Nancy Martin, LMFT
A Calling to the Helping Profession
You may agree that our life experiences, though sometimes challenging, can provide life direction. And so I had found that after working for many years in Corporate Information Technology, I discovered a calling to the helping profession. This discovery occurred after starting one of Connecticut’s first support groups for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at my place of employment. Right away 15 people joined.
Later, I pursued a Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at The University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut and completed my degree in 1996.
The Mind/Body Connection
After graduating with my Master’s Degree, I went on to complete clinical training in Mind/Body Medicine at the Mind/Body Medical Institute in Boston. Knowing the immense value of this education, as well as my own personal experience in healing, I began speaking on the connection between stress and illness at the University of Connecticut to groups such as the Lupus Foundation of America, CT Chapter and the Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Association of Connecticut.
Integrating Therapies for Individuals, Couples and Families
Today, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Farmington, my education is extraordinarily helpful as I integrate body awareness and mindfulness along with stress-reduction techniques into sessions with clients of all ages.
My gentle and inviting office overlooks the beautiful Farmington River in Farmington. It is here people from all walks of life come for rest and rejuvenation in a safe environment.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy
Certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (an evidence-based eye movement therapy similar to EMDR) I frequently use this technique to help people resolve issues and become unstuck in 1-5 sessions. The feedback people give about this therapy is astounding.
Being an advocate for people on the Autism Spectrum for many years, I continue to have a special passion for people living with Autism and their families. Clients include adults with high functioning ASD and may be married or in relationships, as well as many others on the spectrum, including non-verbal individuals. Teens and young adults are seen for personal development, to improve awareness and for social skills, as well as any matters that are important to them. Parents and siblings too can come for support.
An Activist for Marriage and Family Therapy
For over 20 years I have been a member of the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
As a former member of the CTAMFT Legislative Committee, I vigorously advocated for Marriage and Family Therapists in Connecticut schools. The MFTs in Schools bill was passed in 2013.
For more than 18 years I have been and continue to be a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Nancy Martin, LMFT Provides Support and Education
With a natural love of people, I honor the courage and determination of individuals, couples and families on life’s journey. Therefore I provide support and education for those who wish to explore relationship improvement, the journey of healing through grief and loss, stress reduction, chronic illness, anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I deeply honor the spiritual beliefs of every individual.
“If there is one thing I can say that I bring to my work, it is that I believe in and celebrate the special gifts of every person. It is this belief, I’ve found, that helps people to see their own unique qualities and energizes them to succeed.”
On Staff is Central Connecticut State University graduate intern, Alex Agostini. Alex is seeing people with Autism as well as neurotypicals (those not on the spectrum). Besides traditional office hours he is available to see clients on weekends upon request.
Alex Agostini, Marriage and Family Therapist
Having known Nancy Martin for many years, I am sharing office space with her at Wellness Counseling.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies at Keene State University before pursuing a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).
My MFT education and training allows me to pursue my passion in helping others overcome anxiety, depression, and psychological conflict using my unique insights and natural compassion for others enduring mental strife.
Bettering the Lives of People with ASD
Diagnosed with high functioning ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) as a child, I overcame many of the obstacles that came with the diagnosis. This has inspired me to focus my interventions specifically for clients who are also on the spectrum, as well as their spouses, partners and families. In addition, I see individuals, couples and families who are neurotypical (not on the spectrum) experiencing anxiety, depression and communications issues.
My goals are to promote empowerment for ASD clients, educate and help non-disabled persons understand the condition better, and promote social change that will better the lives of people with ASD, their families and society.
“You need not tackle the problem on your own. At Wellness Counseling we are committed to improving the lives of our clients and their relatives.”