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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.

Are you dreading the holidays with difficult family members?

  • Do the holidays feel more like obligations than celebrations?
  • Do you feel like you’re walking on eggshells, trying to keep the peace?
  • Do you put everyone else’s needs before your own?
  • Are you afraid to speak up and ask for what you want or need?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and unappreciated?
  • Do you feel tense and anxious as you prepare for the holidays?
  • Do you feel alone or unsupported in coping with holiday challenges?
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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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10 Ways Perfectionism Undermines Your Health, Happiness, and Success

10 Ways Perfectionism Undermines Your Health, Happiness, and Success

  Perfectionism is Self-Sabotage Sometimes we undermine our own health, happiness, and success without even realizing it. Are you unconsciously doing things that make it harder to achieve your goals? Are some of your personality traits or behaviors negatively impacting your relationships? Are you constantly stressed and exhausted?   What is Perfectionism? Trying to do […]

12 Reminder to Change Codependent Thinking

12 Daily Reminders to Change Your Codependent Thinking

  Codependent thinking and behaviors can sabotage our health, happiness, and relationships. Here are some examples: Codependents neglect themselves in order to take care of others. Codependents lose their individuality trying to please others. Codependents don’t ask for what we need – and often don’t know what they want or need. Codependents get obsessed with […]

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 […]

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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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