407 E 2nd Ave Ste 250 Spokane WA 99202 | (509) 315-9776

Ricky Sullivan-Hurt

Ricky Sullivan-Hurt LMHC, SUDPT, NCC

Pronouns: He/Him

License & Certifications

  • Licensed Mental health Counselor
  • Nationally Board Certified Counselor
  • Substance Use Dependency Professional 

Population Specialty

  • Tweens and Teens (11-18)
  • Young adults (19-21)
  • Adults 
  • Native Americans

Treatment Specialty

  • Substance Use
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and PTSD

Specialty Training

  • Gottman Method Couple Therapy, Level 1
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Substance use

Population Ally

  • Blind allied
  • Body positivity
  • Cancer
  • Intersex
  • Non-binary
  • Open relationships
  • LGBTQ allied
  • Racial justice
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Elderly persons
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Veterans
  • Thinking disorder
  • Sex positive, kink-allied
  • Sex worker allied
  • Vegan allied

About Ricky

Ricky earned a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Gonzaga University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Whitworth University. He also completed his Substance Use Professional Alternative Training at Whatcome Community College in Bellingham Washington.  He is licensed in the state of Washington as a Mental Health counselor and has earned designation as a Substance Use Dependency Professional in the state of Washington.

Ricky has specialized in working with adolescents and adults through using a Cognitive Interpersonal and Existential approach. Within this theoretical framework, Ricky blends various Evidenced Based Practices to help clients achieve their goals. Ricky and his clients work collaborative to develop creative therapy goals that honor the unique challenges of identity disturbance, common to adolescents and young adults, and its impact on mental wellness. Ricky is dedicated to making every session meaningful and worthwhile, to tailor treatment to the unique individual, and to develop a genuine and trustworthy relationship with those he works with.

Ricky's areas of specialty are:

  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol use
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chronic impulsivity
  • Chronic relapse
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Drug abuse
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Family conflict
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Internet addiction
  • Obesity
  • OCD
  • Oppositional defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer relationships
  • Video game addiction
  • School issues
  • Self-harming
  • Self-esteem
  • Sex therapy
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual addiction
  • Sleep or insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Substance use
  • Teen violence
  • Transgender
  • Trauma & PTSD

A Message from Ricky

Making the decision to find a therapist is one of the most vulnerable decisions that a person can make when seeking help. Inside us all are thoughts and feelings that, over time, mold the story of our lives and who we are. Some thoughts and feelings are hidden and some are shared. Some are helpful and some are the root of pain. Mental health therapy is far more than coming to a place to talk. It allows another party into our inner world to assist in providing science based support and skills but most importantly, a relationship that is open to you being exactly who you are.


It is my ultimate goal to help provide a safe place for you in developing such a therapeutic relationship. Secondary to this I hope to offer assistance in developing coping skills, providing education and working in a collaborative fashion toward your goals. In my time as a therapist I have had the pleasure to build an alliance with a variety of people ranging from those in intensive inpatient treatment to meeting only a few times. Depression, anxiety, bipolar, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ issues, personality difficulties, trauma and PTSD, suicide, cultural and spiritual issues, grief and loss, psychosis, difficulties related to medical issues among other obstacles are all quite familiar to what I can help with. I am also a substance use professional (formerly known as a chemical dependency professional) and specialize in treating addictions of all kinds as well. I have extensive experience in helping teens and young adults with challenges related to mental health and personal development. I am also a Gottman method couple’s therapist. Cultural specialization includes working heavily with Native American populations in a traditional manner, use of language interpreters in session and also people from a variety of faith and religious backgrounds.


It is my greatest joy in life to come along side people who are hurting and offer help as they write their story in a healthy and fulfilling way. If I may be of help please welcome yourself to call.