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Micro-what?: An Introduction to Microaggressions

Have you ever been in a situation where your other-ness was, intentionally or unintentionally, blatantly pointed out? Have you ever experienced someone else’s stupid joke or dismissive comment take up way too much space in your mind, long after they’ve…

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In the World of Mainstream Sexuality, Bisexual People are Invisible

It seems that people may be finally starting to lose their grip on the model of “traditional” sexuality (read: heterosexuality). Same-sex marriage is receiving more and more support and legislation, which is wonderful for those who identify as lesbian or…

“I’m So OCD”: How Internalizing Diagnoses & Misusing Labels Hurts Everyone

We’ve all heard this one before. Maybe we’ve even said it ourselves (I won’t judge, I promise): “I’m so OCD. Everything in my kitchen has to be organized or I go crazy!” Or maybe it’s “The weather is so bipolar…

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….

Kristen Martinez Interviewed by CareersinPsychology.org

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

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…