I'm a therapist because I passionately believe that no one should have to walk through life shackled to an eating disorder, addiction, people-pleasing, or any other self-destructive coping mechanism.
And frankly, I can't stand the thought of you living small because of the lies you believe about yourself that are rooted in past experiences, trauma, anxiety, and depression.
I also believe that:
- You, like the rest of us, were born with inherent worthiness and value. But for a variety of reasons, we sometimes need help being able to perceive our own value/worth, and until we do, that "not good enough" nagging feeling can get in our way big time.
- In our culture (and often in our families), we have some pretty screwed up ideas about femininity, masculinity, success, and beauty — and these often have to be explored and unlearned before we can feel more comfortable being uniquely who we are.
- "Trauma" means a lot more than our old narrow definition leads us to believe. If you find yourself continuously ending up in patterns of self-sabotage or intense self-criticism, I can bet that there are some things from your past that we should dig into so they don't continue to have power over you.
- We all have an ego, and we all have a deeper intuition / inner wise self. It's just that the former is like a fire hydrant spewing in your ear 24/7, and the latter is a well that you have to learn how to intentionally go down into. And that often means connecting with your body, which can be a pretty foreign concept in our digitally-tethered culture.
I've come to these beliefs and formed my therapeutic approach from them not because of any therapy class or textbook, but out of lived experience — my own, and that of the many clients I've had the privilege of working with. I have an insatiable appetite for learning, growing, and continuing to evolve into my best possible life— physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
My purpose with Wonder Well is to share that energy with you to help you tap into the light and passion that’s already inside you.
There are a lot of things I wish could be taught in school but aren't — like how to cope with uncertainty, anxiety, shame, and painful experiences. Or how to deal effectively with conflict and relationship issues. But the good part is that you don't have to figure this all out alone — that's where I come in.
And oh yeah, I'm a real person: When I'm not working, you can find me singing (in a rock band and a choir), enjoying nature, trying out a new recipe, or snuggling up with a cat and my latest Netflix series or a book. (Admittedly, often a therapy book... what can I say, I'm a nerd.)
If you're interested in working with me, check out the tabs above and reach out to me — I look forward to connecting with you.
Phone: 615.617.4947 (call or text)
Office: 1609 Horton Ave
Nashville TN 37212
(Music Row / Edgehill)
Valerie Martin (LCSW, RYT, CSAT Candidate) is a psychotherapist and yoga instructor in Nashville, TN. In addition to her private practice, Valerie is a trauma specialist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she formerly worked as a primary therapist in the eating disorders program. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration and trauma resolution, using EMDR, ego state therapy, yoga (including trauma-sensitive yoga), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and somatic (body-based) and experiential techniques. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie has spoken at numerous behavioral health conferences, primarily in the area of eating disorder treatment. She received a BS in Communications and MSSW in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.