Pediatric Behavioral Health

About Ms. Murphy

Ms. MurphyMs. Murphy received her Masters of Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked with children and families in a variety of settings, including residential and juvenile justice.  She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Behavior Management and enjoys working with individuals and families to determine creative, strength based solutions.  Her sense of humor and energy level enhance her ability to engage clients in being an active part of their treatment.

Areas of Practice
  • Individual, Family, and Group Therapy
  • Parent Coaching/Behavior Management Training
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Insight Oriented Therapy
  • Substance Abuse Treatment

Ms. Murphy's Helpful Tip
Understanding Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of exploration and identity development.  Your teen is trying to find their place in the world and establish who they are as an individual.  During this time, your child may distance him or herself from you and you may feel like an “outsider.”  As a parent, it is important to allow this to occur while still providing love, support, and acceptance.  Be aware that as adolescents grow, a normal part of development is to distance oneself from family, and focus more on social relationships and activities.  While this can hurt parents, try not to take it personally, and allow your child to introduce you to their changing world.  When your child is experimenting with new styles, music, friendships, and choices; ask them to help you understand.  After all, they are working to become the expert on their own life.  While you may not approve of all of their choices, it is important to love and encourage the individual your child is becoming, versus focusing on the individual you want them to become.