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I believe taking care of ourselves is of vital importance to live our lives as fully as possible. Therapy is a safe place to connect, share and recognize your needs as well as to gather new tools for coping, healing and growth. It is an honor for me to assist others on their healing journey.
I work with adolescents and adults to explore and address struggles such as self-esteem, stress management, eating disorders, food, weight and body image issues, anxiety, grief, transition periods and career counseling. Through my own experience as both a performing artist and an NCAA College Athlete & Coach I may also be a good fit for someone who is either an artist or athlete struggling with performance anxiety or panic. I offer initial assessments, individual counseling, group counseling, family educational therapy and coaching services. Depending on your current wants and needs you may consider my coaching services rather than counseling.
What’s the difference between coaching and counseling?
While both coaching and counseling have the ultimate goal of assisting you towards a happier life, they offer different approaches for helping you reach your goals. Coaching provides an ongoing partnership to help you reach a specific goal with a main focus on the present and future. With coaching, we would define your goal(s), formulate a plan, and as a coach I would hold you accountable and provide you with structure, encouragement and support throughout. Counseling takes a broader approach towards improving overall mental health such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders, exploring these issues more deeply by examining the past, present and future.
My counseling approach is a combination of evidence-based mindfulness and CBT, body-focused psychotherapy, creative expressive therapy and narrative therapy. Every client is unique, and I aim to incorporate the best mix of these treatment modalities tailored to your specific needs. If additional clinical providers are involved, I will collaborate with them to provide you with the most comprehensive care possible. My goal is to meet you where you’re at, help you recognize your strengths, bring you greater insight and provide you with the coping skills and tools to reach your goals.
Samantha Murphy, M.A., LPC completed her licensing training at Yale University School of Medicine in the PRIME Clinic, working with adolescents and young adults identified as CHR: Clinical High Risk. She also has experience working in a residential eating disorder facility as a mental health counselor. She earned her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Saint Joseph and her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She has completed three years of the HFI program in In-Depth Body Focused Psychotherapy and prioritizes continuing education to be on the cutting edge of new research and treatment modalities for her clients. In her free time she enjoys singing, playing guitar and piano, running, swimming and hiking.