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I created Live Well with Sharon Martin to provide you with trusted resources for emotional health and well being. I’ve spent the last 20 years as a mental health therapist, but I discovered that I can touch the lives and inspire change in many more people through my self-help articles and books. Mental health is my passion and I want to show you how to create positive habits, let go of perfectionism, and create a meaningful life that you love.

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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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8 Tips for Healing Emotional Wounds and Trauma

Healing emotional wounds, trauma, and heart-break is hard work; sometimes it’s discouraging. Use these tips to heal and stay motivated. Do you ever wonder if healing from emotional wounds is possible? Can someone actually heal from trauma, rejection, depression, a broken heart? Perhaps you’ve been hurting for a long time and things don’t seem to […]

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27 Signs that You’re Recovering from Codependency

How do you know if you’re recovering from codependency? Check this list to see how you’re progressing with your recovery. Recovering from codependency is a process — often a long and challenging one. You may find yourself wondering if you’re making progress. You may feel discouraged at times. And you may even feel like you’re […]

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How to Set Healthy Boundaries

Setting boundaries doesn’t come easily or naturally to a lot of people, but you can learn to set healthy boundaries.  I’m going to share ten tips that I find helpful. Boundaries are limits that we set to protect our time, energy, and physical and emotional wellbeing. Boundaries are a way to tell others what we […]

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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)

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
Lisa Jacobs

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

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