Welcome to Live Well with Sharon Martin!
I’m Sharon Martin and I created this website to provide you with information and tools to help you improve your emotional health, conquer codependency, overcome perfectionism, learn to set boundaries, and build self-esteem. I’ve been a psychotherapist for the past 20 years (which I love), but I discovered that I can inspire change in many more people through my self-help articles, books, and practical tools. Mental health is my passion and I want to show you how to create positive habits, let go of perfectionism, set healthy boundaries, feel empowered, and create healthy, fulfilling relationships.
New from the Live Well blog
In this article, you’ll learn about the psychology of people-pleasing: Why we do it and how to reduce people-pleasing and codependent behaviors. Do you have a strong desire to please others? When was the last time you told someone “No, I can’t help you with that” or “I have a different opinion”? It can feel […]
Do you criticize yourself constantly? Or think that everything you do is wrong—while rarely noticing what you do right? If so, targeted journaling can help you let go of self-criticism, create balance in your life, and set realistic expectations. This article provides a set of journal prompts for perfectionism and self-criticism to help you get […]
Are your boundaries too weak or too rigid? Either can cause problems. In this article, you’ll learn the difference between weak, rigid, and healthy boundaries–and how to set better boundaries. What is a healthy boundary? Most of us are familiar with the concept of boundaries. Boundaries serve as limits, telling others how we want to […]
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Perfectionism, or setting impossibly high standards, can show up in many different ways — in your work, relationships, parenting, self-esteem, appearance, and much more. Take my new perfectionism quiz and find out if you’re a perfectionist (and what you can do to put things back in balance).
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I am always learning and growing, more aware of tendencies and recognizing when they want to creep back in, and you have certainly been a huge part of my eyes being opened. You don’t just share information for information sake, you offer real, genuine, practical tools to break free and live fully… And I just wanted to thank you again!!!
— Lori (a reader)
Sharon Martin’s new e-book– Navigating the Codependency Maze: A Path to Freedom and Healthy Love is a wonderful tool for anyone who struggles with wanting healthy relationships but doesn’t know how to begin that journey, either on their own or with a trusted therapist or coach. Sharon’s language is kind, non-judgmental, yet never shies away from being straightforward. This book takes the reader from an understanding of the concept of what is co-dependency through chapters that carefully lay out steps to begin the healing journey, to resources and worksheets that will support the work. If you are looking for healthy relationships with others and most importantly yourself, this is a wonderful place to start.
— Charlotte Hiler Easley, LCSW, ESMHL
If you’re someone who worries about how people will react when you express your opinion or say no to a request, I highly recommend this workbook from Sharon Martin, LCSW! Sharon clearly explains setting boundaries and describes the factors that get in the way of being comfortable with speaking our truth. This workbook will help you identify what’s getting in the way and make changes so you can stop worrying about what other people think and speak your mind.
— Laura Reagan, LCSW-C
Sharon Martin is a true expert in codependency. This workbook is a powerful exploration of people-pleasing and how to set boundaries with powerful yet gentle exercises to explore how codependency impacts relationships at its core. Each exercise is easy to do and will increase your awareness around codependency symptoms. I highly recommend diving into this treasure of knowledge for those eager to heal. Sharon is a master at teaching these concepts and making them understandable and easy to practice.
— Michelle Farris, LMFT
It never fails – almost daily, I address something in session with my client(s) & I end up coming across 1 or multiple blog postings of yours that speaks to the very things we talked about in their sessions that day. I’ve forwarded so many of your posts to so many of my clients. As you reach out & share your posts with us on Facebook, you are sharing through me. I truly appreciate you & your writing.
– Gina Martin, LPC
“Sharon was well prepared with excellent material that spoke directly to the needs of the people she was sharing with….She asked for interaction with people throughout the presentation always responded with great follow-up responses and integrated it into her topic of stress management. I highly recommend Sharon Martin in this capacity!”
– Lisa Jacobs, organizer of the Limitless Women’s Retreat
Sharon has been my Clinical Supervisor and mentor for 5 years now. She is a consummate professional. I have learned strong clinical skills from her from diagnosing to case management plus all-important boundary-setting. Sharon has seen me thru some very trying cases and professional situations. I trust her judgment and guidance implicitly. With her unwavering encouragement I continue to grow into my full potential as a practicing professional.
— Joanie Santos, MSW
Sharon Martin, LCSW, is not only one of my favorite columnists on the Good Men Project, but a true voice for therapists who write and need to perfect their voices for an cyber-audience. Her weekly writing always inspires and touches the lives of thousands, and she has an amazing ability to perfect a point that the reader could and usually does need to read regarding a whole host of existential dilemmas. I’m excited each week to see what she is writing and…I’m proud to have her in my circle of writers.
— Jeremy McKeen, Lead Editor at The Good Men Project