Terry Barnett-Martin, M.S., LMFT


Terry Barnett-Martin is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Conveniently located in Laguna Hills, CA, the True Purpose Counseling office offers clients a comfortable and supportive atmosphere in which they can take the time to explore what is standing in the way of their true purpose.

Terry provides clients with counseling services and life purpose coaching. Her clients come from a wide-range of backgrounds, but they all share the common desire to find their purpose, passion, and true self.

Terry's credentials include:

  • Masters of Science, Educational Psychology and Clinical Counseling; CSULB
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Counseling; CSUF
  • Licensed Independent Color Code Personality Science Trainer
  • Certified Hypnotherapist
  • Award Winning Author of Tending Fences: Building Safe and Healthy Relationship Boundaries


Terry employs a variety of approaches, including:

  • Humanistic
  • Gestalt
  • Positive Psychology
  • Client Centered
  • Solution Focused
  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • Narrative
  • Hypnotherapy and Guided Imagery


The Book



Tending Fences is a timelessly insightful parable that explores relationship boundaries through the chronicles of its main character, Avery Soul.




Terry's Story

We all have defining moments. Mine was a conk on the head, literally. It happened on the day after my 23rd birthday and forever changed the course of my life.

It was a cool, sunny January day in the mountains of Southern California, where I was taking a hike up a steep and rocky trail with a couple of friends. We were intending on enjoying a quiet lunch with a magnificent view. As we neared the last bit of the hike, I recall looking up towards the boulder that was to serve as our picnic table to gauge how much farther we had to go. That’s when my memory gets fuzzy.

I’ve been told it was a basketball-sized rock that bounced down from above and hit me squarely on the forehead. I never saw it or felt it as it took a piece of my head with it down the mountain. I also didn’t feel my body as it bounced down the mountain like a rag doll. The instant the rock hit, I was mercifully out of my body and on a journey I will never forget.

For a time, I was gone from my body that day, and experienced an extraordinarily holy event that left me knowing, without a doubt, that I have a purpose for being here. I came back with a phrase echoing in my healing head: “There is something very important for me to do here.”

As time passed and my body recovered, I realized with more fervor that my reason for surviving the unexplainable accident was to bring those same words to everyone I met. So I am saying this to you: “You most definitely have a very important purpose here.”

It would be my greatest joy to help you find that purpose and passion in yourself, your relationships and your life’s work. I have built my practice around the belief that you have a unique and invaluable place in this world that is perfectly suited for you. You have your own set of circumstances, strengths, and challenges that affect the ups and downs, twists and turns of your journey.

Having been through many life chapters dotted with triumph and failure, love and loss, trauma and healing, transitions and letting go, I have learned that one of the most healing life essentials is having someone in whom you can trust and confide.  I am honored to be that person for my clients.

I look forward to meeting you.

Warm Regards,

Terry Barnett-Martin, M.S., LMFT