B.Com, ACIS (RTD), M.Ed(Counselling), Reg’d Psychotherapist (PB460), MNZAP
Murray is married, and the father of three adult children. Following a varied career in accountancy and business, from 1984 he spent three years on the pastoral staff of his then local church, prior to returning to university to complete a Masters degree in Counselling/Education. Concurrently he helped establish the Arahura Health Centre in 1986/87.
He regards his clinical practice and training as eclectic, with understandings based around psychodynamic theory (particularly the Conversational Model, and attachment theory) and a full range of cognitive behavioural approaches.
In addition, he is able to assist those who struggle with or wish to deepen the practical integration of Christian faith into their life situation. He specialises in somatic illness (i.e. the complex interweaving of conflicted and/or unresolved emotional/spiritual thoughts and feelings, which can emerge as physical symptoms or disease processes), and the treatment of trauma, including sexual trauma in both men and women. (He does not work with children/young people under 18 years). Murray also works across the broad spectrum of individuals presenting emotional/spiritual/psychological issues, and continues to offer supervision for other health providers, and in allied fields.
In collaboration with a small NZ-wide group of practitioners (“Go Well”), Murray has developed comprehensive psychosocial assessment procedures for candidates intending to work in missions, pastoral positions, and other vocations.
His current scale of fees ranges from $95–160 (+ GST where appropriate), negotiable broadly according to client’s circumstances, (which may also determine eligibility for a range of available subsidies). Murray is registered with ACC for his work with the mental injury consequences for survivors of sexual abuse, but along with many other practitioners, continues to reassess on a case-by-case basis, whether or not it will be feasible to accept new clients wishing to access ACC funding under that agency’s revised treatment protocols. Enquiries are nevertheless welcome in this regard.
Away from the work of the Centre, Murray is a private pilot, breeds sport horses/grows tree crops in a family partnership, and enjoys living in a rural environment, with all the varied recreational opportunities this has to offer!