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).
For over fifteen years Martina’s clinical work has included private practice, adult mental health, couples counselling, family therapy 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 and teaches at 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.
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.