About Margaret

Restorative therapy for individuals and couples.

Margaret MartinI provide therapy to individuals and couples in a safe, comfortable setting. Many people who give up on therapy do so because they haven’t found the right "fit" with a therapist. Choosing a therapist with whom you feel comfortable is paramount to starting the therapeutic process. I offer a free thirty-minute consultation for individuals and couples interested in starting therapy. This is an opportunity to meet face to face to discuss your therapeutic goals and how I can help you. We can decide together if my background and your goals are a good match.

I have a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My 20+ years of clinical experience includes providing therapy in an inpatient treatment facility, an intensive outpatient program, a medical practice, and in private practice. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, couple, and family therapy.

I approach my work with clients from a combination of psychodynamic psychotherapy (based on Freudian theory), attachment theory, and interpersonal neurobiology. Our past experiences, including in infancy, influence our current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The unconscious mind creates our defenses and drives self-defeating behaviors. Repressed feelings feed symptoms of depression, anxiety, and chronic pain, disrupting relationships, and interfering with the ability to enjoy life. Exploring how out-dated defense mechanisms impede current function creates space for growth and freedom in our lives. Gaining a new understanding of past experiences and relationships can help us in our current lives as we develop new coping skills and strategies for living.

Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), a psychodynamic psychotherapy model, informs all of my clinical work. ISTDP promotes accelerated symptom reduction in depression, anxiety, PTSD, and somatoform disorders. In addition, I incorporate a variety of therapeutic interventions as part of the process depending on individual needs. These include Somatic Experiencing, Emotional Transformation Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive-behavioral therapy, deep relaxation and mindfulness work, radical acceptance, and clinical hypnosis.

For my work with couples, I use the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT). I began studying with Stan Tatkin, Psy D, the developer of PACT and co-founder of the PACT Institute in 2012. I continue to have monthly case consultations with Stan and am a member of the PACT Institute's Ambassador Program.

On a personal level, I'm a bit of a neuroscience geek and love learning about the latest research regarding how our brains function and how that applies to the healing process. I'm also passionate about knitting and other fiber arts and take almost any opportunity to get my creative juices flowing.

Advanced Training

Regular participation in professional training increases my knowledge base and keeps me up to date on current research and best practices in psychotherapy. I'm committed to lifelong learning and typically average about 100 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) per year, rather than the 15 hours required by my licensing board. I've had the privilege to train with some of the leaders in the field of psychotherapy, including Stan Tatkin, Jon Frederickson, Allan Abbass, and Peter Levine. Some of the advanced training I've attended over the past several years are listed below, along with my professional affiliations.

Attachment, Trauma, & PTSD

Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Core Skills, Year 3, The Institute for ISTDP Training, Jon Frederickson, MSW, current

ISTDP Halifax Immersion, Mastering the ISTDP Trial Therapy, Dr. Allan Abbass, September 2020

Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Core Skills, Years 1 & 2, The Institute for ISTDP Training, Jon Frederickson, MSW, 2018-2020

Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT), Levels I, II, III, IV, & V Steven Vazquez, PhD, LPC-S, 2018, 2019

Somatic Experiencing Master Class, Through the Eye of the Needle, Part I, Peter Levine, PhD, 2018

Bodywork and Somatic Education (BASE), Dave Berger, MFT, PT, LCMHC, MA, SEP, 2017

Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma, Sandra Paulsen, PhD, 2017

Somatic Experiencing, Advanced, Modules I and II, Berns Galloway, MEd, CCC, SEP, 2016

Somatic Experiencing Master Class, Depression and Healthy Aggression, Peter Levine, PhD, 2015

Penetrating Defenses and Surmounting Shame, Jon Frederickson, LICSW, and Susan Warshow, LCSW, 2015

Somatic Experiencing, Intermediate, Modules I, II, and III, Maggie Kline, MS, MFT, SEP, 2015

Somatic Experiencing, Beginning, Modules I, II, and III, Maggie Kline, MS, MFT, SEP, 2014

Treating Migraines with Integrated EMDR, David Marcus, PhD., 2014

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) International Association Conference, 2013

EMDR Level I, Roy Kiessling, LISW, 2007

EMDR Level II, Rick Levinson, LCSW, 2007

Couple Therapy

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, Level III, Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT current

The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, Ellyn Bader, Ph.D., year-long training, 2018

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Level III, Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, 2016

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Level II, Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, 2014

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Level II, Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, 2013

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Level I, Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, 2012

Emotionally Focused Therapy with Traumatized Couples, Sue Johnson, Ed.D. November 2017

Gender, Sex, & Sexuality

Consensual Non-Monogamy with Elisabeth Sheff, Ph.D., CSE & David Ley, Ph.D., March 2018

Central Texas Transgender Health Alliance Conference, September 2017

Come As You Are: Secrets from the Science of Female Sexuality, Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., May 2016

Consultation & Supervision

In order to hone my skills as a therapist, I participate in multiple forms of deliberate practice (DP). DP is a purposeful form of practice and skill-building for the specific goal of performance improvement. Individuals from a broad range of professions such as professional athletes, dancers, musicians, artists, medical professionals, and teachers use various types of DP. DP takes many forms including mindful skill-building, receiving coaching from experts in the field, peer supervision, intentional self-supervision, and observation of video-recorded sessions. In addition to doing each of those regularly, I participate in the following groups:

Peer supervision group with other therapists, weekly

Weekly supervision from a faculty member in the ISTDP Institute.

Two consultation groups with Stan Tatkin, one monthly and one quarterly.

Assisting in Somatic Experiencing training.

One-on-one peer consultation with a colleague, weekly.

Professional Affiliations

The PACT Institute, Member, Ambassador*

International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Lifetime Member

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Emotional Transformation Therapy International Association

International Center for Clinical Excellence

National Association of Social Workers

Austin Group Psychotherapy Society

Trauma-Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas

Austin In Connection

*The goals of the PACT Ambassador Program are to increase awareness of PACT, to build PACT’s reputation, establish thought leadership, and support and empower Ambassadors to expand their impact within the therapist community.

Education

Masters of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, 1999

Bachelor of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, 1998

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