Alvin Martin was bornin 1971 at Camp Lejeune NC and grew up in Iowa after his father retired from the Marines in 1980. Following family heritage Alvin joined the Army in 1991 starting his military career as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and he moved to new duty stations every 1 to 4years. Mr. Martin obtained vast experience counseling and working with the military as a Non-Commissioned Officer with over 20 years active duty service in the U.S. Army, including two deployment tours in Iraq. He received the Bronze Star and Military Instructor of the Year in 2005. Courses that developed Alvin’s interest in mental health included Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Instructor Writer Course, Distance Learning Instructor Course, and numerous other leadership schools where he learned ways to lead and counsel soldiers toward achieving their goals, accomplishing their mission, reducing suicide rates, and helping soldiers become mindful of their overall mental health.In1996, while still on active duty, Alvin began working on his undergraduate degree, and he received his Bachelors of Science degree (with a focus in psychology)from Campbell University. the same year Mr. Martin retired from the US Army-under honorable conditions-in 2012.In 2015 Mr. Martin enrolled into graduate school at Campbell University, where he majored in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. His coursework included: Family Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Career Counseling, Group Counseling, Child Psychopathology, Addictions and Families, Spirituality/Multi-Cultural Awareness, Crises Intervention, Substance Abuse, Counseling Skills, and Psychotropic Medications. Alvin completed his practicum and internship at Peace of Mind Inc., under the clinical supervision of Molly VanDuser, LCMHCS, and he received specialty training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(TF-CBT),Child Traumatic Grief; Psychological First Aid for Veterans, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).Also during that time, Mr. Martin volunteered as a mentor at the Veterans Treatment CourtreceivedtheSilverEagleAwardin2017.Alvingraduated in 2018 and fulfilled requirements to become a National Certified Counselor(NCC),the same year he was awarded his associate license to practice under supervision (LCMHCA) through the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors. In 2019 Alvin added a contract with Lone Survivor Foundation in Fayetteville, NC, where he provides ART, CBT, and couples counseling to veterans and their spouses. Mr. Martin plans to become a Tricare Certified Mental Health Counselor / Certified Clinical Military Counselor. In 2021 Alvin became a fully licensed independent practitioner (LCMHC) and he remains at Peace of Mind, Inc., where he uses his skills and specialty training to help clients overcome/cope from past traumas, set boundaries for self-care, and to manage anxiety and stress.
Alvin currently accepts Aetna, AmeriHealth Caritas, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBSNC); Bright Health Management, Carolina Complete Health Network; Cigna; Health Choice, Healthy Blue BCBS; IPRS (Sandhills Center); Med Cost, Medicaid (Alliance Health and Sandhills Center);Optum; Prime Health Network; State Health Plan; United Behavioral Health, WellCare and Self Pay. He is currently accepting referrals for children over 6, adolescents, and adults.