martha giddings, LCSW, Ph.D.
Martha M Giddings
LCSW, Ph.D.
martha giddings, LCSW, Ph.D.

Martha M Giddings

LCSW, Ph.D.
General Information
Online Sessions
Female
White/Caucasian

Bio

I have been working with individuals and families for many years. I received my Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Georgia (UGA), and then I spent several years in the North Georgia mountains working with children, adults and families in a community mental health center. Subsequently, I moved to Athens and pursued a doctoral degree in Child and Family Development from UGA. For my entire career, I have either worked directly with clients as a therapist, conducted research on individual and family functioning in post doctoral programs, or served as a faculty member at both UGA and Valdosta State University. In this latter role, I have taught clinical practice courses, and I have supervised graduate social work students and professionals who were learning to practice.

After retiring as an educator, I decided to go back into practice as I missed working directly with clients. I began as a Family Therapist/Consultant at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County, where I worked with parents and grandparents whose children had been sexually abused. I began to better understand trauma and the profound impact it has on families and the community. Many of these parents had themselves, experienced sexual abuse, so I was able to develop a program that offered psychoeducational and social support for non-offending caregivers.

In 2020, I accepted a position at Enspire Counseling and Wellness, Inc., and I really enjoy practicing with clients of all ages who come in with a range of problems and concerns. I cannot imagine NOT working with individuals and families – as I have a passion for this, and I strongly believe that people are able to make therapeutic changes and move beyond their distress. In the last month as the Covid-19 virus has changed everything, I have begun doing teletherapy. I have been amazed at how effective teletherapy or virtual counseling can be. What I like about Enspire is that we are encouraged to continue to learn and grow as we work to help clients do the same thing.

Areas of Expertise
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Depression
  • Parenting Issues
  • Trauma
Additional Specialties
  • Attachment & Codependency
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Coping with Life Transitions
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflicts
  • Grief
  • Mood Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Marriage and Relationships
Treatment Approaches
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Psychodynamic & Psychoanalytic

I have been working with individuals and families for many years. I received my Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Georgia (UGA), and then I spent several years in the North Georgia mountains working with children, adults and families in a community mental health center. Subsequently, I moved to Athens and pursued a doctoral degree in Child and Family Development from UGA. For my entire career, I have either worked directly with clients as a therapist, conducted research on individual and family functioning in post doctoral programs, or served as a faculty member at both UGA and Valdosta State University. In this latter role, I have taught clinical practice courses, and I have supervised graduate social work students and professionals who were learning to practice.

After retiring as an educator, I decided to go back into practice as I missed working directly with clients. I began as a Family Therapist/Consultant at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County, where I worked with parents and grandparents whose children had been sexually abused. I began to better understand trauma and the profound impact it has on families and the community. Many of these parents had themselves, experienced sexual abuse, so I was able to develop a program that offered psychoeducational and social support for non-offending caregivers.

In 2020, I accepted a position at Enspire Counseling and Wellness, Inc., and I really enjoy practicing with clients of all ages who come in with a range of problems and concerns. I cannot imagine NOT working with individuals and families – as I have a passion for this, and I strongly believe that people are able to make therapeutic changes and move beyond their distress. In the last month as the Covid-19 virus has changed everything, I have begun doing teletherapy. I have been amazed at how effective teletherapy or virtual counseling can be. What I like about Enspire is that we are encouraged to continue to learn and grow as we work to help clients do the same thing.

Qualifications
License Number: 000614
Type: LCSW
State: Georgia
Experience:
33 years

Languages:
English
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