Qualifications and experience

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

My practice is 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 am a Lead Trainer with the IFS Institute based in America. I work on IFS trainings in the UK and worldwide, as well as offering IFS Workshops and IFS supervision.

Although my primary modality is IFS, I am also Certified as an Advanced Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desentisation and Reprocessing) and 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. 

My original training was a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling. During my career, I have trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy, the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), Lifespan Integration, Brainspotting, and Family Constellations

As well as my counselling qualification, I have a Diploma in Supervision and a social work qualification. I have a MSc in Leadership and Organisation within Public Services 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 assault, initially as a counsellor and then as a supervisor.

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

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