Meet Our Team

Dr Margaret Prysak

BHSc (Hon), PhD/M Clin Psych, MAPS

Clinical Psychologist

Release Your Worries
Relax Your Worries CD

Dr Michele Murphy

BA (Hons), M App Psych, D Psych, Dip Clin Hyp, MAPS

Clinical Psychologist

Hypnotherapist

Michele has worked as a clinical psychologist for over thirty years and has had extensive experience working in the public and private sectors. Michele has been able to achieve an interesting variety in her psychological practice which includes: individual, couple and group therapy; educational seminars; teaching; organisational consulting; provision of employee assistance programs and professional supervision of Masters level psychology students. Michele has Board Approved Supervisor Status with the Australian Psychological Society. Michele has been a guest lecturer at the University of Adelaide and The University of South Australia.

Michele has co-authored a book on stress and anxiety management called “Release Your Worries: A Guide to Letting Go of Stress and Anxiety” and a relaxation CD called “Relax Your Worries.”

Michele works with adults and has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief and stress. Michele also enjoys working with people wishing to build stronger social connections, especially parents seeking closer relationships with their children.

Michele’s therapeutic work has involved counselling children, adolescents, adults, couples and families across a range of issues. She believes in establishing a collaborative and respectful relationship with the people she works with and aims to build on the resources the client already has. Michele believes that good therapy often involves guiding people to access their own strengths and enabling them to reconnect with their own knowledge and confidence.

​Michele challenges "taken for granted" ways of being and thinking that may be blocking people from reaching their true potential in terms of health and enjoyment of life. Michele works to provide the tools for people to help themselves and consults in ways that not only make therapy useful but also enjoyable, challenging and ultimately life changing.

As a clinical psychologist, hypnotherapist and family therapist, Michele is trained to deal with a wide range of emotional issues. She has a broad view that takes into account the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the individual while paying close attention to the sociocultural context of the problematic issue.

Michele draws on various therapy models including: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal therapy (IT), narrative therapy, hypnotherapy and mindfulness based cognitive therapy. Her ability to draw on several theoretical models of therapy increases her flexibility to meet the particular needs of different clients.

Michele strongly believes in the benefits of a collaborative relationship between General Practitioners and herself in order to meet the health needs of her clients.

Michele enjoys her work immensely. She has a particular interest in the preventative and proactive work that is involved in developing mental health wellbeing plans. Her strengths include her ability to be “down to earth” and to speak with people in ways that help them think differently. She uses a gentle style of questioning that invites people to consider issues in ways that often result in a greater sense of wellbeing.

Qualifications

1988 - Bachelor of Arts, The University of Adelaide

1989 - First Class Honours in Psychology, The University of Adelaide

1991 - Master of Applied Psychology, The University of Adelaide

1991 - Registered Psychologist, SA Psychological Board

1994 - Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis (Two Years)

1995 - Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy (Two Years)

2001 - Doctor of Psychology, University of South Australia

Memberships

Australian Psychological Society

Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists

Charlotte Marshall

BA (Hons), M Psych (Clin), Dip Clin Hyp, MAPS

Clinical Psychologist

Hypnotherapist

Charlotte has worked as a clinical psychologist in both the public and private sectors for nearly 20 years. This has included work at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Adelaide North East Division of General Practice. Charlotte commenced private practice work in November 2006 with Dr Michele Murphy Psychology Services.

Charlotte has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief and stress related issues and she has extensive experience working with adults. Charlotte can easily relate to clients from a variety of backgrounds and is a strong verbal communicator with a ‘down to earth’ approach. She believes in tailoring treatment to suit the needs of her clients and working in collaboration with her clients towards their goals. Charlotte draws on various evidence-based therapy models in her clinical practice including: cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, clinical hypnosis and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Charlotte has worked at the Adelaide North East Division of General Practice where she held the position of Senior Clinician and was involved in the supervision of other clinicians, as well as providing group and individual therapy.

Charlotte has been a guest lecturer at the University of Adelaide’s Grief and Palliative Care Counselling Unit where she has presented seminars on Mood Disorders, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has also been involved in providing Mental Health Skills Training to General Practitioners and other health professionals in South Australia and interstate through her work with CM Consulting and the Adelaide North East Division of General Practice.  She has Board Approved Supervisor Status with the Australian Psychological Society.

Qualifications

2000 - Bachelor of Arts, The University of Adelaide

2002 - First Class Honours in Psychology, The University of Adelaide

2004 - Master of Psychology (Clinical), The University of Adelaide

2004 - Registered Psychologist, SA Psychological Board

2010 - Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis (Two Years)

Memberships

Australian Psychological Society

Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists

Margaret has extensive experience, spanning over 20 years, working with people from diverse communities (in schools and psychology/clinical settings). She has worked with children across a wide spectrum of psychological and educational needs. This educational work has inspired her interest in psychology, and the prevention and treatment of psychological challenges in children, adolescents and adults.  Since studying psychology at the University of Adelaide, Margaret has qualified for Clinical College Membership as a clinical psychologist.  Margaret is bilingual and happy to assist both English and Polish speaking clients. 

 

Margaret’s clinical experience to date has included the assessment of cognitive and emotional functioning of a diverse range of clients, as well as diagnoses and treatment of varied psychological issues.  She is skilled at treating psychological difficulties including: anxiety, depression, stress, relationship/interpersonal difficulties, low motivation, self-esteem and self-confidence, grief, adjustment difficulties, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive presentations, substance dependence, and complications related to past childhood adversities and/or abuse.

Margaret is very respectful of all clients and has a focus on the unique circumstances, strengths and potential of the individual. She uniquely tailors her evidence-based psychological strategies to meet the needs of each client. Margaret uses a range of trialled and approved psychology models, including: cognitive-behavioural, motivational, interpersonal, and acceptance and commitment therapies, as well as mindfulness practices.

Qualifications

1996 - Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), University of Wollongong, NSW; Faculty of Education Dean’s Merit List, 1994 - 1996

2011 - Graduate Diploma in Psychology, University of Adelaide

2012 - Honours Degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences (First Class), Psychology, University of Adelaide

2013 – Registered Provisional Psychologist, Psychological Board of Australia

2017 - PhD/Master of Psychology (Clinical), University of Adelaide

2017 - Registered Psychologist, Psychological Board of Australia

2019 – Endorsement in Clinical Psychology, Psychological Board of Australia

Memberships

Australian Psychological Society

Professional Awards

Australian Educational Talent Search, Outstanding Teacher Nominations; GERRIC’s Award; 2005 and 2006

Address

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Stonyfell

South Australia 5066

AUSTRALIA

Mobile Phone

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08 8390 0334

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