Thomas Martin, Ph.D.

Thomas A. Martin, PhD

Thomas A. Martin, PhD, received his BS in psychology from Eastern Mennonite University. He earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where his primary interests were rural mental health service delivery and schizophrenia research.

Background

I first worked in the mental health field in 1974 after I graduated from high school, when I worked as a psychiatric technician at Philhaven, a hospital in southeastern Pennsylvania. That sparked my interest in studying psychology in college and as a graduate student. My graduate training included experience in rural community mental health systems, a university outpatient clinic, a county intellectual disabilities program, and a state hospital in North Carolina. I continued to work at the state hospital for several years, supporting individuals affected by schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and dementia, and training predoctoral clinical psychology interns.

In 1987 I returned to Pennsylvania to become a professor in the Department of Psychology at Susquehanna University, where I remain employed on a full-time basis. My job there has involved teaching courses related to clinical psychology, mentoring students, developing psychological tests, and service to the university. Throughout that time, I also worked with CMSU Developmental Supports and Services for about 20 years, completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Adult Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center, and practiced at Courtyard Counseling Center for four years before suspending my practice to serve as the head of the Department of Psychology at Susquehanna University. In early 2019, I resumed my affiliation with Courtyard Counseling Center.

Clinical Practice

I work primarily with individuals who range in age from emerging adulthood to their elder years. My special interests include psychotherapy with people affected by anxiety and depression, as well as bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, posttraumatic stress, intellectual, and thought disorders. I’m experienced with helping individuals manage loss or chronic illness, and with supporting those who do extensive caregiving for family members with disabling conditions or dementia.

My approach blends humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and problem-solving therapies. I believe the therapeutic relationship, careful listening, flexibility, and reassuring encouragement are at least as important as the specific techniques we may employ. I work together with clients as they identify their strengths and goals. We consider courses of action to reduce their difficulties and distress, prioritize and implement actions, and reflect on the outcomes. We continue to plan, implement, and reflect as we work toward their goals.

Personal Information

I enjoy spending time with my wife and three adult children, seeking artist expression through photography, visiting farm markets, and growing a small vegetable garden.

Insurance Plans

I am empaneled with a number of insurance plans that are common in this area. Please check with me to see whether these include your plan.

Contact Information

I can be reached via the Courtyard Counseling Center phone number (570-743-2323) or by email at tmartin.ccc@verizon.net. Note that email is not a secure means of communication, so it’s possible a message may be read by others. Information that you wish to keep confidential should not be included email messages. Moreover, the work of therapy itself can occur only on a face-to-face basis in a scheduled appointment.