Martina Palombi is a mental health clinician with qualifications in counselling, Gestalt psychotherapy and 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 clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Martina co-owns Affinity Psychotherapy a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.
For over a decade Martina’s clinical work has included private practice, adult mental health, couple therapy, family therapy and group therapy. She has experience in drug & alcohol having worked in relapse prevention programs, is skilled in the area of addictions and recovery and well versed in 12 step programs. Martina has also worked in organisations such as ACON (AIDS Council of New South Wales) and has experience working with LGBTQI people as well as people with HIV.
Martina has been a faculty member of two Sydney based psychotherapy institutes. She has experience in facilitating both Gestalt and Yalom psychotherapy groups, mindfulness based groups and professional development workshops.
She is Associate Faculty and Core Program Manager at The Family Systems Institute.
Martina is currently enrolled in a Masters of Social Work.
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 been embedded in contemplative practices and the healing arts for over 20 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. Over the last two decades she has regularly partaken in silent meditation retreats to enhance her knowledge of the mind with some of the world’s principal meditation teachers.
Martina brings a wealth of experience to her clinical practice in the form of mindfulness, presence and incisiveness.
Martina speaks English and Italian and employs a culturally-sensitive practice.
Palombi, M. (2016). Separations: A Personal Account of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 37(3), 327-339.
Palombi, M. (2018). From Gestalt Therapy to Family Systems: How Theoretical Frameworks Inform Clinical Applications. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.