Sonia MartinLCSW

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What’s the most profound, insightful, or interesting thing you’ve learned as a mental health professional?

My career trajectory has lent itself to various approaches to the therapeutic relationship. Much of my interactions have been a non-traditional setting, less of a one on one office environment. When working on outreach I learned that speaking with someone at their street location for 15 minutes can be just as powerful as a full hour session in an office. Therapy can look very different from what we imagine or how it is traditionally portrayed, and often can be just as effective.

How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?

Throughout my career I have always worked as part of an interdisciplinary team. I have always found that talking out a case, especially when particularly challenging can open up new approaches and avenues to benefit the client. Ensuring that one has all the information about the client so as to view them from all angles is a key to robust treatment.

In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?

Mental health has always been in the forefront of my life since I was a child. Many members of my family have struggled with bi-polar disorder including my grandmother who lived with us for about 10 years. This is what brought me to the field and inspired me to want to provide support for those struggling with their mental health. This has given me an inherent patience and compassion for those with mental health issues and my clients in particular.

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Addiction

Bipolar disorder

Narcissism

General Expertise

Relationship Issues

Race & Cultural Identity

Social Anxiety

Anger management

Codependency

Drug addiction & abuse

Hoarding

Life transitions

In-Network Insurance

Aetna

All Savers Insurance

Cigna

Nippon Life Insurance Company of America

Optum

UMR

UnitedHealthCare (UHC)

Fees

First Session$150
Couples Therapy$150
Individual Therapy$150

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Strength Based Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

The Gottman Method

Training / Certifications

Mindfulness, CBT -- CUCS

Licensure

  • New York, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 086062

Education

Masters of Social Work, Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families, Hunter College

Bachelors of Arts, Psychology, University of Vermont

Work History

I have a wide range of experience in the field and have worked with diverse populations for the duration of my career. My recent role as a Director has given me the opportunity to train and teach staff in clinical interventions. I have also been able to provide crisis intervention, non traditional therapy, and general mental health assessment as well. Each week I also run a clinical meeting that involves the clinical management staff as well as the on site psychiatrists. We discuss difficult cases and clinical interventions that would best benefit our most challenging and vulnerable clients. For the ten months I have branched out to traditional one on one therapy. This has been extremely rewarding and is part of the reason that I am looking to transition into a therapist role full time. I have enjoyed exercising my clinical skills in a more traditional therapeutic dynamic.

Location

952 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, 11213, NY