Ellen Murphy, LCSW
I love my work with individual adolescents and adults, couples, families and groups. Fundamental to my work is my dedication to helping people improve their lives by quickly understanding client core concerns and needs. I employ a multi-system brain-body awareness philosophy believing that how we think, feel and behave is often driven by factors outside our mental awareness, therefore unknown to us. Since our thoughts, feelings, actions and physical reactions are so closely interrelated, if we can increase self-awareness about how patterns of thinking, feeling (emotionally and physically), and behaving impact ourselves and our relationships, we can make better choices. We can then experience more fulfilling relationships and overall satisfaction in life. My focus includes incorporating the client's faith and spiritual resources to aid in the healing process.
In addition to sixteen years of clinical experience, I have extensive post-graduate training in mind-body treatment modalities including Guided Imagery/Visualization, Mindfulness, Meditation, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gestalt Psychotherapy, Somatic Imagery/Ego State Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Hypnosis, Collaborative Divorce Coaching & Mediation, Spirituality and Clinical Practice, and Cognitive-behavioral techniques. I incorporate the most recent evidence-based neurobiology research to educate clients and provide a foundation for improvement.
Before making a career change to serve as a social worker and psychotherapist, I worked as a marketing professional in corporate healthcare. This experience allows me to understand intricate dynamics of corporate workplace systems and impact of the work-related stressors as well as health-related issues with which clients often struggle.
Education and Professional Affiliations:
Bachelor of Science
James Madison University
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The University of South Carolina
Master of Social Work (MSW)
The Catholic University of America
Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Child Trauma Institute
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Somatic Imagery & Ego State Psychotherapy, Center for Healing and Imagery
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB),
Curt Thompson, MD
Emotion Freedom Technique (EFT),
Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)
Collaborative Divorce Coaching,
Collaborative Professionals of NoVa.
Conflict Coaching and Mediation Training; Reconciling Marital Conflict,
Nancy Hafkin, PhD & Sharon Covington, LICSW
Spirituality and Clinical Practice, The Catholic University Center for Spirituality and Social Work
Gestalt Psychotherapy, Washington Center for Consciousness Studies
CAP I (Coaching Accreditation Program)