Martin Therapy Group
About Nanette Martin – 815-464-8577
I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling and am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I have been working in the mental health field for the past 32 years in a wide range of settings. This background has allowed me to be very open and non-judgmental in my work. I draw from a wide range of therapeutic models including Cognitive-Behavioral, Relational, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Gestalt and Focusing therapies.
I specialize in working with people who identify themselves as:
-codependents (people who love too much)
I help my clients find true, unyielding compassion for themselves as well as meaning and focus for their lives (basically the journey to “who am I?”).
I find that when my client and I work together in a very collaborative way toward these two things, the anxiety and stress gradually subsides in their life. The “rat race” experience of life begins to fall away. Hope, creativity, and peace of mind emerge in its place.
The way I often describe the therapy process to a new client is that it’s like we’re sitting across from each other with a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle between us. The puzzle is your life (your past, your present, and your future). Together we observe how all of it fits together and makes sense. We go to the past in order to gain perspective and understand how unconscious patterns can develop and work to find ways around them. We look at present relationships (with yourself and others) to learn where to make adjustments. We look to the future to understand your hopes and dreams and build new ones where there are none. We move the puzzle pieces around in different ways until the picture becomes clearer and clearer.
One of my clients recently commented on her therapy process by saying that she wishes there wasn’t still such a stigma that going to a therapy showed weakness. She said she feels that it takes strength of character to take something like this on. She described that the changes in her life, especially in her family, are so profound she wishes she had started sooner. She now sees the process as just a normal part of health and wellbeing. Well said!
Another of my clients who was aware that I was putting together a website asked if she could write of her experience in order to help others try counseling. This is what she wrote:
“Nanette Martin has changed my life. She is vivacious, caring, upbeat, and understanding. She is powerful, realistic, and human. I wish I had met her years ago, but I guess God connected me to her at just the right time”.
My hope for you is that you don’t wait any longer to give counseling a try. What would it hurt just to give it a shot? Imagine how much it could help!