Counselor, Licensed Master Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist

(MSW)
Martina

Counselor, Licensed Master Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist

(MSW)

Martina is a psychotherapist and counsellor with a Master of Social Work (MSW), a Grad. Dip. in Gestalt psychotherapy, and an Adv. Cert. in Bowen Family Systems Theory & Practice. Martina also has training in Brainspotting, Gottman Method Couples Therapy and a Certificate in Group Leadership and Facilitation. She is a member of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) and of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).

 

Martina’s clinical work includes adult and youth mental health, couples counselling, family therapy, supervision and group therapy. She has experience in drug & alcohol, having worked in relapse prevention programs & being skilled in the area of recovery from addictions. Martina has also worked in organisations such as ACON (AIDS Council of New South Wales) and has experience working with LGBTQI people and people with HIV.

 

Martina currently works part time at headspace Bondi Junction in youth mental health, teaches Family Systems Therapy and supervises teams for the Family Systems Institute.

 

Martina became interested in the work of Dr Murray Bowen in 2013, since then she has been an avid reader and a committed scholar of Bowen Family Systems Theory which she applies to both her clinical work and personal life. Martina has published two articles on Bowen Family Systems Theory through Wiley publishers in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy which were amongst the top 10% downloaded articles in both 2016-2017 and 2018-2019. She has presented her work at symposiums and conferences.

 

Martina has been embedded in contemplative practices and the healing arts for over twenty years, with experience in the practice and teaching of Yoga, a Diploma in Zen Shiatsu and a long term commitment to meditation in the Theradavan Buddhist tradition.

 

Martina brings a wealth of experience to her clinical practice in the form of presence, warmth and incisiveness.

 

Publications:

 

Palombi, M. (2016). Separations: A Personal Account of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 37(3), 327-339.

 

http://www.thefsi.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Martina-Separation-Article-ANZ-Journal12783086.pdf

 

Palombi, M. (2018). From Gestalt Therapy to Family Systems: How Theoretical Frameworks Inform Clinical Applications. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.

 

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/anzf.1334

Practice Details
Session Fee
$125 USD
$185 AUD $171 CAD €114 EUR ₹10440 INR $204 NZD £98 GBP ₴5113 UAH $125 USD
Languages
English and Italian
Therapy Format
Individuals, Couples and Families
Age
Adults (20 to 64) and Seniors (65+)
Genders
Men, Women, Transgender and Non-Binary
Faith
Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Nonreligious
Sexuality
Hetero, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and LGBTQ+
Communities
Bisexual Allied, Gay Allied, HIV / AIDS Allied, Queer Allied, Lesbian Allied, Non-Binary Allied, Open Relationships, Racial Justice Allied, Sex Addiction Allied, Sex Worker Allied, Single Mother and Transgender Allied
Accepting clients
Online and In-person
Free Initial Consultation
Work & Education
Years in Practice
16 years
Education
  • Griffith University in 2007
License and State
AASW 500764
Specialties
Coaching
Family / Marital
Family Systems
Interpersonal
Meditation/Contemplative
Multicultural
Supportive Psychotherapy
Issues
Anger Management
Anxiety
Communication Skills
Depression
Family Conflict
Life Transitions
Marital and Premarital
Parenting
Relationship Issues
Self Esteem
Spirituality
Stress
Transgender
Women's Issues
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