Counseling Associates of Southern Illinois

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Lindsay Murphy MS, LMFT, CCATP

Lindsay is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional. She specializes in treating anxiety, OCD, and couples. Lindsay earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Calumet in 2011 and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Interpersonal Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2009. She has been with Counseling Associates of Southern Illinois since 2013, and first started seeing clients in 2009 through her internship at Purdue. In addition to counseling, Lindsay taught psychology and human development classes at the university level, part-time, for many years.

Lindsay uses research and evidence-based treatments to inform her therapy with clients, which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, and Positive Parenting Solutions strategies, among others. She enjoys staying updated on recent research and learning from experts in the fields of anxiety, OCD, marriage, parenting, and clinical neuroscience and incorporates this research, along with what she has found helpful with other clients, into her therapy. In addition, she has conducted research on couples’ satisfaction and received the national Master’s Thesis Award from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy for her work.

One area I specialize in is treating anxiety. Those who experience anxiety often get caught up in the what ifs and worst-case scenarios. They tend to overthink things or may get sick with anxiety anticipating upcoming events or situations. They are uncomfortable with the unknowns. They might avoid situations, things, or people that make them feel anxious. They may over-plan or make lists to help themselves prepare for upcoming events. Often, people with anxiety get frustrated or even anxious about being anxious. If this sounds like you, I want you to be reassured that you are not the cause of the anxiety (no one wants to feel this way), but I also want you to know that you DO have the power to change it. In fact, through learning and with effort, research shows you have the capability of changing your brain. The same is true for OCD. You can learn new ways of responding to obsessive or intrusive thoughts that can actually change your brain and lead to a reduction in symptoms over time.
Many people try to stop the worry or obsessive thoughts and behaviors connected with OCD, but don’t know how; some of these tactics, though well-meaning, may even make the symptoms worse. I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional specializing in anxiety, and I want to help you become an expert on your own anxiety and/or OCD and help you develop a new relationship with the symptoms and with yourself. I enjoy equipping people with tangible tools and tips for managing and lessening the anxiety or OCD symptoms over time and educating people as to why and how these tools work.
The other area I specialize in is Couples therapy. I have completed the Level 1 and 2 trainings in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and enjoy using this method of therapy to help couples improve communication, better manage conflict, and reconnect in ways that are meaningful to both partners. To learn more about Gottman Method Couples Therapy, please visit