When my now-husband and I were counseled by Stephen, he asked
excellent questions and offered healing empathy. But what
makes him a truly GREAT therapist is his almost uncanny ability
to perceive your real issues and guide you into a new--and
much better--chapter of your relationship.
- Pamela. San Francisco,
Stephen Martin has been our families
touch stone for many years. Six years ago, my husband and
I came to him seeking his help in tuning up a marriage that
badly needed a facilitator. I went to him that first day with
reservations running deep. Shrinks.
In his counseling room, that first day with him, I immediately
knew I would like this guy. He was warm, up-front and willing
to share some of his own stories. He felt that a marriage
counselor was key in helping a marriage through the inevitable
rough roads. Of course, it has to be the "right"
kind of marriage counselor, and Stephen was that for us. He
never made one partner feel like the villain, as so many couples
complain about when they go to counseling. After 6 months,
we felt better as a couple.
One year ago, we went back to Stephen as a family. My then
16-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter came along with us.
Stephen was very helpful in this arena as well. Making sure
the kids knew that our concerns and boundaries were coming
from a place called love, and sometimes straight up fear.
This year, our 17-year-old son is going to him alone, once
a week and finding Stephen to be extremely helpful in helping
him navigate his world he is in, and the world he will soon
encounter as a young man without the safety net of his family.
I am very grateful to Stephen for all of us, and I recommend
his skills and expertise to everyone that needs that occasional
tweak in this journey we call love, marriage and family.
- Trina. Montara,
San Francisco Bay Area.