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135 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ, Suite LL4

201-320-9907

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Licensed Professional Counselor   

Registered Play Therapist 

Trauma Focused CBT Specialist

Sand Play Therapist 

Drug & Alcohol Counselor

Who Am I * Safe Place * The Healing Journey

Linda Diaz-Murphy, LPC, RPT, TF-CBTS, LCADC, DRCC

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Translation into Spanish button on top left.  


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist, specializing in Trauma Focused Play Therapy and Sand Play Therapy for children, teens and adults.  I have my own counseling practice and offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. I treat a number of mental health issues, and provide a neutral perspective to children, teens and adults. I provide individual, family, and couples therapy.  


I am a grief counselor for the Victim Witness Assistance Program Office of Military Commissions assisting 9/11 victim family members (VFM) who travel to GTMO, Cuba, to view in person the pretrial hearings of the five prisoners charged with the murder of over 4,000 people who died in the Twin Towers in New York on 9/11/01.  The criminal trial will begin in 2021. 


I have visited Puerto Rico and shared my book, The Wounded Yellow Butterfly and La Mariposa Amarilla Herida with the children affected by Hurricane Maria. I provided children affected by Hurricane Maria grief counseling. 


I have donated copies of my Books,The WoundedYellow Butterfly and La Mariposa Amarillo Herida, to victims of natural disasters in Puerto Rico, North Carolina, Texas, South Carolina and New Jersey.  I have donated books to families of police officers killed in the line of duty and children who lost a family member due to a police shooting. I have donated toys and copies of my book in English and in Spanish to organizations helping children who have crossed the American Borders and children who have witnessed community violence.  


I have been married for 40 years to Brian. I am a mother, grandmother, and have two wonderful grandchildren who helped me write the book, The Wounded Yellow Butterfly, a story of a wounded butterfly that rebuilds with other insects and garden animals their peaceful garden after a terrible storm. I was inspired to write The Wounded Yellow Butterfly by a real wounded yellow butterfly, the children and families who have allowed me to come along on their healing journeys and my family who immigrated to the USA from Fascist Spain and Communist Cuba seeking political freedom.  Socialism and Fascism are rooted in Communism, a totalitarian system ruled by one person and that is in opposition to democracy, free speech, private property, and artistic expression. Communism is marked by massive surveillance while imposing state terrorism, personality cultism, anti-LGBTQ, political repression and an all-encompassing propaganda campaign broadcasted by the state-owned controlled mass media.  


Therapy is about finding your own voice. Therapy is democratic. Therapy is liberating.  Therapy is free speech. Therapy helps you develop your authentic self. Therapy is freeing!


I am providing free downloads of my books and audio/videos in Spanish and in English with captions of The Wounded Yellow Butterfly and La Mariposa Amarilla Herida on this website and on u-tube.


Full Circle is when something "comes full circle", it completes a cycle, returns to its beginnings.  "We can go from optimism to pessimism and back to optimism again in our lives". It is also an “expression of the moment”. You may find these and other definitions on the Web and Webster's Dictionary


Wishing you all the best, Linda      



Safe Place: The Waiting Room

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The focus is to help children, teens and adults become aware of their inner strengths to help each individual grow from their struggles, heal from their pain, and move forward to where each person wants to be in his or her life. To achieve this, each person is provided a neutral safe space where trust can develop and healing can begin. 

The Healing Journey

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I will be there for you every step of your healing journey.  Your journey may include feeling safe, expressing your feelings, learning to cope with strong feelings, telling your personal story and making closer connections with others. 

Grief is a strong emotional response to loss.

Initial Response to a Traumatic Event

Initially children, teens and adults may feel shock. It may seem unreal and may cause a feeling of hopelessness or meaninglessness of life. They may ask, "Why did this happen to me?" We all need consistency in our lives. We want to feel in control and make sense of our lives and the world around us. When something tragic happens we want to know “Why?” 

Symptoms

After a tragic event, children, teens  and adults may have trouble functioning at home, work and/or school.  We may feel and/or experience  fear, anxiety, or depression.  We may have an inability to form or keep relationships, withdrawing from others.  We may experience terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks, and may avoid things or triggers that remind us of the traumatic event.  We may also regress and act out uncharacteristically. We may experience physical problems including fatigue, being startled easily, poor concentrating, racing heartbeat, edginess and agitation, aches and pains, muscle tension, nausea, and headaches.   


Recovery may take weeks, months and even years. Each person is different and his or her recovery time should be respected. 

Recovery & Building Hope

In order for children and teens to restore and rebuild their lives, they are guided through the stages of grief and toward the transformation to hopefulness by providing them with opportunities to regain trust, express and cope with feelings, to tell their personal stories and reconnect with others important to them. The Wounded Yellow Butterfly book is a perfect story book for children to help understand  the process of grief and recovery and to instill hope. 

Life’s Issues

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Parenthood

Counseling will help define your role, find comfort, support and confidence  with the choices you make. 

Reproductive choices, Pregnancy Loss, Abortion and Grief

Counseling helps you make reproductive choices. 


Counseling provides a safe place to share the loss of a pregnancy and to gain a better understanding of the normal grieving and healing process. 


Counseling provides a safe place for sharing your loss after an abortion and to gain a better understanding of the normal grieving and healing process. 


Safety

Counseling can provide you and your loved ones a safe place to explore what being safe is, who are the safe and unsafe people, and how to keep yourself and others you love safe. 

