ecurtis headhot lean 1stMY BACKGROUND:

I am a board certified art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in San Juan Capistrano.

I TEACH: Faculty for nearly a decade at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and instructor for UCLArts and Healing, I have been invited to speak at numerous venues including universities, major hospitals, and local groups and businesses.  I currently serve as the Admissions Consultant for the Loyola Marymount University department of Marriage and Family Therapy.

I AM AN EXPERT FOR MEDIA OUTLETS: I have contributed to PBS, Lifehacker, Cosmo, Elle, USA Today, US News and World Report, Women’s World Magazine, Boston Globe, She Knows Parenting, UCLA’s Healthy Years, EHow Family, and more. I also appear as a parenting expert on KidsInTheHouse dot com.  I am a media ambassador for the American Art Therapy Association and an expert for the Women’a Media Center.

I AM AN EXPERT CONSULTANT FOR MY PROFESSION’S GOVERNING BOARD: I consult for the Board of Behavioral Sciences on standard of care in disciplinary cases and complaints brought against therapists.

I WRITE: I have written articles for LifeSpan Learning, Special Education Advisor, and Foundation for Art and Healing.  I am also published in the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy and am currently working on a book to help parents tap into the power of art to promote social, emotional, and cognitive growth in their children.

I SUPERVISE, CONSULT, AND . . . like new challenges that come my way: I provide supervision for art therapy interns.  I am a SuccessPlan facilitator (aka parenting coach) for Academic Answers.  I also consult with agencies looking to enhance or build comprehensive and attuned therapeutic programs.  In collaborative law cases, I serve as a child specialist and communications expert.

I HAVE UNIQUE SPECIALTY IN AUTISM, LEARNING DIFFERENCES, ADHD, MISOPHONIA, and more: I was formerly clinical director at a widely respected Los Angeles non-profit agency, The Help Group, where I worked with children and teens challenged by Autism, ADHD, and learning differences for nearly ten years.  I have worked with teen and adult clients with misophonia.

I AM A MOTHER: of three!

I AM INVOLVED: I am a former Speaker to the Assembly of Chapters and Director on the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association.  I am a past president of the Southern California Art Therapy Association and have been honored with their Honorary Life Membership Award.


I have specialized training in:

  • EMDR (from the EMDR Institute)
  • Art Therapy (Board Certified by the Art Therapy Credentialing Board)
  • Trauma Resilience Model 
  • Behavioral Intervention (certified Behavioral Intervention Case Manager)
  • Disaster Mental Health (from the American Red Cross)
  • Collaborative Family Law (from the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association)
  • Mindful Based Stress Reduction
  • Mindful Self Compassion