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Kellie L. Murphy, Ph.D.

*Dr. Murphy is not accepting new therapy clients at this time, but she is providing psychoeducational evaluations for ages 6 through adult.  

Dr. Kellie Murphy is a licensed psychologist who works with infants, children, adolescents, and adults.  She provides a combination of in-office and Zoom  telehealth services. Dr. Murphy was outstanding senior in psychology at Western Kentucky University.  She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Auburn University, with an additional specialty in child clinical psychology.  Her doctoral internship was done at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine.  She has been at The Behavioral Institute of Atlanta since 1999. 

For children and teens in therapy, Dr. Murphy uses psychoeducational and cognitive-behavioral therapy strategies (CBT) to help manage stress, worry, anger, and disappointment they sometimes feel.  She works with parents to manage difficult child and adolescent reactions including inflexibility, rigid/oppositional behavior, refusal, crying, arguing, yelling, high anxiety, and tantrums/meltdowns/outbursts.  These behaviors may interfere with daily activities such as morning routine, getting to school, meals, homework, chores, bedtime, trips out in public, and family activities.  She often works with multiple family members, including parents and siblings, to help with problem-solving and conflict resolution.

For adults in therapy, Dr. Murphy works collaboratively to help with adjustment to difficult circumstances, stress management, work-life balance, developmental and relationship challenges, family conflicts, and overall to build confidence and a sense of purpose throughout the lifespan.  

Dr. Murphy also has a special interest in neurodevelopmental disabilities and special needs parenting.  She has two children, an adult son with an intellectual disability and autism and a elementary-aged daughter born with a Pierre Robin Sequence and complete cleft palate who is now recovered after surgeries and therapies. 

Dr. Murphy sees clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Children and teens may have to miss some school for therapy appointments, although these will be excused absences.  We can work to make sure your child isn't always missing the same class. 

Dr. Murphy has received an Authorization to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) that allows her to work with clients across state lines via telehealth. Please see Dr. Murphy's telehealth consent form for additional telehealth information. 

For more information about working with Dr. Murphy, call the front office at 404-256-9325.

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