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Gillian Murphy, Ph.D.





1.     Adult Therapy

I work with adults experiencing a wide range of issues - college students adapting to the challenges of setting out on their own, parents adapting to life without children, individuals experiencing work stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and relationship issues. I find a CBT and DBT-informed approach provides the flexibility to move between developing skills to manage everyday stress and focusing on the specific feelings and behaviors that contribute to that stress. My approach is collaborative and interactive and I find connection and compassion are key to effective care.    


In addition to what is mentioned above, I have an extensive background in the field of suicide prevention, assessment, and intervention. I often hear from clients how they have found it challenging to find a therapist that feels comfortable working with them around thoughts of suicide. I welcome clients that are in need of support around this issue.

2.     Adolescent Therapy

Adolescence can be a particularly difficult time for both teens and parents and it does not need to be navigated alone.

I work with tweens/teens (ages 12+) on a wide range of issues using both CBT and DBT-informed practices.

Teens I work with present with a wide range of concerns that include academic or social pressure as well as feelings of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. I often work with young people that engage in self-harm or who have experienced thoughts of suicide. Each child is different and my therapeutic approach adapts in order to provide the support that is needed. Both CBT and DBT approaches are particularly useful and are designed to teach practical skills for regulating emotions, tolerating distressful feelings, reducing impulsive behaviors, and building and maintaining interpersonal relationships.  

In working with adolescents, I try to balance the need for parental involvement with the individual needs of each child. Typically, I will meet with a parent/guardian first to explore concerns and then will plan further check-ins as needed. In order for therapy to be effective, confidentiality must be maintained. What that means is that, while your child may be a minor, what they say in therapy must be private. This is sometimes difficult for parents - please remember that if there is ever any concern regarding the safety of your child you will be informed. 


If you are looking for support for your child, I encourage you to reach out to see if I can match your needs. 

3.     Clinical Supervision

I provide clinical supervision to early-career LCSW therapists who are establishing their own private psychotherapy practice. Case review, diagnosis, and treatment plans can be explored as well as CBT and DBT approaches to working with clients. I frequently provide supervision to LCSW therapists in cases where there are potentially high-risk issues - such as suicide or self-harm.

For LMSW therapists seeking clinical supervision for licensure, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide this.  In situations where direct clinical supervision has been unavailable, I have served as a third-party supervisor through an agreement with LMSW and the employer. 

4.     Professional Training

Suicide Prevention in Private Practice

I provide individual or group training for small private practice groups in suicide assessment and intervention. 


Training includes a review of risk/protective factors, risk assessment, and intervention. For more information on the scope of training and supporting credentials see my formal bio and course overview.

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