I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Alabama, Virginia, and Georgia. 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, 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!
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, 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, 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
GA LCSW CSW007707
VA LCSW 0904011454
AL LICSW 4325C
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
With Stephen l feel like l finally have someone l can talk to about things that going deep within my self without being judged or looking for validation. So far it's been great and l would recommend anyone who is looking for someone to talk to and have that space of no judgment.
Written on Oct 06, 2021 after therapy with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
I trust Stephen's advice completely. He listens and councils very effectively. Highly recommended.
Written on Oct 06, 2021 after therapy with Stephen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, coping with life changes, relationship issues, grief, and compassion fatigue