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About Lisa Murphy, LCSW

Photo of Lisa MurphyWelcome to Help for Wellness! My name is Lisa Murphy and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St Louis. I have been licensed in Missouri, and then California, since 2003. 

I have specialized in Health and Mental Health in my academic and professional training and my entire career has focused on this balance and how these two areas affect each other. I began in psychiatric research for the Washington University Medical School and also worked as a pediatric medical social worker at St Louis Children’s Hospital.  I transitioned to working as a therapist and then clinical director of a therapeutic boarding school for obese teens and young adults before landing in my current work as a private practitioner. My passion is helping people heal from the things that hold them back and move forward to establishing healthier thought patterns, behaviors and relationships. 

I have received continuous post-graduate training in and have utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) since 2005.  CBT unlocks the potential we all have in our minds, bodies and spirits to break unhealthy cycles and begin new, healthy and functional ways of living in our bodies and existing in relationships.

I am thrilled to practice as an associate at Hope + Wellness in Corte Madera, CA in Marin County.  

NEW LOCATION!  I recently opened a second location in San Francisco at Pacific Heights Medical Group/MD Weight Management.  http://mdweightmanagement.com/

Approach

As a social worker, I was trained in a strengths-based perspective. This perspective holds that each person has a unique capacity and strength to navigate through life. It is an honor to walk alongside people and help them unlock the potential that is in each of us to live healthier, happier, and fulfilled lives.    

My practice helps people who are struggling with:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Weight gain and/or unhealthy eating behavior
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (Trichotillomania/hair pulling, skin picking)
  • Coping with acute or chronic illness
  • Lifestyle concerns (substance use, spending, sleeping, time management, overcommitment)
  • Relationship issues