For the past 5 years, I've worked as a therapist (and now also yoga instructor) in one of the country's best residential treatment centers. I also have my own private therapy practice specializing in eating disorders and trauma. When I'm not working, you can find me singing (in a rock band and a choir), enjoying the outdoors, and experimenting with animal-friendly cooking. My favorite way to spend is a lazy day is snuggled up with a cat and a book.
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.
It is my belief that we are all born with inherent value, worth, and dignity. But I know first-hand that we too often forget the brightness of our own light, especially when it gets covered under layer upon layer of self-loathing, comparison, procrastination, and other forms of dis-ease — over-thinking, over-drinking, mindless eating, retail therapy, relationship-hopping, anyone?
I certainly wasn’t always this optimistic about life. Between climbing out of the emotional hell of an eating disorder, and losing two family members to suicide, it became increasingly clear to me that this is the most important work I could do with my time on this planet.
I’ve certainly made my share of choices I’m not so proud of, and to say that I have no regrets would be BS. Nonetheless, I'm incredibly grateful that the windy path I have taken to this point in my life has landed me here and lit the fire I have to help others heal wounds that are holding them back, and reignite their own flame — because the world really does need your little light.
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.
Office: 1609 Horton Ave, Nashville TN 37212
Valerie Martin (LCSW, RYT, CSAT Candidate) is a therapist and yoga instructor at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, sex & love addiction, and co-occurring mental health issues. She also has a private therapy practice in Nashville, TN. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration and trauma resolution, using EMDR, yoga (including trauma-sensitive yoga), mindfulness-based therapies including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, experiential & psychodrama, 12-step, and integration of spirituality. Valerie is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. She has spoken at numerous behavioral health conferences, primarily in the area of eating disorder treatment. Valerie received her BS in Communications and MSSW in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin.
All opinions expressed on this website are my own.