Crystal “Doc” Murdock, PhD

Crystal "Doc" Murdock, PhD, LPC, NCC
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

I am currently accepting new clients. Due to the coronavirus and Covid-19 all sessions will be conducted via a secure HIPAA compliant video call platform - Contact me to get started.

111 N Wabash, No. 1203
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Bipolar Disorder
Coping Skills
Emotional Disturbance
Life Coaching
Life Transistions
Peer Relationships
Racial Identity
Relationship Issues
Self Esteem
Trauma and PTSD
Self Esteem
Social Anxiety
Stress Management
Young Adults

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In the past, people have told me that they find in me a person who is able to see and accept all parts of them. People have thanked me for not imposing my values and beliefs on them. Rather I work to create spaces wherein I learn from the lived experiences of my clients. I think that all adults are capable of defining their life needs and in the case of therapy treatment expectations. I merely hope to be a conduit to help you feel heard and be visible. In a way that works for you.

Seeing a therapist can be a life-changing experience. On the opposite end of that statement going to therapy with an individual that doesn’t accept and acknowledge your identity can leave you feeling more lost and broken.  I aim to create an environment that you can be authentic and your true self.

You can expect me to be both authentic and present.  I will be empathetic and understanding as you delve into your cultural values and ideals. I hope to learn your story and help you explore the tools needed to make your life more satisfying.

“I believe that change happens through relationship and community”.

I am a Black+ Queer Person of Faith. I know what it feels like to be a member of the LGBTQ community and have parts of myself questioned by the outside world and my own community.  I also know what it feels like to seek out a therapist and inevitably feel frustration and disappointment after having a clinician question my gender identity or expression after initially indicating that they were “Gay Affirming”. I believe that your story and voice matter. To that end, I offer a sex-positive space wherein I affirm all genders and partnerships (Including poly/non-monogamous, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, gender diverse, asexual, and more). In a safe space, I work collaboratively with my clients as we explore sexuality, coming out, and experiences of marginalization related to these identities. In the first session, you can expect an intake process that will leave you feeling seen and heard. We will work together to outline a treatment plan with goals that align with your values and beliefs. In forthcoming sessions, I will work with you to navigate towards your goal of more life satisfaction.

More About Me

I use a strength-based approach to foster collaborative relationships with my clients. I am interested in deconstructing gender role expectations. I work with my clients to align their life goals with one's that affirm value systems that lead to empowerment and lasting change. My work is grounded in Feminist Theory and informed by an integrative approach to therapy. I Apply Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Person-Centered theories. Areas of specialty include trauma, sexuality, gender identity, and life transitions. Other areas of interest include relationship issues, cultural issues, and LGBTQIA+.

Prior to PeoplePsych, I trained in outpatient community behavioral health in the city of Chicago. I received my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Adler University. I also earned a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Northwestern University and a BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University.


111 N Wabash Ave #1203
Chicago, IL 60602

53 W Jackson Blvd., Suite 1605
Chicago, Illinois 60604

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