Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville – Permission to be human

Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD, is an internationally known keynote speaker, an author, a mentor, and frequent radio and television guest. She has been featured on Oprah’s OWN Network as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, and the Huffington Post.

Dr. Dorothy, is a licensed psychotherapist, in practice for over 25 year.

Her fascinating life includes: living in an orphanage, being adopted and raised in the housing projects of South Boston in a violent alcoholic home. She later became a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess and so much more

Dr. Dorothy has learned professionally and personally what she speaks about in her frequently requested talk 5 Steps To Claiming Your Dreams.

Ultimately, because of her own inspiring life journey and that of so many others, she came to see that those who passionately and positively live this journey – rather than merely survive it – knowing Anything Is Possible – are the folks who achieve real success and/or health. 

She now specializes in mentoring leaders who are ready for the next step in their leadership development allowing them to recognize there is no limit other than the ones they set themselves.

Dr. Dorothy calls all to whom she speaks, with humor, and profound spiritual insight, to live their life fully becoming who they are meant to be, passionately and vibrantly to support their Spiritual Growth, Emotional Intelligence, and Physical Health.

Guiding Principle, Quote or Mantra

We are all in this together.

We are all embodied souls.

When You Tripped Up

During her marriage of 15 years, Dr. Dorothy ended up disappearing in her relationship. She was invested in the longevity but not necessarily in the quality.

You have to truly show up to be able to make any relationship all it can be.

The “DUH” moment that changed your partnerships forever

Dr. Dorothy’s “DUH” moment was when she realized that when something wasn’t satisfying to her in a relationship it was because her partner had no clue what she wanted.

She was doing new things and adventures just because she could without asking if it was good for her to be doing them.

When she took time to be alone and catch up with herself the more she realized she didn’t have to be busy. Her relationship with herself is the most imperative

When you develop a solid connection to self you are far more prepared to have a happy, connected relationship with somebody else. It provides you with far more to share with your partner.

Proudest moment in partnership

Dr. Dorothy founded and ran a school on energy medicine for 19 years. She had such a close and connected team. They had such joy and excitement assisting people in their transformations.

Current Partnership that Has You Excited

Dr. Dorothy’s partnerships with her adult children as well as some women she has business partnerships with are the most exciting right now. 

It is very exciting to have partnerships with others who have similar dreams.

What is the best partnership / relationship advice you have ever received?

No matter who you are in relationship with, you need to give them permission to be human. Permission to fail.

There is a big difference between someone who has a pattern of letting you down or disappointing you and somebody who simply is human.

Best Partnership Book or Resource

Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing

Dreams Are Only the Beginning: Becoming who you were meant to be

Your Soul Sings Your Body Dances: Listening to Their Conversation

Payoff of Partnership –

When Dr. Dorothy’s youngest child went off to college she moved to the island of Anguilla in the British West Indies. 

She made a good girlfriend there and she started dating a guy. These two people showed her a world she never would have seen through her eyes alone.

It taught her there is never a wrong way, there are just so many different ways.

Interview Links – 


email Dr. Dorothy at dorothy@askdrdorothy.com

Dr. Dorothy’s Facebook Page

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About the author, Ken

I am the producer and host of Speaking of Partnership, a podcast that was inspired by a life of wearing the badge of self-sufficiency and independence proudly, until I realized it wasn't really a badge...it was armor.

My passion is helping you experience the power and payoffs of partnership by understanding and appreciating the opposite sex so you can feel safe, confident and understood in your personal, professional and family partnerships.

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