Meet Our Staff

Established in 1989, Clinical Psychology of Fort Smith was founded by Drs. Phillip W. Barling and Richard “Rick” Murphy, Jr. They share over 60 years combined experience committed to offering competent mental health care. As licensed psychologists, they provide quality treatment to people of all ages, addressing a wide range of issues. Drs. Barling and Murphy are committed to maintaining professional and ethical standards that insure quality care and instill confidence and comfort while providing effective treatment that also addresses patient needs for confidentiality, security and respect.

Phillip Barling, Ph.D.

Dr. Phillip BarlingCo-Founder of CPFS, Dr. Phillip W. Barling is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years experience in the field of psychology. Dr. Barling has extensive training and experience working with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. He utilizes an Integrative Therapy approach which employs cognitive-behavioral, emotional processing, interpersonal and existential techniques. Dr. Barling conducts a general practice with emphasis on relationships, self-awareness and self-regulation, adolescence and mental health promotion.

Dr. Barling has held faculty appointments with the Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Dept. of Psychology, University of Memphis, and the Dept. of Psychology, University of Arkansas Little Rock. He has also taught courses for the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Dr. Barling has published professional articles in the areas of brief psychotherapy, professional training, prevention, and program evaluation.

Degrees: Ph.D., Saint Louis University; Clinical Psychology, 1978; M.S. in Psychology, Saint Louis University, 1975

Professional Association Memberships: American Psychological Association (APA), Arkansas Psychological Association, Division of Psychotherapy, APA; Division of Independent Practice, APA.

Richard “Rick” Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Murphy, Jr.Co-Founder Dr. Rick Murphy is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years experience counseling adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. Dr. Murphy’s general practice includes specializing in Post-Traumatic Recovery and Growth, AD/HD, anxiety/stress management, depression and grief, as well as performance enhancement and crisis debriefing for groups and individuals. Dr. Murphy’s theoretical orientation includes positive psychology, neuropsychosocial, and cognitive-behavioral treatments.

Previously, Dr. Murphy served as Director of Psychological Services with Western AR Counseling & Guidance Center and held a position as an adjunct clinical professor with the University of Arkansas as well as a contract psychotherapist with the VA Vet Center. Earlier in his career, Dr. Murphy served on the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Psychology (the state licensing board for psychologists and psychological examiners) and as President of the Arkansas Psychological Association.

Degrees: Ph.D., University of Arkansas: Clinical Psychology, 1976; Masters of Science, Marquette University, 1969

Professional Association Memberships: American Psychological Association, Divisions of Health and Exercise, Division of Trauma Psychology, Arkansas Psychological Association, Credentialed Registrant of National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Charter Member of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association, Arkansas State Coordinator for EMDRIA, Humanitarian Assistance Program Crisis Volunteer, Founder of Imagine That…Performance with an Attitude, and Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Provider.