Dr. Sophia Murphy, DBH, LPC, CPT, SXI
Doctor of Behavioral Health, Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sex Coach & Sexologist
Owner and Founder
Lead Clinician and Clinical Supervisor (Associate-level Licensed Clinicians)
Pronouns: she/her/hers (What's This?)
"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream."
Trained in Psychodynamic and Family Systems Theories, Dr. Murphy works with patients to better understand how their past and current relationships impact their motivation, decision-making, and self-image. Drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy we will work to change defeating beliefs, create healthy interpersonal skills, and move you towards a life of value. Whether individually or with loved ones we will challenge patterns and create healthy change.
Dr. Murphy believes that healthy living is rooted in authenticity. In navigating issues related to culture, race, sexuality, gender, or interpersonal dynamics, she strives to create a non-judgmental space where all topics can be explored freely. She specializes in working with individuals of color and female-identifying patients and is also an LGBTQ+, poly, and kink-allied provider and aims to support marginalized groups in receiving care, free from stigma.
With over a decade’s experience of direct service, Dr. Murphy has been fortunate to work with adults, adolescents, and children. She's provided treatment to individuals, families, and groups. Predominantly featured throughout her experiences has been an emphasis on the value of multicultural competency and a deep exploration of the relationship between identity and health. Dr. Murphy aims to support her patients in bettering their lives and reaching their individual goals through a holistic approach targeting mind-body health. She is certified as a Personal Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, certified as a Sex Coach from The Sexology Institute, certified as a Sexologist from the American Board of Sexology, and is licensed as a Professional Counselor with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE). She is an AZBBHE approved clinical supervisor and supports both clinical interns and Associate-level counselors in professional development through the process of obtaining independent licensure.
As an undergraduate student, Dr. Murphy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of North Florida. She completed a Master of Science from the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University, specializing in marriage and family therapy with an emphasis in rehabilitation. In earning her Doctor of Behavioral Health degree from Arizona State University, Dr. Murphy received advanced training in collaborative care and population-based health management. Her primary focus includes the relationship between health, nutrition, physical activity, and depression. She works closely with medical practitioners to provide behavioral health services tailored to the unique needs of patients living with chronic illness and served an integral role in launching a large, fully-integrated primary care behavioral health clinic in Central Phoenix. Dr. Murphy is a Faculty Associate for Arizona State University and teaches courses in both the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (MC/PhD in Counseling and Counseling Psychology) and the College of Health Solutions (MIHC/DBH in Integrated Behavioral Health). She is a faculty member with The Sexology Institute and a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).