Phone: (951) 364-2558

Discover your Happiness Potential And Free Yourself from your past

Real therapy meets modern convenience: 
Online therapy for busy individuals in California.


Michelle Martinez, LMFT 119285

You are enough

It is easy to overextend yourself because busyness is what you know. You constantly strive for the next achievement as it helps to prove your worth, but the feelings of not being good enough are never far behind. You struggle with truly understanding yourself because you have grown accustomed to being everything for everyone else. This has also taken your voice. You know these patterns all too well, along with the consequences that come with them. Negative self-talk, shame, anxiety, and depression are all part of the overwhelming cycle.

There is Hope

But there is HOPE. You recognize that things have not been working for you for some time and you are actively searching for what to do NEXT. You are in the RIGHT PLACE. 

Break Free

I can help you break free from the patterns that hold you back. I am a trauma informed therapist that assists clients in exploring how their past has impacted their present. Together we can work towards a life of intentional joy.

THis Practice is inclusive, Affirming and welcome to all

You don’t have to keep feeling like you’re not enough.
Let me help you DISCOVER the FREEDOM of truly being yourself.

Who we are is where happiness lies, but this is so often blocked by who we have become.

Dr.Caroline Leaf


What to do Next

You are tired. You have been successful at everything else in your life except for breaking the cycle that leaves you feeling not good enough. You want to be seen. You want to be heard. You want to be known for who you are and not who others want you to be. These efforts only increase your fear of stepping out into the unknown. It’s scary. It makes you anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed. You do not want to fail.

Working together

In session with me you will notice a more relatable approach. Together we create a treatment plan designed exclusively for you. Also, your comfort in session is priority because that is the best way for us to do good work together. I am real, straightforward, and can tactfully and respectfully address things that we can explore and differentiate what is helpful or hurtful in your relationships with yourself, your family, or significant others.

Radiate everything you are

-John Lennon and Paul McCartney


NOW is the perfect time for us to start. I am honored to walk along this path and truly SEE you. Therapy with me will not always be easy, but it will be FULFILLING. I give you space to challenge, feel, and work through the hard stuff. Ultimately, I want what you want, for you to TRUST YOURSELF fully and completely. 

You either walk inside your story and own or you stand outside your storyand hustle for worthiness.

-Brene Brown Phd., LCSW

Michelle Martinez, LMFT 119285

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

  • Trauma Training: Treating Trauma Master’s Series
  • Certified Brainspotting Therapist
  • Brainspotting Trainings: Phase 1, 2, 3, Crocodile Setup, and Intersectionality/Social Justice
  •  Now accepting clients in California and Florida


  • I’m a second generation Filipinx American focused on cultural humility with a goal of working alongside others toward social justice

Discover your Happiness Potential And Free Yourself from your past


Individual Therapy

   · Work one on one

   · Target what’s most important to you

   · Create a treatment plan exclusively for you

   · Explore challenges and obstacles

   · Amplify and uncover your strengths

   · Free yourself from the things that weigh you


   Rate – $180 for 45-50 minute session
   *Wait list for the limited sliding scale spots  available*



A brain, body, and relational approach created by Dr. David Grand to assist with processing negative experiences. Brainspotting (BSP) can be used in our work together as our sole way of working toward your goals or it can be used with other therapy interventions. The beauty of brainspotting is that we use your own self-healing ability to bring about positive movement toward your goals.


Brainspotting versus traditional talk therapy: With the use of eye positioning, a person is better able to access the subcortical brain. In other words, we work from the inside out and from the bottom up. Our emotions, brain, and body are all connected. This type of therapy allows a person to access and integrate all of these important parts to reach a deeper level of processing their experiences. Conversely, talk therapy keeps you in the “thinking” part of the brain. Though the thinking brain still impacts change, it occurs at a slower pace.

You overthink. You worry excessively. You play and replay conversations over and over in your head thinking about what you should have said. Worry has become a part of who you are. Are you ready to decrease your level of worry?

You have lost interest in the things that bring you happiness. Sleep, distraction, and avoidance seem to be the safest activities. Let’s work together to find the spark to work through the darkness

You want to fit in, but you also want to stand out. You have a lot of people telling you who and what you should be. Don’t let your voice get lost. Let’s work together to explore how you truly want to define yourself.

You want to be good enough. You look to validation from others because your own voice of self-worth has been drowned out by your own criticism. Let’s silence the critic and grow towards confidence.

You care deeply about the relationship you have with your children. You want to be a good parent but often doubt yourself. Let’s work together to provide strategies to improve connection and increase your child’s emotional well-being.

  • Developmental: You had it tough growing up. Things were out of your control and these patterns persist in your current relationships. You can gain control and work toward breaking the cycles that keep you feeling stuck.
  • Racial – You have been mistreated just for being who you were born to be. This has caused you to evaluate every space you enter for safety. You can work through the pain to find true freedom.
  • PTSD: Events big and small can impact our lives. You might notice that certain events stick out more than others and often enter into your mind uninvited. These thoughts bring negative feelings along with them keeping you from truly moving forward. You can release yourself from that story.

Good Faith Estimate



You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much medical and mental health care will cost.

Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services.

You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services.

You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service.

If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit


Together we can release you from the painful patterns that hold you back. Now is the time to invest in hope again and grab hold of intentional joy.

Obstacles are everywhere. Success is about finding ways every day to go over, under, around, or through.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

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Phone: (951) 364-2558