Dr. Deb Hurford, PhD, MFA, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Preferred Name: Deb

Online Therapy

About Me

Dr. Deb Hurford is a Florida-based psychotherapist, coach, multidisciplinary artist, educator and author. Her social impact includes spearheading the 1st Victim Services Unit for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta; Authoring a book on Theatre as a Healing tool; Designing internationally recognized Drama Psychoeducation programs for the Correctional Service of Canada, and leading Family Violence prevention campaigns for the Government of Alberta. For the past ten years, Dr. Hurford has been providing therapy and coaching services to individuals, couples and groups. She utilizes systemic, relational, evidence-based creative and digital approaches, including EMDR. Recipient of the Canada Solicitor General Award, Dr. Deb Hurford is internationally recognized for her creative, evidence-based and digital approaches to complex problems. Her work has been examined in university courses, dissertations, books, peer reviewed articles, televised productions and online resources in Canada, the UK and the United States. Dr. Deb Hurford currently teaches a university psychology course and offers a weekly Creativity Circle for her clients, as well.

Education & Experience

Deb is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida (MT 3998), an EMDRIA approved EMDR Therapist, a Clinical Fellow and AAMFT Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her PhD (Couple and Family Therapy) degree from Nova Southeastern University, where she also earned a MS degree (Family Therapy) and a certificate in Solution Focus Coaching. Deb received her MFA (Theatre Directing), MA (Drama) and BEd (Drama/English) degrees from the University of Alberta in Canada, where she was an adjunct drama professor.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, Canadian Authors Association, Delta Kappa International MFT Honor Society, EMDR International Association, Writers' Union of Canada

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


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