About me

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

I’m Michael Murphy, L.C.S.W.  I’d like to let you know about some of my personal and professional influences.

I have always been curious and interested in my relationships as well as with other people and their relationships.  My interest and curiosity guide me today in my clinical work as a psychotherapist.

I am a native of Washington, D.C., and grew up in Virginia, enjoying all the delights of the East Coast.  As the eldest of five kids, I witnessed and experienced much change over the years in my family of origin — wonderful and also painful changes.  I learned to be very observant and to listen carefully to what was being said as well as to what was not being said.  Soon after I left home, I learned that my wonderful (and sometimes not so wonderful) father had the disease of alcoholism.  I couldn’t believe it – he didn’t fit the stereotype!  He began to attend AA meetings, and I started to read about alcoholism and about Adult Children of Alcoholics.   Much became clear about how we kids had adapted, how we had learned to live with the problem – how alcoholism truly is a family disease.  Addiction has a long reach!  It impacts anyone involved with the affected person.

Before I became a psychotherapist, I had a career in theatre – producing and directing plays in the D.C., area.  (Some of them were about addiction).  I soon began training in psychodrama – a rich form of group therapy using role play.  For me, psychodrama was the bridge between a career in theatre and my career in therapy.  Real-life dramas became more compelling!  My first job in the clinical field was in Leesburg, Virginia, at an in-patient treatment center for alcoholism, drug addiction and psychiatric problems. They invited me to conduct psychodrama groups for the patients, which I happily did.  It proved to be a help to the patients, and it helped me hone my skills even further.  I felt I was in the career I had been heading toward all my life, so I decided to return to school to get the education and the credentials I needed to progress in this field. I earned my Masters of Social Work Degree at Catholic University.

Soon after graduation, Nashville’s Baptist Hospital (now St. Thomas Midtown Hospital) offered me a counseling position at their in-patient alcohol and drug treatment program – first as a counselor, later as coordinator of their family program.  I became licensed in the state of Tennessee and began to develop a private practice.

I have continued my professional training in Psychodrama, Transactional Analysis, Redecision Therapy, Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (APP) as well as advanced training in group therapy.  Today, I continue to learn and to deepen my understanding of myself and others.