A Message from the Owner, Dr. Colleen M. Murray, PhD, LPC

I consider it a privilege to help people work through some of the most painful issues and concerns in their lives. Everyone under my care is treated with the utmost of dignity and respect; I will take to heart your unique circumstances and build a relationship of trust that facilitates healing.

Who We Are

Find the answers you’ve been looking for during the most stressful times in your life when you turn to Victor’s Crown Christian Counseling Center in Saint Robert, Missouri, for individual and couples marriage therapy, children and family therapy. While we do not accept insurance, we are happy to provide you, upon request, documentation that may assist you in obtaining reimbursement from your insurance. For those concerned about cost, we are happy to work with you to ensure you get the therapy you need in a way that does not create a financial hardship.

Our Mission and Vision

At Victor’s Crown, our mission is to provide family, marriage, individual, adolescent, and child counseling services through licensed professional counselors who are individually, and collectively as a staff, rooted in the Christian faith and who provide practical and meaningful counseling/advice/solutions that enable clients to persevere through and overcome the issues for which they are seeking help.

We aspire to be the premier counseling center of the Ozarks serving all counseling demographics; recognized for excellence throughout Christian and secular circles; staffed with biblically grounded, born-again believing Christian clinicians committed to personal reliance upon the Holy Spirit and Godly wisdom for ministering with practical healing solutions.

What Is Christian Counseling?

Our belief is that Christian Counseling is NOT proselytizing, is NOT preaching, and is NOT Bible thumping.  Your religious beliefs are yours alone; we are here to help you navigate through problems or issues so that you can reclaim your life.  If you desire your therapy to include an emphasis on the Christian faith with Biblical truths, we will be happy to do that upon your request.

We believe that Christian Counseling is quite simply Christian therapists helping people in need.  Our clinicians are born-again believers professing Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  As born-again believers, our trained and certified clinicians will approach you with love, compassion, understanding, and honesty as they personally seek God’s wisdom to guide them as they apply accepted professional therapeutic methods in your personalized counseling program.

Teletherapy

Teletherapy or telephone therapy provides a convenient, affordable means for you to receive mental health services from the comfort of their own home, without having to come into an office. And research shows it is effective!

Rural communities have been using teletherapy successfully for over a decade, so this is not a new or untested mode. The service has many different names. Video Chat TherapyOnline therapy, phone therapySkype therapy and more. It is an important vehicle to allow people to be able to engage in and benefit from mental health services when face to face sessions are not possible for any reason. People choose phone or online therapy for many reasons: a busy schedule that does not allow commute time to and from sessions, a long commute, lack of childcare, traveling, being homebound, bad weather with poor driving conditions, or to avoid germs during flu season.

Dr. Colleen M. Murray, PhD, LPC, NCC

Education

PhD in Philosophy of Mental Health Counseling, Cum Laude December 2016

Capella University Minneapolis

Dissertation title: “Case study: How mental health needs of children are managed in domestic violence shelters”

MS in Mental Health Counseling, Summa Cum Laude 

Capella University Minneapolis 

BS in Psychology, Minor: Military Science 

Campbell University 

 

Additional Mentoring and Training 

Mentoring:

Mentoring with Steve Miller, MD:  February 2020 to present

Mentoring with Linda Gottlieb: May 2019 to present

Mentoring with Amy J. L. Baker: May 2017 to present

Professional Experience

Victor’s Crown Christian Counseling Center, LLC 

17360 Longridge Drive
Saint Robert, MO 65584 United States 

Clinical Director

12/2014 – Present

Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills:

• Provide mental health therapy for individuals, groups, couples, children and adolescents, and families using a variety of evidenced based therapeutic modalities as clinically indicated in order to achieve desired therapeutic outcomes for a wide variety of issues related to personal, psychological, and interactive problems; relationship distress; post-traumatic stress/stress; abuse; trauma; adolescent behavioral; Co-Parenting/divorce.  Makes behavioral health diagnoses in accordance with the DSM-V criteria or the most current accepted standard.

• Employ evidence-based/informed modalities as clinically indicated to include Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Person/Client-centered Therapy.  Develop and employ intervention, coping, healing strategies to address clinical diagnoses of mental disorders.   

• Develop and implement client intake protocols consisting of psychometric instruments appropriate to psychological disorders presenting among clients.
 Apply the full range of psychological evaluation/testing techniques such as; Trauma and Attachment Belief Scale Adult and Youth (TABS), Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for Children (CAPS-CA), Beck Youth Inventories and Adolescents (BYI-2), Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II),Psychiatric Diagnostic Screening Questionnaire (PDSQ), Genograms and Biopsychosocial evaluations to identify and assess client’s cognitive, behavioral, educational and emotional functioning in order to develop and implement appropriate treatment plans and ensure that all necessary services are provided. Interpret and evaluate test results, providing consultation as desired.

• Develop and maintain clinical records such as treatment plans, progress notes, and termination summaries via electronic, web-based and hard copy methods. 

