Gillian Murphy, Ph.D.
I am a New York and New Jersey licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. I was born and raised in Ireland and received my BA in Psychology from University College Dublin. After coming to the US, I continued my studies and received both my Masters and Ph.D. from Columbia University School of Social Work. I have also received training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) at the Beck Institute.
I have worked in the field of mental heath for over 20 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing direct care, supervision, and training in clinical assessment and intervention in psychiatric settings. I led a Manhattan-based Mobile Crisis Team for many years - providing in-home assessment and crisis intervention for individuals experiencing emotional distress.
In my current role as the Asst. Deputy Director for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline I oversee the development of national standards of excellence and clinical best practices in suicide prevention for telephone, chat, and text-based services. I bring the knowledge I have developed in over 15 years at the Lifeline to my practice and, in addition to addressing issues related to depression, anxiety, and mental health crises, I work extensively with individuals (both adults and teens) at risk of suicide and non-suicidal self-injury.
About My Practice
In my clinical practice, I work with individuals with a wide range of emotional concerns such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, and conflict. I have a particular focus, based on extensive experience, on working with individuals at risk of suicide and self-harm. My approach to therapy is interactive, conversational and collaborative with a focus on relieving immediate distress, increasing personal understanding and growth, and working towards the development of coping skills that can be used long after therapy has ended.
My practice is influenced by a Cognitive Behavioral approach to treatment. What this means is that a focus is placed on identifying not just situations that cause distress but also the personal interpretation of events and the emotions and behaviors that follow. In identifying possible faulty or negative interpretations of events, the hope is that new skills can be developed and coping behaviors learned.
Entering therapy can be an overwhelming experience. It’s not easy to disclose personal feelings or experiences, to trust that you will not be judged or misunderstood, to allow yourself be vulnerable. In the right environment, however, and at the right time, real changes can be made in sharing a burden with someone else. I believe that warmth, respect and a sense of humor all help to establish a strong therapeutic relationship. I am sincerely committed to providing a safe and open space where the work can begin towards achieving an individual and personal sense of fulfillment.
What To Expect
The first appointment is typically an evaluation session. A time for me to gather information about what brings you to treatment, the symptoms you are experiencing, and to hear more about your life and history. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and assess your comfort in our working together. Finding someone you feel can listen, understand and support you through this time in your life is probably the most important choice you can make when entering therapy and I encourage you to make the decision that feels right for you. I firmly believe that the alliance between therapist and client is one of the most important aspects of a successful therapeutic relationship. At our second appointment, we will begin the therapy process and together develop goals for treatment.
Fees and Insurance
My fee is $275 per session.
I am an Out-Of-Network Provider. What this means is that, while I do not accept insurance directly, services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. It is always a good idea to contact your insurance company to determine your out-of-network benefits.
I accept cash, check and most major credit cards.
Please provide at least 24 hours advance notice if you cannot attend your scheduled appointment - without notice you will be charged for the full cost of the session.
How To Reach Me
For general information, or to inquire about scheduling an appointment, please fill in the form on this page.
You can also email or call me directly using the contact information below. I will do my best to get back to you within 24 hrs.
Tel: 347-306-8262 | email: email@example.com
My office is conveniently located at
270 Lafayette St., Suite 702
New York, NY 10012