Martha Clark Scala, Psychotherapist


Martha Clark Scala has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1992, with offices in both Palo Alto and San Francisco, California. In addition to working with individuals and couples, she delivers workshops and regularly writes on topics including grief and loss, the necessity of self-care, and the challenges of substance abuse.

Her nonfiction and poetry can be found in We Need Not Walk Alone: After the Death of a Child (The Compassionate Friends), Porter Gulch Review 2008 , and at her website. Scala also appears in The California Therapist, SCV-CAMFT News, and she publishes an e-newsletter, "Out on a Limb," which is available to subscribers through her website.

She has also mentored many professionals in both her writing and helping careers, launching the Mentoring Program for the San Francisco-Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club in 2004.


Recently Published on Caring.com

What if I Don't Feel Sad After a Loved One's Death? — May 21, 2013
Sadness is the feeling that most people commonly report after someone dies, which might be why it feels peculiar to you if you don't feel sad. But be mindful that grief and...
How do you comfort someone who is dying? — Feb 27, 2013
My mother has CHF, COPD, hepatic encephalopathy, and dementia. She has been under hospice care for about two months. She is not ready to die. She has never been one to e...
How do I get over the pain of unexpectedly losing my 30 year-old daughter? — Nov 22, 2012
My 30 year-old daughter died unexpectedly, although she fought major illness throughout her life. She leaves an eight-month-old child. How can I get past this incredible pa...
How Do I Take Care of Myself While I'm Grieving? — Sep 23, 2009
First, be gentle and compassionate with yourself. Your body, mind, and spirit are all weathering a shock. Grief is often described as a syndrome with intense emotional resp...
Am I experiencing grief or depression? — Sep 23, 2009
It's easy to confuse grief with depression. The reason for this is that a number of symptoms of bereavement -- the grief commonly experienced when someone close to you has ...
How Can I Speed up the Grieving Process? — Aug 31, 2009
While each person has a unique way of grieving and expressing grief, there are a number of tried-and-true steps you can use to help speed up the process. It's important not...
How Do I Interview a Grief Therapist? — Aug 19, 2009
When first meeting with a grief therapist that you're considering hiring, focus your questions in two areas: practical concerns, such as location and costs; and personal co...
Is It Normal Not to Feel Social After Someone Close to Me Has Died? — Jul 31, 2009
You might expect that extroverts would want to be around other people while they grieve. But even the most gregarious extroverts have been known to bow out of social situat...
How Do I Find a Grief Counselor? — Jul 31, 2009
Try any or all of the following suggestions to find a list of grief counselors you may wish to see. Ask for personal referrals. Ask for recommendations from your friends, ...
When Am I Going to Be Able to Stop Grieving and Start Feeling Better? — Jul 10, 2009
It depends. There are a number of factors that might contribute to how long it takes to feel better again. The most common include: *The quality of your relationship with ...