Education

 Doctor of Philosophy Duquesne University 1981 - 1990
 Master of Arts Duquesne University 1980 - 1981
 Bachelor of Arts, Honours Program University of Guelph 1973 - 1978

Professional Experience

  • Current

  • 1995 - Present Psychological Consultant
    Family Services of the North Shore clinical case consultation
  • 1995 - Present Post-Disaster Response Psychologist (Volunteer)
    North Shore Emergency Social Services (ESS). Volunteer emergency response counselling services
  • 1993 - Present Private Psychotherapy Practice
    Located on Vancouver's North Shore since 1993 as a Registered Psychologist — working with clients located in North Vancouver, West Vancouver and all other areas of the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Thirty years of experience providing individualized, psychotherapy services for a broad range of adult clientele who are struggling with interpersonal problems, anxiety, depression and adjustment to life circumstances. Areas of particular interest include: persistent interpersonal disharmony, assertiveness, self-esteem, anxiety attacks, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, phobias, performance anxiety, career dissatisfaction, work stress, acute stress reaction, trauma recovery, crisis management, depression, bereavement and loss of meaning or purpose. Existential-Humanistic approach

  • Previous

  • 2000 - 2001 Urgent Response Psychologist
    Assessment and Treatment Services, Mental Health Services, North Shore Health Region (formerly NSCMHS). Responsibilities: To provide assessment and treatment services to adults. This position developed out of the amalgamation of NSCMHS (below) with Lions Gate Hospital
  • 1992 - 2000 Urgent Response Psychologist
    Adult Short-Term Assessment and Treatment Team (ASTAT), North Shore Community Mental Health Services (NSCMHS). Responsibilities: To provide crisis response and management, assessment and short-term individual psychotherapy
  • 1995 - 1999 Sessional Instructor
    Counselling Psychology Department, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Responsibilities: To provide instruction, training and supervision of undergraduate student-counsellors
  • 1990 - 1991 Psychologist
    Community Mental Health Services, Psychology Department, Whitby Psychiatric Hospital. Responsibilities: To provide clinical assessments, psychometric testing and short-term psychotherapy services
  • 1987 - 1989 Psychotherapist/Researcher
    Cognitive Psychotherapy Unit, The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. Responsibilities: To provide short-term cognitive-interpersonal psychotherapy in the treatment of adults with anxiety and depressive disorders, qualitative research on the psychotherapy process and supervision and training of graduate interns
  • 1985 - 1986 Psychotherapist
    Day Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, York Central Hospital. Responsibilities: To provide clinical, psychometric and vocational assessments as well as individual and group psychotherapy services. Developed and coordinated the vocational component of the Day Program
  • 1983 - 1985 Counsellor
    Northern Communities Mental Health, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Responsibilities: Counselling and crisis intervention for group home residents, supervision and consultation of staff
  • 1982 - 1983 Counsellor
    Duquesne University Testing Bureau. Responsibilities: To provide psychological/vocational testing and counselling for university students
  • 1982 - 1983 Psychotherapist
    Psychology Department, Duquesne University. Responsibilities: Lead Gestalt psychotherapy groups, attend consultation groups and assist in the training and supervision of graduate students
  • 1981 - 1983 Researcher
    Psychology Department, Duquesne University. Responsibilities: To assist in the research, design, literature review and qualitative analysis of data for several publications and for the development of lecture material. Assistant to Dr. Amedeo Giorgi
  • 1981 - 1983 Counsellor
    Pittsburgh Community Transitional Services. Responsibilities: To provide care and supervision for group home residents, consultation and supervision of staff
  • 1981 - 1983 Psychology Instructor
    Psychology Department, Duquesne University. Responsibilities: To instruct introductory psychology courses
  • 1981 - 1983 Psychotherapist
    Psychotherapy Center, Duquesne University. Responsibilities: To provide short-term existential-humanistic psychotherapy
  • 1979 - 1980 Psychiatric Assistant
    Homewood Sanitarium, Guelph, Ontario. Responsibilities: Assisting psychiatric team in the care and supervision of residents
  • 1977 - 1979 Family Psychotherapist/Child Care Worker
    Humber Bay Child and Family Clinic, Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital. Responsibilities: To provide family psychotherapy, play therapy and child care services

