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Psychological healing in the heart of south Austin.

Margaret Martin, LCSW, SEP

I firmly believe that all humans have the capacity to heal, regardless of the emotional wounds we may experience along the way. I specialize in the treatment of trauma, particularly complex trauma. Many people think “trauma” only refers to surviving a war, or the horrific events of 9/11. The reality is that we all go through trauma of some type. Therapists describe “big-t” trauma, meaning life-threatening events such as those listed above, and “little-t” traumas, such as being bullied in school, having a toxic work environment, or going through a divorce. None of us escapes this world without accumulating our own traumatic experiences, and they all take their toll.

Regardless of the severity of the trauma, healing is possible. Because one size does not fit all, I use a variety of therapeutic techniques to help clients move through the healing process in a safe and gentle way. Tools in my toolbox include Somatic Experiencing, Emotional Transformation Therapy, EMDR, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Bodywork and Somatic Education, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness techniques, and radical acceptance.

In addition to working with individuals, I have the great pleasure of working with couples. I particularly enjoy working with couples with trauma. I’ve worked successfully with couples with histories of substance abuse, infidelity, other forms of betrayal, and out of control sexual behavior. I welcome same-sex couples, trans folk, and straight couples. I studied with Stan Tatkin, PsyD, for five years and use his model, a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT).

Listening to Dr. Tatkin’s audible download "Your Brain on Love" will save you time and money in couple therapy.  You can find more information on Stan Tatkin, PsyD, and the PACT model here.

Areas of treatment

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Post-partum Depression, developmental/attachment trauma, Bipolar Disorder, psychological aspects of chronic pain and illness, female pelvic pain, recovery from childbirth trauma, and childbirth preparation.

About Me

I'm an avid knitter, weaver, embroiderer, and all-around fiber arts junkie. I love creating beautiful things out of yarn. I am also a brain science nerd and enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with clients, colleagues, friends, and anyone who will sit still long enough. I’m passionate about healing trauma and learning the most effective ways to help my clients. My training experiences, in particular SE, ISTDP, and PACT, have been life-changing and contributed exponentially to my own journey of growth and healing.