Judy Martin, LAPC

About Judy Martin, LPC, NCC

I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults

Throughout my life, I have experienced a variety of meaningful moments and relationships. I have raised three children: a daughter who graduated college, now working professionally; an older son attending a young adult transition program for students with autism and learning differences; and a younger son currently in college

Additionally, I have experienced the pain of the finality of goodbyes as I have lost both of my parents after long illnesses, as well as two brothers who died suddenly at younger ages. Through some of these more difficult transitions, I developed a deeper understanding of the impact of loss and trauma on the entire family system. I also came to believe more fully that regardless of circumstances, we all hold the innate power within us to emerge from crisis and life challenges with a sense of hope, meaning, empowerment, acceptance, and resilience

My Approach

Sometimes the current challenges of our lives, as well as unhealed wounds from the past, impede our ability to live as fully as we aspire. Through creating a safe and compassionate therapeutic space, I strive to work collaboratively with clients to consider a variety of possibilities in how they relate to and meet their unique life challenges. Ultimately, I believe that being understood is a powerful catalyst for change

My Training

I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Following a midlife career change, I graduated from Mercer University with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling

Professionally, I have worked for eight years with parents and their children who face developmental and emotional challenges including autism, ADHD, mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, and depression, in educational, clinical, and home-based environments

I have received certifications from the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning and the National Board for Certified Counselors. I am extensively trained in the DIR/Floortime model, a developmental, play-based intervention that seeks to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual development. Currently, I am under the direction of Roy Sanders, M.D. and the clinical supervision of Julie Carnes, LPC

My Specialties

I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds facing challenges that are impacting their quality of life. Special interests center on transitional issues related to adolescence, young adulthood, and midlife; anxiety, depression, and emotional dysregulation; parent coaching and utilization of collaborative problem solving techniques to improve family communication and relationships; cultivating healing and new direction following significant life changes and losses; family recovery after suicide; issues related to addictive family systems; developmental disorders and support for siblings