Jo Martin, MA-Level Counseling Intern
“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” – Timothy J. Keller, Author
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
I believe passionately in the power of the human spirit to persist and heal, learn from challenges and overcome, engage or reengage in the goodness of this life, and thrive. It takes courage and strength to review the past, face the present, or engage the future. Be it working through a current struggle or diving into past hurts, growth and change are always possible, and counseling can be a powerful avenue for this.
I also believe fervently that we are not called to do this life alone. Like the Triune God, we are meant to be in relationship with others and to engage in the reciprocity of those relationships. It is a privilege to build therapeutic and supportive relationships with clients, walking alongside as they engage in what can be powerfully life changing work through counseling. My desire is to help clients realize and invoke their strengths, confident that everything they need to navigate the challenges of this life is already built into their DNA. And through a warm, open, safe and trusting relationship, identify these and begin to lean into them as the ballast for the waters ahead, whatever personal, career or relationship challenges have prompted them to reach out.
What to Expect During Therapy?
We’ll explore outcomes we can aim toward as a result of our time together. People seek counseling for all kinds of reasons including grief or relief, direction or decision, healing and restoration, or perhaps just clarity. Your reason for engaging counseling, whatever it may be, is the most important thing for us to focus on together. My goal will be to create a trusting and safe environment for exploring outcomes together, and navigating a process to help you achieve those outcomes.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
My professional career and experience range from holding the position of vice president for a Fortune 1000 financial services company and co-authoring a book on generation X, to university enrollment director, and my favorite roles as wife and mom. After decades of navigating a career and family, including three children and a marriage of over thirty years, I am completing my graduate work in counseling and looking forward to working with clients, grounding my therapeutic work in a lifetime of life experience which I hope brings depth of empathy and understanding to my clients.
Personal Life and Interests
For decades, I have been drawn to work with, mentor, walk alongside and counsel young adults (twenty-somethings), a passion ignited through research and co-authoring a book in the late 90’s on generation X. This is an incredibly influential time in a person’s life, rich with the potential to create a strong identity, solidify self-esteem, establish a career, and engage in meaningful relationships. It can also be a time fraught with issues, stress, and challenges. Most of my free time is spent with my husband walking alongside our own children, young adults themselves, and spending time with college students in mentorship and discipleship.