Michaela Murphy PgDip, MBACP Relationship Counselling for couples & individuals
Welcome - please note I am offering online sessions only for the next 12 months - sessions are hosted securely via Zoom.
For the past 11 years my specialism has been in Relationship Therapy. I love to work with couples and individuals who want to gain greater clarity about their relationship challenges. I work in a dynamic and collaborative way, helping you move through the anxiety of dealing with your relationship difficulties so you can reach your fullest potential.
By asking thought-provoking questions and encouraging a sharing of thoughts and ideas I'll help you gain a deep, fundamental understanding of yourself and your relationship challenges.
With these insights you can make informed choices about the future direction for your relationship(s) and create sustainable, positive change.
I have supported many couples who want to remain in their relationship and work towards making things better; I've also supported couples where the relationship has reached an end, and we work towards creating as gentle, respectful and mindful separation as possible.
The individuals I work with come for a variety of reasons from wanting to talk about a current relationship without a partner present to reviewing the impact of past relationships or aspirations for future relationships.
Sessions where possible are scheduled on the same day, at the same time each week and together we will set the agenda for the sessions with regular reviews as we work.
Sometimes the hardest step can be making that first contact with a counsellor. Drop me a line so we can arrange to speak over the phone and work out the best course of action for you. You can call me on 01273 843768 or send me an email.
I’d love to hear from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post-graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy - The Relate Institute, University of Hull
Certificate in Psychodynamic Couple Counselling - The Tavistock Centre for - Couple Relationships, London
Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling - School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, London
Bereavement Counselling Training - Camden City Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service
For the past 11 years I have specialised in Relationship Therapy and for the past 8 years I’ve run my own private practice, helping couples and individuals work through their difficulties and discover a clearer, happier path ahead.
I trained at the Relate Institute, earning a Post-graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy. Utilising systemic and psychodynamic theory bases I worked for a number of very happy years for Relate Mid Thames & Bucks. I started as a trainee and become one of Relate’s Experienced Relationship Counsellors, before leaving to begin my private practice.
Prior to working with Relate I trained and worked as a Bereavement Counsellor for the Camden, City, Islington & Westminster Bereavement Service in London, supporting bereaved clients on a one-to-one basis.
The impact of bereavement continues to be an area of great interest to me.
I am a BACP Registered Counsellor and practice in accordance with their ethical guidelines.
As part of my commitment to ongoing continuous professional development I have attended the following seminars & trainings:
- Mental Health and Couple Counselling
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Working with Affairs
- Creative Ways of Helping Bereaved Children and Families
- Working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Time-Limited Therapy (working within 6-12 sessions)
- Working with clients from the LGBT Community
- LGBT Inclusion training course for mainstream relationship service providers
- Enabling Children to Speak About Feelings Through Sandplay
- Domestic Violence & Abuse - Awareness, Assessment and Intervention
- Using Narrative Therapy With Couples
- Group Skills for Trainers
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
Some common issues for couples
- repetitive (cyclical) arguments
- communication difficulties
- loss of emotional / physical connection
- impact of parenthood
- separation and divorce
- cross cultural relationships
- affairs / betrayals
- empty nest re-adjustment
- pre-nuptial counselling
- impact of bereavement on relationships
- Difficulties with in-laws / step families
Some common issues for individuals
- indecision about whether to stay or leave a relationship
- history of unsatisfying relationships
- 'crossroads' decision making
- difficulties making / maintaining friendships
- commitment anxieties
- communication difficulties with parents / siblings
- cross cultural relationships
- low self-esteem
- impact of a bereavement on your relationships
- problematic professional relationships
- issues with trust
Taking that next step in choosing and contacting a counsellor can feel daunting which is why I offer an initial 30 minute phone or Zoom call, free of charge, to help you make a choice you can feel confident in.
Once we’ve chosen to go ahead, we commit to weekly sessions of either 60 or 90 minutes, whichever session length you prefer:
60 MINUTE SESSIONS - £65
60 minutes is a great session length for fitting in to a busy schedule, I’ve added an additional ten minutes to the industry standard ‘50 minute hour’ to help you get the most from our time.
90 MINUTE SESSIONS - £95
These longer sessions are a great length to really get into the flow of exploration. Perfect for couples as it offers more 'air time' for you both, or the opportunity for a deep dive in one-to-one sessions.
We can mix and match between 60 minute and 90 minute sessions as desired.
I offer a variety of weekday daytime appointments.
For more information please visit my website: www.michaelamurphy.co.uk
Some testimonials from my clients (all shared anonymously and with permission):
"Words simply can't express how absolutely grateful I am for all of my sessions with you. What an amazing gift of experiencing that process. Thank you."
"Before my session I had always been a bit sceptical of counselling but Michaela soon made me realise that it was going to be a very worthwhile process. She opened my mind to things I would never have thought had a bearing on my relationship issues with my girlfriend. She helped me to articulate things better to my girlfriend. It is fair to say that counselling sessions with Michaela were the missing link between me and my girlfriend becoming an understanding and empathetic couple again.
I am a much happier person and my relationship is now the strongest it's been in over a year! So thankful for all your work with us."
"My husband and I started sessions with Michaela because we had stopped communicating and basically didn't like each other very much, but wanted things to be better. Right from the start our sessions with Michaela made both of us feel like we could talk openly and without judgement - she made us really think about what was going on and how we wanted things to be in the future. It's never easy changing the habits of a lifetime, but we both felt that our sessions with Michaela put our relationship No.1 on the list, at least for an hour a week. Michaela has given us some tools going forward and we're a much happier family now."
"My two daughters and I decided that we needed help to restore what had been a very close relationship but, for whatever reason, had become fraught and full of tensions. We had a variety of sessions with Michaela – all three of us together, in pairs, individually – and somehow we all gained an understanding that had been missing. Michaela always stressed that our individual sessions were confidential and yet, without ever divulging what had been said, she magically managed to bring about an understanding as though it had been spoken. Her skill and perception are second to none."
"When we started seeing Michaela, I was worried that our family situation had broken down irretrievably. I wasn't sure anyone could help us, but from the outset, Michaela was supportive, positive and understanding. Within weeks our relationships have improved immeasurably and we're already a much happier family unit. I'm so glad we found Michaela; without her, I worry our sad situation would have just kept rumbling along."
"Fantastic. Michaela has been life changing in the most positive way. Thank you."
"When I first came with my husband I felt sure we would divorce, now I realise that was such an unfounded fear. Counselling has definitely improved our relationship as a couple as well as individuals."
"Words simply can't express how absolutely grateful I am for all of my sessions with you. Thank you."