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Steven Martel (he/him)

Program Chair/Faculty/Counselor


Dr. Steven Martel is a licensed clinical psychologist and Chair of the Counseling Center and Human Development curriculum. He holds a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Seattle (AUS) where he focused on sexuality and multicultural issues. He also holds a M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from AUS and a B.S. degree in psychology from Western Oregon University. He earned an A.A. degree from Highline Community College where he was proud be a Running Start student. His experience as a community college student fostered his passion for working in higher education.

Steven has a wide range of clinical training/experience in which he has worked therapeutically at a local middle school, a private practice, as well as the University of Puget Sound and Highline Community College.

His psychotherapeutic interests include anxiety, career exploration, stress management, transitioning to college, and gender/sexuality issues, which includes working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community. He also enjoys working with international students and is interested in the identity/developmental issues pertaining to college students.

Therapeutically, Steven works from an integrative perspective to identify and harness each of his client’s individual strengths, which allows them to work together using tailored interventions based on their presenting concerns. Ultimately, this allows him to honor his clients by not forcing them into a prescribed role and thus allows him to utilize the therapeutic relationship to help his clients reach their full potential.

In his personal life, Steven enjoys spending time with his husband, reading gay romance novels/manga/webcomics, enjoying nature, and learning about cultural history.