Qualifications and experience

My therapeutic approach is based on many years experience of working on a professional basis with people facing difficulties.

My original training was a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling. Since then I have undertaken further training and my practice now is primarily based on Internal Family Systems (IFS).  IFS is an evidence-based psychotherapy that helps people come into relationship with wounded and protective parts of themselves to bring healing and develop internal secure attachments. I am Certified as an Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist and approved as an IFS Supervisor. I assist on IFS trainings in the UK and worldwide, as well as offering IFS Introductory Workshops and IFS supervision.

I am Certified as an Advanced Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and accredited as an EMDR Practitioner (Eye Movement Desentisation and Reprocessing) and have also trained in Attachment-Focused EMDR. EMDR is one of the two approaches to the treatment of trauma recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for use in the NHS. This follows many research studies that evidence its effectiveness.

During my career, I have trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy, the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), Lifespan Integration, Brainspotting, and Family and Trauma Constellations.

My work with relationships is based on my training in ‘Intimacy from the Inside Out’, a therapy based on Internal Family Systems, that uses a systematic approach to heal, improve, and provide relationship help.

As well as my counselling qualification, I have a Diploma in Supervision and a social work qualification. I have a MSc in Leadership and Management Development and am a qualified coach.

My experience as a therapist includes a number of years either working for an agency specialising in work with survivors of sexual abuse and rape, initially as a counsellor and now as a supervisor.

I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their code of ethical practice.

As well as working as a therapist, I occasionally work as a facilitator for groups, communities and organisations. You can find more about this aspect of my work at my website www.lizmartins.co.uk.

Call me on 07977 932066. If you prefer, e-mail me at lizmartinstherapy@gmail.com