Biography

Michelle Martin is a Licensed Master Social Worker practicing in Austin, Texas. She works with veterans in the areas of reintegration and mental health, with emphasis on justice-involved veterans. Michelle is a trauma informed psychotherapist and uses EMDR and mindfulness therapies to treat posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related issues. She specializes in LGBTQ issues, with special emphasis on transgender health and gender-affirming transgender therapies for children and adolescents.

Michelle is a veteran, and she is a retired Army officer and a former Navy Chief Petty Officer. She began her career as a Navy photographer after graduating from Amarillo High School. She later switched services and graduated first in her Officer Candidate School class as the Distinguished Military Graduate and was the recipient of the State of Maine Governor’s Award, the Erickson Leadership Trophy and the State of Maine Academic Trophy.

Her military career took her on missions to 34 countries including combat duty in Iraq, postwar nation building in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hurricane Mitch disaster relief in Nicaragua and multiple humanitarian missions throughout Latin America. She has also served on civilian humanitarian missions including work as a United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Volunteer in Missions in the same Bosnian town where she had previously served as a NATO peacekeeper.

She has served as an operations officer, commanding officer of a brigade headquarters company and head of training for a division of 13,000 soldiers. She retired from military service with the rank of Major.

Michelle is a graduate of the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and she earned her Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College while on active military duty. Michelle is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and is engaged in continuing education toward WPATH recognition as a certified transgender health provider.