Sharon Martin, LCSW is a recognized expert in codependency, perfectionism, and healthy relationships. In addition to freelance writing, she writes the popular blog Happily Imperfect for PsychCentral and previously wrote a column called Courage to be Me for The Good Men Project.

For a mental health media interview with Sharon, please contact Sharon’s office.


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Sharon has written the following articles:

A Therapist Explains How Highly Sensitive People Can Tame Perfectionism (Highly Sensitive Refuge)

What is a Highly Sensitive Person — and Are You One? (Highly Sensitive Refuge)

How to Set Boundaries with Toxic People (Narcissist Abuse Support)

10 Things You Need to Know about Codependency (PsychCentral)

What Your Attachment Style Says About Your Relationships (Your Tango)

When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned (Global Love Project)

Do You REALLY Know Who You Are? (Your Tango)

September Reset (BonBon Break)

Using Mindfulness to Stop Anxious Overthinking (Progression Counseling)

Why I Stopped Trying to be Perfect (Sammiches and Psych Meds)

Parents Don’t Need to be Perfect (Today Parenting)

12 Signs You’re Being Too Nice (The Good Men Project)

8 Creative Ways to Help Yourself When You Are Feeling Blue (BonBon Break)

5 Essentials for Coping with Your Teenager’s Drug Abuse (Stop Medicine Abuse)

How to Keep Perfectionism From Harming Your Marriage (

The 11 Biggest Communication Mistakes Couples Make (Bustle)

How to Deal with Your Toxic Family this Year (The Good Men Project)

How to Deal with Grief during the Holidays (The Good Men Project)

Navigating the Holidays when your Partner is an Addict (The Good Men Project)

Tell Me I’m Anything But Depressed! (The Good Men Project)

Say Yes to Yourself (Today Parenting Team)

The Ex and Space: What Nice Guys Need to Know (The Good Men Project)

Top 10 Confessions of a Perfectionist (Psych Central)

An Overthinker’s Nightmare (Psych Central)

Insecurities (Aletheia -Lynbrook High School)

Trickle Down Self-Care for Moms (The Mommy Happiness Project)

Sharon has been featured in:

Breaking Down the Martyr Complex (Healthline)

How to Talk to Yourself with Kindness Even When It’s Really Hard (PsychCentral)

How To Overcome Anxiety: 3 Experts Share Stellar Strategies To Overcome Anxiety (Mind Mastery Lab)

This 2-minute exercise helps me reduce my anxiety — and therapists recommend it (Today)

What It Means When Couples Constantly Post About Each Other On Social Media (The Huffington Post)

How to Give Advice without Being Judgy (Headspace)

Stop Trying to Be So Damn Perfect all the Time (Redbook Magazine, June 2017)

Here’s How You Know Your Friendship is Toxic (HealthLine)

How to Conquer the Martyr Complex (Real Simple Magazine)

How to Overcome Feeling Insecure in a Relationship (Love Evolve and Thrive)

How to Share Your Feelings, Fears and Insecurities with Him (Love Evolve and Thrive)

6 Ways to Calm Your Fear of Flying (Fab Fit Fun)

11 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Success (Bustle)

How to Attract Healthy Love (Love Evolve and Thrive)

6 Ways to Shut Off Your Brain Before Going to Sleep (Simplemost)

11 Ways to Create the Most Sleep-Friendly Bedroom Ever (Bustle)

8 Ways to Release Negative Emotion, So You Can Feel Better the Right Way (Bustle)

Momma Interviews: Meet Sharon Martin (Happy with Baby)

7 Ways to Feel Instantly Happier, According to Science (Bustle)

7 Everyday Habits that are Bad for your Mental Health (Bustle)

How to Talk about Infertility (Redbook Magazine)

How to Set Family Rules for Teens (Teenage Learning)

5 Tips for Raise a Leader Who Doesn’t Follow the Crowd (Daily Parent)

10 Signs You’re Getting in Your Own Way (Live Strong)

Why You’re Always Overscheduled (Daily Worth and

Laughter for All (Rewire Me)

How to Effectively Deal with a Chronic Procrastinator (Lady Lux)

What Every Man Needs to Know about Handling Arguments in a Long-Term Relationship (Primer Magazine)

7 Ways to Survive a Breakup when you’re the Heartbreaker (She Knows)

The Surprising Ways Spring Cleaning can Improve your Health (The Active Times)

Cry It Out: 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Shedding a Few Tears (Medical Daily)

How Infertile Men Can Cope with Father’s Day (Baby Med)

Top Tips for Parenting Teens from the Experts (

Parenting in Today’s World (The Parenting Skills)


Mindful Mama Podcast hosted by Hunter Clarke-Fields. How to Combat Perfectionism with Sharon Martin.

The Lisa Show hosted by Lisa Valentine Clark. How to Stop Enabling.

Woman Worriers hosted by Elizabeth Cush, LPCP. How to Recover from Perfectionism and Find Balance with Sharon Martin.

Therapy Chat hosted by Laura Reagan, LCSW-C. Surviving the Holidays with Sharon Martin, LCSW.

Unapologetically Sensitive hosted by Patricia Young, LCSW. Creating Peace through the Holidays with Sharon Martin, LCSW.

HeartSpace hosted by Corrine Dobbas. Self-Compassion, Healthy Boundaries, and Perfectionism with Sharon Martin.

Soulfilled Sisterhood hosted by Nicole Burgess. Boundary Setting for Introverts and People-Pleasers featuring Sharon Martin.

Woman Worriers hosted by Elizabeth Cush, LPCP. Codependency, Perfectionism, and Anxiety with Sharon Martin, LCSW.

Therapy Chat hosted by Laura Reagan, LCSW-C. Dynamics of Dysfunctional or Alcoholic Families with Sharon Martin.

Narcissist Abuse Support hosted by Tracy Malone. People-Pleasing and Setting Boundaries with Sharon Martin.

Women In-Depth hosted by Lourdes Viado, Ph.D. Understanding and Healing Codependency with Sharon Martin, LCSW.

The Family Couch hosted by Mercedes Samudio, LCSW. Embracing Your Parenting Imperfections.

Compassion Fatigue Podcast hosted by Jennifer Blough, LPC. How to Set Healthy Boundaries with Sharon Martin, LCSW.

WGN Radio Saturday Night Special with Amy Guth. Sharon spoke to talk radio host Amy Guth about how and why to practice gratitude.

Women In-Depth podcast hosted by Lourdes Viado, Ph.D. Overcoming People Pleasing with Sharon Martin, LCSW.

True Calling Project hosted by John Harrison, LPC. Working Through a Negative Self Concept with Sharon Martin, LCSW.

Therapy Chat hosted by Laura Reagan, LCSW-C. Understanding Perfectionism.

Motherhood hosted by Dr. Christina Hibbert on Web Talk Radio. There’s No Such Thing as a “Perfect” Mom: Overcoming Perfectionism.

Motherhood hosted by Dr. Christina Hibbert on Web Talk Radio. Coping, Healing and Carrying on after Perinatal Loss featuring Sharon Martin, LCSW.

Launching Your Daughter hosted by Nicole Burgess, LMFT. Helping Parents and Teens Embrace Imperfection.