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About Julie Murphy, MA, LMFT

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Julie Murphy, MA, LMFT #83806Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor #M0412011012, Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainerhas 30 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Julie is a Co-Director of the Hakomi Institute of California and  leads trainings for health professionals in the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy, Attachment Psychotherapy and other special topics in California, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Israel.  

Bringing together years of study and professional experience in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, somatics, Buddhist meditation practice and the arts, Julie developed an archetypal method--The Mythic Body; a somatic approach to creative writing-- Embodied Writing™; and co-developed Waking up from the Family Trance. Julie also created the highly praised professional training Attending to Attachment: A mindfulness based approach to working with attachment issues and relationship repair. 


Along with trainings presented through the Hakomi Institute, Julie is adjunct Faculty at John F. Kennedy University.  She taught in the California Institute of Integral Studies Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy and has presented at numerous conferences including the American Massage Therapy Association, the Hakomi Institute International Conference, and the Unites States Association of Body Psychotherapy. 
 In 2011, she published Loosening the Grip of Addiction: A Mindful Recovery in “The Therapist”.

Julie has been practicing meditation for over 35 years and combines a strong contemplative approach with the latest research in neuroscience and human relationship in her teaching. She has studied with many master poets. Her poems are published or forth coming in CALYX, Pennsylvania English, The Louisville Review, Common Ground Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern and other literary journals.

Julie integrates cutting edge research with creative, humanistic and contemplative approaches, teaching individuals, groups and professionals, including the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy, mindfulness and meditation, contemplative and creative writing, Mindful Recovery, and embodiment. She maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, practicing somatic psychotherapy and addictions counseling with individuals, couples, and adolescents.