Caitlin and Sarah met at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in their master’s program. Both women share strong ethical values and have a strong desire heal those experiencing pain. Their professional experienced have provided them with experiences necessary to be competent clinicians. Additionally, they have also seen client care come second to a corporation’s bottom line, which unfortunately is not uncommon in large, corporate owned mental health and addiction treatment facilities. While they are both grateful for the individuals with whom they crossed paths and learned from, they noticed an overall lack of individualized treatment, presenting challenges to women. More specifically, they noticed more challenges for women who did not fit within the narrow box or common standard of treatment offered.
Meet those who have made our mission possible
Co-Owners and Founders
Caitlin Martinez, MS, LMFT
Caitlin relocated to Las Vegas, NV upon completion of her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, Austin where received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed research in the areas of stress, bullying, and social interactions. In 2009 she began working in the Las Vegas community with children in adoptive and foster care. Her work with the children at that time was focused on behavioral interventions to aid in adjustment and healing from trauma, while simultaneously working with and training parents who often struggled with substance use disorders. This work allowed her to collaborate among a team of social workers, therapists, advocates, and families, inspiring her to gain more education in mental health to better serve the Las Vegas community. Caitlin received her Master’s in Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Since the completion of her Master’s, Caitlin has worked with a wide range of clients and presenting problems – focusing on healing from trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self-harm, family conflict, and grief. She has experience working with children, adults, the elderly, and Spanish speaking populations. Her therapeutic approach is client-centered and collaborative, as she believes that the client is the expert of their experience, and works to develop a strong trusting therapeutic relationship, built on empathy and compassion. Clients who seek help from Caitlin can expect to be treated with dignity and respect. She believes deeply that there is a need to shift the conversation around mental health care and addiction to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help. At some point, in all our lives, we need help – seeking that help is truly an act of self-compassion and strength.
Caitlin is married and has four children. When she is not practicing therapy, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, painting, and hiking. She is originally from La Quinta, California.
Dr. Sarah Schonian, LMFT
Dr. Sarah completed her Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After the completion of her masters, she continued her academic journey at Texas Tech University, where she received her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy in the department of Community, Family and Addiction Sciences. Sarah has research, teaching, and clinical experience working with both substance and process addictions. She taught an undergraduate course entitled, Understanding Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviors at Texas Tech University, where she was given the opportunity to teach and mentor students about addiction.
Sarah worked as a mental health professional at a residential treatment center for substance use disorders. She had the opportunity to help individuals, couples, and families begin their recovery from addiction. She also facilitated both individual client groups (e.g., CBT, women’s trauma, addiction education, etc.) and multifamily groups, as part of a structured, research based, family program.
In addition to her clinical and teaching experience in the field of addiction and recovery, Sarah also has experience as a researcher in the field. More specifically, Sarah has been involved with several research teams, designing and implementing various research projects related to addiction and recovery. She has served as a mentor to others interested in research in the field of mental health, addiction, and recovery.
Sarah is passionate about empowering young women to be their most authentic selves and follow their dreams, despite their challenges. Sarah is an advocate for young adult women, helping them to increase their self-esteem and find their voice in the world. She believes that providing ethical and quality client care should be the biggest priority at any treatment facility. Witnessing deficits in treatment, specifically related to addiction, has motivated her to open The Fearless Kind, where client care will always be a priority.
It is our goal to maintain a positive and recovery oriented mindset. Our Recovery Advocates have been carefully selected and trained to help the women in our program meet their personal goals and develop the life skills necessary to thrive in recovery!
Charm is the Executive Assistant to Caitlin and Dr. Sarah and also serves as a Recovery Advocate. Charm has a tremendous work ethic and leads with kindness and compassion – teaching the women in our program how to be optimistic and diligent when facing challenges in their lives.
Amanda is a recent graduate of Nevada State College with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions Counseling. She is one of our dedicated Recovery Advocates. Amanda has been accepted to University of Reno to continue her education to pursue her master’s in Social Work. Amanda had a passion for helping people become their best selves and live a life to their fullest potential. She is married, has three kids and enjoys spending her time off with them.
It is our belief that some may not always have the words to express themselves or process difficult emotions. One of the many opportunities in our program for women to increase self-esteem, heal from trauma, and process difficult emotions is through art therapy.
Michelle Costigan is a licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, and registered art therapist. She has worked in a variety of psychiatric and medical settings, assisting clients in developing skills to work through trauma, addiction, and other challenges in living through the use of talk therapy, visual art, and exploring the great outdoors. Her mission is to create safe spaces for people to practice self-care, find joy, and connect with the most authentic version of themselves.
Age Specific Treatment
While there are many similarities among women across different age groups, there are also many fundamental differences between young and mature adult women.
Women of different ages are at different developmental stages in their lives and deserve a method of treatment that meets them at the appropriate developmental stage. Our individualized treatment programming allows us to meet each woman where she is at developmentally.
Gender Responsive Treatment
Gender-responsive care means that our facility and program have been designed to meet the unique needs of women. While many treatment facilities may be for women only, their programming may not be gender-responsive. At The Fearless Kind, our program and environment are sensitive to the needs of women. It is important to understand that addiction impacts women differently than men. More specifically, the onset and progression of addiction occurs differently for women – thus, suggesting that treatment should also be different!