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Integrative Holistic Psychiatrist



"We're all walking each other home" -- Ram Dass

I believe we are all fellow-travelers seeking our own highest truth and working towards wholeness. My practice emphasizes the importance of therapeutic relationships to bring light to the shadows of unconscious processes that often contribute to dis-ease in life. A diagnosis or prescription pad isn't sufficient to treat complex human mind-body-heart challenges like depression, anxiety, disordered eating, OCD or PTSD/CPTSD.

My work is focused expanding consciousness and, in turn, identifying some of the root cause(s) of our joy and suffering. I believe in an intuitive "inner healing intelligence" that binds us together and allows us to heal and be healed (Dr. Stanislav Grof MD and Dr. Micheal Mithoefer MD).  I work alongside my patients understand how the mind, body, and heart/spirit interplay and inform how we experience our reality.

I offer deep gratitude to the teachers, guides, animals and healing traditions that support me in the work with myself and with others.


I am an ABPN Board Certified, trauma-informed practitioner who incorporates collaborative psychotherapy, conventional and alternative medicine. 

I provide individualized, patient-centered treatment plans that incorporate both psychotherapy and medication management (if needed). All of my standard appointments are 60 min in length to allow for depth-oriented/trauma-informed/relational psychotherapy. If you have an outside therapist, I will collaborate with them as you feel comfortable. I also collaborate with other members of your healthcare team and family members as needed/desired.

I offer telehealth for most visits. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is only offered in person (via lozenges or intramuscular injections) in the San Francisco/Bay and Chicagoland areas at this time.

Please note that I do not utilize benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin) or stimulants (e.g. Adderall, Ritalin) as part of my regular practice.


Psychiatric areas of focus include: CPTSD/PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, existential/spiritual distress, burnout, eating disorders, OCD, gender-related dysphoria, psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, ketamine assisted psychotherapy.

General Training:

  • Medical Degree: Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL.)

  • Psychiatry Residency Training: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge, IL.)


Dr. Michelle K. Cook (Murphy), MD

Special Interests:

  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy/Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Yoga/Somatics

  • Art/Music as Medicine

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Jungian Psychoanalytic Theory

  • Astrology

  • Community as Medicine/Group Psychotherapy

  • Plant Visionary Medicine

  • Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing

  • Animal Assisted Psychotherapy

  • Psycho-Spiritual Wellness and Transpersonal Psychotherapy

  • Energy Healing Integration

  • Shamanism and Indigenous healing traditions

  • Metaphysics and Mental Health

  • Complex/Developmental Trauma/PTSD

  • Physician/Resident/Medical Student Mental Health and Advocacy

Advanced Training:

  • TheraPsil Psilocybin Prescriber Training

  • Polaris Insight Center Training for Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

  • Dr. Erica Burger and Driftless Psychiatry Training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

  • Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice: Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: The Family Institute at Northwestern University, MA in Counseling Program

  • Group Relations and Group Therapy: Tavistock Convention Northwestern Family Institute

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