UNCG Counseling Professor Talks Relationship Wellbeing and Recovery 

Posted on May 07, 2024

Dr. Christine Murray speaks at a podium at UNCG.
Dr. Christine Murray speaks at the 2024 Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships luncheon.

Dr. Christine Murray, outgoing director of the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships and professor at UNC Greensboro’s Department of Counseling and Education Development, provided valuable insight into recovery from abuse and mental well-being on the podcasts “Last First Date” and “Relationship Advice.” 

Murray is also a co-founder of the See the Triumph campaign which aims to support survivors of abuse, sharing messages of empowerment and hope. This summer, she leaves UNCG to focus on her new endeavor: Start Here Counseling and Consulting, promoting mental health and healthy relationships within the community. 

The Steps to Recovery

Murray spoke on “Last First Date,” hosted by Sandy Weiner, in the episode “Healing from Emotional Abuse: Insights from Christine Murray and Sandy Weiner.” Murray shared from her personal experience as a survivor, engaging in conversation with Weiner about the intricacies of emotional abuse and the journey towards recovery. 

“It’s important for people to take those steps toward educating themselves on the signs of abuse. Set an intention that you want to work on your healing and recognize those patterns that repeat themselves,” Murray said. 

Some of her key messages include the various forms of emotional abuse, the profound effects of emotional abuse, the importance of actively pursuing healing, and the role of partners in supporting survivors of abuse. 

Evaluating the hard things

In “Relationship Advice” episode “What Exactly is A Healthy Relationship Anyway,” hosted by Chase and Sarah Kosterlitz, Murray talked about her initiatives for preventing abusive relationships and shaping healthy, safe relationships of all kinds. 

“I encourage listeners to be proactive in evaluating their relationships, striving for happiness and health, and taking action if they slide into unhealthy territories,” Murray said. 

Some of her key messages include the importance of recognizing early warning signs of abuse, understanding the complex dynamics of abusive relationships, identifying red flags, setting personal boundaries, self-reflection, and independence. 

Story by Lauren Segers, University Communications
Photography by David Lee Row, University Communications



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