA, NCC Therapist in Seattle

Kristen Martinez Featured in Article Examining LGBT Portrayals in Ads

On November 17, 2014, Posted by , In Discrimination,LGBT,Miniroty,Uncategorized, By , With No Comments

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Kelsey Meany, a reporter for Generation Progress, about the status of LGBT rights as pertaining to advertising. Check out the full article below! Photo credit: Generation Progress – Kristen Martinez, M.Ed., Ed.S.,…

Comedian Wayne Brady Shows that Depression is No Laughing Matter

On November 4, 2014, Posted by , In Counseling,Depression,Therapy, By , , With No Comments

Practically on the heels of Robin Williams’ death, a fellow comedian shares what it’s like to live with depression – Wayne Brady, of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” fame. Wayne Brady recently opened up to Entertainment Tonight about his struggles…

Why Do We Love to be Scared?

On October 29, 2014, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

As Halloween approaches and we are surrounded by haunted houses, zombie corn mazes, Wasco clown sightings, and horror movie marathons, it all begs the question: why do we seek out things that make us feel downright terrified? Why do we…

Feeling Sad this Time of Year? It Might be SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, you might be starting to feel a bit different than your usual self. Maybe you can’t pinpoint it specifically, but you know you tend to feel worse in the winter…