Mary Murphy Counselling, Psychotherapy and Career Services in Cork

My Approach

In 2011 I received a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Flatstone Institute and became accredited to the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) in 2015. Within a few months of my accreditation I stopped practicing, mainly because I continued to struggle to find a way to work that resonated with me. That decision was followed by a close family bereavement and I was facing another challenge on my own healing journey.


My sister's death brought a lot of challenges and I turned to nature which always feels like home. I spent hours upon hours sitting with and in nature meeting the grief and life’s challenges as they arose. Mother nature became my therapist, she was constant and provided the conditions without attempting to change anything. The power of quiet, solid presence resonated with me, while life’s natural unfolding and my struggle to adjust and accept what is was my biggest lesson in humanity.

This experience is what influences how I engage with clients. I now know the healer lies within and that freedom is gained when we can surrender to the truth and treat ourselves with compassion, kindness and non-judgement. This is what leads us to acceptance of what is as we let go, in our own time, what keep us bound to our conditioning and the limitations of our minds so that our authentic self can flourish.

Beginning Again

Now after a three-year absence I have returned to practice and my way is largely informed by time spent in nature. I provide a space which acknowledges our human experience with all its struggles and challenges based on what I know to be true. Even in the pain, the grief and the loss there is an inner oasis we can visit and experience that can help to sustain us during the challenging times.

I will listen, provide a holding still presence and accompaniment without interfering too much. My approach is largely humanistic and intuitive. I trust in the unfolding of the person on their particular life path. If this approach resonates with you I would be happy to meet you.

Professional Membership

At present I am a member of The Association of Registered Complimentary Health Therapists of Ireland (ARCHTI) with the intention of reinstating my membership with IAHIP in 2019. I abide by the IAHIP ethics and I am in regular supervision for my work.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life"? Mary Oliver


Mary Murphy
Plunkett Chambers
21/23 Oliver Plunkett Street
083 3518131
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