Sunna Murphy – Owner and Lead Clinician
Sunna Murphy, H.B.A., M.S.W, R.S.W.
Sunna is a Registered Social Worker in the province of Ontario (RSW) and holds a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University with a specialization in trauma treatment. She is an upstanding member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Sunna has been a public educator and community organizer in KW for over 15 years, and is a leader in the Rainbow community. She has worked with municipal and regional government, police services, academic institutions and community groups to provide workshops and training on improving diversity and inclusion for all in our community.
She maintains specializations in Attachment and Trauma Therapy, Trauma processing integration (IATM),Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (D.B.T.), Mindfulness Based Self Compassion, Internal Family Systems,Trauma Focused Partswork and Sensory/Somatic embodiment.
She has worked extensively with diverse populations including LGBTQ+, multicultural communities, religious communities, youth, seniors, people with developmental disabilities and many others on issues such as:
- Trauma and Abuse
- Anxiety and Emotion Regulation
- Depression and Mood Disorders
- Borderline Personality and Attachment Disorders
- Gender Identity and Sexuality
- Grief and Loss
- Relationship issues
- Eating Disorders
- Complex PTSD
- Psychosis Recovery
Sunna approaches the therapeutic relationship with warmth, compassion and authenticity and creates an environment of healing and safety for clients to learn, grow and process at their own pace.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a clinical social worker?
A clinical social worker, also sometimes referred to as an MSW, RSW is a person who has a Master of Social Work degree who provides counselling or therapy and who is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, a regulatory board which exists to ensure ethical practice and protect the public interest.
Can you provide a diagnosis or medication?
In Ontario, only psychologists and psychiatrists can provide a mental health diagnosis, and only family doctors or psychiatrists can prescribe medications. If you are seeking either of these, begin by speaking with your doctor or visiting a walk-in clinic.
Is Counselling Covered by OHIP?
Counselling is only covered by OHIP in a medical context. For example, if you saw an onsite social worker while you were an inpatient or outpatient of a hospital or treatment facility, their services would be covered by OHIP. Some non-profit counselling agencies have free services but they may be subject to wait lists and restrictions on the number of sessions. Private practice clinicians are covered through most Employee Assistance Plans, Health Insurance Plans and qualify as a medical expense deduction on your tax return.
Do I Need A Doctor's Referral?
No. You can self-refer by requesting an appointment on the ‘schedule a session’ link on this website.
Do you work with children or families?
I provide individual, family and group therapy for youth and adults ages 12 and up.