Stephen Murphy

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BA. MA. PGCE. ETA. MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist / Counsellor
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

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Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2AB
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

If you are thinking about taking that first step come for an initial introductory appointment for a concession price of £35. There's no obligation, just an opportunity to meet with me and explore the potential for change.

I now live in North Yorkshire so am taking clients from that area for face to face sessions or zoom. I am also happy to work with clients as I presently do on zoom throughout the country and abroad and as myself and clients would agree this is an effective way of working allowing you to be in your own setting if that’s what you prefer.

If you are unfamiliar with these technologies and video processes they are very easy to access and use through your phone, computer or iPad. Let me reassure you that they are effective and secure ways of communicating as a number of my clients already happily are using this platform.

If you are unsure please contact me: Phone/text: 07921 428348

About Me:

I am a member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, The European Association of Transactional Analysis and The International Association of Transactional Analysis.

In 13 years as a Psychotherapist I have come to understand the individual nature of each client. Some clients prefer the spoken word, my main focus, others enjoy alternative forms of communication such as drawing or writing to help them explore their feelings. All these forms of expression are appropriate and I am happy to engage with what helps you express yourself most effectively.

I was an Art and Design Lecturer for 28 years mentoring and tutoring up to 40 students and it was the initial reason for training as a psychotherapist for 5 years to enable me to help them as the complexity of their issues needed a very different skills set. I continue to be a visual artist, this is a vital part of my own therapeutic process.

I work with with clients in relation to: Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Depression, Relationship Difficulties, Partnership / Marriage and Family difficulties /Adolescent issues / Bereavement.

I am trained to help in areas such as: Stress, Anger, Trauma, Dissociation, Attachment issues, Body issues, Self harm, Sexuality, Self esteem and Harmful behaviours.

You maybe experiencing:Panic Attacks
Anxiety, Anger / frustration, Stress, Lack of confidence, Lack of sleep, Low Self Esteem

Suffering from: Addictions, Obsessive Compulsive Behaviours.

Living with the effects of: Sex addiction, struggling with your own Transgender issues, or Trauma as a result of Sexual Abuse, difficulties with Body Image, a history of Self Harm or Eating Disorders. I provide a safe and confidential service for you to explore and examine your feelings, thoughts and help you to change or reach a greater understanding of self and others.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy


Member of: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)

European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA)

International Association For Transactional Analysis (ITAA)

Committee member of Mantac (Manchester Transactional Analysis Committee)

I am a committee member of MANTAC (Manchester Transactional Analysis Conference). This is made up of volunteers who in June each year put on a one day conference for therapists / counsellors which provides a full day of varied speakers and 7 hours of CPD. You can find us at

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Stress in the workplace

Work life balance

Teacher coaching learning how to deal with work and personal life demands


£55.00 per session

Additional information

Initial session £35

£55 From my home office and via Zoom

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work week days and evenings In North Yorkshire I will always try my best to accommodate your individual requirements regarding times & location.

Further information


Individual. Steve is a skilled and talented therapist, he has guided me through a difficult time with a professional and sensitive approach.

Couples. "When my husband and I first started sessions with Stephen, we were both filled with a lot of negative emotions, sadness, anger and helplessness. It was extremely challenging to persuade him to even start the counselling because of the negative associations, embarrassment and feelings that there was no point. However we did start the process and it was very positive at the start but quickly became an emotional rollercoaster and we would often leave feeling either really positive or extremely deflated.At times we questioned whether we could ever get through the other side and still be together. However we did understand that to deal with our problems, we had to address them, meaning we had to be honest and unearth alot of difficult memories.After a lot of hard work, we where really happy when we decided that the process had come to a natural end and it was now up to us to use the resources that Stephen had equipped us with to deal with our issues. We left the final session feeling really hopeful and although we understand there will still be difficulties ahead, we are now alot happier, we are kinder to each other, communicating better and planing our future together". K.W. & N.C

Individual Stress related client."I'd just like to start by saying a big thank you for the sessions we've had to date. They have been a fantastic eye opener and provided a valuable insight into the semantics behind some of my behaviour. I feel a whole lot different since we began our sessions and you have allowed me to think laterally and begin to focus on goals and living in the present.I have managed to attain some direction and happiness this last few months, it's been a difficult journey but I am doing well with work, I am focusing on my health and my mental health has improved which I will say is very much attributable to you." H.G.

Box Tree Cottages, Coltsgate Hill, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2AB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Stephen Murphy
Stephen Murphy