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Ask a Therapist: Do counselors/therapists give advice?

On June 17, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling,Therapy, With No Comments

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist The good ones don’t! Advice is what everyone else in your life gives you when you’re having a problem or going through an issue, and as you might recall, your relationship with your therapist is unlike…

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Ask a Therapist: How long should I see a therapist/counselor for?

On June 17, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling,Therapy, By ,, , With No Comments

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist In most cases, for as long as you want to! The beauty of therapy is that the control is in your hands. If you think that, after working with a counselor or therapist for several sessions,…

Ask a Therapist: Is counseling/therapy just for people with severe mental illness?

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist Counseling and therapy has long been assumed to only be appropriate for people with severe mental health issues, but that isn’t the whole truth; therapy can help anyone who is looking for a different perspective, self-awareness,…

Ask a Therapist: How much does therapy/counseling cost?

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist Counseling and therapy can vary in price, sometimes dramatically. Therapy can range from completely free (as when therapists offer up pro bono slots), to what is known as “sliding scale” or “reduced rate” (where your financial…

Ask a Therapist: How is counseling different from talking to my best friend?

On June 9, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling,Therapy, By , , With No Comments

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist Counseling is much different from talking to your best friend. Whether you realize it or not, your best friends, as supportive as they may be, always have some sort of “angle”. Let’s face it – they’re…

Ask a Therapist: Can counselors or therapists prescribe medications?

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist Counselors and therapists usually cannot prescribe medications, unless they hold an additional degree as a prescriber (like an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner or a psychiatrist). Counselors and therapists will work in conjunction with medication prescribers, but…

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…

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…

Kristen Martinez Interviewed by Thriveworks

Thriveworks has quoted Kristen Martinez in a comprehensive and intriguing blog post about the downsides of being “too attractive”. Since she has an underlying background of feminist theory and one of her specialties is women’s issues, Kristen wanted to share…