Mrs Helen Murphy


Helen is a child & adolescent psychologist who feels honoured to walk alongside her clients on their journey of self discovery, healing, & change. Through the use of client tailored techniques, her clients uncover strengths, passions and new pathways that help them to live more meaningful and pleasurable lives.

Over the past decade she has worked with students, musicians and athletes to accomplish performance goals. She has worked with trauma, abuse and victims of crime to help them re-claim their life. She has worked in a specialist behavioural school working with adolescents to better their education & life outcomes, and has worked with parents supporting them through all the difficult aspects of parenting.

Helen is particularly interested in improving the well-being of individuals and for this reason she maintain's a person-centred approach that respectfully encourages her clients to move forward in their journey of exploration and growth.


There are many approaches that a psychologist can use to help an individual achieve their theraputic goals, below is a list of the methods that influence Helen's work.


Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy is a respectful, non-blaming therapeutic approach that views problems as separate from ta persons identity and sees the individual as the expert in their own life.
 
Narrative therapy acknowledges that people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments, and abilities that will assist them to reduce or change the influence, which the problem has on their life.

Narrative techniques often use….

Externalising Conversations – The problem is the problem
Re-Authoring Conversations – Deconstructing dominant discourses and reclaiming alternative histories (preferred stories of identity)
Remembering Conversations – Our team of life
Definitional Ceremonies – Celebrations & outsider witnessing
Unique Outcomes – Unpacking significant & richer aspects to people’s lives that are often forgotten
Scaffolding Conversations – Moving away from the known and familiar (problem saturated story) and overcoming the hurdles.


Play therapy (Directive & Non-directive)

Play Therapy can be used with people of all ages but can be particularly helpful for children who find talking difficult.
With a variety of carefully selected toys and materials, children have the opportunity to explore different ways to communicate and manage their difficult thoughts, feelings or behaviours that have prevented them from reaching their full potential.
Play therapy works for children, the way ‘talk therapy’ does for adults.

Through Play therapy children learn:

  • To respect themselves
  • Accept their own feelings
  • Express their feelings responsibly
  • To be creative and resourceful in confronting problems
  • Self-control and self-direction
  • To make choices and to be responsible for their own choices


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, focused approach that helps individuals to identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn or re-learn healthier skills and habits. It is a useful tool for athletes, performers and in behaviour management.


    Motivational Interviewing & Brief solution focused therapy

    Brief Solution Focused Therapy focuses on solutions rather than problems. The basic philosophy and assumptions…

  • Change is constant and inevitable
  • Clients are the experts and define goals
  • Clients have resources and strengths to solve problems
  • Future orientation - history is not essential
  • Emphasis is on what is possible and changeable
  • Short term
  • Clients want change

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

     

    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy was developed by psychologist Dr Marsha Linehan in 1993 for the treatment of Borderline personality Disorder, Eating disorders, individuals who display self-injurious behaviours, and those with suicidal urges.

     

    DBT teaches emotional regulation skills and coping strategies to help individuals deal with their overwhelmingly intense negative emotions.

     

    Mindfulness techniques – to stay present and overcome unwanted intrusive thought’s, images & emotions
    Interpersonal Effectiveness skills – strategies to overcome personal emotional challenges e.g. confrontation & Conflict
    Emotion Regulation Skills – skills to replace unhelpful and destructive emotion coping approaches

     

    Distress Tolerance Skills – Skills to cope with extreme emotional pain, CRISIS.

     

    Expressive Art Therapy

     

    People express themselves and heal in many different ways. Expressive art therapy uses many types of media to help a person communicate and express emotions that can sometimes be hidden deep from conscious thoughts and words. With the use of drawing, painting, collage, writing, poetry, story telling, music, photography, clay/play-doh, sand tray etc. a person can find answers, closure or discover new pathways to travel down.

     

    The main objective to art therapy is the focus on the process of creation and not on the final product. Therefore there are no art rules & pre-learned art knowledge’s need to be left outside in the waiting room.