Marta Garcia de Blakeley is a Clinical Psychology Registrar, able to provide therapy and counselling in both English and Spanish.
Originally from Argentina, where Spanish was her native language, Marta has lived in Australia since 2004. She has been working in the field of counselling and mental health since 2005 when she started working for Lifeline in Brisbane.
As well as current experience in transcultural mental health (specifically with the Spanish speaking population), Marta is working towards her Clinical Psychology PhD on the topic of transcultural psychotherapy and clinician’s competence. She is passionate about supporting and improving the development of other therapists.
Marta understands first-hand, the difficulties associated in moving to a new country, and can help clients around challenges such as:
- isolation from family and friends;
- culture shock;
- homesickness; and
- mastering a new language.
As a Psychologist and practising Christian, Marta has a particular interest in providing Christian counselling, as well as the theology of suffering, grace, acceptance, freedom, and compassion. She completed studies at bible college in her youth.
Although she is particularly sought out by clients who identify as Christian, she is careful never to preach to or “evangelise” those with a different belief system.
There is extensive literature supporting the positive correlation between faith/religious faith and wellbeing, so Marta does include a question about this in her intake interview. Practicing any faith is a relevant factor in treatment and recovery.
Marta respects all faith traditions, and is experienced in providing support to clients from Muslim, Hindu, and other religious backgrounds.
Areas of Practice
In addition to her areas of particular interest as outlined above, Marta is able to help identify, assess, and treat a range of mental health issues as well as emotional and relational dynamics that may be affecting general wellbeing and life satisfaction, including:
- Grief and loss;
- General anxiety;
- Social anxiety;
- Emotional distress related to physical illness;
- Parent and family relationships;
- Parenting dynamics (using Positive Parenting Strategies aka Triple P, and Circle of Security);
- Distress related to existential issues.
“Wanderer there is no path; path is made by walking” – Antonio Machado
“Caminante no hay camino, se hace camino al andar” – Antonio Machado
Marta’s approach to psychotherapy is based on collaboration, trust in the inner strength of all clients, and the profound agreement with C.G. Jung that “the meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” She is convinced that in the process of sharing the psychotherapy journey, both she and her clients create the path they wish to transit, being transformed, challenged, strengthen, and renewed.
This allows the opportunity to explore the conscious and unconscious factors that may be impacting the client’s relationships with others and very importantly, to themselves. These factors may include genetic predispositions, learned behaviours, intergenerational behavioural patterns, belief systems, past trauma, and situational stress, among many other factors.
As is required of all psychologists, Marta bases her clinical practice on evidence-based therapies that have been tested through scientific research, and shown to be effective in helping clients. Therapies she may use in session include:
- Interpersonal Therapy;
- Acceptance and commitment Therapy;
- Family System Therapy;
- Schema Therapy;
- Compassion-focused Therapy;
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy;
Her therapeutic toolbox also includes the use of other practical applications, such as:
- Psycho-education about your presenting concerns;
- Relaxation Techniques;
- Behavioural interventions (eg behaviour modification, exposure techniques);
- Cognitive interventions (eg identifying unhelpful thoughts and thinking patterns, restructuring thoughts and thinking patterns); and
- Skills training (eg problem solving skills and training, anger management, social skills training, communication training, stress management, and parent management training).
Bookings and Fees: To make an appointment with Marta Garcia de Blakeley, try Online Booking – Loganholme or call M1 Psychology (Loganholme) on (07) 3067 9129.