Claire Murphy, M.A, MBACP
175-185 Gray's Inn Road
I offer a friendly, non-judgemental space to explore what is stopping you living the life you'd like. I'm a qualified and experienced counsellor/psychotherapist who believes in bringing my humanity, as well as my professionalism, into work with clients.
In my experience, regularly talking to someone you trust, who can help you clarify your emotions, is a powerful way of accessing resilience. Many symptoms of anxiety and depression gradually subside as the expression of long-buried feelings are given voice.
Once you have a clearer understanding of how you really feel about things, you are in a better position to work out your own path of change. I find that the practice of mindfulness can be very helpful in this.
It can also be useful to explore your unconscious patterns of relating; the assumptions we hold about ourselves and others are often rooted in early childhood experiences. Therapy can shed light on these patterns and enable us to move on from the attitudes and behaviours that emerged as a result.
An initial session with me is the chance to see what your gut instinct tells you about whether counselling could be useful for you. We can talk about what brings you to counselling, I’ll explain how I work (you can also learn more from my website, www.clairemurphy.co.uk) and answer any questions. There’s no obligation to continue after this session if you don’t want to – it’s important that you feel in control of making this choice.
Research has shown that one of the most important predictors of a good therapeutic outcome is the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client. Put simply, it’s worth finding someone you click with, that you feel ‘gets’ you and that you feel at ease with.
"People need other people. Developed and nourished inside a mother for nine months, we are born needing and seeking contact. All through our lives, in one way or another, this need and this search continues" (Lapworth et al, 1993)
Training, qualifications & experience
Mindfulness training (Mindfulness Sussex)
Certificate of Proficiency (BACP)
M.A Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (Roehampton University)
Specialist training in Loss, Complicated Grief and Traumatic Bereavement (WBS/NHS Wandsworth)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Mary Ward Centre)
I have worked with a range of clients in a women's centre and a bereavement service, as well as within private practice. Many of my clients were born outside of the UK and I have developed an interest in how this impacts identity and relationships.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, which means that I work within its ethical framework.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
London WC1: £55
Sessions last 50 mins.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Sessions currently (January 2017) available during daytimes and evenings in Banstead.
Types of client