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J. Michael Murray, JD, MS, LMFT, LPC holds a Master of Science in Psychology. In addition, Mike is a Certified Clinical Supervisor for both LMFT and LPC. Although he also holds a Law Degree, he left the practice of law many years ago so that he could focus on helping people in a very different and more personally fulfilling way. Mike is a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Both through training and life experience, he brings a strong marriage and family focus to his therapy practice.
Paying careful attention to the unique circumstances and needs of each individual, family and group, Mike works collaboratively with clients to develop therapeutic assessments and strategies to address issues arising out of:
- Depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss
- Relationship difficulties stemming from; dating, conflicts in committed relationships, divorce, remarriage, parent/child and sibling conflicts, the integration of step families
- The special challenges and difficulties faced by adolescents
- Problematic self-image and low self-esteem
- Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
- Chemical dependency
- Bipolar Disorder
- Anger Resolution
- LGBT issues
- Personality Disorders
- Career selection, development and changes
Mike believes deeply that good therapy, therapy that leads to positive outcomes, absolutely depends on how well, that is how effectively and genuinely the therapist is able to relate with the patient. Through his participation in research and extensive work with two organizations he founded and co-directs, Communities in Conversation, Inc. and The Center for Collaborative Communities, Mike has come to understand that this vital relationship between therapist and patient begins with something he calls “reflective listening”. For Mike, this is not just some psychotherapy technique or approach. It’s a way of listening that builds positive relationships. Through reflective listening, everyone in the conversation, everyone in the relationship knows they have been heard, understood and respected.
· Co-facilitated bimonthly professional and clinical consultation for groups of psychotherapists. Issues and topics included case consultation, professional conduct, personal and professional development, ethics, legal considerations and business development.
· Psychotherapeutic and life-skills consultant to Incentive’s, a residential treatment facility for court-referred male teens located near Katy, Texas and Transitions of Galveston Island, a voluntary residential intensive out patient facility located in Galveston, Texas. Developed and implemented unique approach to individual and group consultation tailored to this and similar populations.
· Through the sponsorship of Communities in Conversation and The Center for Collaborative Communities, developed an original collaborative model of individual, couples, family and group consultation that features reflective listening; a concept that promotes real communication that leads to more fulfilling relationships.
· Initiated and facilitated numerous group therapy and group consultation programs and projects involving a variety of populations and addressing a wide range of issues.
· Co-created and facilitated a number of workshops and presentations founded in post-modern, social constructionist and collaborative therapeutic models and approaches.
· Provide individual, couples, family and group psychotherapeutic and consultative services to adults, adolescents and children, working through various agencies and organizations as well as in private practice.
· Co-facilitator and therapist participating in an extensive project sponsored by Houston Galveston Institute in association with United Way, working with groups of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at NOW school, an intermediate school established in Houston exclusively for approximately 300 Hurricane Katrina evacuee students and their families.
Established and operate a group private therapy practice based on effective therapeutic models and assisted by the development and implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan.
Develop and administer programs, projects and financial matters for Communities in Conversation and The Center for Collaborative Communities. Coordinate, direct and facilitate employees, clinical associates, volunteers and participants.
Founded and administered ongoing business operations, supervised the staff and directed strategic planning of various successful business enterprises and projects including:
(i) The Center for Collaborative Communities
(ii) Therapy and Life Counseling Associates
(iii) National Business Compliance Corp.
(iv) Communities in Conversation, Inc.