Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Young adult challenges
Separation anxiety among children
Loss and grief
Deirdre Murphy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the North Kingstown location of the group practice RICBT. In her practice, Deirdre draws from her unique background as a certified yoga teacher and experiences in a variety of outpatient settings working with diverse clientele, including teen moms, low-income youth, and international athletes.
Deirdre has expertise in ADHD, anger management, parenting, and self-harm, as well as anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, family issues, and loss and grief. Deirdre offers individual, couples, and family sessions.
Deirdre combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with mindfulness based approaches to help her clients heal holistically. She strives to help clients embrace their flaws and live life more fully, bringing compassion and a sense of humor to her work.
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Young adults – Middle to high school students and those who had to drop out of college; runs an anxiety and depression group for 18 - 25 year olds.
Children – Anxiety, ADHD, OCD, separation anxiety; incorporates play therapy
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Intake appointment: $175/session (45min)
Following appointments: $130/session (45min)
Therapist's note: If you are seeking out-of-network sessions, Deirdre can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company and/or submit your claims for you.
Message to clients
"My favorite part of being a therapist is helping people and families rediscover their strengths, resilience and ease in their bodies, and even embrace their flaws. Therapy can seem scary, uncomfortable or intimidating, but in time, you may be thankful for your 'leap of faith,' ability to learn new tools, and fresh perspective on life.. For instance, if you tend to be really hard on yourself, habitually seek out flaws or never feel good enough, you may feel stuck, discontent and anxious. Why not start to shed some of that, and create new habits, so you can finally be more comfortable in your skin and live life fully, mistakes and all? I like to keep it simple and real, work at your own pace, and hopefully laugh a lot. Thanks for your consideration and congrats on taking this step."
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression, and more generally, helps treat mood disorders. Self-knowledge grounded in sustained meditative awareness is its central tenet. Patients learn to view thoughts as events in the mind, independent of their content and emotional charge. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Substance Abuse TreatmentMindfulness based substance abuse treatment aims to bring heightened awareness to choices in order to reduce addictive behaviors, and fosters self-compassion to build a healthy lifestyle. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)
Education and work experience
RICBT, Psychotherapist, 2016 - Present
Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center, Mindfulness-based meditation teacher for addiction, 2015 - 2016
RI Public Schools, Substance abuse prevention counselor, 2011 - 2015
Certified yoga teacher, 2008 - Present
Social worker, MSW, California, 2001 - 2015
LICSW certification, 2015
San Francisco State University, MSW, 2001
University of RI, BS, 1992