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“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 today! First it rained, and now it’s sunny. What the…

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 her knowledge and unique perspective in the article, which you…

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 – when we’re in situations where we’re surrounded by chaos, feeling…

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 and begin to tackle the issues you’ve been struggling with,…

“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. Stupid things, silly things that I have no place to…

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 for many boys and men of color. This can be…

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, something catches our eye – an ambiguous post by a…

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

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., LMHCA, NCC Therapist in Seattle

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 with depression, culminating on his 42nd birthday. Talking about depression,…