Ingrid Murphy, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Ingrid Murphy

Bristol BS20 English, Norwegian
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Ingrid Murphy, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Ingrid Murphy

Bristol BS20 English, Norwegian
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My Approach

UPDATE Sep 2021: I currently offer sessions online, by phone and outdoors by agreement.

I have an enduring interest in the relief of emotional suffering and the quest for a meaningful life. My aim is to help people find new ways to understand themselves and their responses to the world.

Perhaps you feel alienated and frustrated due to circumstances beyond your control. Perhaps you suffer with anxiety, lack of motivation, low self esteem, addiction, communication and relationship problems. Perhaps past experiences have left you unable to voice your feelings, or left you wondering who you really are, or questioning how to live your life purposefully. Sometimes we know there are things in the recent or more distant past that we need to acknowledge and come to terms with. Other times we may not understand why we are feeling rageful, fearful, low, lost, or lacking in meaning. We may feel very unsure. Difficult times, especially in early life, can leave us with communication problems, depression, anger outbursts or panic attacks, self harm, addiction, eating disorders, difficulties with sexuality and gender identity. Times of crisis and uncertainty can be a turning point but some things must fall away to give space for new growth.

What does this mean for you I wonder? What is your soul calling for?

We often feel ashamed of the symptoms of psychological distress. What if we thought of our dysfunctions – our fears, our addictions, our psychological problems – as our soul trying to find meaning in its suffering? Perhaps it would be a kinder way of thinking about ourselves, and a more fruitful one. Perhaps we could see it as our soul trying to find its way in the world.

My aim is to help you process and give witness to what you have encountered on your journey through life and explore what you now need in order to move forward. I know from personal experience – both as a client and as a therapist – that talking therapy, helps very many of us to feel more connected, more alive, more at one with ourselves, and more able to make choices that take us in the direction we want to be going.

UPDATE Sep 2021: I currently offer sessions online, by phone and outdoors.

About Me

My own experiences of life led to an early interest in identity and emotional suffering and I have worked in the field of psychology and wellbeing all my life. I was raised in Norway and England and grew up speaking both languages. This led to a curiosity about questions of identity, belonging, language, reality, meaning and the soul. I studied psychology and philosophy at university I hold a post-graduate certificate in evidence-based psychological practice, a degree in psychology, and a MSc in organisational psychology. I have spent seven years as a therapist in the NHS, and three years in homelessness services. I have also spent several years studying art, worked in business and the voluntary sector, before qualifying as a psychotherapeutic counsellor at Re-Vision ('Counselling and Psychotherapy with a Soulful Perspective') in 2017, since which I have worked in private practice. I am an avid learner and continue to explore new fields of psychotherapy including the potential of medical psychedelics in the treatment of trauma.

I work with

  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

Growing up between two countries left me with an interest in identity and belonging and how to find a voice of one’s own. It was a revelation to me when I found the book ‘Third Culture Kids: Growing up among worlds’ by David Pollock and Ruth Van Reeken, and saw my experience described so accurately. It helped me feel so much less alone, and to see my feelings as natural and understandable. Third culture children – and the adults they become – are often faced with challenges such as lack of belonging, feeling different from others, lacking a sense of control over your life, a sense of exile, crisis of identity, difficulties with commitment, or a sense of psychological homelessness. Searching for a place in the universe is part of the human condition but if you are a third culture kid this can be a particularly sore process because the forging of an identity is often conflicted.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Bullying
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Gender
  • Identity Problems
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Online Counselling
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Bristol Office

Bristol BS20 7JD
United Kingdom (UK)

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UKCP College

  • Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Intersubjective Psychotherapy College (PCIPC)
Ingrid Murphy

Ingrid Murphy

Bristol BS20

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