Annette Murphy – BAppSc(OT), MSpEd, GradDip Family Therapy, GradDip Couple Therapy, MICAPP


Annette Murphy is an individual, couple and family psychotherapist as well as a child and adolescent psychotherapist.

Originally trained in Occupational Therapy, with a Masters in Special Education, Annette started out working with young children with complex disabilities and their families. This led to an interest in families with complex needs and several years working with families living under exceptional stresses that impacted on their parenting capacities. Annette then trained in Family followed by Couple Therapy and work as a parent- infant therapist. She has also completed an in depth, long term training in child and adolescent psychotherapy with ICAPP.

Annette has worked in private practice for the past 15 years and has a particular interest in working with adults long term experiencing difficulties stemming from early life. She is also interested in the impact of intergenerational patterns of relating and is interested in intervening in these as early on as possible particularly in parent infant relationships with the aim of preventing future mental health problems. She also brings this perspective to her work with couples and families

Annette has considerable experience working with children and adolescents and uses a combination of play and talking to help towards a resolution of difficulties such as anxiety, depression and trauma related issues. She finds children respond best exploring with issues through play, while adolescents are more open to talking. Many adolescents, also like to express themselves through drawing while talking and while Annette offers both avenues she leaves the choice up to each individual adolescent.


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