Gail Shurtleff


Gail Shurtleff


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 38078
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $90.00 per 50 minute video session
Telehealth online in California.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Modesto, California 95356
Huizen, Noord Holland 1273AW - Netherlands

My Approach to Helping

We each have strengths and some of them you know about. Therapy can enable you to discover some of your hidden strengths and put them to good use. My job is to use the tools in my toolbox to help you to increase your life satisfaction. I'm a solution and insight focused therapist.

We each have a unique life path and enabling you to walk your life path smoothly is one of the things I'm passionate about.

I believe in using life experience to create change, and I believe that you have untapped insights that will help you to create a new and stronger outlook on your life.

Together we can work to find ways of obtaining results that you are able to work with.

More Info About My Practice

I maintain a distance practice in the U.S. in the state of California. I conduct sessions via the internet using video conferencing. I see clients face-to-face in the Netherlands where I am recognized as an NIP Psychologist. I work with the expatriate population. You can find information on my website.

I work with Native English speakers in The Netherlands.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I have worked with the disabled for most of my life. One reason is that I have a disability. I also believe that families who have disabled members have unique needs.

My work has also focused on the creative process with sand tray work. Many of my adult clients are drawn to the deep meanings they find using this method of self-discovery.

I also work with people, who for various reasons, find their faith beliefs shifting. They are discovering new types of growth within themselves and seeking new ways of viewing their past life constructions. This reframing process can be exciting and life expanding.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

I believe in facing a problem in my life head-on. I don't run from it but rather seek to learn from what I'm facing. This is one of my great strengths. Because it is something I'm passionate about I also understand just how hard it is to face situations and overcome them. Many of my blog posts are very experiential. Knowing the theory is one thing but understanding the real-life issues, the fear of the process of change... that isn't theoretical at all: it is real. I bring this passion for change and growth to my work and I believe that I'm stronger for it and that my clients are helped by my attitude.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Visually impaired, LDS, Disabled, Loved ones who have lost someone to completed suicide Family members who are supportingcaring for someone who has bee diagnosed with mental illness.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Bipolar
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Compassion
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Values Clarification
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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