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?

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Affirmations can help change perfectionist thinking

34 Affirmations for Perfectionism

  What is perfectionism? Perfectionism – the relentless pursuit of being flawless in an effort to prove our worth and avoid criticism — adds unnecessary stress and pressure to our already demanding lives. When we strive for perfection rather than excellence, we’re never satisfied. We always feel deficient because we’re comparing ourselves to an impossible […]

13 Signs You Grew Up in an Enmeshed Family

13 Signs You Grew Up in an Enmeshed Family

  Being close to your family is usually a good thing, but it’s possible to be too close. Enmeshment describes family relationships that lack boundaries such that roles and expectations are confused, parents are overly and inappropriately reliant on their children for support, and children are not allowed to become emotionally independent or separate from […]

How Codependents Can Step Into Their Circle of Control #codependency

How Codependents Can Step Into Their Circle of Control

  Codependents often focus on other people and their problems – sometimes getting obsessed with or fixated on helping or fixing things outside of their control. Not only can this lead to self-neglect, but it’s also frustrating and largely a waste of time and energy. Instead of focusing on things that we can’t control or […]

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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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