Luz Martinez, M.S., LMHC, MCAP, CCTP

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Luz Martinez, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been helping clients with their daily struggles and develop a plan in finding that inner peace since 2006. She works with them in recognizing the barriers to live authentically. It is through this therapeutic exchange where clients are able the identify the areas of concern and find relief through action or acceptance in a genuine manner.

Luz graduated from Florida International University with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology in 2008. She has worked in multiple treatment settings ranging from adolescent substance abuse to elderly populations. Luz utilizes multiple treatment interventions and therapy approaches to create an individualized and unique treatment style for all her clients. The primary method is utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to identify any inaccurate thoughts that may be creating unhealthy emotions. In addition, she also holds certifications in Addiction Counseling (MCAP) along with being a Clinical Certified Trauma Professional (CCTP) and is seeking certification in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

Luz wholeheartedly believes that therapy can be life changing for people. Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, or just feeling lost and confused about things, there is help. Therapy and Mental Health still carry a stigma among certain communities and cultures. There are negative attitudes about people who admit to having a mental health condition or experience difficulties in coping. You may think that your problems are not “important” or “big enough” to require help, but if they are not addressed, they may cause a lot of distress in your life. Part of the role that Luz has in her practice is in bringing awareness that there should not be a distinction between one’s physical health and mental health. If you had a broken leg, would you berate yourself to “just get over it?” No, you would seek medical attention and talk to a professional. Why is your emotional well-being any different? There is no limit or judgment on “how big or small” your situation is to warrant therapy and support.

Therapy is a form of self discovery with the support and assistance of another person. Luz understands the challenges and barriers associated with admitting to oneself that something is not working and that something must change. She admires the strength and the reluctance associated with rethinking one’s life and potential. She understands that while we all crave change in our lives, part of the human condition is primed to want to stay where we are and keep the status quo. These are two polar concepts competing, but she can recognize that, and most importantly assist her clients in recognizing that.

It was this dynamic that first brought Luz into the mental health field and ignited the passion of working with people to enact change. Change is exciting but it can also be terrifying and uncomfortable. Therapy is the middle road between staying the same and the potential to change. The work that Luz does with her clients is to help them realize what works, what does not work, and where did those thoughts or practices come from. We are influenced by many things in our lives and may not realize the long-lasting effects it had on us. Therapy provides a freedom to discuss everything that you have been thinking about but are too afraid to say out loud for fear of hurting someone’s feelings, fear of judgment or fear of it being true. The work she does is individualized for each person and everyone’s needs are different.

Life can feel lonely at times and one can feel locked into our own experience without any hope. The most important tool anyone can have is maintaining and providing hope that things can be better and that you can feel better. Luz does that with her clients. The first step is self-discovery and questioning and the next step is putting that into action. Have you ever known someone, maybe you are that person, that knows exactly what to do to improve the situation but somehow thinks that the task is difficult or insurmountable? Well, therapy can be helpful in discovering why it is not as easy to take that step or identify what is getting in the way. Therapy is not advice; it is exploration and action; it’s talking and doing. Especially if you are dealing with a history of depression, anxiety, or trauma those tasks to betterment can seem daunting if not impossible. But they are not impossible, and it is not hopeless.

Luz Martinez Reaches

Miami FL