Clinical Social Worker / Therapist in Montclair, NJ

Israel Martinez, LCSW

Israel Martinez, LCSW photo
Counseling and Therapy for LGBT Couples and Individuals
Prefer help from a therapist who is also a part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community? Or worried that most therapists will not truly understand you or that you will have to censor yourself in therapy? I had these same concerns and they motivated me to become a psychotherapist and life coach who could help others like me. Whether you are looking for short-term solutions or more in-depth therapy, we will work together in a safe and relaxing environment to discover and actualize the solutions you need in order to live a more fulfilling life.

Individual Therapy
In order to effectively meet your individual therapeutic needs, my practice includes varying combinations of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Psychoanalysis.

CBT – Often, what lowers our mood, increases our anxiety, or motivates inappropriate behavior are irrational thoughts that have been ingrained in us at different stages of our lives. Utilizing CBT, we can identify these cognitions and bring them into reality. We accomplish this by finding the rational evidence needed to contradict these false beliefs, providing relief of the depressive or anxious state and allowing for change in undesired behaviors.

DBT – Two components of DBT that I incorporate most into my practice, if a fit for our work together, are mindfulness and chain analysis. Mindfulness is an active process of being present in and focused on the moment. Once you master mindfulness you will naturally observe, describe, and participate in the moment non-judgmentally, one-mindfully, and effectively. With chain analysis we take a detailed look back into each action, body sensation, thought, event, or feeling that may have caused a behavior to occur, to learn what we need to alter in order to change that behavior.

Psychoanalysis – Secure attachments to loved ones and a healthy bolstering of your sense of self are essential in childhood in order to have a healthy understanding of who you are throughout your life. If you did not get enough warmth and affection or were not told that you were attractive, smart, and funny as a child, you will continue to look for these essential elements of identity into adulthood and sometimes in unhealthy ways. In our work, we explore current troubling situations, take care to understand what is causing these situations, and then, if appropriate, interpret and make connections to childhood experiences. Once these connections are made, we bring our work back to the present in order to create healthy coping mechanisms and relationships.

Couples Therapy
In order to effectively meet your therapeutic needs, my practice includes a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Imago Relationship Therapy. I use CBT to help you see your relationship in a more objective manner in order to change behavior that is unnecessary and has proven toxic for the relationship and family unit. Imago Relationship Therapy skills are utilized to help you better understand your survival and coping mechanisms so that you are able to learn new ways of communicating and connecting.
I am a gay man who has been working with the LGBT community on a professional basis for over ten years. This background provides me with unique expertise on issues that tend to be a part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender experience.

I began my mental health work with the LGBT community at the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and enhanced my experience with clinical positions at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC).

In addition to my clinical experience with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, I have professional training in mental health and medical issues for transgender individuals as well as training in mental health issues involved with HIV/AIDS. I have also developed and facilitated workshops tailored to the LGBT community entitled The ABCs of Entering a Healthy Relationship, The ABCs of Maintaining a Healthy Relationship, and Make it Happen: Goal Setting and Achievement.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Body Image Issues  Marriage Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Men's Issues
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Couples Therapy  Premarital Counseling
 Depression  Relationship Issues
 Divorce  Self Esteem Issues
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Stress Management
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Women's Issues
 Group Therapy  Work and Career Issues
 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Columbia University, Master of Science in Social Work
University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Group Psychotherapy
Payments Accepted
Cash, Check, Credit Cards, HSA, and PayPal
Hours:8am - 8pm
License:NJS License #: 44SC05502600
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