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Meet Sahar Martinez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sahar Martinez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sahar. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with hearing the stories that make up a person experience. I truly enjoy sitting with people, personally and professionally, as they navigate through life. I decided to go to graduate school after working as a graphic designer for ten years. I found myself feeling unfulfilled by the work I was doing and the search to find professional joy lead me to becoming a therapist. As the child of two immigrants, going into the field of mental health was difficult to describe to them, as there is so much stigma around therapy and mental health issues in the Persian community. Over the years, its been truly inspiring to see the interest and pride my parents take in my work — their support means the world to me, and I can’t help to feel a little bit victorious in helping to change their minds about how therapy can benefit people. I’ve been sitting with clients for seven years now and I have never stopped feeling so incredibly lucky to be able to call this my job.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a smooth road in the sense that I feel very certain that this is exactly where I am supposed to be professionally. Balancing graduate school, working with clients and a personal life was challenging in the beginning, especially given the emotional toll it takes to sit with clients during the most challenging moments in their lives. A large part of the learning curve was to identify how to set personal and professional boundaries for myself and to get to a place of feeling good about asking for help.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in maternal mental health, couples and women’s wellness. I am currently in private practice providing services in my office in Orange County and online. I am passionate about this work because I feel like so often we, as women, put ourselves on the back burner in order to attend to everything and everyone in our lives. We forget that in order to nurture those around us, we must nourish ourselves first. I am most proud of having a platform to advocate for women and specifically mothers, in hopes to remove the stigma around mental health and create safer spaces for people to seek help. I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to hold space for the women and men that I sit with as they navigate transitional phases in their lives.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I believe that true success is found in finding a healthy balance in professional and personal life. In order to thrive at work, I really strive to have my personal life be a peaceful, happy space. For me, the formula is fairly simple: professional progress + personal happiness = success. If I am mindful and attentive to my personal life, it allows me to be focused and create growth in my professional life. My success at work is very rooted in remaining in a mindset of growth — there is always more to learn, more to know, more to move towards.

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Brenda Winburn Photography

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