Hi, I’m Sharon Martin.

I’m passionate about helping perfectionists, people-pleasers, and adult children who never feel good enough.

Dr. Sharon Martin codependency family estrangement

I started my career as a psychotherapist working with the neediest members of our community — those struggling with addiction, mental illness, homelessness, and family problems. More recently, I’ve built a thriving psychotherapy practice in San Jose, CA, specializing in helping adult children heal from developmental trauma and codependency.

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 all of the knowledge I’ve gathered from over two decades of clinical practice.

I created this personal development website to provide you with self-help tools based in positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, self-compassion, and empowerment practices.


My Approach

I believe you are worth investing in.

  I believe you have the capacity to grow and change.

I believe that self-compassion and accountability are both important.

I believe in utilizing your strengths.

I believe you are worthy of self-care and healthy relationships.

I believe in unconditional acceptance.

I believe humor is healing

Clinical Experience & Training

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, California

Doctorate of Social Work, Simmons University, Boston MA

Master of Social Work, Boston College, Boston MA

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Clark University, Worcester MA

25 years as a psychotherapist specializing in treating codependency, family conflict and estrangement, perfectionism, and anxiety.

Writing Experience

Author of The Better Boundaries Guided Journal (New Harbinger Publications 2024).

Author of The Better Boundaries Workbook (New Harbinger Publications 2021).

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

Short Bio

Sharon Martin, DSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist and author specializing in codependency recovery. For the past 25 years, she’s been helping adult children recover from difficult childhoods, overcome feelings of unworthiness, and learn to set boundaries. Dr. Martin is the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism and The Better Boundaries Workbook. She also writes the popular blog Conquering Codependency for Psychology Today and has been featured in various media outlets including PsychCentral, Web MD, Women’s World, and Highly Sensitive Refuge.

Sharon’s Books

Better Boundaries Workbook

The Better Boundaries Workbook

Perfectionism Workbook

The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism

Sharon’s work has been featured in

featured in 2022

Kind Words

Sharon Martin, LCSW, is not only one of my favorite columnists on the Good Men Project…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, former Lead Editor at The Good Men Project

I’ve forwarded so many of your posts to so many of my clients…I truly appreciate you & your writing.

Gina Martin, Licensed Professional Counselor

Sharon responded with great follow-up responses and integrated them into her topic of stress management. I highly recommend Sharon Martin in this capacity!

Lisa Jacobs, organizer of the Limitless Women’s Retreat

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