Gael Murphy, LMFT
Gael Murphy has worked in the field of psychotherapy with a primary focus on chemical dependency recovery for individuals, couples, and families for over 30 years. As a native San Franciscan, she obtained a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley and an MA in counseling from SF State University. As her career progressed, the need for extensive treatment for alcoholism, addiction, and dual diagnoses became critical to her client population.
The elements of the disease of addiction severely damage individual lives and all the associated relationships. She has worked in nonprofit programs for mothers and children in Oregon and California, as well as high-end facilities in Marin County dealing with addiction, dual diagnoses, and their effects on the family. In addition, she was the executive director of Stepping Stone, a residential treatment program for working women, outpatient programs, and private practice in Marin County.
Her focus encompasses a bio-psycho-social-spiritual, evidence-based, integrative model to include CBT, DBT, the 12 Steps, and psycho-educational skills. Through individual and group therapy, clients learn to understand their underlying self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and learn skills needed for establishing long-term sobriety and well-being. Since addiction is a family disease, systemic family consultation and education is needed for healing. She is also passionate about guiding clients and family members in understanding codependency, enabling behaviors, family roles, ACOA, and the challenge of recovery for family system. These relationships can be healed. Gael believes that by concurrently addressing individual and family issues, a life of emotional well-being and balance can be restored and relationships healed.