Dr Chris Murphy
My role is to aid you to be yourself more fully. 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 bias or judgement. 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. We change to the degree to which we can, unflinchingly, look at ourselves in this way. 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 that 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
- Three years' training 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 accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, MBACP (Accred), no. 201201, and I abide by their ethical framework
- Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked
- My background is in research - biomedicine - in which I hold a doctorate
- Experience of treating sleep related disorders, including insomnia
- Twenty years’ experience of working in academic and research leadership roles in world-renowned universities (Imperial College and Oxford University)
- Extensive experience of mentoring and coaching at a senior level
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Insomnia and other sleep related disorders
- Chronic disease
- Family issues
- Personal development
- Managing relationships in the workplace
- Performance-related issues at work
- Individuals – £90 per session (50 mins)
- Couples – £180 per session (1.5 hours)
I am an approved healthcare provider for the major private health insurance companies - please mention any insurance you hold upon first inquiry as your fees may be covered.
Weekdays, daytime and evenings
"I really appreciate your help Chris. I feel so released from the past - like I'm finally living freely, like a breath of fresh air. I guess this was how it was meant to be all along!"
Retired business executive, Twickenham
"After years suffering with insomnia, I'm sleeping so much better now, and feel so much better for it - a real new lease of life. I can't thank you enough!"
Accounts manager, Richmond
"We both appreciated that you didn’t take sides, and that you gave us each space to breathe (and vent!). Over the course of the therapy that helped us open up and be more emotionally honest with each other. It hasn’t been pain-free, but it sure has been worth it in the end."
Couples counselling clients, Twickenham
"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
"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 came in somewhat sceptical, but wow, what a life-changing experience! – thank you so much Chris."
TV producer, Twickenham