Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy, MA, LMFT

Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer

Julie Murphy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 83806), a Certified Hakomi Practitioner, and a Senior Trainer with over 35 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the healing arts. Julie has led trainings for health professionals in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology, attachment psychotherapy and other special topics in the United States, Australia, Bali, Canada, China, Israel and New Zealand. Bringing together years of study and professional experience in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, addictions, attachment theory, massage therapy, Buddhism, and poetry, Julie has developed an archetype-based personal growth method–“The Mythic Body”; a somatic approach to creative writing–“Embodied Writing™”; and co-developed the workshop “Waking Up from the Family Trance.” She also created the highly praised training “Attending to Attachment,” a mindfulness-based approach to working with adult attachment issues and relationship repair. Julie served as adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University and taught in the California Institute of Integral Studies Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy. Julie has presented at numerous professional conferences including the American Massage Therapy Association, the Hakomi Institute International Conference, and the U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapy. Julie has been interviewed twice for The Global Summit. You can listen to her presentations here. In 2011, she published “Loosening the Grip of Addiction: A Mindful Recovery” in The Therapist. A practitioner of meditation for over 40 years, Julie’s teaching integrates a strong contemplative approach with cutting-edge research in neuroscience and human relationships. In addition, she has studied with master poets from all over the United States and her poems are published in numerous literary journals. These varied studies extend her range of teaching beyond psychotherapy to mindfulness and meditation, contemplative and creative writing, mindful recovery and embodiment. Julie maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, offering somatic psychotherapy and addictions counseling to individuals, couples, adolescents and families. 

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