Melissa Murphy,M.A., J.D.

Melissa Murphy,M.A., J.D.

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a registered professional.
Primary Credential: Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist - 133740
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


444 34th Street
Oakland, California 94609

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My Approach to Helping

I work somatically with teens, families, couples, and individuals to overcome the effects of trauma. Are you or your loved ones confused or frustrated by what you do? Often, this confusion results from trauma, but we are not aware of its effects on our nervous systems, which continue to respond as if we are still in the past. By learning how our bodies respond to what is going on around us, we can tune into “default” beliefs that power these responses. From there we can gently create new patterns that will lead to a more satisfying life. Yes - it really is possible to change!

I have an eclectic approach; in addition to somatic methods such as Hakomi, I also use play therapy and psychodynamic approaches. I view therapy as a way to learn about who we really are through play (“The highest form of research” – Albert Einstein), serious consideration of our past, and focus on the present moment.

My wish for you is that your life be rich and connected to what you love.

My supervisor is Eugene Porter, LMFT.

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Groups I Work With

    I work with Individuals, Teens, Families, and Couples of all gender and racial identities, as well as age groups.However I do not work with children under the age of 12 online, but only in person in my office in Oakland, CA.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Incest
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Hakomi
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Play Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy

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