Olivia Martinez-Hauge is a marriage and family therapist intern who, for the past eighteen years, has worked within the private sector and public school systems as a pediatric occupational therapist. Occupational therapy is a helping profession, which she chose in order to help children with special needs attain or regain function and achieve their true potential. As a therapist she listened with an empathetic ear to the pervasive challenges parents and families faced when raising children with special needs. She was particularly compelled by their stories of grief and isolation and how their struggles permeated every aspect of their lives.
In 2007, she gave birth to a daughter with significant special needs. The stories of these families became her reality. As she traveled through this unpredictable journey she experienced the ebb and flow of feelings, thoughts, and emotions associated with parental expectations. She is acutely aware of the impact society, culture, and community has on a family who are raising children with special needs.
In 2013, she once again turned to a helping profession, Marriage and Family Therapy. She desired to gain a fundamental understanding of her own feelings, but also to help a community of people on the same journey. Children with special needs might have many people on their team, including an occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist, doctors, teachers, etc. However, she believes that parents and guardians of children with special needs would benefit from their own support network as well.
Olivia received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. She has years of experience with children, adolescents, and geriatrics. She has worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, eating disorders, sexual identity, life/career transitions, and aging. She is a regular speaker at professional conferences and universities integrating occupational therapy, marriage and family therapy, and the parent perspective. Olivia lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband Matthew and their three children.
MFTA #99545, OTR/L #3203
Supervised by Christine Triano, LCSW #29314