Erica Curtis is a faculty member at the Loyola Marymount University department of Marriage and Family Therapy, served multiple terms on the board of directors of the American Art Therapy Association, and is a program advisor for UCLArts and Healing. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and board certified art therapist, Erica has a therapy practice in Santa Monica, supervises interns, and consults with agencies looking to enhance or build comprehensive and attuned therapeutic programs. In collaborative law cases, Erica serves as a child specialist and communications expert (coach).
Erica was formerly clinical director at a widely respected Los Angeles non-profit agency, The Help Group, and is past president of the Southern California Art Therapy Association. She has lectured widely for institutions and organizations including USC, UCLA, UCSD, and Kaiser Permanente. Erica has been used as an expert source for articles appearing in PBS, USA Today, Boston Globe, EHow Family, Women’s World Magazine, and She Knows Parenting, to name a few as well as for recent book publications. Erica is a media ambassador for the American Art Therapy Association and an expert for the Women’a Media Center.
Erica has written several articles for Special Education Advisor, is published in the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy, and is currently working on a book to help parents tap into the under-utilized power of art to promote social, emotional, and cognitive growth in their children. Erica is a blogger for LifeSpan Learning and holds special certifications or credentials in:
- EMDR (from the EMDR Institute)
- Art Therapy (from the Art Therapy Credentialing Board)
- Behavioral Intervention (as a certified Behavioral Intervention Case Manager)
- Disaster Mental Health (from the American Red Cross)
- Collaborative Family Law (from the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association)
Erica is also a mother of two.
Erica has provided therapy for hundreds of children, adolescents, adults, and families. She approaches therapy with practicality and creativity in mind in order to address the unique behavioral, cognitive, and emotional needs and goals of each individual or family. Erica is interested in providing a safe place for taking personal and interpersonal risks in order to help others discover new ways of being.