Publications, Presentations & Written Works

  • Safran, J.D., McMain, S., Crocker, P., Murray, P.
    The therapeutic alliance rupture as a therapeutic event for empirical investigation. Psychotherapy, 1990
  • Murray, P.
    An existential-phenomenological investigation of the psychotherapeutic interpretive process enabling immediate insight. Duquesne University Dissertation Abstracts, U. M. I., 1991
  • Murray, P.
    Psychological Profile of Matthew Good. Paper commissioned for promotion of the 2001 Matthew Good Band USA Tour. January, 2001
  • Murray, P.
    Electronic Media and Health Psychology. Editorial Review. BC Psychologist. Spring Issue, 2003
  • Murray, P.
    Frontiers of Existential Humanistic Psychotherapy: Preserving the Human Element in Cyber Space. Presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, 2003

Continued Educational Activities (Partial Listing)

  • 2010

  • September 16 - 18, 2010 "Wozu Hermeneutik? 50 Years since Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method" International Human Science Research Conference North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics Seattle University
  • September 5 - 7, 2010 "Giving Voice To Experience" International Human Science Research Conference Seattle University
  • September 4 and 8, 2010 "Creating A Psychologically Healthy Workplace", International Network on Personal Meaning Vancouver, BC
  • December 2009 - January 2010 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Tom Gilligan
  • December 2009 - January 2010 Ongoing Qigong Mediation with Grand Master Shou-Yu Liang SYL Wushu Taiji Qigong Institute Vancouver, BC

  • 2009

  • August 6 - 9, 2009 American Psychological Association 117th Annual Convention Toronto, ON
  • April 24 - May 1, 2009 May Annual Professional Retreat Salt Spring Island, BC
    Review of clinical practice and related literature
  • January - December, 2009 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Tom Gilligan
  • January - December, 2009 Ongoing Qigong Meditation with Grand Master Shou-Yu Liang

  • 2008

  • October 29 - 30, 2008 "Living Deeply, The Art And Science Of Transformation In Everyday Life"
    Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, UBC
  • October 16, 2008 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
    Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • July 24 - 28, 2008 International Network on Personal Meaning Conference Toronto, ON
  • January - December, 2008 Ongoing Qigong Meditation with Grand Master Shou-Yu Liang
  • January - December, 2008 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Tom Gilligan

  • 2007

  • June 18 - 22, 2007 Annual Professional Development Retreat Salt Spring Island, BC
  • December 6 - 10, 2007 The Tenth International Conference on Erickson Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy Phoenix, AZ
  • January - December, 2007 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Tom Gilligan

  • 2006

  • October 21, 2006 "New Frontiers In Ethical Decision-Making"
    One day workshop sponsored by BCPA in Victoria, BC
  • July 21 - 23, 2006 The 4th Biennial International Meaning Conference
  • June 2, 2006 "Testifying In Court: The Expert Witness"
    One day workshop with Dr. Stanley Brodsky
  • April 24 - 28, 2006 Professional Development Retreat. Quadra Island, BC
    Review of practice and related literature (see current reading list below)
  • January 13 - 14, 2006 "The First Five Minutes Of Buddhist Psychotherapy"
    Workshop instructed by David and Caroline Brazier
  • January 12, 2006 "Feel The Buddha"
    Workshop instructed by David and Caroline Brazier
  • January 9, 2006 "Buddhist Psychology And Psychotherapy"
    Workshop instructed by David and Caroline Brazier
  • January - December, 2006 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Tom Gilligan

Previous Continued Educational Activities (Partial Listing)

