Ph.D., Marriage and Family Counseling, University of Florida
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (FL, OR, PA, & NC)
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (NC)
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
Modern Sex Therapy Institute
Wake Forest University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
I bet you’re here because you want something different. You’ve tried the touchy-feely kinds of therapists. You know the ones. They nod. Say, “mmm,hmm.” “How do you feel about that?”
While those kinds of therapists are great for a lot of people, I’m guessing you’re wanting a more active therapist; someone who will challenge you (and partner, if applicable). Who doesn’t let old defenses keep you on that old worn path to Stuckville.
Clients often say that I bring a zen quality to much of my work and that I have an uncanny sense of understanding people, their emotions, and motives. Clients have reported coming to session believing that their problems were huge and then I’m able to break down the problems whereby they no longer feel insurmountable.
Often, my style reflects what I call CAREfrontation. Clients report appreciating that I can be direct and insist on their active participation. Think of me as a coach to elite athletes. On the field of life, you’re the hero; you’re the star. My success is based on your success. And, I want you to succeed and to have what you want.
More, I want to help you get there as quickly as possible without any unnecessary sessions.
And, like elite athletes, your success is dependent on how you push between sessions. Doing the homework. Leaning into discomfort and anxiety. Accepting awkward. Together, we got this!
Choose a path. Your guide awaits.
You deserve a bulldog when it comes to fighting for your relationship. Our clients expect a “tell you how it is” therapist. They want us to bring a realness to sessions and ensure that the voice of the relationship is heard.
Consequently, we offer a unique approach to couples’ work. Unlike many couples counselors who orchestrate sessions as if doing individual therapy with two people in the room, which often contributes to failed treatment, your sessions focus on the dance that occurs between you.
You can trust that your vital issues will be addressed and QUICKLY! We want to help you get to where you want to go as fast as possible.
That’s what makes us unique!
I grew-up on welfare in central Pennsylvania and came from a family that had many of the problems associated with poverty. In college, the first in my family to go, I found that people felt safe and comfortable talking to me about their relationships and sexual histories. A biology professor told me that that was a gift and that I should pursue it.
These experiences propelled me towards this career and, ultimately, to you arriving here. I bring all aspects of my history to create a better life for those whom I serve. I offer you this familiarity, compassion and understanding as you progress towards creating a better life.
During down-time, I enjoy the arts, weight training, yoga, singing, reading, cooking and exploring my Scottish roots (and sporting my kilts). I previously served as Vice President on the board of trustees for Unity in Greensboro, my spiritual home, where I lead Sunday service several times a year.
I genuinely look forward to serving you.
~Dr. Tom Murray
© A Path To Wellness 2021