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
*Frimpong Kwame Nyanor will be taking a sabbatical from seeing clients until February 2022*
Doctoral Candidate (PhD, Expected 2022 )
Master’s Degree (MA, 2018)
Marriage and Family Therapy
Bachelor’s Degree (BS, 2016)
Honors, Awards & Memberships
- Associate Professional Counselor (APC) – Georgia
- The American Counseling Association (ACA)
- Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International -ETA
- Rewarded 3rd place for a human sexuality presentation while pursuing master’s degree.
- Depression and Anxiety
- Faith Based Counseling
- Relationship, Identity, and Marriage Issues
- Sexual Addiction, Performance, and Satisfaction
- Domestic Abuse
- Trauma and PTSD
- Grief and Loss
- Life Management and Communication Skills
- Parenting and Family Stressors
- Issues Tied to Self-Esteem/Identity
- Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Stressors
- EMDR Trained
- Prepare-Enrich Method Trained
- SYMBIS Assessment Trained
Clinical & Consulting Interests
- Individual, Family, Couples, and Group Therapy
- Workshops & Trainings: Marriage Communication, Sexuality/ Intimacy Communication, Blended Families, Racial Equity
- Cultural Immersion Trips
What it’s Like to Work with Me
I create an honest and open environment that radiates connectivity with my clients. The moment you step into my office, I try to listen and meet you where you are to find out why you are here and what you can get out of therapy. My values and experiences allow me to create a culturally sensitive space with a key understanding of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexuality-based stressors that are presented today. I try to tailor a unique therapy experience that revolves around you and your own identities and struggles.
Through a combination of narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and strength-based therapy, I get to the root of the issues plaguing your life, find ways to solve those issues, and then move forward with the progression of your path in life. There is a deep-rooted stigmatization that surrounds mental health and I want to break that down because the problems people are facing are real. You are a spirit; you have a mind and a body, and you need to take good care of that mind through self-education, and with therapy, that education looks different for everyone.
I am a Christian associate professional counselor, working under the onsite supervision of Ashley Martinez, LPC. I have worked for 3 years within the behavioral and mental health realm, helping families, couples, groups, and individuals through their therapy needs. I have 28 years of experience of counseling couples as a pastor, and in the last few years have provided professional counsel in the mental health arena . I am currently a pastor in charge of the family ministry at my church and have previously worked in two different Christian agencies. Additionally, I have training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
In my spare time, I enjoy teaching, preaching, seminars, workshops, and writing books (I’ve written five)!