Christine Kurata, M.A., LMFT, ATR-BC

Christine Kurata LMFT

In all phases of life, we face constant changes and unexpected circumstances.  Even for those who are strongly independent and resilient, life can be overwhelming at times. Therapy can be a place to develop deeper insight about life and promote emotional healing through reflecting on significant life events.  Here, you can explore new ways of thinking and discover ways of living that are in sync with who you are and who you want to become.

About Christine:

Christine is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist who values a diverse approach to therapy in order to meet each person's unique needs and goals. She believes that building the foundation for growth and positive change in therapy starts by creating a safe, genuine environment where people can feel heard, understood, and valued for the person they are. 

As your therapist, Christine’s purpose is to hold the space and honor your journey with you. She is passionate about working with individuals to find long-term restorative healing following trauma. Here, the process can be used to explore all the roots, the layers, and how you want to grow. 

Specialized Training:

She is specifically trained in neuroscience-based methods such as Art Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy and is a Certified Havening Techniques® Provider.  These types of processes facilitate integration of self through deep exploration of memories, thoughts, and emotions, which empower fundamental healing in the brain, nervous system, and emotional regulation. Her approaches promote curiosity to help clients understand their roots and where unhelpful patterns exist, to unload what is not helpful. 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 support. 

Education:

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. 
 

Accepts insurance:  Out of Network (Superbill provided)

Contact: [email protected] 

 Licensure & Certification

  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #108612 -  State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Board Certified Art Therapist #18-401 - American Art Therapy Association
  • Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner 
  • 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
  • Havening Techniques®