Empowerment and Independence

Counseling is beneficial to everyone seeking to empower themselves and strengthen their commitment in facing injustices i.e., domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment, hate crimes, violence against you for your political affiliation, accusations of sexual assault w/out due process, forced abortion, etc.  You may explore enabling behavior and find the courage to correct injustices, not tolerating, enabling or excusing them.  You can learn to feel safe and not "look the other way." Victims of crimes are strongly advised to seek medical, psychological and spiritual support as well as filing a police report. You may call this office for assistance to the police department to file sexual assault charges and accompaniment to the hospital for a rape kit exam.  


Identity

Counseling can help you understand yourself better and establish a stronger self identity.  If you are asking, "Who am I?' Let's talk about it.  Not having a strong sense of self or struggling with identity issues such as religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, race, ethnicity, career choice, or other may lead to anxiety and insecurity.  An identity crisis may occur due to a big change or stressor in life. 

Therapy for Children, Teens, Adults and Families

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Sand Play Therapy

Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that children, teens and adults may experience at some point in their lives. Through sand play therapy, children, teens and adults may recover motivation, perspective, and joy that they once had in their lives. 

 

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Trauma Focused Play Therapy For Children

Many children and teens can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger after traumatic events. Children and teens can overcome these symptoms and helped with caring guidance through the process of grief and healing. 

 

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Family Counseling

Family counseling can be beneficial to all members in the family looking to strengthen their emotional connections. Therapy sessions are held with family members in a supportive environment to discuss issues and solutions to better relate to one another.  

Therapy for 9/11 Victim Family Members

The Five Themes of Trauma Focused Play Therapy

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Understanding Therapy

Therapy helps you find hope and balance in your life! 

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#1 Safety

Therapy can help you feel safe again.

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#2 Coping

Therapy can help you cope with your loss.

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#3 Expressing Your Feelings

Therapy can help you express your feelings.

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#4 Connecting With Others

Therapy can help you feel closer to others.

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#5 Telling Your Story

Therapy provides a safe place to tell your story. 

"What is Play Therapy?"

Play Therapy helps your child find his or her balance in life! 

Testimonials

School Bullying

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Mother and child said, "Attending therapy helped us feel as if we had built a kaleidoscope as the animals and insects in the story had done after the storm.  We have picked up the pieces of broken glass, built our kaleidoscope and saw a new way to care for ourselves 

by attending another school which helped us move on with our lives."  -Karen and Fran

Sexual Abuse

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I realized in therapy, "I may be wounded like the wounded yellow butterfly, but I too can still fly even after the abuse. 

I found that once I redefined the language that kept me stuck in the a Self Blame/Guilt and Shame Cycle after Abuse,  I was able to heal.  I stopped believing I was "guilty" for a crime I did not commit. 

 I learned to redefine the term "guilt" as a     

  legal term reserved for the perpetrator of     

    abuse or a crime and not about me at all. - Anne

Divorce

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"Therapy helped me find peace living in two homes just like the butterfly, the animals and insects rebuilt and found peace in their garden." -Joanna


Loss of a Pet

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"Losing my pet was like going through the terrible storm like in the story. But I feel better today. Therapy helped me through the sad days and to remember the happy days just like the garden insects and animals remembered things in the past."  - Frank

Unloved

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"In therapy I learned I am lovable and have value even if both of my parents neglected and abused me. I am with a new family now and it is a new day just like the new day in the peaceful garden where the the wounded yellow butterfly, the 

rainbow butterflies and bird family live. 

I got a second chance just like 

the wounded yellow butterfly." - Pedro

Mother has a Mental Illness

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"I can love my mother and rebuild my relationship with her just like the animals and insects in the story when they built loving friendships. Therapy helped me understand my mother better.  She is a lot like the wounded yellow butterfly. " -Mary

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The Wounded Yellow Butterfly Book

$12.00
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La Mariposa Amarillo Herido

$12.00
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La Mariposa Amarillo Herido

The Wounded Yellow Butterfly

Children's Nonviolent Peace and Justice Program

There is no such thing as "Experimentation"

Drug Use and Abuse of Street Drugs and Prescription Medication

The use of drugs without a prescription is illegal.  Using street drugs is a sign of a problem!  Teach your children and teens that there is no such thing as "experimentation".  Abusing prescription drugs is harmful. Using illegal drugs and the abuse of medication may cause medical problems, coma and/or death.


The long term use of Marijuana has severe consequences and negative effects.  Drugs including Marijuana are the primary triggers of psychosis. Marijuana-induced psychosis is a condition that occurs when someone begins to lose touch with reality and experiences visual and auditory hallucinations and delusions. Contact Call 911 for emergency assistance when experiencing medical problems. 

Alcohol Use and Abuse

Using alcohol is a sign there is a problem! Teach your children and teens that there is no such thing as "experimentation". Drinking may cause medical problems, coma and/or death.

Sex Use and Abuse

Early sexual behavior may be a sign of sexual abuse. Early sexual behavior is not "experimentation" but a sign there may be a problem.  If you suspect sexual abuse of children or teens, report immediately to the police and/or your local children's protective services. 

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The Five Themes of Trauma Focused Play Therapy Developed/Created by Linda Diaz-Murphy Copyright 2010 


Photography and videos by Linda Diaz-Murphy Copyright 2017


Contact Linda Diaz-Murphy for an appointment, referral, for assistance and accompaniment to the police department and/or hospital, with questions. comments and/or concerns. 


You are welcome and safe here! 


Full Circle Mediation and Counseling Center

135 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, Suite LL4, NJ 07605

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