Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.

Martina Palombi

Martina Palombi


Martina Palombi is a mental health clinician with qualifications in counselling, Gestalt psychotherapy and Bowen Family Systems Theory & Practice. Martina also has training in Brainspotting, Gottman Method Couples Therapy and a Certificate in Group Leadership and Facilitation. She is a clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Martina co-owns a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. 

Over the last decade Martina’s clinical work has included private practice, group therapy, couple therapy, family therapy and adult mental health. She has experience in drug & alcohol having worked in relapse prevention programs, is skilled in the area of addictions and recovery and well versed in 12 step programs. Martina has also worked in organisations such as ACON (AIDS Council of New South Wales) and has experience working with LGBTQI people as well as people with HIV. 

Martina has been a faculty member of two Sydney based psychotherapy institutes. She has experience in facilitating both Gestalt and Yalom psychotherapy groups, mindfulness based groups and professional development workshops.

She is Associate Faculty and Core Program Manager at The Family Systems Institute. 

Martina is currently enrolled in a Masters of Social Work.

Martina became interested in the work of Dr Murray Bowen in 2013, since then she has been an avid reader and a committed scholar of Bowen Theory which she applies to both her clinical work and personal life.


Palombi, M. (2016). Separations: A Personal Account of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 37(3), 327-339.

Palombi, M. (2018). From Gestalt Therapy to Family Systems: How Theoretical Frameworks Inform Clinical Applications. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.


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