The SOAR Team

OWNER & DIRECTOR

Molly Martinez, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

 

Molly Martinez, PhD

Molly Martinez, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing psychological assessment and treatment of OCD, anxiety disorders, and other psychological disorders in Richardson, TX and the greater Dallas area. She is licensed in both Texas and Hawaii and is now able to serve 28 states in the United States via telehealth through an interjurisdictional licensure process for psychologists known as PsyPACT. Dr. Martinez is available for regular outpatient treatment as well as individualized, intensive outpatient treatment in the home, workplace, school, and community settings, as clinically appropriate. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Martinez has a passion for educating other therapists and trainees to provided evidence-based treatment for OCD.

Dr. Martinez is a regular presenter at state and national professional conferences on the topic of OCD and evidence-based treatment for anxiety and OCD. She is enthusiastic about bringing together professionals to address the need for better care for those with OCD and their loved ones. Dr. Martinez founded the consultation group, DFW OCD Treatment Specialists (DOTS) in with DFW-area professionals come together monthly to consult on cases and support one another to provide more services for the community. In addition to regular continuing education on OCD, anxiety, and evidence-based treatment, Dr. Martinez has completed extensive specialized training in ERP and OCD, including completion of a 2-day Master Clinician Seminar at University of Pennsylvania’s Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) and the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Training Therapy Institute. She has completed both the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) certification courses & supervision (General BTTI and Pediatric BTTI) offered by the IOCDF. She has also completed formal consultation and supervision with world-renowned experts in the treatment of OCD, including Aureen Pinto-Wagner, PhD and Throstur Bjorgvinnson, PhD. Dr. Martinez is an active member of IOCDF and the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), the principal professional organizations for researchers, clinicians, and consumers of OCD treatment.

In addition to ERP, Dr. Martinez incorporates elements of standard Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, pronounced “act”) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) into treatment with patients.

Dr. Martinez earned her PhD from Ohio State University, where she studied under Mary Fristad, PhD, ABPP, in the Childhood Mood Disorders Lab. As a graduate student and trainee, her emphasis was in the field of child and adolescent clinical psychology. Dr. Martinez has treated OCD & anxiety disorders in children & adolescents since she began seeing patients in 2006. She has been passionate about educating other clinicians about Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP), a research-based treatment for OCD, since her first presentation on the subject to outpatient clinical staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Close-to-Home East location in 2007. Dr. Martinez completed an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (the Northwestern University-affiliated children’s hospital), where she was a member of the Mood & Anxiety Program’s treatment team. Prior to moving to the Dallas area, Dr. Martinez practiced as a licensed psychologist at Providers for Healthy Living in Columbus, Ohio, where she began to specialize in treating OCD. As she began specializing in OCD, Dr. Martinez expanded into working with adults as well as children and adolescents. Upon moving to Texas in 2016, Dr. Martinez completed a post-doctoral fellowship during her provisional licensure year at Dallas CBT, in Dallas, TX. She launched her private practice, Specialists in OCD & Anxiety Recovery (SOAR) in 2018.

If you have any further questions, or would like a copy of Dr. Martinez’s Curriculum Vitae, please don’t hesitate to ask! You may email your request to Andrea at admin@soartogether.net.

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DOCTORAL STUDENT & SOAR EXTERN

Bree Geary, M.A., Doctoral Student

 

Bree Geary, M.A.

Bree Geary, M.A., is a fifth year PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in the Health Behavior Lab mentored by Dr. Austin Baldwin. Bree received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Occidental College, her Master of Public Health from University of Southern California, and most recently her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from SMU.

Bree has completed three years of clinical training. As a graduate student trainee at the Center for Medical Psychology at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Plano, Bree provided individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to patients with insomnia, binge eating, depression, and anxiety under the supervision of Dr. Jamile Ashmore and Dr. Desire Taylor.

At Baylor, Bree also co-facilitated a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction group for cancer patients. She completed another external practicum at the Fort Worth Mental Health Speciality Clinic at the Department of Veterans Affairs providing Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) supervised by Dr. Brittney Wright. She is currently supervised by Dr. Molly Martinez providing Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to patients with OCD, OC-related, and anxiety disorders.

We understand that patients may have questions about working with a trainee and they may want to know how this impacts their treatment. Bree Geary is supervised by Dr. Molly Martinez. Therefore, she meets weekly with Dr. Martinez to discuss each case individually. Additionally, Dr. Martinez is available to join therapy sessions as needed and patients can request an appointment with Dr. Martinez. There are both advantages and disadvantages to working with a trainee. One disadvantage is that a trainee will not have as much experience working with patients. However, since trainees have a smaller caseload they tend to have more time to spend preparing for each case individually. If you have any other questions about working with a trainee, feel free to schedule a consult call (email: admin@soartogether.net) or contact Bree Geary directly at bree.geary@soartogether.net.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Andrea Medina

 

Andrea Medina

Andrea Medina is currently attending the University of Texas at Dallas and working towards her B.S. degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. In the future, she hopes to obtain a Master’s degree in Psychology. 

Andrea began her internship with Dr. Martinez in January of 2020 and has continued on as her administrative assistant. She is integral in communicating with and scheduling new patients, administering and scoring regular assessments of patient progress, writing content for the SOAR website, and various other administrative tasks at SOAR.

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and friends and working on creative projects. 

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