Derrick Martin

Clinical Consultant - LPCC-S, CEMDR, NPT-C, CCTP, CAIMHP

Derrick is an independently licensed psychotherapist with supervisory designation in the State of Ohio (E.2001724-SUPV).  He is a Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Training (CIT).  Additionally, Derrick is a Certified Neuro-Psychotherapist (NPT-C), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Addictions Informed Mental Health Professional (CAIMHP) and Level 2 Trained Gottman Therapist.  Derrick is an experienced practitioner, instructor, and consultant specializing in working with first responders, military, couples, and teens.  

Prior to his career as a psychotherapist, Derrick started his professional career in public safety.  After graduating high school, Derrick started as an EMT-Basic and soon furthered his education to become an EMT-Paramedic. He also obtained his Professional Firefighter I & II certifications and worked in the professional fire service, serving in various roles including EMS Coordinator, Captain, HAZ-MAT Level A Technician, Advanced Arson Investigator, Fire & Safety Inspector, among other roles.  Having been bit by the adrenaline bug, he transitioned into law enforcement, obtaining his Ohio PEACE officers certification and commission in the State of Ohio.

Derrick provided more than 12 years of combined service to the citizens of the State of Ohio.  In 2008, he was seriously injured while on duty and was forced to resign from his career in public safety.  That time in his life was very difficult and at times very dark, leading him to seek out psychotherapy. He was subsequently diagnosed with Complex PTSD and underwent EMDR therapy, which he credits with saving his life. The triumphs and challenges he experienced as a patient instilled in him a deep resolve to pay it forward by raising the bar for the standardization of care for first responders and other trauma survivors.  

Derrick enrolled at Liberty University and obtained his undergraduate in counseling and his Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy.  After two years of service in healthcare and law enforcement chaplaincy, Derrick decided to seek additional ways to help others outside of their own faith experiences.  He enrolled at Ashland University and obtained his Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 

Derrick’s passion and desire is to walk with individuals and couples who are struggling with overwhelming life experiences, crises, and trauma.  His primary treatment method is EMDR therapy, using interpersonal neurobiology through a trauma-informed lens.  He specializes in working with first responders, military, couples, and teens.  Derrick is also a great friend of Bill W.