Valerie Martin, LCSW

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

About Me

You're tired of always feeling overwhelmed, on autopilot, or stuck in your head with anxiety and insecurities. Self-defeating beliefs and patterns are seriously getting in the way of your goals, work, or relationships. And maybe you also struggle with food, body image, or past events / traumas that make you wonder if you'll *ever* feel okay in your own skin. Did I just just describe you? Let's talk. I'm not a passive therapist-- I roll up my sleeves and give you tangible strategies to deal more effectively in the moment with difficult experiences, thoughts, and feelings. I help my clients learn how to be more assertive and authentic, and less focused on people-pleasing, perfectionism, approval-seeking, and the "shoulds" that weigh them down. I use EMDR, ACT, IFS, and somatic and experiential techniques to bridge the gap between head and heart, mind and body. I'm committed to helping you break through what's been blocking you from a compassionate relationship with yourself and deeper connection with your partner, family & friends. With this clarity, you're better equipped to engage your passion & purpose to contribute to the world in the ways you deeply desire.

Education & Experience

University of Texas - MSSW (2012) Certified Hypnotherapist Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Registered Yoga Teacher (with trauma-informed + mental health specialty training) Completed year-long ecopsychology training

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Nashville Psychotherapy Institute EMDRIA Association of Contextual & Behavioral Science Small World Yoga Nashville Adult Literacy Council Nashville Tree Foundation

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Group
  • LGBTQ+

Insurance

  • Sliding Scale