Martha Arthur has been with Mass Bay Counseling since 1986, later becoming an equity partner in the practice. She is client centered and eclectic in her approach to doing psychotherapy. As a seasoned clinician she’s learned over the years the importance of being a good listener. Each of us has a personal story to tell about who we are, what we struggle with, and what our hopes are for the future. Actively listening is the beginning of the journey she takes with each of her clients.
She works with adults from age 20 to seniors 75 +. Her practice includes individual therapy with men and women, couples therapy with gay and straight couples. She’s experienced working with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, divorce related issues, life transitions, grief work. She tailors her approach based on the needs of each of her clients.
She oversees Mass Bay Counseling’s Parents Apart program – the court mandated five hour parenting program for divorcing and unmarried parents appearing before probate court.
She received her BA in Psychology from Southern Illinois University and her Masters in Social Work from Boston College. She began her career in social work in the early 70’s as a protective service social worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the early 80’s while working at a community mental health clinic in Virginia she helped start the first domestic violence program in Rockbridge County.
She loves the challenge of helping others deal with life’s struggles and guiding them to achieving their hopes and dreams. Over the past 14 years she’s also been a potter. Working in clay and creating handcrafted pottery has enhanced her life and contributed to her creativity as a therapist. It’s also a lot of fun getting muddy while throwing pots!