Professional Services

Psychotherapy Practice

Dr. Martell does not have a private practice.  This information below concerns his practice of cognitive-behavioral psychology, but he does not accept new clients  for psychotherapy services at this time.

Dr. Christopher Martell is a cognitive-behavioral psychologist. As such, the therapy he practices emphasizes patterns of behaving and thinking that have a negative influence on people's lives. Therapy is focused on the problems of today, although patterns learned over time are also addressed. Admittedly more behavioral than purely cognitive in his approach, Dr. Martell uses treatment approaches that have been validated in empirical studies over decades of research. Treatments are provided flexibly, meaning that a case formulation approach is used, considering the problems that each client brings to therapy. If behavioral problems are the focus of treatment, techniques will be used such as behavioral activation, exposure and response prevention, and relaxation training. If treatment focuses more on negative thinking and beliefs about the self and world that are troublesome for a client, cognitive interventions such as cognitive-restructuring, automatic thought records, and evaluation of long-standing beliefs are used. Typically both behavioral and cognitive approaches are used in therapy. Researchers have also developed treatment protocol manuals for specific problems such as social phobia and panic disorder. When such protocols are available and appropriate for an individual client, they can be quite useful as treatment guides.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a collaborative working relationship in which the client's active involvement and honest communication are crucial. Therapy is not something that is "done to someone", rather it is a joint process of working with a psychologist who serves as a participant/observer in a client's life, and as a coach to help clietnts learn new strategies for coping with life problems. The first few sessions will involve an evaluation of goals and needs. Part of the work will involve identifying patterns of thinking, behaving and relating that may impede life goals, expression of adaptive emotions and development of mutually satisfying relationships.

While cognitive-behavioral therapy is goal-oriented, and directive, it is also a supportive therapy. Dr. Christopher Martell has been trained in techniques that emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship such as supportive therapy, reflective-listening, and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Therapy is not mechanical but interactive. It is directive, but supportive. Therapy emphasizes change in thinking and behavior, but also acceptance of oneself. Feelings and emotions are to be experienced, not feared, and the inevitable struggles of life are best faced directly. In essence, therapy provides the structure and help to do so effectively.

Dr. Martell is licensed as a Psychologist in Wisconsin, #3024-57,Washington State, #PY00001337 and New York State, #009756-1. He was in practice at  Associates in Behavioral Health in Seattle for over 20 years.

Dr. Christopher Martell has moved from Seattle.  His private practice closed as of June 21, 2012.  He is no longer seeing clients for cognitive-behavioral therapy in private practice at this time.  Former clients who wish to have Dr. Martell speak with a new therapist or who require copies of their records should follow the steps in red below:

Print the Release of Information Form Attached as a PDF File below.

Fill out completely, leaving nothing blank.

Mail to the address below.  Keep in mind that there may be a lag time in receipt of this form and the release of the information.  The mailbox at this address is checked weekly, and this is not a place to send personal correspondence.

Dr. Martell's new business address will be as follows:

c/o Martell Behavioral Activation Research Consulting, P.O. Box 2726, Amherst, MA 01004



Christopher Martell has worked as a research therapist on several major treatment studies funded by NIMH. As a member of the University of Washington's Treatments for Depression Study team, he helped to restructure behavioral activation treatment for depression. Since that time, he has consulted on several research projects evaluating the efficacy of behavioral activation therapy with different populations.

The following are examples of projects on which Christopher Martell has served as a consultant:

Dr. Martell has also provided supervision in behavioral activation and cognitive-behavioral therapy for clinical researchers at the Behavioral Research and Training Center in Seattle and has supervised therapists in CBT training through the Charlie Waller Institute - Unviersity of Reading, U.K.

Please contact Christopher Martell directly if you are interested in hiring him for consultation in the development of a grant or project on behavioral activation, or for supervision and training of research therapists. Dr. Martell is also able to consult with or supervise a limited number of clinicians desiring training in BA, IBCT, CBT or FECT and can be hired on an individual basis.

Clinical Associate Professor

Christopher Martell was Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He was  employed part-time in the department training Psychiatry Residents in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and supervises Psychology Interns in the APA-accredited internship program. Dr. Martell was also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. This is a non-tenure, volunteer, clinical faculty position renewed annually. In this role, Dr. Martell served as a clinical supervisor for doctoral candidates in the adult and child clinical psychology Ph.D. programs at the University.

Dr. Martell is currently Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.