Ellen Murphy, LCSW
“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
Was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
-- Anais Nin

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 develop self-awareness and understanding about how our patterns of thinking, feeling (emotionally and physically), and behaving impact ourselves and our relationships with others, we can make better decisions thus, choose to exhibit better self-control and experience more fulfilling relationships and overall satisfaction in life.

In addition to ten 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.

Ellen





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)

Post-Licensure Training:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Child Trauma Institute

Hypnosis Training,
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,
Peacemaker Ministries

Reproductive Counseling
Nancy Hafkin, PhD & Sharon Covington, LICSW

Post-Licensure Certificates:

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)​
USA Volleyball (USAV)


Ellen Murphy, LCSW
(703) 281-9671
Ellen@TysonandMurphy.com