About Sharon Martin

Sharon Martin, LCSW codependency, perfectionism, therapist

Hi, I'm Sharon!

I have a passion for helping people maximize their mental health and wellness. 

I started my career as a psychotherapist working with the neediest members of our community -- those struggling with addiction, mental illness, homelessness, legal and family problems. More recently, I've focused on building a successful private psychotherapy practice in San Jose, CA. And while all of these endeavors have been meaningful, I found myself wanting to reach even more people. Writing and speaking about emotional wellness and relationships has allowed me to do this. I'm excited to share with you all of the knowledge I've gathered from two decades in the mental health field.

I created this personal development website to provide you with self-improvement tools using positive psychology, mindfulness, and self-compassion, and healthy habits.



My Approach

I believe you are worthy of self-care and healthy relationships. I believe in unconditional acceptance. I believe in utilizing your strengths. I believe that self-compassion and accountability are both important. I believe humor is healing. I believe you have the capacity to grow and change. I believe you are worth investing in. And I believe that you can live well and love your life.

Clinical Experience

I am a codependency expert and love to support men and women who want to achieve great things, but also enjoy their lives and create meaningful relationships.

With 20 years of experience as a professional counselor and student of psychology and human behavior -- and having overcome my own struggles -- I look forward to guiding you toward a life you love!



Writing Experience

Author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism (New Harbinger Publications 2019)

Mental Health Blogger for Psychology Today

Former Columnist for PsychCentral and The Good Men Project

Articles published in websites such as Your Tango, About.com, The New Social Worker, Highly Sensitive Refuge, Bustle

Author of two e-books: Handling the Holidays and Navigating the Codependency Maze


Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Clark University


Master of Social Work

Boston College


Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Sharon Martin, MSW, LCSW is an experienced psychotherapist, mental health writer, and recovering perfectionist. In her new perfectionism workbook, she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and self-compassion to help you overcome perfectionism by addressing the underlying anxiety, fear of not being good enough, and feelings of inadequacy. The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism is full of practical exercises -- many of the same strategies that Sharon uses with her own clients to help them reclaim their self-worth and finally let go of the constant need to achieve. Sharon writes the popular blog Happily Imperfect for PsychCentral.com and maintains a private practice in Campbell, CA.