Hello, I am Dr Louise Baker-Martins, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist providing therapeutic and educational sleep services to promote mental health and well-being.
Sleep provides essential nourishment for the mind and body, supporting our mental and physical health and enabling a robust immune system. I am passionate about helping people to experience good sleep and my approach has been shaped from both a research PhD in this field and clinical experience across NHS services.
I understand how important it is to sleep well in order to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Persistent sleep problems negatively impact mood, thoughts and behaviour, leading to difficulties within the workplace and relationships. Often people report feeling lonely, helpless, exhausted, and anxious about the consequences of sleeping poorly. The emotional struggle may involve a preoccupation with reinstating sleep, a tendency to escape through daytime sleep and a fear of letting go into sleep at night.
It is possible to find relief from these struggles. Through a comprehensive assessment process, my role is to make sense of clients’ unique experiences and to provide evidence-based interventions tailored to individual needs. In alignment, the mind and body will naturally co-create the ‘sleep sweet-spot’, without effort or intention.
I have a collaborative and compassionate therapeutic approach which may incorporate Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Insomnia, Compassion-Focussed Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. I work with individuals where poor sleep is the primary problem, and with individuals who have co-existing mental and physical health struggles.
I offer online sessions and in-person sessions from The Arch Clinic in Fordingbridge, located on the edge of the New Forest between Salisbury and Ringwood. This is an easily accessible location for clients travelling from within Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and beyond.
Please see the ‘About’ and ‘Services’ sections of my website for more information, including training, workshops and current community work.
Dr Louise Baker-Martins DClinPsy, CPsychol, PhD
“Love and pain and work should all sleep now.
The night turns on its invisible wheels…”
– Pablo Neruda
Sleep resources and support
Workshops for health, education and business
- In collaboration with the team at HerHampshire. The published article can be found here. This prolonged period of adversity and uncertainty has stirred up the perfect sleep storm. The pandemic has affected multiple aspects of our lives and one in four people are currently suffering with insomnia symptoms associated with …Read More
- “A Sleep Deprived Body Will Cry Famine in the Midst of Plenty” Weight loss goals are the focus for many in the New Year, particularly after the indulgences of the festive season. Sadly, early gains are often short-lived; the battle with food an ongoing struggle, more challenging and demoralising as …Read More