Christine Kurata, M.A., LMFT, ATR


photo of Christine Kurata, LMFT, ATRChristine Kurata is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Art Therapist who strives to meet children, adolescents, adults, clients and families where they are at in life-- providing a safe, genuine space for them to express themselves authentically.  She believes in building the pathways for growth and inspiring positive change by first creating a space where her clients feel heard, understood, and valued for the person they are.   Together, Christine helps her clients reflect upon significant life events for the purpose of deeper insight and emotional healing, explore new ways of thinking, and discover ways of living that are in sync with who they are and who they want to become.   


Christine values a collaborative and diverse approach to therapy in order to meet each person’s unique needs.  Christine’s approach to therapy is rooted in humanistic and psychodynamic theory, with a family-systems orientation, and a neuroscience focus.   Her style of treatment is attachment based and trauma informed, creating an individualized approach for each person and/or family.


Specialized Training:

Christine is specifically trained in neuroscience-based theories including Art Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). These theories engage both sides of the brain to facilitate integration of self through memories, thoughts, and emotions.  Transformation develops through processing focused on neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to change throughout life.   These modalities have extensive research and are proven as highly effective treatments for individuals dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), complex trauma, abuse, depression, grief and loss, and anxiety.


Christine also is trained in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, an attachment and communication-based modality that focuses on symptoms, interpersonal relationships, and social supports.



Christine graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University with a dual-emphasis in Marital & Family Therapy with specialization in Clinical Art Therapy.  During her graduate studies, Christine volunteered with LMU by providing group Art Therapy for survivors of domestic violence through Instituto de Allende para las Mujeres in San Miguel de Allende, in Guanajuato, Mexico.


Clinical Experience:

Christine has provided therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in settings such as inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient settings, residential treatment for foster youth, and school-based services, which included on-campus, in-home, and community based services.   


Licensure & Certification

  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #108612 -  State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Registered Art Therapist #18-401 - American Art Therapy Association
  • EMDR Level II Trained Therapist - EMDR International Association


Professional Affiliations

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • American Art Therapy Association
  • EMDR International Association
  • EMDR Connect

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