Kristin Martinez


Kristin Martinez


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 90136
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


13006 Philadelphia St.
Suite 210
Whittier, California 90601

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My Approach to Helping

Often times, something happens to us or a family member which strikes us like a knife.

Once this knife is there we are given 2 choices: hold it in place, and pray that we don't get more hurt or damaged, or remove it.

The first option sounds good when we aren't sure how to remove the knife, and we believe we can function well enough with the knife sticking out of us. However, there are some side effects from not removing it- we might bleed out, we may prevent people from coming near us for fear of the knife sticking out of us, we will not be able to participate in life the same way, the wound may become infected, it could fester, and depending on the location of the wound or how deep it has cut- we could stop living well before our time.

The 2nd option sounds initially very painful. The truth is, that it is painful. The longer the knife has been there, the more painful and time intensive it's removal becomes. Yes, it hurts, yes, recovery can be time consuming; however, once the wound is allowed to heal- our lives can return somewhat back. Will we have a scar? Yes. Will we always remember? Yes. Will we walk around with a noticeable knife sticking out of us and bleeding onto everything around us? No.

Remove the knife, and regain control in your life.
Contact us today!

More Info About My Practice

Our group practice believes that the therapist treating you should have advanced knowledge of the issue that is presenting. Each of our therapists has additional training in the populations that they work with, and are dedicated to providing care that actually makes a difference.

We are excited to help you on your journey. At PAX, our therapists believe that their job is their vocation and calling in life. They believe that through their work, they are making a valuable contribution to the world and to individuals who need quality therapy.

We all have pain, and searching for a therapist is the first step to getting support in your healing journey, to remove the knife that is stuck and to do all necessary to heal the wound.

If we sound like we may be a good fit for you or your family member, contact us!

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Studies suggest that more than 90% of people report improvement after being in therapy. Why not try it? Therapy can help you express feelings with out judgement, hear your own thoughts spoken, and to help build and find meaning with a guide on your side.

Therapy can help you decrease nightmares, increase productivity, and feel better overall.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

Therapy is definitely scary. You know there are painful things that you aren't ready to talk about. The good thing is that, I try to stay at your pace. I know that things happening in your life now, are direct reflections of your childhood and adult experiences. You are in control of the pace!

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

I am guided by three schools of thought that go hand in hand with one another.

My first guiding influence is the existential mind-set: there is a reason and a choice in every situation, and creating identity and understanding our self and our identity is of utmost importance to make any decisions.

The second guiding influence is the cognitive-behavioral mind-set: thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all connected to each other. Understanding the background and reasons for our thought processes and feelings, while looking to the future in how improve and repair them (and can help us create our own identity)

The last would be Somatic Psychotherapy: the idea that the body holds traumatic energy inside of it. True healing can not happen unless trauma is processed in the mind and the body. If you are more interested in this idea, please google Peter Levine and watch some of his fabulous work (on Youtube).

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English
  • Spanish

Groups I Work With

    In our practice there are 4 therapists who each specialize in one of the following areas: Couples Work, Christian Therapy, Male Specific Issues, Depression, Teen Issues, Survivors of Trauma, and Personality Disorders.

    Each of our therapists have advanced training in addition to their degrees in the area that they specialize in.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Forgiveness
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma

Types of Therapy

  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
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