About me

I'm an older female counselor. I have a motherly way about me, according to my clients. I have had a very diversified career in science, the military, and in higher education. I'm a veteran, the widowed spouse of a veteran, the mother of a disabled veteran, and the daughter of a WWII veteran who suffered with PTSD. I am a mother, both by birth and adoption, to five children. I have fostered 26 children over 33 yrs. I am a Christian, and I also have great respect for all who hold a sincere faith of any kind. I will challenge your spiritual beliefs. If you are uncomfortable with this, another therapist is a better match. I have experienced violence and loss and have a deep empathy for those who have experienced these things. I have done a lot of grief work myself and with my clients. I have remarried and have dealt with blended family issues.

When I counseled at a college for 18 years, I worked with many couples adjusting to the inherent stresses of coping with higher education. Changing circumstances included: new roles vs. traditional expectations, time management stress, power shifts, anxiety over money, childcare agendas, and more. My life experience has increased both my empathy and my understanding, and has allowed for my spiritual growth. Humans are often helpless, but never hopeless. I have found that a combination of therapeutic methods works for me and my clients. I use a good deal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combined with Grief Resolution Therapy, but I do not limit myself to certain methods and I expand to meet my client's needs. I have never had a client who felt they received little help, or failed to find some growth in therapy. My therapeutic goal is not to force a change on my client, but to enable my client to feel at peace with the choices they make each moment they live on this earth.


  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 28

Services offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video




These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Vanessa Martz. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Regain might be different.

Written on May 09, 2022 after therapy with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

I appreciate my therapist for her wisdom. She is amazing!

Work with me!