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Kathy Martin BSc, MCP

I am a British psychologist who has lived in France for more than two decades, where I work with children, families and couples. During these years, I have experienced first-hand all the challenges of negotiating the French education system, bringing up bilingual kids, and building a fulfilling life for one’s family in a different culture.

 

I also have a broad range of experience, having worked at an antenatal clinic with expecting mothers, a mother-baby unit, a Maison des Adolescents and as international school counsellor at the European School of Strasbourg. I also provide couples therapy to help people build strong, fulfilling relationships. 

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My work with infants has taught me the fundamental importance of providing a securely attached base for therapy – whether with children, adults, or family groups. As such, empathy, compassion and a non-judgemental attitude are key to my practice as a therapist.

I have a BSc Hons in Psychology from the University of Exeter and a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology from the University of Strasbourg. I am trained in Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Psychotherapy informed by Attachment Theory and Polyvagal Theory (a type of Somatic Psychology). I am also a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor.

I draw on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience and contemplative practice, and adopt an integrative approach with patients. I believe it is important that all aspects of a situation are carefully considered in order to tailor the right therapy for each person.

As a clinician at the Paris Psychology Centre, I offer therapeutic care for a range of psychological difficulties:

For children and adolescents​:

  • Emotional regulation

  • Behavioural problems and defiance

  • Anxiety and shyness

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Difficulties with focus and concentration

  • Transitions and adaptations (to crèche or school)

  • Sleeping and eating difficulties

  • Interpersonal problems

  • Eating disorders

  • Attachment-related disorders

  • School difficulties

  • Consultations on developmental disorders (in conjunction with our neuropsychologist Caitlin Dawes)

 

For parents:

  • Preconception consultation

  • Ante-natal and post-partum issues (including depression and anxiety)

  • Attachment and relational difficulties with a new baby

  • Mindfulness techniques for new mothers

For couples:

  • Building healthy attachment patterns 

  • Resolving conflicts without fights

  • Communication difficulties

  • Trust issues

  • Parenting disagreements

  • Intimacy and connection

I receive people in person in Paris on Fridays and Saturdays and take online appointments on other weekdays. I look forward to meeting you and your family, and hearing your story.

And if you have any questions, I'd love to hear from you at kathy@parispsychologycentre.com 

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