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Professional Counselor, PhD student, part-time writer, full-time Dad and Husband
Interests: Italian food, cooking, movies, writing, sports, books, baseball, umpires
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I know a couple that spent 18 months solving a problem. Most of the time when I tell people about this situation they think it was too long. But was it? How long is 18 months in the context of the rest of your life? Find the episode by clicking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
In this episode, I lament that school starting is right around the corner and I discuss what a second half of the year reset looks like. Find it by clicking here. You can also choose iTunes or Google play above. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
Hello, You may have noticed that there hasn't been many blog posts lately. I have been working on many other projects and slowing down in order to spend more time with my family over the summer. I do have a podcast that I've been working on and would invite you to participate with it. I also have a second book project that I am planning on starting this fall. I am not sure what direction this blog will take but I do not intend to add content to it until at least the middle of September. You can find the podcast here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at Joe Martino
Do you want better communication skills today? Then this episode is for you. Employ these rules to guide your words and your communication will improve immediately. Episode 16. What Happens When You Use Universals_ Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
This episode presents a tool to deal with the four emotional hazards. This tool will help every relationship improve communication. The Mirror Method Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
This track deals with four dangerous patterns of communication that can negatively impact all relationships. Episode 13. The Four Emotional Hazards Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
Recently a friend asked me how we change the conversation about suicide in our culture and work toward lowering the suicide rate to save lives. This episode is my attempt to answer that very difficult question. Episode 12. Suicide Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
It's June. What happened to those goals you set in January? This episode deals with a few steps on how get back on track. Also, my friend, Jamie stops by and talks about the life for his daughter with hearing loss from a parents perspective. Episode 11. How do you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
Why do we constantly get invested in love stories? Where does our meaning come from in regard to our attachment? Wanting to be involved in a love story is written in our hearts and souls. Love requires work. And the promised insurance rant! Enjoy Episode 10. Love Stories Life Meaning... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
In this episode Mike from Alaska writes in with such a great question that I open the show with it. What do you do when the conversation between you and your partner goes south? How do you bring it back? Plus, we talk about five key components to decision making... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
In this episode I discuss the three D's and the danger they present to Emotional Security. A local therapist stops by to talk about his new endeavor to help Veterans. Plus, more vinegar shenanigans! The Three D's Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
Have you ever thought about what emotion or goal is primarily influencing your decision making processes? Explore these questions and more in this episode. Episode 7. What Drives Your Bus_ Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
What's more dangerous than screen time for your kids? How do we deal with it? Find out in this episode. Episode 06. What's More Dangerous Than Screen Time for Your Kids_ Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
You can attain a great understanding of your own goals and direction by working through some key questions that are dealt with in the podcast. Ep. 05. Propel Yourself into the Change Process Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
What do you do when you make a mistake as a parent? This episode deals with how to apologize. When You Screw Up as a Parent 1 Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
I will never forget the day my husband approached me and said, “I want to open my own counseling practice.” When I asked, “Why?” He stated “Because I want to change the world one person at a time. I know that might seem lofty but that is what I want to do.” “If we can make one person better, that improves a family, which helps our community be healthier, which helps our world.” In order for us to change the world one person at a time, we knew it would take sacrifice and hard work. We opened our first practice in 2010. Today we own three practices in the greater Grand Rapids area and see thousands of patients a month. Our mission continues. Where there is a need. We plan to fill it. A couple of months ago, Lindsay Bryan, one of our office managers, approached me about a need she heard of at our local school. She heard that children were waiting on a list to receive mental health care. Lindsay knew right away, that children sitting on a waiting list to get care, was unacceptable, and did not support our mission. Lindsay took action and had a meeting with school personnel. As a result, Joe Martino Counseling will begin providing free serves to the local school. An article posted on April 11, 2018, on Mlive, stated: “One in five children in the country ages 3 through 17 have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in a given... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Erica Martino
One of the most under valued skills that any couple can develop is the skill to manage expectations. Ep. 3. Managing Expectations 1 Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
Welcome to the Joe Martino Show. You can find all episodes listed below and listen here as well. If you use iTunes or CastBox, feel free to click on either of the tabs above. As soon as Google approves the Podcast (I have no idea what the hold up is),... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
On April 2, 2018, I lost a very close friend and coworker, Marissa Stevens. By trade, I am a therapist. I tell people on a weekly basis how to grieve. I share the importance of letting oneself feel because feeling brings healing. I have had to take my own advice this week. Luckily it was spring break and half my clientele was away. One of my friends said to me “Don’t you wish this happened next week when you are busy so you don’t have time to think about it?” Honestly, yes that would’ve have been great because by nature I am an emotional stuffer. I don’t like to cry; I don’t like to express emotions. I am trying to get better at it because I know healing only happens when we allow ourselves to feel pain. On the other side of pain is healing. I miss Marissa so much. We chatted practically every day. She brought joy to my life on a gloomy day. She radiated beauty, strength, and endurance. There have been so many times in the last seven days that I have thought “I will just message Marissa” only to be consumed with grief when I realized I could not message her anymore. I have lost my grandparents, my mother in law and family friends but Marissa is the first person I have lost that I have done life with on a daily basis. I miss seeing her orange car when she pulled into the office. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Erica Martino
This episode deals with practical ways to move through the change process and the things that can prevent our change. Episode 02. I want to Change so How do I do it_ Download the 6 Stages of Change Questions Download Wheel of UnChange Download Football of change Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
This podcast episode deals with the idea of emotional security and how it drives everything in our relationships. It also answers some basic questions about the show and what you can expect in subsequent episodes. Episode 01. Emotional Security_ What is it_ Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at The Joe Martino Show
Nothing in life will invite us to more regret than parenting. There are so many times, that no matter how it plays out, you and I will be tempted to think about the 3 million other ways we could have gone. But what happens when you know you really made a mistake? I address that situation in this video. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Joe Martino
You're not an idiot because something bad happened like you lost $100 that you can't afford to lose. You're not shameful because someone molested or raped you as a child. You didn't deserve to be raped because you were drunk at a party. Your worth isn't diminished because your father didn't know how to adequately love you. You're not worthless because your mom took every chance she could to remind you that you were an accident that wasn't planned. I do not believe you are an accident. I do believe you have worth. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Joe Martino
Then we try to soothe our pain. We try to soothe it by working out or making millions of dollars or getting involved in church. We try to outdo our shame, falsely believing that we can outrun it through activity. The net result becomes a heaping of shame on top of shame. Our activity does not do away with our shame; instead, it numbs our response to it. A numb soul tends to be numb to everything. This causes us to pick activities that keep us from connecting with someone else, which causes us to experience more shame. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Joe Martino
Few people are actually chasing an affair at first, they are often chasing other things that lead to the affair. But few people, if they are honest with the themselves, will deny that they knew where it was heading when they jumped on the path. If you saw yourself in any of these steps, I can't encourage you enough to seek counseling. Affairs are terrible storms that leave dark and deep swaths of destruction in their wake. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Joe Martino