Christian Murphy UKCP Reg, MBACP (Snr Accred), LLB Pg Dip
I like to offer a safe, calm and supportive space to people who are facing difficulty in their lives. It might be an emotional crisis or a lack of meaning and enjoyment. You may have the sense of feeling confused, stuck or disappointed in relationships. Perhaps you want to talk about a disturbing loss or new circumstances. You might be facing change as you take on an unfamiliar role or pursue a new goal.
We can talk through what you’re experiencing, begin to make sense of things, and find a way forward in your life. Some emotional difficulties and challenging situations are too much for one person to cope with by themselves. However, the two of us working together can help you manage how you feel, think creatively and consider the different choices you could make. Our time together is confidential, and you can take things at your own pace.
I can help with a variety of personal issues and relationship difficulties. I’m also happy to work with people who don’t yet know what the matter is – or who feel like everything has gone wrong. My particular interest is in people who are facing a change in their identity – perhaps a loss, a transition or a new role in life. I also specialise in workplace issues and the emotional challenges of professional life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I’ve been working as a psychotherapist since 1999. After a number of years employed in private sector and NHS therapy services, I’m now in full-time private practice.
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist following a psychoanalytic training at The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. I am also BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor following four years of training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute.
I’ve held various roles offering assistance to people suffering from difficulty or distress in their lives. I have experience as a practitioner, manager and supervisor across NHS, not-for-profit and private sector provision of therapy services. My previous roles have included managing the counselling service that provided talking therapies across GP surgeries in a London Primary Care Trust. Before my practice as a psychotherapist, I worked in the legal profession dealing with domestic violence, family and welfare issues.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in workplace problems and organisational issues, such as workplace stress, bullying, redundancy and career change. I offer executive coaching and employee support, helping people to address the many pressures they face in the modern workplace. I have experience as both a manager and a trainer. I originally trained to be a solicitor and my workplace issues expertise is informed by my legal experience in the commercial sector, which has included roles in a city law firm and a large plc.
I offer clinical supervision to a wide range of qualified therapists as well as trainee practitioners. I have experience of supervising NHS, EAP, insurance and private practice work. My supervision qualification is The Minster Centre Diploma in Supervision.
As well as supervising psychoanalytic practitioners, I also enjoy working with therapists from other orientations who would like to integrate more psychoanalytic thinking into their practice. I work with trainees who are preparing for qualification or who are working on placement. Another area of interest for me is supporting practitioners who wish to go into private practice or transition into management roles.
I see clients weekly or twice weekly and my fee is £70 per 50-minute session. A lower fee is possible for clients who would like to attend sessions twice-a-week.
I’m a registered provider with all the main private medical insurers. If your policy covers psychotherapy sessions, I’d be happy to discuss the referral process when we first speak and, if you’d prefer, also contact your insurer to confirm the details of your referral.
I have a clear Enhanced Criminal Record Check from The Disclosure and Barring Service.
I’m always happy to hear from a potential client who would like to discuss whether the work I offer is suitable for them. Initially, we can arrange to have a conversation over the phone to explore what you’re looking for and whether my work could suit you.
I offer an initial face-to-face assessment over one or two sessions, during which we can explore any expectations or concerns that you have about therapy, and respond to any questions you have.
I work from a dedicated practice premises in Brixton Hill, a short bus ride from Brixton Tube. There is free parking during my practice hours. My consulting room is comfortable, quiet and private.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My core private practice hours are afternoons and evenings Monday through Thursday, although I can respond to enquiries at other times during normal office hours.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have varied experience of supervising practitioners conducting open-ended and NHS brief counselling.View supervision profile