John W. (Bill) Murphy, LMFT
Therapy for Individuals, Couples, & Families
John W. (Bill) Murphy, LMFT
3434 Truxtun Avenue
Suite 210
Bakersfield, CA 93301

While we can't change difficult situations of the past, but we can collaborate to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying  complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. 

I attempt to work with you to find the best solutions for the issues that bring you into therapy at this time.  I do have you look to the past to identify patterns that may be useful in dealing with present situations,  but do not dwell on the past unless there are traumatic events that necessitate healing.  Each individual, couple or family is different and unique, so I have found over almost 30 years of experience that one approach does not fit all.  For some, talking is the best approach.  For others, a more structured approach is desireable, so handouts and assignments work the best.  And yet for others, they find bibliography therapy is most beneficial.  That is what makes psychotherapy interesting and challenging.  I consider myself a fairly practical, down-to-earth therapist, and so conduct my sessions in that manner.

If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Please browse through my website as I have added many useful websites, books and other resources.  Links and Resources, Books & CDs, Relationship Resources, and Interesting Articles & Other Things are a few of those resources. 

For new clients be sure to visit the New Clients page to see how my practice works and what you will need to do to schedule an appointment.  It will walk you through the process and relieve any anxiety you might have regarding what to do next. 

Finally, my Helpful Forms page will assist you in having the information and forms you will need for getting authorization from your insurance company as well as the Intake Questionnaire and other paperwork (there is always paperwork.....even in counseling) necessary for your first session.

Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.