My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges and improve their quality of life. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Just as the opening quote from Alber Einstein states, I believe that awareness and perspective are keys to changing patterns and helping us move out of challennging moments. My goal is help clients gain clarity so that different choices can be made and change can happen.
With over 10 years experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked with a wide variety of clients. My post graduate internships included work at the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles where I served as a therapist to children and families facing life threatening medical situations. Many of the areas of concern that arose from this population included grief, PTSD, anger, depression, strained relationships, anxiety and fear of death and dying. I have also worked as a Trauma Recovery Intern for a large mental health provider servicing the homeless population, victims of domestic violence, eating disorders and other women's issues related to depression, anxiety, relationship problems, infertility, sexual disorders and postpartum. Prior to starting my private practice, I spent four years working as a therapist and case manager to severely emotionally disturbed adolescents in a locked, residential setting. Prior to focusing exclusively on private practice, I held a position as a therapist for Bayside San Francisco, where I served clients struggling with addiction for over 2 years. I consider all of these experiences to be the foundation for my work and provide me with a deep understanding of mental health issues to handle a wide spectrum of clients.
BFA - University of Colorado at Boulder- Boulder, CO
MA - Loyola Marymount University- Los Angeles, CA
Fine Arts Studies - La Sorbonne - Paris, France
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy - MFC 48610
Registered Art Therapist - 09-010
Certified in CPR and First Aid
Trained in SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress)
Trained in the treatment of Domestic Violence
Professional Activities and Memberships
Member of the American Art Therapy Association
Member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists)
Member of SFCAMFT (San Francisco Chapter of CAMFT)
Conferences and Publications
Hurtt, L. (2007). A Heuristic Art Exploration into the Process of Individuation. Loyola Marymount University Library
Hurtt, L., Understanding Art Therapy in Adolescents, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services In Service, Los Angeles, 2008
Hurtt, L., A Study of Art Therapy with SED Adolescents Suffering from Chronic Stress, Kenya Association of Professional Counselors, Nairobi, August, 2009
Hurtt, L. (2010). Making a Connection with Art Therapy, Vista View Magazine, Spring, 2010.
Hurtt, L. (2010). Guide d'Activites: Art Therapie, Narration d'Histoire, et Photographie. Mercy Corps
Hurtt, L. Healing Through Imagery, Children and Youth Wellness Technical and Advocacy Organization, Manila, 2010/11
Hurtt, L. (2011). Healing Trauma in Haiti, The Newsletter of the San Francisco Chapter of CAMFT, November December, 2011.