Ashley Martinez, LPC
My Services Offered
My job involves helping people. I work with diverse individuals and families to overcome the struggles they are going through and help them find the find the path they want to travel. I also create group therapy sessions to help look at behavioral and interpersonal stressors and how to solve them. I also provide psychological evaluations for clients looking to define, understand, and diagnose symptoms to better understand their behavior as well as provide a guide for treatment. I offer consultation for clinicians and young therapists wanting guidance on how to get licensed and practice today. Similarly, I create workshops for personal and professional development.
What it is like being in session with me
Through all my services, I use multicultural competency and cultural awareness. This process allows me to create an environment for people who feel a challenged sense of belonging. It is an effective tool in creating an open and safe space for you. I also use family systems and interpersonal approaches. I help you identify your roles in life and how those roles relate to those around you. This allows you to see who you are and know your purpose in life. Lastly, I enjoy using motivational interviewing. This is a systematic, structured approach that can help you deal with massive life changes and decision making.
I want to build a rapport with you. I strive to get to know you as a person not defined by the choices you have made. There are no bad people, only those who have made different choices. It is important for me to connect with you and make you feel like I am someone you can trust and share anything with. No matter what stage of life you are in, I am here to see you as you are and work with you to find the path that you want to be on.
I see you as more than the judgment others have placed on you. I specialize in work with forensic populations and those in the penal system. Whether it is you or a family member struggling to find hope amidst difficult realities, I provide hope. If you have already been to jail or at jeopardy of going to jail, it can feel as though society has already placed their judgment on you, and there is no way to change. I am here to show you that there is more to life than your past or the issues that you are dealing with. There is hope everywhere; the journey is about finding it and realigning the joy in your life.
Many of my clients are dealing with the same issue of feeling like they do not belong. I work with those dealing with interpersonal conflict, the LBGTQ+ community, and people with behavioral concerns. Whether it is helping an individual or their family deal with trying to come to terms with certain issues and how to move forward to ensure progression, I am here to help guide you to the path you want to travel. Even with my consultation services, I aim to help young therapists on their journey down being a therapist and what is necessary for them to be the best clinician they can be.
Specialties include: depression and anxiety; trauma; behavioral concerns; addictions; grief and loss; issues tied to self-esteem/identity; interpersonal conflict; LGBTQ+ issues; relationship, identity, and marriage issues; families managing the court system; community re-entry; finding purpose
How therapy helps
Doctoral Degree (PhD, 2002)
The University of Maryland
Master’s Degree (MS, 1994)
Social Work, Mental Health
University of Missouri-Columbia
Bachelor’s Degree (BS, 1993)
Social Work, Generalist Practice
University of Missouri- Columbia
Licenses & Professional Designations
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – Georgia
Honors, Awards & Memberships
- Thurgood Marshall Academic Scholarship, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Master of Social Work (1994)
- CSWE Minority Research Fellowship Award, National Institute of Mental Health, Council of Social Work Education, University of Maryland, School of Social Work, MD. (1998)
- The 6th Annual Institute on Aging and Social Work Research, The College of St.
Scholastica and National Institute of Aging, Duluth, MN – Certificate (2008-2009)
- Barbara Mikulski Caregiver Award, Baltimore City Commission on Aging Caregiving Award, recognition of her and the School of Social Work contributions to the field of aging and caregiving, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD (2009)
- The John A. Hartford Geriatric Faculty Scholar (Cohort X)- Certificate (2009-2011)
- RCMAR Health Disparities Research Training, The University of Alabama, Birmingham- Certificate (2012-2013)
- American Society on Aging, National Council on Aging (ASA/NCA) (2018-2020)
- Southern Gerontological Society on Aging (S.G.S.) (2018-2020)
- Canadian Association on Gerontology (C.A.G.) (2019-2020)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW) (2020-Present)
- Women’s Issues
- Domestic Abuse
- Relationship Issues
- Compassion Fatigue
- Couples Counseling
- Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Stressors
- Grief & Loss
- Gay, Lesbian, & Bi-Sexual Stressors
- Work Related & Academic Stressors
Clinical & Consulting Interests
- Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy
- Workshops, Trainings, and Retreats: Depression & Mental Health Wellness; Elder Care & Well-Being; Kinship Caregivers, Rural & Urban; Diversity & Aging; Survival Strategies of African American Women
What it’s Like to Work with Me
In working with you toward your healing journey, I will join with you and create a safe space filled with support, compassion, and acceptance. I work with my clients to gain insight and understanding about the origins of their problems and collaborate with them for developing a plan for creating the change they need to overcome presenting concerns. I assist clients with moving from the past to the present. I help clients recognize that although they cannot change the past, we can work together to develop new coping skills and strategies for addressing old wounds. In working with couples seeking to maintain their relationships, I help couples re-discover meaningful bonds to help grow and re-define their ties. I explore with couples in understanding how their various social roles, such as mother, fathers, caregiver, spousal unit, and worker may create obstacles or opportunities for change and need to be addressed. Often couples initial contract (implicit and explicit) may need to be redefines as they assumed new roles within their families. From working with older adults (50 years and older), I provide support and understanding about the aging process and life transitions at an older age, such as caregiving, death/loss, and career changes.
I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Georgia. I have 10 years of engaging in clinical practice with clients coping with mental health issues and life stressors. I am experienced in working with a diverse client based, including racial and ethnic diversity; gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual; caregivers and women’s issues.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, swimming, reading books, listening to educational podcasts/audibles, and music.