Dr. Marika Martin, Phd, LCMFT, who sees clients in Maryland, Virginia, and DC, holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Master’s in Family and Child Studies. She has worked with couples, individuals, and families for more than 17 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland, Virginia, and DC, and a Certified Family Life Educator.
She also is trained in a divorce prevention technique called Discernment Therapy and a trauma therapy called EMDR. She works with couples, individuals, children, adolescents, and families on a wide variety of concerns.
She describes her approach as eclectic, because she uses techniques from a variety of therapy models, including Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples, which focuses on restoring emotional connection. She believes that improving a relationship often depends on addressing underlying communication problems.
Dr. Martin also has extensive training in the use of EMDR, a powerful, short-term, cognitive technique known to create rapid breakthroughs in treating trauma and facilitating personal growth.
She believes that being genuine is an important part of being a therapist, observing that couples are more likely to open up when they feel comfortable and safe, and trust her as their therapist.
She has conducted research on African American university students’ attitudes about marriage, as well as on relationship satisfaction of Black, interracial, and multi-ethnic couples.