  • July 22 - 24, 2005 "Exploring The Healing Potentials Of Meaning And Mindfulness"
    Presented by the International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, a division of the International Network on Personal Meaning (20 CEU hours)
  • April 22 - 30, 2005 Professional Development Retreat
    Galiano Island, BC. Review of practice and related literature by Dr. Laengle, Dr. Bugental and Dr. Milton Erickson (20 hours)
  • February 18, 2005 "Emotion Focused Therapy"
    Workshop by Dr. Les Greenberg Workshop sponsored by BCPA (8 CEU hours)
  • January 8, 2005 "Character And Psychotherapy"
    Presented by Dr. David Shapiro. Sponsored by Simon Fraser University (8 CEU hours)
  • January - December, 2005 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Ed Belvedere, Dr. James Browning and Dr. Tom Gilligan (15 hours)
  • July 22 - 25, 2004 "Transforming Loss, Suffering And Death Through Meaning, Hope And Faith"
    3rd Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning. Sponsored by the International Network on Personal Meaning (20 CEU hours)
  • January - December, 2004 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Ed Belvedere and Dr. Tom Gilligan (12 hours)
  • May 4, 2003 Existential Symposium. Paper presentation and panel discussion with Dr. James Bugental (3 hours)
  • May 4, 2003 Murray, P.: Frontiers of Existential Humanistic Psychotherapy
    Preserving the Human Element in Cyber Space Presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference
  • May 1 - 4, 2003 Western Psychological Association Conference 2003 (20 CEU hours)
  • September 4 - 9, 2003 "The Art Of The Psychotherapist"
    Petaluma, California. Intensive 5 day training Retreat with Dr. James Bugental on practice and theory of Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy (30 hours)
  • Spring, 2003 Murray, P.
    Electronic Media and Health Psychology An Editorial Review. BC Psychologist. Spring Issue, 2003 (Article Publication)
  • January - December 2003 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Ed Belvedere and Dr. Tom Gilligan (12 hours)
  • September 12 - 17, 2002 "The Art Of The Psychotherapist"
    Petaluma, California. Intensive 5 day training Retreat with Dr. James Bugental on practice and theory of Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy (30 hours)
  • July 21, 2002 Existential Summit for the International Network of Personal Meaning (2 hours)
  • July 18 - 21, 2002 International Network on Personal Meaning Conference Vancouver, BC (20 hours)
  • June 19 - 22, 2002 "Inciting Dialogue At The Edges In Human Science Research"
    International Human Science Research Conference, University of Victoria, BC (30 hours)
  • January 16 - 21, 2002 "The Art Of The Psychotherapist"
    Petaluma, California. Intensive 5 day training Retreat with Dr. James Bugental on practice and theory of Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy (30 hours)
  • January - September 2002 Advanced Qigong Training with Grand Master Juiling Peng
  • January - December, 2002 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Ed Belvedere and Dr. Tom Gilligan (12 hours)
  • September 21, 2001 BCPA Workshop (8 hours)
  • September 13 - 18, 2001 "The Art Of The Psychotherapist"
    Petaluma, California. Intensive 5 day training Retreat with Dr. James Bugental on practice and theory of Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy (30 hours)
  • January - December, 2001 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Tom Gilligan (12 hours)
  • October 28, 2000 Western Canadian Psychoanalytic Association Workshop (8 CEU hours)
  • July 13 - 16, 2000 International Network on Personal Meaning Conference presented by Trinity Western University, Vancouver (20 CEU hours)
  • June 24, 2000 "The Neurotic Character"
    Presented by Dr. David Shapiro at Simon Fraser University (8 CEU hours)
  • June 12 - 15, 2000 "Openness" International Human Science Research Conference Long Island, NY (30 hours)
  • January 21, 2000 BCPA Workshop (8 CEU hours)
  • November 6, 1999 Comprehensive and Integrative Therapy workshop by Dr. Sally Winston (8 CEU hours)
  • January - December, 1999 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Tom Gilligan (12 hours)
  • May 24 - 27, 1998 "The Art Of The Psychotherapist"
    Bear Creek Lodge, BC. Intensive 5 day training Retreat with Dr. James Bugental on practice and theory of Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy (30 hours)
  • May 22, 1998 Dr. James Bugental Workshop (8 hours)
  • January - December, 1998 Ongoing Peer Consultations with Dr. Tom Gilligan (12 hours)
  • June 5 - 6, 1997 Dr. Thomas Szasz Workshop on "The Myth of Mental Illness"
    Sponsored by Jewish Family Services, Vancouver (10 hours)
  • November 1995 - January 1999 Introductory Qigong Training with Grand Master Juiling Peng
  • 1987 - 1989 Training in Cognitive-Interpersonal Psychotherapy at The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto Weekly supervision and training with Dr. Jeremy Safran (200 hours)
  • 1986 Clinical Hypnosis Training Workshop
    Sponsored by the Canadian Society for Clinical Hypnosis (12 hours)
  • 1986 Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Workshop
    Presented by Dr. Habib Davanloo, University of Montreal (12 hours)
  • 1980 - 1985 Graduate Training In Existential Psychotherapy
    Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (600 hours of supervision)
  • 1974 R. D. Laing: The Facts Of Life
    University of Guelph

