Derrick Martinez - Therapist - Start My Wellness
Derrick Martinez, LLMSW

Accepting New Patients


Master of Social Work | University of Michigan

Bachelor of Social Work | University of Texas


  • English


  • Online

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Priority Health
  • Self Pay

Type of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Patient Population

  • Adults
  • Teens

Issue Focus

  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • PTSD / Trauma
  • Work / Career


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About Me: Derrick Martinez

Welcome to a space where your well-being takes center stage. I’m all about providing genuine care and top-notch mental health services. Therapy can be a rollercoaster, but the twists and turns often lead to amazing growth. My mission is to stand by your side through those challenges and celebrate the incredible progress you make.

A bit about my background – I earned my Bachelor’s in Social Work from the esteemed University of Texas at Austin and later pursued my Master’s in Social Work from the renowned University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Over the past five years, I’ve worked with various children, adolescents, young adults, and adults in schools, universities, community mental health settings, and federally qualified health centers. This experience has solidified my belief in the potential for growth and transformation. I’m confident in my ability to impact your mental health journey positively.

As a Certified Anxiety-Informed Professional (CAIP), I bring specialized expertise to our sessions, offering effective strategies to manage and overcome anxiety-related challenges. Regarding therapy, I believe in a holistic approach that combines evidence-based techniques tailored to your specific situation. You can expect a blend of strategies such as exposure therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness practices, and somatic interventions. One approach doesn’t fit all – it’s about finding what resonates with you. Together, we’ll work on building the skills to face challenges head-on, whether managing anxiety, dealing with depression, navigating life transitions, or addressing issues related to trauma and identity.

As your therapist, I aim to be approachable, dependable, and deeply empathetic. I strive to provide a comfortable, safe environment where you feel free to express yourself, understand what holds you back and causes distress, and take the steps necessary to move forward.

My Unique Approach to Therapy

What makes my approach unique? I am regularly asking for feedback from my patients. How is the treatment going? Are we addressing issues you care about? Do you feel you are making measurable progress? At Start My Wellness, we help people actively engage in making therapy as useful and user friendly as possible. We use this feedback to improve treatment methods, guide therapist training and improve overall customer satisfaction. We believe this patient-centered approach makes Start My Wellness world-class.

Specialized & Extended Training

What makes Derrick Martinez stand out is his high level of education and experience. He, along with all Start My Wellness therapists, attends at least 120 hours of extensive ongoing training and personal development per year in treating anxiety, depression, work stress, and relationship problems. This rigorous instruction differentiates Derrick from others in the field and allows him to provide the highest quality of service to patients.

David Sims
David Sims
I received an affordable, thorough psychological assessment by Dr. Bloom. He was very helpful, knowledgeable and insightful. I very much appreciate the service he offers because full neuropsychological testing is expensive and nearly unobtainable for people with certain types of insurance. I paid out of pocket and it was worth every cent.
Curtis Jemison
Curtis Jemison
It's not normal for me to write reviews. The service that I received from the staff at Start my wellness, was absolutely amazing! The response and help from Rayven at the front desk was extremely helpful. She was able to walk through the process without making me feel rushed or pressured. She was knowledgable of the everything I need to be seen in a timely and professional manner. The treatment team was caring and warm. I didn't feel like "Just another patient", or embarrassed about my conditions. Thank you all for helping me.
Sabreen Nafsu
Sabreen Nafsu
I love talking with Laila. I feel really comfortable and she seems genuinely kind. I look forward to my appointments with my psychiatrist now thanks to her, which is something I never thought I would say.
Chelsey Steele
Chelsey Steele
I love this place. I look forward to coming here! Everyone is helpful around the office and my particular person help me stay sane every week!
Irene Roberts
Irene Roberts
Wonderful practice. Provide primarily virtual sessions which is preferred for me. Dr. Marashi is very knowledgable and helped me finally for the first time in my adult life nail down a combination of medications to help manage my PMDD and ADHD struggles. I could not have achieved everything I have in the past year without her support and knowledge. I recommend to everyone that struggles with their mental health.
Pearl Fonbuena
Pearl Fonbuena
They understand and listen. Couldn’t ask for a better place to go to!
Sean Gossard
Sean Gossard
Lauren Anderson is the best!