Sarah Murphy

PsyD, SC
Licensed Psychologist

Sarah Murphy

PsyD, SC
608-255-9330 Ext. 106

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I see therapy as a collaborative process where the client is the expert on his/her/their story. I bring warmth, empathy, respect, and humor (when appropriate) to the therapy relationship and more than twenty five years of clinical experience.

I strive to create a safe and supportive relationship in therapy where clients can explore and express their full range of feelings and reactions and better understand how past experiences impact present choices. Together we can explore whether this familiar way of seeing and relating to others is still serving them well, and consider new ways of engaging that might lead to greater fulfillment and joy.

I moved to Madison recently from Chicago, where for ten years I operated a full time private practice serving primarily students from the University of Chicago. Earlier in my career, I completed postdoctoral training at the counseling services of Smith College and Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts and then operated a private practice serving students from Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts.

I hold a BA in Psychology from Kenyon College, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College).

More recently, I became a certified coach through UW- Madison’s Certified Professional Coach Program (UWCPC). In addition to coaching in my private practice, I led the leadership coaching team for UW-Madison’s Office of Strategic Consulting.

At the Integral Psychology Center, I am excited to offer both therapy and coaching services. I draw from many theoretical orientations in my work, including psychodynamic, relational, coaching psychology, developmental psychology, attachment theory, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

I work with clients with a wide range of presenting issues, but have developed professional niches in helping clients with family of origin issues, healthy relationship development, communication issues, workplace/career challenges, writing anxiety and procrastination, navigating academic job market, and general life transitions (divorce, parenthood, empty nest, graduation).

I consider myself an ally in the LGBTQ community and strive to provide informed and culturally sensitive care to all of my clients.