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Stephen Murphy, LCSW-C, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety LGBT Relationship issues Family conflicts Depression
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About me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. My experience includes clinical social work, risk management, regulatory compliance, quality assurance, case management, crisis intervention, advocacy, brokerage, education, and facilitation working with diverse groups of children, adolescents, and adults in medical social work, child welfare, mental health/chemical dependency, corrections, HIV/AIDS, and Veteran Affairs. While working with these clients, I have acquired necessary clinical skills relevant to culturally diverse practice and effective outcomes. I am a well-organized, highly motivated, and an energetic team player dedicated to meeting my clients where they are through both micro and macro level social work interventions.

Working in Mental Health for over 12 years, I've learned that people are literally trying to put the pieces of their life together just to make it through the day. Being sensitive to this, I've developed my practice model around the following quote, "We're only as strong as our weakest link; therefore do your best to strengthen someone today!" My goal every day is to strengthen someone (self-included) in some area. Let's Live in Purpose so we can Win on Purpose!

Professional experience

9yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

MD LCSW-C 29950


DC LICSW LC200002451

VA LCSW 0904011454



These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Stephen Murphy. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

My counselor was very responsive, punctual and listens to my concerns. I was very satisfied with my session with my counselor and would recommend to anyone.

Written on Apr 06, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I highly value Stephens advice and expertise

Written on Feb 12, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Great ear. Great way of explaining the obvious. He gives different ways to approach difficult situations and solutions.

Written on Jan 17, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

I've tried therapy before but its never felt useful and it just felt awkward and burdensome (I have some social anxiety so I just felt anxious about therapy...), so when I started this time I had very low expectations and expected a negative outcome. However Stephen has proven to me time and time again that it can work and help. Not just does he listen (and has made me feel safe to open up -though I still struggle with that) but he shows empathy and caring. I have also really appreciated and find it impressive how he listens, understands and then gets at the root of the issue or breaks it down in a way that makes suddenly certain patterns of behavior or feelings make more sense to me. It is this last thing that has really made me feel like things get better.

Written on Jan 12, 2022 after therapy with Stephen for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

To be honest, I would've completely lost faith in therapy if I hadn't found Stephen Murphy. He manages to not only understand and empathize with me and talk me through the worst of it, but he also always manages to have me look at things from an entirely different view and make me realize things in one giant epiphany like moment. Even when I don't think we have anything to talk about, our sessions are always full. I've gone from thinking I'm nuts to being able to get through day to day with his help and support in our sessions. I recommend him to anyone needing therapy.

Written on Nov 13, 2021 after therapy with Stephen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Stephen is excellent. He understands and makes me think about things I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Written on Nov 11, 2021 after therapy with Stephen for 9 months on issues concerning addictions, lgbt, and relationship issues