Ligia Martin - Counselling For Personal Change
The following are some of my beliefs. Life is a continuous process involving positive and negative changes. The way we live is usually determined by the attitude we bring to life and not just by what life brings to us. Unfortunately, from time to time undesirable things happen to most of us, yet the way we respond to them will shape who we are and influence how we live. The good news is that when we want to most of us can find a way of making choices that lead to beneficial change in ourselves and our lives.
Another of my beliefs is that as reasoning human beings we try to make sense of and find a meaning to our human existence. In this quest we may reflect and try to answer basic and fundamental questions like:
- Who am I really? How did I become who I am? Do I like myself? What don’t I like about myself, and why? Is there anything in my past that is haunting and hindering me from changing and becoming who I want to be? How can I change the way I feel, behave and relate to myself?
- Am I generally happy and at peace or am I distressed most of the time with negative feelings, sensations and thoughts? Do I function with ease or difficulty? Am I hopeful or discouraged? Am I coping or do I need to cope better?
- Am I doing what I believe in my heart that I should be doing? If not, what is stopping me from doing it? How can I improve my working life? How can I become more motivated, confident, productive, successful and contented?
- Do I have meaningful relationships? Are they the way I would like them to be? How can I improve them? How can I change the way I relate to others?
- Am I in my life in the place I want to be? Where do I want to get to? What can I do to help myself get there?
- What is my life all about? What do I live for? Is my life the way I want it to be? If not, why not and what can I do about it?
- And so on ......
I imagine that most of us go through this type of reflection on our own or with the help of someone we trust. Nevertheless, when the answers seem to be harder to get and more vital to find we can start to feel overwhelmed. At such a time I believe that getting professional help can make a difference, as qualified counsellors and psychotherapists inform, equip, assist and support their clients in reaching their goals by finding better coping mechanisms and solutions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP accredited counsellor / psychotherapist, qualified psychotraumatologist, and EMDR practitioner.
I hold the following qualifications:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
NCP Postgraduate Diploma in Traumatology and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in SFBT and CBT (Solution Focus Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
ICS Ltd Certificate in Couples Therapy
Prepare/Enrich Practitioner – Psychometric Inventory for Couples
ACC Diploma in Practice Course
BD Hons (Bachelor of Divinity)
Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Studies
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Body dysmorphic disorder
Post-traumatic embitterment disorder
PTSD & Substance Abuse
Individual counselling sessions are 50 minutes: £45
Couple counselling sessions are 90 minutes: £65
Working with PTSD and Trauma I also use the following processes:
- PE (Prolonged Exposure Therapy)
- IRRT (Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy)
- ERRT (Exposure, Relaxation, and Rescripting Therapy)
I also use techniques from other models such as:
- DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)
- BAT (Behavioural Activation Therapy)
- ST (Schema Therapy)
My approach is:
By this I mean that I see each client as a ‘WHOLE being’ having three main dimensions: body, soul (mind, emotions, and will) and spirit which are inseparable and interrelated. I believe that the healthy functioning of each dimension is vital to the overall wellbeing of the client. Therefore, when I work with one dimension, I try to do so in the light of the client’s whole being and the interactions of all three dimensions.
Systematic Eclectic and Integrated
I believe each client is a unique person and therefore I customise my therapy to meet the personal and specific goals of each client. I do this eclectically by using techniques from a variety of therapies and integrationally by using elements from different schools of psychotherapy.
I believe change is a constant of life. Working with my clients to achieve the change they desire, I provide an encounter which is based on a structured framework consisting of confidentiality, empathy, genuine regard and a collaborative treatment plan founded on assessments and the client’s goals. These form the back-bone on which the therapeutic work is then built towards achieving the client’s well being, and specific goals.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer evening sessions and in addition to weekdays, slots are also available at the weekend.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|