Luz  M  Martinez

Luz M Martinez

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Florida Waitlist Online
Miami Waitlist In-person
Updated May 3, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders

Professional statement

Luz Martinez is a licensed mental health counselor in Miami. She works with adults of all ages. Many of Luz’s clients come in to address anxiety, depression, trauma, self acceptance, and self esteem. Luz is particularly passionate about serving working professionals and recent graduates who are experiencing a discrepancy between how they want to live their lives and the reality. She also has advanced training in the area of PTSD, trauma and addictions.

Luz is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Client Centered, Mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), in which we identify the habitual thoughts and stories that play in the background of our self beliefs and behaviors. This allows us to make the changes in our lives to live and feel more authentic. In session, Luz focuses on self compassion, love and kindness mindfulness, inner child work, journaling, breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, grounding exercises, along with identifying distorted or problematic thoughts and beliefs. This approach supports clients to be more present and mindful of their experience and make the necessary changes.

Luz's style is warm, non-judgmental, and supportive. When clients first start therapy, Luz will work to build trust and provide a supportive environment where they can feel comfortable and seen. Clients goals and feedback on sessions are welcomed and encouraged to ensure it's supportive and helpful environment and session.

Luz received her MS of Psychology from Florida International University. Prior to her private practice she has worked in local community mental health centers and substance abuse facilities. Outside of private practice, she enjoys reading and spending time with her dog, Valentina. Luz offers both in-person and tele-counseling sessions. The office is centrally located off of US1.


Message to clients

Congratulations, you have taken the first step in seeking support and living authentically. Most people are considering psychotherapy for months before they actually start. You are moving from the "thinking about it" stage to the "doing something about it" stage.

For our first session you and I will discuss what is working in your life, what are your strengths, what are the positives, what makes you YOU. We'll also talk about the things you'd like to see improve, change or eliminate. This is based solely on what fits and is right for you!

I strive to ensure that my clients feel safe, secure and know that they are not being judged for what they think or what they feel.

I see my role as being the therapist, the cheerleader and the advocate as needed.

It can get better and IT DOES GET BETTER!


Specialties

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Initial session: $175 (75min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Initial Couples Session : $250 (75min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Florida)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 04:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-7:30pm
  • Thu 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Miami practice
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 2:00pm-7:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Available Upon Request
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

Luz Martinez Counseling LLC , Owner/Therapist , 2017 - Present
HealthFirst NY , Utilization Manager , 2016 - 2021
Beacon Health Options , Utilization Manager , 2014 - 2016
Magellan Health , Utilization Manager , 2011 - 2014
Miami Behavioral Health Center , Therapist , 2010 - 2011

Florida International University , MS Psychology , 2008


Licensure

Florida: MH 10360


Languages

English