Anxious  People-Pleasing    Deeply Flawed

Comparison to Others    Insecure    Unlovable

Not Good Enough    Lonely    Stressed Out

Irritable    Uncertain   Depressed

Despite being a psychologist, I’ve felt all of the above. My 20s had a lot of highs and lows – I earned a few degrees, found careers I loved but burned out (HR & teaching), changed careers, lost myself in a toxic relationship, traveled to find myself, and had several heartbreaks. So I get it.

I’ve felt the same way.

Even though my 30s have leveled out, they’ve come with their own unique set of challenges – dating in Miami, navigating marriage, student loans, loss of loved ones, home ownership, making new friends as an adult, and starting a small business. 

None of it has been easy, but it has been rewarding.

I’m Erika Martinez, a licensed psychologist serving Miami, FL, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Coral Gables, Brickell, Doral, Pinecrest, and South Miami. A lot of my training was focused on psychological evaluations. But along the way, my search to understand, overcome, and heal my past my interest in therapy grew. Now these have become my specialties in therapy:

Relationship trauma, codependency, attachment disorders,

and childhood emotional neglect in adults.

I use what I’ve learned to empower you as you navigate similar challenges in your life.  It’s my goal to help you heal past wounds and (re)discover your unique qualities so you can intentionally create a rewarding and balanced life without sacrificing your dreams and your self

But as a psychologist, I still love psychological testing.

In my training as a neuropsychologist, I spent over 5,000 clinical hours conducting neuropsychological and psychoeducational testing for children, teens, and adults. Nowadays, psychological testing allows me to use my knowledge of neuropsychology and my time spent working in HR and special education for Miami-Dade County Public Schools to help people looking for answers to complex questions like:

Learn More About My Clinical Style & Approach

I bet you’re wondering, “This sounds good, but what’s she really like as a psychologist?”  So I asked current clients to describe me as a person and what it’s like to work with me.  Here’s what they said:  

  • I’m equal parts sensitive, practical, down-to-earth, and accessible.  
  • I tell-it-like-it-is in a tactful way so you can hear the message and get the insight you need.  
  • I can be collaborative (helping you arrive at your own conclusions), or
  • I can be directive (just let me know if you want a solution to your problems) – whatever works best for you and your situation.

When I start working with a new client in therapy, I combine the initial session with some basic psychological tests to get a deeper understanding of you in a shorter period of time.  My approach in therapy is:

  • Holistic (i.e. sleep, exercise, and nutrition)
  • Integrative (i.e. Interpersonal Neurobiology [IPNB] = Biology + Sociology + Neurobiology + Psychology + Human Development)
  • Attachment-based (i.e. building/repairing trust in relationships with the self and others)
  • Trauma-informed (i.e. Big T & Little T events, maladaptive coping strategies, focus on “what happened” and not “what’s wrong” with a person)
  • Insight-oriented (i.e. understand how the past negatively affects the present and possibly the future)
  • Client-centered (i.e. compassionate, supportive, non-judgmental)
  • Backed by scientific research (aka evidence-based)
    • I’m trained in and regularly use strategies from CBT, mindfulness, nutritional psychology, IPNB, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Brainspotting (BSP), clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/tapping), and the Daring Way™ developed by Dr. Brené Brown.

This means we’ll spend time digging into your past, your relationships, and current habits to better understand your present situation.  With this information, I’ll be able to tailored your time in therapy to help you achieve your goals, turning how those big AHA moments into everyday actionable terms.  That translates to less time in therapy, saved money, and faster and longer lasting results for you.

My time working in human resources and decade as a special education teacher in public schools and universities have sharpened my psychological testing skills for:

I start each evaluation by taking a comprehensive biological, social, and emotional history for the client.  Then, I administer, score, analyze, and integrate the results to get a full picture of what’s going on and why it’s happening. Finally, I write an extensive report that I review with my client and their family and answer any additional questions. Each final report is written in straight-forward language that’s easy to understand and includes:

  • The client’s personal history
  • Detailed results and explanation of each psychological test administered
  • Thorough case conceptualization, integrating the client’s personal history and test results
  • Explanation of rationale for any diagnosis considered, ruled out, and/or awarded. 
  • Detailed recommendations to support the client at home, school, and/or the workplace

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The Official Bio

Erika Martinez, Psy.D., CDWF

Licensed Psychologist / Clinical Neuropsychologist, FL PY#8965
Certified Educator, FL #1021829

Erika Martinez, Psy.D., a Florida licensed psychologist and certified educator, specializes in assessment and trauma-informed treatment of a variety of mental health conditions in young adults. Combing her expertise in neuropsychology, assessment, attachment, childhood emotional neglect, and shame resilience, she helps others explore life’s challenging areas and brainstorm solutions using their personal strengths. With greater self-awareness and confidence, they are able to move forward and lead personally and professionally rewarding lives.

Dr. Martinez provides services to high-achievers, professionals, and entrepreneurs facing relationship meltdowns, codependency, and existential dilemmas which can present as a myriad of symptoms including anxiety, destructive behaviors, self-sabotage, depression, loneliness, burn out, poor self-esteem, shame, and impaired social skills.  She previously worked in human resources and community mental health settings.  Prior to private practice, she worked in secondary and university public education settings for a decade helping parents, educators, and counselors better understand and serve students with AD/HD, Giftedness, and learning disabilities.  Dr. Martinez is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF), bringing the groundbreaking research and curriculum on vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness developed by Dr. Brené Brown to South Florida.

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