Dr. Chris Murphy, PhD, MBACP
My role is to aid you to become yourself more fully. I believe we all experience blocks that impede this realisation - the most troublesome ones may even lie outside of awareness. This is where I can help.
I believe that the genuinely supportive presence of another is invaluable; particularly one who is removed from our everyday life, and can thus listen with a completely attentive and open attitude without prior bias or judgement. How often have you been listened to, or indeed listened to another in this way - with complete acceptance and without judgement? Sadly, it’s a relatively rare occurrence, but we all remember such times vividly and with a feeling of satisfaction. It feels particularly good to be received in this way; our guard can finally drop and in so doing we learn new things about ourselves. I believe there's no deeper or more meaningful way to self-understanding and change than this. And the change part - that comes as a consequence of this new self-knowledge. I am not talking of some general theory or esoteric knowledge ‘out there’, but rather genuine awareness of ourselves - of you - your individual self as you are in this moment. We change (in a positive direction) to the degree to which we can, unflinchingly, look at ourselves in this way. It is my experience (in myself and with my clients) that when we do this, change occurs spontaneously; and it’s always in a life-affirming direction - this is our deepest natural tendency but it needs the right environment to be realised. As your therapist my aim is to facilitate this process by helping to provide such a space.
I work with women and men on a one-to-one basis. I also offer couples counselling. During our first session together we'll talk about the areas in your life which you would like to focus on. If you are feeling comfortable to proceed, subsequent sessions normally occur on a weekly basis at a regular, mutually agreed time. I can work with you either on a short-term or longer term basis. Therapeutic sessions are confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained for three years at the renowned Gestalt Centre (London) where I obtained a certificate in humanistic counselling and a BACP-accredited diploma. In psychotherapy and counselling I have experience of working both in a large organisational setting and in private practice. I am a fully registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy - BACP (registration number 201201), and I abide by their ethical framework.
My background is in research - biomedicine - in which I hold a doctorate. I have twenty years’ experience of working in senior management and leadership roles in internationally-leading organisations (including Imperial College London and Oxford University). I have extensive experience of mentoring and coaching at a senior level.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Managing relationships in the workplace
- Performance related issues at work
- Personal development
- Medico-legal treatment
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- £80 per session for individuals; £120 for couples
I am an approved healthcare provider - please mention any private health insurance you hold upon first inquiry as your fees may be covered. A limited number of concessionary appointments are available; however there is usually a waiting list - please do inquire.
‘I came in somewhat sceptical, but wow, what a life-changing experience! – thank you so much Chris’ – TV producer, Twickenham
‘Such an eye-opener! I never dreamed there was so much to me – so many different layers. I really appreciate your patient support and, at times challenge’ – Advertising Executive, Richmond
‘I can’t begin to tell you what these sessions have meant to me. I feel I have found myself again, and I’m not ashamed to say – I like me!’ – Artist and mother-of-three, Strawberry Hill
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|