Live well and love your life

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.

Is perfectionism wreaking havoc in your life?

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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Speaking Events and Workshops

Sharon is available for speaking engagements and workshops on topics such as emotional wellness, stress management, healthy relationships and communication.

Sharon also provides training for social workers, therapists, counselors, mental health and social service agencies on self-care and burnout prevention.

Love Your Life Coaching

Are you constantly overwhelmed and stressed? Are you paralyzed by overthinking and indecision? Are you stuck in self-sabotage and unhealthy habits?

Sharon offers focused coaching to help you reach your goals, manage worry and overwhelm, start prioritizing yourself, and love your life again!

Freelance Writing

Sharon is a free-lance writer specializing in self-help, psychology, emotional and mental health content. She draws on her years of work as a psychotherapist to provide deep, meaningful strategies and tools.

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  • Do you have trouble saying "no"?
  • Do you do things out of obligation and then feel resentful?
  • Do your needs always come last?
  • Are you so busy doing for everyone else that you don't make time for your own hobbies or self-care?

New on the Live Well Blog

Cutting Ties with a Toxic Family Member: The Ultimate Act of Self-Care

Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members: An Act of Self-Care

  Cutting ties with toxic famiy members is an act of self-care. Not something you do because you’re mean or spiteful. It’s something you do to protect your physical and mental health. It’s never easy to cut someone out of your life. And when it comes to family, it’s especially hard to accept that a […]

Choose Excellence Not Perfection

Choose Excellence Not Perfection

  The difference between excellence and perfection People often confuse perfectionism with excellence. When we strive for excellence, we have high standards. And in general, there’s nothing wrong with having high standards. In fact, it can be a good thing. High standards can encourage us to make improvements, solve problems and do quality work. Perfectionism, […]

The Difference Between Codependency and Caring

The Difference Between Codependency and Caring

What’s the difference between healthy caregiving and codependent caretaking?   It’s natural to express love by taking care of others, especially when you see a loved one struggling or hurting. However, the difference between codependency and caring isn’t clear. Certainly, not all caregiving is bad or unhealthy. When trying to determine if our caretaking is […]

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“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
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
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
Jeremy McKeen Lead Editor, The Good Men Project

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