Marcia Murphy, LCSW
Western Regional Medical Center
"I have a great opportunity to assist our patients by treating them with kindness and compassion, as well as educating patients about cancer myths. I am committed to helping patients understand the benefits of relaxation and the therapeutic value of sleep."
- Marcia Murphy, LCSW
- MSW, Social Work - Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
- BS, Business, Economics & Human Resources Development - State University of New York, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Practicing Since: 2002
Marcia Murphy, mind-body therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center, believes, “Mind-body medicine can benefit cancer patients by ensuring that patients understand they are not defined by their illness.”
Murphy earned a bachelor of science degree in business, economics and human resources development at the State University of New York, Empire State College in Saratoga Springs. For the years following, Murphy worked in human resources for companies in New York. During the later stage of her human resources career, Murphy felt she was called to change her career path and she pursued a career in social work.
In 2002, Murphy graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a master of social work degree. She accepted a position as a community-based clinician at a local children’s center. As part of Murphy’s role, she empowered individuals and families during crises and helped to prevent family disintegration using therapy and psycho-educational tools. Four years later, Murphy moved to Arizona where she served as a care coordinator and social worker for three hospitals in the Phoenix area.
Murphy was recruited to join the Mind-Body Medicine Department at CTCA in 2009. She has had deeply personal experiences with cancer. “Two of my family members died from cancer. At only 31 years old, my brother died from malignant melanoma. I was not pleased with his care. In addition, I lost my father to leukemia.”
Murphy chose to serve at CTCA specifically because she believes in treating the whole person—body, mind and spirit. She emphasizes, “I am committed to the Mother Standard of care.”
When she is not interacting with patients, Murphy enjoys communicating with her son, daughter-in-law and grandson via Skype as they currently live in Okinawa, Japan. She also enjoys learning how to play golf, reading, traveling and spending time with friends.