Terri Martin LCSW, CBT

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SCIBA Faculty Chair
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In therapy we discover ways to cope with life’s struggles and open to life's joys. Somatic relational psychotherapy helps us become more grounded, tune into ourselves and our true wants and desires, find and express our own voice, and stretch beyond our old limits—toward greater pleasure and deeper connectedness  with others.

I help clients learn to live more fully. As you move through the emotions and the old blocks from past experiences, it is exciting to see what comes to life from within you. Depending on each person’s individual needs and comfort level, we can use words, movement, art, and expression of emotion. You are free to reach for what you need in the safety and confidentiality of your own therapy.

I see clients of all ages. I work with adults both individually and as couples. I also provide a safe place for teens and families to work through difficult times and challenges. I have over 20 years experience working with issues of sexuality, intimacy, and gender identity, as well as anxiety, depression, trauma, self injury, addictions, grief and loss, adoption, and life transitions of all kinds.

In all of my work, I help build on strengths and I offer myself as a support.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist. I am a Local Trainer and Faculty Chair for the Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis. I teach clinical counseling on the faculty of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and I teach a number of psychology courses as an adjunct faculty member at National University. I am a TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) trainer and I am in advanced training in Somatic Experiencing. I also present trainings at community agencies and other colleges, and I offer supervision and consultation services to other professionals in the field.

Accepting new clients:  Yes


  • Therapy with adults, children, and teens
  • Couples Therapy
  • Bioenergetic Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Tension & Trauma Release Exercises
  • Experience with issues of Sexuality, Intimacy, and Gender Identity
  • Experience with issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, self injury, addictions, grief and loss, adoption, and life transitions of all kinds
Certified Bioenergetic Therapist
  • Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (SCIBA)
  • International Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • California Society for Clinical Social Workers (CSCSW)
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
  • PFLAG, uniting people who are LGBTQ with families, friends, and allies
  • World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH)
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE) Trauma Institute
  • TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises), LLC

3465 Camino del Rio South, Suite 320
San Diego, CA 92108