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Our behavior, including thoughts and feelings, has meaning no matter how painful it has become. One goal of therapy is to identify the purpose our behaviors once served, to help us change through understanding ourselves and our effect on others.
My clients and I tell each other the truth as we see it. Our truths likely change over time as we gain more insight and understanding.
My clients and I collaborate. Many problems clients bring to me can be solved in a short time through empathic, rational discussion, or the application of proven techniques. However, we are all the product of a long interaction between our environment and our unique selves. Many problems require a healing relationship with a therapist as well as developing insight and practicing healing changes in behavior.
I do not believe it necessary that clients waste precious time
suffering when I could alleviate their suffering by giving them some simple
information – for example, about what constitutes “normal” behavior. It
is true that most profound change occurs when clients experience great truths
and insights about their lives at a deep feeling level, rather than through
hearing something I say. Some clients, in order to develop a strong
sense of self and feelings of integrity, need to take time telling me about
their experiences, goals and dreams. But state-of-the-art techniques,
for example in treating anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors,
have been demonstrated to be more effective than traditional talk
Ken Martin LMFT completed practica or internships in the following settings:
· A child psychiatric ward
Ken Martin also worked on a crisis line and on
inpatient and outpatient hospital AIDS wards
Ken Martin was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and lived for extended periods in Ireland, London, New York, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. He worked as a journalist based in London before coming to the U.S., where he attended Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude and phi beta kappa with Honors in Psychology and winning the Pack Prize for Psychology. He earned an MA at the University of Minnesota and an MS at San Francisco State University, and completed over 3,000 hours of clinical experience before being licensed as a marriage and family therapist.
During Martin’s career as a journalist he covered events as diverse as
student demonstrations in Paris, Czechoslovakia in the days after the Russian
invasion, a NATO exercise in Arctic Norway, and a revolt in the British
· Kroll, J., Sines, L.,
Martin, K., et al., Borderline personality disorder: Construct validity
of the concept. Archives of General Psychiatry 1981; 38: 1021-1026.
Ken Martin’s articles on social issues include features on:
· a prisoner’s first days
after release (The Sunday Times Magazine, with photographs by Snowdon)