Martina Johnson is co-founder and director of Meritas International.

Martina, a qualified and experienced counsellor, works from the Exploring U Centre for Wellbeing close to Sudbury town centre and within half an hour of Colchester and Bury St. Edmunds. All her work focuses on helping people to find ways to feel comfortable in their own skin and to live fulfilling lives. Her clients come from a wide range of backgrounds. They may be experiencing any number of issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship issues, eating problems, including eating disorders and body image issues.

Martina's approach to clients is based on providing, impartial and professional support, so that they are able to find their own solutions to their problems. Ownership of the solutions, which are developed during therapy, is the key to making positive and sustainable changes in your life.

She is a warm and approachable counsellor, providing effective and focused short term therapy as well as long term therapy for more complex issues.

As we are all individuals, we have different requirements, and receive different results from counselling. Research has shown, time and time again, that the single most powerful factor in effective therapy is the strength of the relationship between client and therapist.

It is vital that you feel comfortable working with Martina, and she with you to ensure that you can work successfully together. She encourages prospective clients to come along for an initial meeting and see how it feels. This also gives her the opportunity to discuss with you how she can help and what outcome you would like to achieve from the therapy.

Therapy has a proven track record in helping people deal with a range of personal issues. Studies have shown that 4 out of 5 clients who seek counselling and therapy end up better off than those who didn't seek help.

If you feel that therapy could be right for you, or you have any questions about what counselling entails, please feel free to call Martina for an informal chat on 07904 160100 or email her at

Martina is a registered member of the British of Counselling and Psychotherapy and is listed on the Accredited Voluntary Register

Martina has the following qualifications:

  • FdA Counselling
  • Diploma in Counselling

Trained in:

  • Integrative Counselling
  • Obesity treatment
  • Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
  • Psychology
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Substance Misuse
  • Safeguarding Children Level 1 Accreditation

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