Kimball Counseling Therapists

Maka'ela Murphy of Kimball Counseling Associates

Maka'ela Murphy

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Life is like a journey. Sometimes that journey feels smooth sailing. Other times, it feels like a never-ending uphill climb. Sometimes you feel plain stuck and may be wondering, “What’s going on?” “How did I get here?” “Is my child okay?” These can be difficult questions to navigate, and I would like to, first, acknowledge the step you have taken in considering counseling.

Hurts often take place in the context of relationships, but healing also often comes through relationship and connection. My approach to counseling is holistic, collaborative, and relational. I have received additional training in play therapy, EMDR, and adoption competency. The use of a trauma and attachment focus is a significant part of my work with clients and caregivers.

I have a passion for working with children and teens through the use of creative, expressive, and/or play-based approaches. It is not my expectation that clients sit on a couch and talk with me the entire time (unless that is what they want to do!) Sometimes we may talk, but I especially enjoy utilizing play therapy, games, and expressive arts activities to help guide the process and meet clients where they are. It is my goal that each client feels seen, heard, and empowered. I want them to feel as though they matter and that the counseling room is a space where they can be themselves as they learn and grow. It is my belief that providing a foundation of felt safety and connection is critical.

I also recognize the importance of working together with you, as their parent or caregiver, to help support your child’s counseling process. It is my goal that you also feel seen, heard, and empowered. Although the journey is not always easy, I do believe that your child has a unique capacity to heal, learn, and grow. I look forward to connecting with you!

To contact Maka'ela directly, please email her at or call 407-960-3330