Heather  Martarella

Heather Martarella


Psychologist, PsyD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Emeryville Accepting In-person

Currently accepting new clients for video sessions.

Meeting in person may be possible in Emeryville. Additional locations may be possible but may include an additional fee.

Updated January 14, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic illness
  • Insomnia & sleep issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Heather Martarella is an expert on helping clients reclaim their lives and find relief from chronic pain and insomnia/sleep issues. She also provides treatment for those who are coping with chronic illness. Dr. Martarella became passionate about specializing in treatment chronic pain after experiencing her own physical injury in 2012, which left her with chronic pain for years which significantly changed her lifestyle. Years after her injury, she was able to begin recovering and now manages occasional pain flare ups well and is committed to helping others find relief, too. Physical health issues often lead to anxiety, depression, and reduced quality of life. Life as you knew it may have stopped, but there is hope, and Dr. Martarella can help you find it again.

During the initial intake appointment, after learning about the client's goals for treatment and their current situation, Dr. Martarella will develop and explain the recommended treatment plan. If it is of interest to the client, we will begin treatment. For those suffering from sleep difficulties, she provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), to help clients improve their sleep. For those with trauma history, whether from childhood, medical or other traumas, she may provide EMDR or Trauma-Informed CBT, to help clients heal from trauma. Dr. Martarella encourages clients to pay attention to their body's responses and incorporates biofeedback when appropriate. Dr. Martarella also emphasizes self-compassion for those who tend to be perfectionistic and otherwise overly harsh with themselves.

Dr. Martarella earned a Master's then a Doctoral degree (PsyD in 2005). She recognizes the unique toll that physical pain or chronic illness can cause and helps people reclaim their life and chosen lifestyles by providing compassionate care.

Message to clients

To schedule a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Heather Martarella, you may contact her through this site.

If you prefer a FREE 15-minute video consultation, please request this in the message you send to her via this website.


Chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, social and emotional aspects of pain and learning ways to find relief

Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress

Insomnia & sleep issues - Exploring ways to improve sleep patterns, develop healthy sleep hygiene, master relaxation techniques, manage stressors, reduce worrying, and address insomnia

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; discomfort in social or medical settings related to chronic pain or illness

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


Heather Martarella is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $275 (45min)
  • Initial session: $325 (60min)
  • Extended Initial Session: $350 (75min)
  • 60 minute Return Session: $300 (60min)
  • 30 minute Return Session : $250 (30min)
  • 15 minute Return Session: $150 (15min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

Initial appointments are $325 - 350 depending on length requested - either 60 or 75 minutes.

Follow up treatment sessions are $150 - 300 depending on requested length of 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes.


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 8am - 6pm
  • Wed 10am - 7pm
  • Thu 8am - 5pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Emeryville practice
3310 Powell Street, Emeryville, California 94608
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 8am - 7pm
  • Wed 8am - 6pm
  • Thu 8am - 5pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 19 years

Kaiser, Pain Psychologist, 2017 - Present
Various Universities (ask), Adjunct Professor or Guest Lecturer, 2007 - 2023
Sacramento Pain Clinic, Clinic Director, 2014 - 2017
Argosy University, Department Chair & Professor, 2007 - 2014

John F Kennedy University , PsyD - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 2005


California: PSY21758



Client testimonials

"Dr Martarella is great. She is knowledgeable, experienced, and very supportive. She is kind & caring while gently helping her patients find solutions to their problems. I highly recommend her."
- Zencare client • November 2023
"Very personable and easy to talk to."
- Zencare client • September 2023