martha stewart mft
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martha stewart mft
Individual Therapy  
  Couples Therapy
  Family Therapy
  Relationship Issues
  Anxiety and Stress
  Life Transitions
  Recovery Issues
  Abuse Issues
  Grief Therapy
  Spiritual Growth
  Speaking and Teaching
Martha de Laveaga Stewart
23 Altarinda Road
Suite #102
Orinda, California 94563
Phone: 925-254-8538


orinda marriage family therapist

When working with clients, I am warm, respectful and interactive as I encourage them to become more curious about their life and relationships.  I help my clients set goals that they would like to achieve in our work together.  I am known for being compassionate, kind and gentle hearted in my approach with my clients, while at the same time challenging them to explore new arenas.  I provide a safe, comfortable environment where clients can explore the obstacles that may be impacting their lives.  I collaborate with them as they seek to discover and live a more meaningful, satisfying and authentic life.  Through my many years of working with individuals, family systems, and couples, I offer an insightful awareness, accompanied by grace and truth, which I seek to instill in my clients. 

My theoretical orientation is a mix of many modalities.  I am able to adapt my approach with my clients' needs.  Some of the orientations I integrate are:  Existential-Humanistic, Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Psychodynamic.  Families of Origin issues as well as Developmental insights are also important to explore when doing psychotherapy.  I offer education when clients are confused about their situation, relationships, and parenting concerns. 

When working with couples, I often use an inventory called PREPARE/ENRICH ( ).  This helpful assessment tool is valuable for pre-marital couples, engaged, living together, married, and couples in transition.  I have used this inventory for over 12 years and now teach this model to other therapists.  Most couples find the inventory and accompanying exercises beneficial in their understanding of themselves and their relationships. 

When appropriate, I also use other techniques for reducing distressing symptoms, painful memories, chronic pain, trauma, etc.  One is called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) which I teach clients to use at home.  The other is called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.) 

For some clients, integrating their faith with their therapy journey is important.   As a follower of the Christian faith, I extend love, grace, and forgiveness to my clients, helping them integrate those qualities into their own lives.  For some clients, this spiritual exploration is not desired, and in those cases, I follow their lead.    

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