Miriam is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) & holds both a Bachelor of Science Hons (BSc Hons) and a Masters in Applied Psychology (M.A) with an emphasis on Mental Health from University College Cork. Miriam is also a pre accredited psychotherapist with the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP).
I use various psychological therapeutic approaches to work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, workplace concerns or who wish to work on their general well-being or self-esteem. My approach includes: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Person Centred Therapy (PCT), Mindfulness Intervention & Somatic Therapy, and these interventions are explored on my approaches tab of my profile.
My experience includes supporting mental health services to become trauma informed. Delivering educational workshops exploring mental health issues. I have spent a number of years working in corporate environments and I understand the stress and demands that come from work at different levels. I have also worked with adults who are on the autism spectrum including Asperger syndrome.
I believe that every individual is unique and will have different needs and desired outcomes from their therapeutic process. With that in mind, whatever each specific client is seeking will be respected and worked towards.
I truly believe that a therapeutic relationship offers a safe and confidential place to explore personal growth, acceptance of ourselves and most importantly, a liberating feeling of being understood regardless of psychological issues.
I also work in private practice delivering Covid 19 compliant face to face sessions and online sessions.
I am looking forward to chatting with you,
Miriam Murphy M.Ps.S.I.
Anxiety is something that can interfere with our ability to cope with situations past or present. It can prevent us from leading a normal life or feeling happy and content. Anxiety may also go hand in hand with depression. It can feel like it's with us all the time in control of our lives. It also can have negative repercussions for our relationships. Physical symptoms may also be brought on by anxiety.
Depression affects how we think, how we feel and influences how we live our lives. It can make us feel sad, negative or have a sense of loss for a prolonged period of time. It stifles our motivation and can affect how we sleep, eat and work. It can bring on both emotional and physical issues.
All relationships experience ups & downs. Difficulties can arise in partnerships, friends or family relationships. These may include; conflict, problem behaviours, communication, insecurities, infidelity, intimacy issues or differences in future aspirations.
Post Traumatic Stress
Post Traumatic Stress can occur because of a distressing event in our lives. It can come about due to the loss of a loved one, an accident, or a negative incident such as being verbally or physically attacked. We can get triggered by these memories & feelings and may feel paralysed and not cope. It may lead us to behave in a manner that does not fit a situation & a feeling of constantly being on edge. It may cause us to revisit the traumatic situation when triggered.
Psychological trauma can occur due to a series or an accumulation of events that may happen through negative childhood experiences, relationships or work environment or ongoing emotional issues.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD can take over our thoughts. It can get in the way of things that you need or want to do. On the other hand, trying to suppress these compulsions can also lead to distress. It can present itself in a number of different ways or worries. Some examples include: Cleaning and contamination, perinatal OCD, hoarding, or darker thoughts about hurting someone else.
Work Related Issues
There is a broad range of issues that working and a work environment can bring. It may be that job satisfaction is a concern, being bullied, issues engaging with our peers or superiors. The workload may be heavy and can have an effect on health. Feeling under appreciated. Conflict issues. Retirement can also cause some distress.
Self-confidence / Self-esteem
Not feeling heard can have a negative effect on mental health. It can affect all aspects of life, relationships, family interactions or your working environment. Issues around self-confidence and self-esteem can leave us feeling undervalued or easy to manipulate. It may limit resilience to be able to deal with life on a day to day basis, or simply not happy in ourselves.