Elvan Kama Kurtz profile image

Elvan Kama Kurtz

Elvan Kama Kurtz


5 years of experience

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with several years of experience working with diverse populations of adult individuals and couples. One of the core values that guides my treatment approach is the belief that nothing happens in isolation. I firmly believe that every behavior, thought and feeling has underlying reasons and meanings that deserve exploration. With genuine care and empathy, I help you uncover the root of your struggles, empower you to gain insight and achieve lasting growth. Being born and raised in Turkey and living in many different parts of the country allowed me to develop a passion for understanding the complexities of human behavior and relationships early on. This passion led me to pursue my bachelor’s degree at Koc University, Istanbul where I double majored in psychology and sociology. Driven by my curiosity and desire to make a positive impact, after completing my undergraduate experience in Turkey, I moved to the US, and I continued my graduate experience at Drexel University, Philadelphia and got my master’s degree from Master of Family Therapy. My cultural and educational background helped me to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the individual and societal factors that shape your experiences. For these reasons, I view your well-being through a systemic lens, and recognize the profound influence of your home environment, work life, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race and cultural background on your behaviors, feelings, and thoughts.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

Whether you’re seeking to improve your relationship quality and satisfaction with your partner, or embark on a journey of self-discovery, I am committed to supporting you every step of the way. I believe that building a strong foundation in your relationship with yourself is paramount to achieving overall well-being and fulfilling connections with others. When you work with me, you can expect a compassionate, non-judgmental, and collaborative therapeutic experience that empowers you to live a more fulfilling and authentic life. I cannot wait to meet you and be a part of your wellness journey!

What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?

To offer the most effective and tailored treatment approaches, I utilize evidence-based and eclectic models. I draw upon the Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which focuses on enhancing communication, fostering intimacy, and strengthening couple’s relationship. Additionally, I incorporate Systemic Sex Therapy, Family Systems Theories, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address wide range of individual and relational concerns. I’m a Gottman Method Level II Trained couples therapist and PREPARE/ENRICH premarital counselor. I’m bilingual in Turkish and English.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

Through systemic sex therapy, I help women with sexual issues including vaginismus and endometris, and help men with sexual issues including erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. I'm big on couples communication through my emotionally focused couples therapy and Gottman method couples therapy training. My biggest strength is giving each partner an equal space and time to open up to make sure that everyone in the session is being heard and understood.

About Elvan Kama Kurtz

Identifies as

Licensed in