Christian Murphy MBACP (Snr Accred) LLB Pg Dip
I've been working as a psychotherapist since 1999, and am now in private practice seeing clients in Brixton Hill, South London. I offer a wide range of psychotherapy and personal development work, dealing with various issues including anxiety, depression and loss. My particular interest is in issues around identity, self-esteem, isolation and life transitions. I've worked in various roles offering assistance to people suffering from difficulty or distress in their lives. I have crisis support experience, and before my practice as a psychotherapist, I worked in the legal profession dealing with domestic violence, family and welfare issues.
My approach is an integration of my original training in transactional analysis and my subsequent training and development as a psychoanalytic practitioner.
Therapy offers you the opportunity to discuss what you may not be able to share elsewhere. I have seen repeatedly that once people have a safe confidential space to put their experience into words, they are able to manage and deal with how they feel more effectively. They become more emotionally resilient and find new options in relation to old behaviours. Most pressing issues represent a struggle with underlying historical issues and conflicts - self-awareness provides the opportunity to move away from the resulting patterns and repetitions.
As well as dealing with the past, therapy provides the space to give some attention to your current relationships and how you wish to pursue your life. People are extremely varied in what they desire, what troubles them, and what makes them happier. Each therapy has to reflect the unique needs of each person. I believe that anyone can benefit from discussing what is meaningful to them and what they want from their life. I've worked with people from all walks of life, and I'm sensitive to the wide variety of values and lifestyles that people pursue in contemporary society.
As a development of my psychotherapeutic work, I have a particular interest in workplace problems. I have experience as both a manager and a trainer. I conduct executive coaching and employee support, helping people to address the many pressures they face in the modern workplace. This workplace issues expertise is informed by my legal experience in the commercial sector, which has included work in a city law firm and a large plc.
In my current practice, I offer weekly or twice-weekly sessions. Some people attend on an open-ended basis, others use sessions until a particular issue has been resolved.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed a four-year training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy at The Metanoia Institute, and am a qualified counsellor accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have varied experience as a manager, supervisor and trainer within the field of counselling & psychotherapy.
My development as a psychoanalytic practitioner continues through my attendance at group relations conferences, including those organised by the A.K. Rice Institute, and advanced training at The SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. I have extensive personal experience of Jungian analytic and psychoanalytic therapy and supervision.
I have also completed the Post-Graduate Diploma in the Psychodynamics of Human Development offered by The British Association of Psychotherapists, as well as the one-year Introduction to Group Analysis course at The Institute of Group Analysis. My most recent training is The Minster Centre Diploma in Supervision for the Helping Professions, which I now draw on in my work as a supervisor of counsellors and psychotherapists.
I have completed a full EMDR training with EMDR Extra and I am a member of EMDR UK & Ireland. I have attended advanced EMDR training in America.
My previous work has included my role as Director of Clinical Services at The Awareness Centre in South London, and my organisational experience includes managing a team of 30 counsellors providing counselling services to 5 NHS surgeries in Lambeth. I am a qualified clinical supervisor, and have supervised both NHS and private practitioners.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mid-life issues, concerns re identity and career transitions.
My fee is £60 per session.
I'm always happy to hear from potential clients who would like to discuss whether the work I offer is appropriate to their needs. We can arrange to have a conversation over the phone to explore what you're looking for.
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Type of session
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Supervision & training
I have varied experience of supervising practitioners conducting open-ended and NHS brief counselling.View supervision profile