Martha’s creative approaches to working with grief became immediately effective for me when I had a chance to use them for myself. Her experiential approach makes it easy to remember what she teaches and use in the service of clients. She is a warm, bright, compassionate presenter and her material and the flow of the day is incredibly well organized.
~ Roz Leiser,R.N.
Executive Director, Life Transitions Network
I had the privilege of attending Martha's workshop, entitled "A Very Full Plate," in October 2010. In addition to being kind and warm, Martha is a dynamic speaker, and skillfully presented an ambitious agenda that was informative, valuable, and very accessible. I came away from the session with many new ideas about how to work with my clients, as well as specific ways to attend to self care. What a nice surprise to experience a workshop on working with grief as uplifting and even fun! I strongly recommend that all practitioners attend any presentation Martha offers.
~ Toni Rey, MFTI
Here is a video-taped endorsement by Grief Counselor, Jan Austin, MFT.
Martha has consistently been the favorite
among presenters at our agency. Hers have been the most
inspirational, motivating and well-received of the many
trainings I've coordinated. Energetic, authentic and
extremely knowledgeable, Martha presents a wonderful
role model for becoming an expert clinician.
~ Kathy O'Shea,
MFT: Clinical Director,
Youth and Family Assistance,
You bring strength, warmth, and power to your participants. Sometimes "helping" one
person see her own power is worth more than being in the presence of a thousand.
That's the gift you gave me; your caring guidance in that writing exercise
led me to a scene that holds much value to me now, as a writer, and as a woman.
The way you get people to open up and trust you is inspiring. Thank you!
~ Teresa LeYung
Ryan, author of LOVE MADE OF HEART
compassion for mental illness
and helps survivors-of-violence
find their voices.
Visit her at www.LoveMadeOfHeart.com.)
Over two years ago I attended two different trainings presented by Martha,
on Self-Care and Grief and Loss. I'm still applying words of wisdom and practical
application for both my clients and myself personally. Martha models for
any therapist, new or old, how to address difficult topics in a real and
genuine way. Outstanding, just outstanding!
~ Vickie Worthington,
Martha is an inspiration to those of
us who have been given the gift to help others in their
healing process. She is incredibly authentic and speaks
directly from the heart in a way that is both warm and
motivating. There is a sense of comfort and care that
exudes her presentations, and as an audience, we feel
well taken care of.
~ Michael Sally,
LMFT - former Associate Executive Director,
Youth and Family Assistance
The following comments were culled from anonymous evaluation forms filled out
at the end of Martha's workshops or talks:
"Excellent presenter: prepared and real."
"You are very energetic and fun."
"It felt like the different pieces
of the training came together very well."
"I feel that I am walking away with
tools that I wasn't sure of before."
"Excellent training. You have a
lot of energy and are inspiring without preaching."
"Martha was great and energetic
and the topics felt relevant and we were all involved."
"You have a way of putting people
"I like your very real, down-to-earth
presentation and anecdotes."
"I think you did a service for many
of the individuals in the room in discovering and observing
their feelings about 9/11 and their private losses."
"Thanks for sharing anecdotes about
your own life, it helps me."
"Thanks for being so personable
and warm and creating such a safe space for all of us."
"I admired your feedback, expertise
and tact in handling such a difficult subject."
"Thank you! What a wonderful gift!
You give me courage to use my creativity rather than
deny it -- people need it so much!"
"Wonderful training! You are an
inspirational and motivational speaker."
Martha Clark Scala, MFT • 721 Colorado Ave., Suite 201, Palo Alto, CA 94303 •