Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

Martha Wessell, MSW, LISW-S, LSSW

  • Title: Embedded Clinical Therapist, Student Life Housing & Residence Education
  • Phone: 614-292-5766
  • Email:

Therapeutic Style:

My therapeutic styles are heavily influenced by the persons I serve, the pressures of the world around us and the way we can, together, find a path of healing in an affirming and collaborative space. Therapy styles I incorporate are guided by an integrative mind, body and spirit approach that blend healing from within and very much acknowledge the impacts of the world that surrounds our day-to-day trials.

In my therapeutic space you will find an eclectic atmosphere where all persons are welcomed and encouraged to be who they are.  The methods I use are driven by person-centered collaboration by using a variety of the following strategies in practice including solution-focused methods, mindfulness-based stress reduction, cognitive and dialectic techniques, motivational interviewing, expressive arts, narrative and restorative approaches, nature based interventions but above all, always keeping affirmation of identity in mind.

Supervision Style: 

In supervising others, I tend to focus on strengths-based techniques meeting learners at their level of skill and encourage growth in their abilities both with those they serve as well as creating their own professional self.  I like to promote exploration of professional self-development while emphasizing the importance of maintaining personal and professional self-care balance.  I take pride in helping to ready future mental health professionals become conscious of themselves as they begin a journey of helping others. Above all, I emphasize and promote building awareness of wellness in all areas of life so that learners build skills of resiliency to last their careers.

Professional Interests:

A favorite area of practice for me is the development of Integrative Practices inclusive of Body, Mind & Spirit.  I enjoy dialogue with my peers, future generations of mental health practitioners and persons I serve about this topic. To me, this approach can be inclusive of culture, identity, ability while also allowing for and encouraging creativity and play.  Within the domains of this work there is intention spent in allowing movement of our bodies, taking time to let our thoughts settle and allow space to search and grow your sense of spirit.

Liaison Roles:  

I currently serve as a liaison to Student Life Housing & Residence Education and facilitate an Art Space Workshop.

Educational Background:  

I am an Alum of The Ohio State University from both Newark and Columbus campuses. My areas of undergraduate academic exploration focused upon psychology & political science emphasizing the experiences of women and children. I pursued graduate studies in clinical social work concentrating on school social work practices and community engagement.

Personal Interests:  

I find encouraging creativity, teaching & learning, activism, Qigong, mindfulness practices are all themes in my professional life as well the personal. I enjoy my time away from work being nurtured by nature, playing with my family and practicing my own means of self-care. 

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