Teaching

  • 1995 - 1999 Sessional Instructor
    Counselling Psychology Department, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Duties and Responsibilities: To provide instruction, training and supervision of undergraduate student-counsellors
  • 1981 - 1983 Psychology Instructor
    Psychology Department. Duquesne University. Duties and responsibilities: To instruct introductory psychology courses.

Current Reading List

  • Colaizzi, Paul (2000) — Psychotherapy and Existential Therapy: Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 33 (1): 73-112
  • Hammer, Emanuel (1968) — Use of Interpretation In Treatment: Technique and Art. Gurne & Stratton, New York
  • Liang, Shou-Yu (1997) — Qigong Empowerment: A Guide to Medical, Taoist, Buddhist, and Wushu Energy Cultivation. The Way of The Dragon Publishing, Rhode Island
  • Murray, Paul (1990) — An Existential-Phenomenological Investigation of the Psychotherapeutic Interpretive Process Enabling Immediate Insight. Doctoral Dissertation. UMI, Michigan
  • Rehorick, David (2009) — Transformative Phenomenology. Lexington Books
  • Palmer, Richard (1969) — Hermeneutics: Interpretation Theory in Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger and Gadamer. Northwestern University Studies in Phenomenology & Existential Philosophy. Northwestern University Press
  • Risser, James (1997) — Hermeneutics and the Voice of the Other: a Re-reading of Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics. State University of New York Press
  • Smith, Christopher (2010) — The Disembodiment of Speech. Paper presented at the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics
  • Van den Berg (1987) — A Different Existence: Principles of Phenomenological Psychopathology. Duquesne University Press, Pittsburgh
  • Arvidson, P. Sven (2006) — The Sphere of Attention: Context and Margin. The Netherlands. Springer
  • BC Psychologist (2006 Editions) — British Columbia Psychological Association publication
  • International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy (2004) — Published by the International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy division of the International Network on Personal Meaning
  • Langle, Alfried (2003) — European Psychotherapy: Scientific Journal for Psychotherapy Research and Practice. Vol. 4 No. 1. 2003. CIP-Medien
  • Geary, Brent and Zeig, Jeffery (2001) — The Handbook Of Ericksonian Psychotherapy — Phoenix, AZ. The Dr. Milton Erickson Foundation Press
  • Tillich, Paul (2001) — Dynamics of Faith — Perennial Classics Edition. Harper-Collins Publishers
  • Safran, Jeremy and Muran, Christopher (2000) — Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance — New York, NY. The Guilford Press
  • Bugental, James (1999) — Psychotherapy Isn't What You Think: Bringing The Psychotherapeutic Engagement Into The Living Moment — Phoenix, AZ. Zeig, Tucker & Co., Inc.
  • Schneider, Kirk (1999) — The Paradoxical Self: Toward An Understanding Of Our Contradictory Nature — New York, NY. Humanity Books
  • Frankfurt, Harry (1989) — The Importance Of What We Care About — New York, NY. Cambridge University Press
  • Spinelli, Ernesto (1989) — The Interpreted World: An Introduction to Phenomenological Psychology — London, England. Sage Publications
  • Gadamer, Hans-Georg (1988) — The Relevance Of The Beautiful And Other Essays — Cambridge University Press
  • Tillich, Paul (1952) — The Courage To Be — New Haven & London. Yale University Press
  • Journal of Humanistic Psychology — Published by the Association for Humanistic Psychology London, England. Sage Publications
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