Dr Hannah Murray

Dr Hannah Murray

Collaborate Psychology Service

Psychology 30038642


  • Fee assured
Fee assured

Specialises in

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy

About me

Therapy can be a daunting but highly rewarding venture. My highest priority is to offer a warm, trusting & non-judgmental therapeutic space where my clients can feel safe when opening up & being vulnerable. I view therapy as a collaborate process that seeks to shed light on current difficulties by exploring past experiences and recurring patterns, which people may have never questioned before.

I have worked in NHS services for 12 years, acquiring a broad range of therapeutic skills & experience working with a variety diagnoses & patient populations. It was important to me to gain an understanding of the many different ways emotional distress can be expressed and the challenges & dilemmas people face at different ages, stages & transition points in their lives.

In addition to Collaborate Psychology, I am currently working as a Lead Psychologist in the NHS setting up psychology provision within neonatal units & ensuring the medical teams provide trauma informed care. I have several years specialist experience in supporting mothers, fathers, birthing people & babies during pregnancy and the first year of the baby’s life. Parenthood is a major life event & statistics indicate that up to 50% of parents can be suffering from some form of postnatal depression in the first year after birth. Two main factors that contribute to parents experiencing significant emotional difficulty when having a baby are 1) a lack of adequate supportive structures in their present life & 2) unresolved issues around the parenting that they received as a child, which are almost certain to resurface when they are required to offer intensive parenting themselves. In a world that idealises and/or denigrates parenthood, many parents are afraid of being seen as incompetent or unwell if they do not profess to being happy all the time. I understand that parenting can be an incredibly difficult & demanding job; that people’s experience of care-giving is influenced by a whole array of factors & that having a baby can understandably evoke a myriad of emotions. Having a reflective and supportive space in therapy, where you can identify, name and make sense of the difficulty, can enable you to feel more empowered to confront it and work through it.

In addition to the above, I have worked in adult mental health settings accruing extensive experience working with difficulties such as depression, the spectrum of anxiety conditions (including GAD, panic, OCD), stress, low self-esteem, perfectionism, long-term health conditions (including chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain and HIV), childhood trauma & adults who have difficulties making or keeping satisfying relationships, or who find themselves repeatedly drawn into unhappy partnerships. As my private practice is located in the City of London the majority of my private work is general adult mental health. I am particularly passionate about working with people who want to think deeply about themselves, in order to understand themselves and their relationships better & make meaningful, fundamental changes. I have also worked at the Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service supporting children & young people with gender dysphoria & their families and in adult sexual health settings. This granted me the privilege of working with members or the LGBTQ community & with individuals who were struggling with personal & intimate issues relating to identity, sexuality, sexual dysfunction & risky sexual behaviour.

I have degrees from the University of Manchester & Royal Holloway, University of London. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic models and the methods and techniques I use will largely depend on your hopes for meeting with me. Most frequently, I utilise psychodynamic ideas, Cognitive Analytical Therapy & Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, with the aim of supporting people to develop insight; self-understanding; more rewarding ways of relating and greater authenticity, as opposed to just symptom relief.

Areas of interest

Parent and Infant Mental Health
Adult Mental Health
Gender Dysphoria/ working with the trans community
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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  • AA809

    Psychology session - (>50)

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