About Me

I graduated from Creighton University May 1976 in Omaha, Nebraska with a BA in psychology & attended California State University Bakersfield having received an MS in Psychology in 1982.  I was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1985 and am a member in good standing with California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). I have been practicing as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 32 years.

I have seen a wide variety of mental health settings ranging from outpatient mental health clinics serving both rural and urban populations, incarcerated individuals, private practice settings, a hospital setting and was Clinical Director of Bakersfield Family Medical Center's (BFMC) Counseling Department in the late 1990's.

Following BFMC, I joined Dr. Manohara's staff in April 1999 working with individuals, groups, couples and families in conjunction with their group of psychiatrists and psychologists.  Following this I then went into private practice.

With the exception of a brief 2 year period in Oregon, I have worked and resided in Kern County all of my professional career. I have been married since 1983 and have 2 adult children.  Although my legal name is John W. Murphy (insurance companies know me by this name) I prefer my nickname, "Bill."