Dr. Martinez received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at Union Institute & University. His areas of focus include the effect of family dynamics, culture and systems on an individual’s mental health. He primarily operates from a psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral framework, while integrating other evidence-based practices to meet client needs. During his training, he completed 12-month rotations in both diagnostic and therapeutic placements in Chicago, Illinois. Within his practicum experiences, Dr. Martinez worked in a psychiatric hospital, where he gained proficiency with a wide variety of psychological assessment instruments, across diverse population demographics, as well as conducted group psychotherapy with adolescents focusing on a broad range of topics. He also had the opportunity to train at a community-based counseling center, where he conducted individual and family therapy with a client population consisting of children, adolescents, and adults from inner city, impoverished neighborhoods. Outside of his practicum experiences, he was employed as a Mental Health Specialist for several years in a psychiatric hospital setting. This experience provided a strong foundation of knowledge for mental health services and various acute mental illnesses.
Dr. Martinez is originally from West Michigan where he grew up with 4 brothers and one sister. He has a lovely wife and a furry little dog named Pooch. He completed his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, and shortly after moved to Chicago to expand his experience within the mental health field. He joined Union Institute & University’s Psy. D program and attained his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in 2017. Dr. Martinez completed a dissertation on the impact of supervision practices within the field of psychology. He as a wide variety of personal interests including backpacking, hiking, spending time with family and friends, listening to music, traveling, photography, and a great love for soccer.