• Utilize professional expertise in all aspects of psychological counseling for children, adults, couples, and family members to conduct individual and family therapeutic mental health sessions.  Develop objective treatment processes, procedures and goals to reach therapeutic outcomes. Using objective behavioral outcome measures, evaluate overall effectiveness of therapeutic efforts and institute change as needed 

• Responsible for the timely completion of progress notes, medical profiles, family histories, assessments and treatment plan updates in accordance with ethics and professional standards.

• Provide psychological and clinical consultation to other professionals through established consultation channels; healthcare, case managers, family members, doctors as well as court officers to ensure highest standard of professional services. Provide expert testimony at legal proceedings; deliver doctoral presentations at professional conferences; and provide professional development training specifically in the area of concepts, principles, procedures and practices relating to child and adolescent mental health concerns.

• Develop and implement clinical and administrative systems, including quality management/quality assurance and environment of care, in accordance with generally accepted professional standards and per federal and state privacy laws with regard to client records and privacy.  

• Manage clinic budget and office support services; develop and achieve monthly financial goals and evaluate clinic performance from both fiscal and therapeutic achievement perspectives.

• Ensure full compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by establishing procedures to ensure systems are in place to protect and secure HIPAA records during all phases of clinic operations. Ensure employees are properly trained to handle HIPAA records; monitor and audit their compliance to assure program integrity and correct faults when observed. 

• Provide individual clinical supervision for interns and provisionally licensed counselors in accordance with standards and guidelines with accreditation standards and Missouri State Licensing Board. 

• Through collaboration with the local school district, conduct annual pro bono community outreach to educate teens on the signs and dangers of dating/relationship abuse and how to get help.

• In 2015, assessed the clinic business model and restructured clinical practices to significantly reduce overhead costs. 

• Provide expert testimony.

Military Experience

US Army Officer 

Multiple Assignments; 1997-2003

Combat Developer/Aide-de-Camp / Company Executive Office; US Army Maneuver Support Center, Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Survey Team Leader; Massachusetts Army National Guard, 1st WMD Civil Support Team (CST)

Battalion Staff Officer; 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, 

 

Credentials

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): # 2011013510, State of Missouri, Committee for Professional Counselors, expires 6/21

Clinical Professional Counselor: Temporary License pursuant to Executive Order 35 FY 19/20, expires 60 days after conclusion of state of civil emergency for COVID-19

National Certified Counselor (NCC): # 741468, National Board for Certified Counselors

 

Affiliations

American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC) 2009 – present

Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC) 2009 to present

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) 2016 to present

American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA) 2009 to present

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) 01/2017 to present

Chi Sigma Iota-National Honors and Professional Society for Counseling 2011 to present

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) 2009 to Present

International Christian Coaching Association (ICCA) 2009 to present

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) 2016 to present

Love and Logic, 2010 to present 

Missouri Mental Health Counseling Association (MMHCA) 2009 to present

Parental Alienation Study Group: 2019 to present

 

Professional Publications

Baker, A, J. L., Murray, C. M., & Adkins, K. (2020).  Parameters of reunification therapy and predictors of treatment success in high conflict divorce cases: A survey of mental health professionals.  

Murray, C. (2017).  Check your baggage: Self-care in practice, Therapeutic Speakeasy Quarterly. 

Murray, C. M. (2016). Case study: How Mental Health Needs of Children Are Managed in Domestic Violence Shelters. 

 

Presentations

“Intimate Partner Violence and Teen Dating”: Audience – Annual training for Middle and High School Students

“Recovering from Intimate Personal Violence”: Audience – Annual training for Individual’s working within IPV community.

Moderator for “Mental Health Panel Discussion:  Healing courts Understand Alienation” Family Access: Fighting for Children’s Rights – International Conference: Helping courts Understand the Phenomenon of Alienation.  Audience – Mental Health Specialists, Judges and other professional working in high conflict divorces and alienated parents.    

Moderator for “Legal Panel Discussion:  Battle Scars Earned and Lessons Learned from the Front Lines: ” Family Access: Fighting for Children’s Rights – International Conference: Helping courts Understand the Phenomenon of Alienation.  Audience – Mental Health Specialists, Judges and other professional working in high conflict divorces and alienated parents.    

“Introduction to Alienation Science:  Core Concepts and Common Controversies” – Family Access: Fighting for Children’s Rights – International Conference: Helping courts Understand the Phenomenon of Alienation.  Audience – Mental Health Specialists, Judges and other professional working in high conflict divorces and alienated parents.    

“Active Ingredients of Effective outcome in more traditional reunification interventions: recording sessions” – Third International Conference of the Parental Alienation Study Group 2019; Audience – Mental Health Specialists, other professional working in high conflict divorces and alienated parents.   

 “Protecting the Integrity of the Alienated Parent/Grandparent’ – Family Access Symposium 2019; Audience – Mental Health Specialists, other professionals working in high conflict divorces and alienated parents/grandparents

“Pathological Parenting: How to identify when it is time to send a family to counseling”: The Missouri Bar Association Conference 2017; Audience- Guardian ad litem, Judges and other professionals working in high conflict divorces as well as individuals working within IPV community.

“Visitation Resistance: Overcoming parent-child contact problems”:  The Phelps County Bar Association training 2017; Audience – Guardian ad litem, Judges, and Mental Health professionals working in high conflict divorces as well an individual working with in IPV community.”