Martina is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and the director of Groundwork Psychology. She is originally from Germany, where she studied stress and burnout and worked with the Critical Incident Team and the Psychological Service for the Bavarian Police Force. Martina also worked with the Audi Accident Research Unit.
In 2006, Martina immigrated to New Zealand where she worked for the Taranaki District Health Board in a variety of roles, such as the Adult Mental Health and neuropsychological assessment service. She also provided specialised services within the Maternal Mental Health Team where she supported women and couples in adjusting to changes after becoming parents. She was involved in developing the role as psychologist within kaupapa Maori Mental Health, providing culturally responsive therapy.
She specialised in trauma therapy and uses EMDR (Eye-Movement-Desensitisation and Reprocessing) to help achieve rapid change for people troubled by trauma, depression, anxiety, phobias, critical life events, natural disasters and witnesses to crime and trauma.
Together with Belinda, Martina provides Equine Assisted Self- and Team Development for individuals, couples, families, schools, corporate and businesses, public services, people affected by bullying, traumatic brain injuries and disabilities.
Martina has extensive individual, couple, family and group work experience. She has a caring, non-judgemental approach and is passionate about her work and bringing out the best in people. .
She is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board, a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, and a member of the EMDR Association New Zealand.