Ava Christine Martinez, Marriage and Family Therapist

Ava Christine Martinez, LMFT

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I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist in California, providing feminist and trauma-informed therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples. I am particularly passionate about collaborating with my clients to unpack and process the complex trauma associated with holding marginalized identities.

Hi, I'm Ava (she/they). I'm a therapist specializing in the treatment of trauma, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-harming behaviors. I'm particularly passionate about providing therapy to the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.

One of my primary goals as a therapist is to contribute to decolonizing mental healthcare, and a large part of that is taking into consideration that a client's identity and social context cannot and should not be ignored when looking at their mental health as a whole. Even widely used "evidence-based" modalities have blind spots when working with historically marginalized identities. In my private practice, I have enjoyed breaking from the "one size fits all" interventions and considering each client's individual needs and experiences first.

As someone who holds both marginalized and privileged identities, my intention is to practice with humility and curiosity. Part of this is bearing in mind that while I have expertise and experience in providing mental healthcare, my clients are experts on their own life experiences and histories and therapy is most successful when it is treated as a collaborative effort between therapist and client. I am committed to practicing trauma-informed and culturally competent care while getting to know each client's life history and current challenges.

My goal, as your therapist, is to work with you to create the roadmap to achieving a better quality of life. While I can't build it for you, my goal is for our work to leave you feeling empowered to build it yourself, with me alongside you every step of the way offering support, humor, and (reasonable) challenges.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Alcohol Or Drug Use/Addictions
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Betrayal Trauma
  • Binge Eating
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Criminal Justice Involvement
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Gaming
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
  • Hoarding
  • Internet/Social Media Addiction
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pet Loss
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Race-Based Traumatic Stress (RBTS)
  • Relationships
  • School Performance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sex And/Or Pornography Addiction
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Violence
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Biracial
  • Health At Every Size (HAES)
  • Hispanic Or Latino
  • Hiv / Aids
  • Immigrants
  • Lgbtqia+
  • People With Disabilities
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$150.00 - $160.00
Sliding Scale
Yes
Pay By
Cash, Check, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
5
License(s)
License #
state
Marriage and Family Therapist
126449
California
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Professional
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Golden Gate University
Counseling Psychology
2018