Deirdre Murphy, LICSW - Therapist in North Kingstown, RI

Deirdre Murphy

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for her Teen & High School Therapy Group and Mindfulness and Relaxation Therapy Group; not accepting new clients for individual therapy



Children (<12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)

Specialties & expertise


  • Anger management

  • Young adult challenges

  • Separation anxiety among children

  • Parenting

  • Self-harm

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Family issues

  • Loss and grief

  • Stress management

  • Trauma

Professional statement

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.

General expertise

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

  • Tufts

Out-of-pocket fees

  • 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."

Treatment approaches

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. (learn more)
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



Professional endorsements

Deirdre is an amazing therapist. She is so warm, so personable, and I think anyone would feel comfortable sharing personal concerns with her. She also knows a ton about mindfulness, relaxation, and both acceptance-based and CBT-based strategies.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, stress, depression, ADD, self-esteem, self-acceptance work
— Ben Johnson, PhD, ABPP (2017)
One of Deirdre’s greatest strengths is her desire to bring best practices to her clients. She is a bright and curious therapist who has a great sense of humor, which helps her easily connect to others.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, ADHD, family counseling
— Michele Shadoian, MA, CAGS, school psychologist (2017)
I would recommend Deirdre because she is a highly skilled clinician. She is honest and also has a great sense of humor. She is empathetic, compassionate and kind.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Substance abuse, families impacted by substance abuse, anxiety, depression, adolescents, and adults
— Jessica Wolke, LICSW (2017)