About Erica

Erica Curtis

Respected for her compassionate, cutting edge, and creative approaches to emotional health and well-being Erica Curtis is a board certified art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in San Juan Capistrano. A professor for nearly a decade at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and instructor for UCLArts and Healing, Erica has been used as an expert for media outlets including: 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. Erica also appears as a parenting expert on KidsInTheHouse dot com.  Erica is a former director for the American Art Therapy Association and past president of the Southern California Art Therapy Association. She has been invited to speak at numerous venues including universities, major hospitals, and local groups and businesses.

Erica currently serves as the Admissions Consultant for the Loyola Marymount University department of Marriage and Family Therapy.  She also 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.

Erica was formerly clinical director at a widely respected Los Angeles non-profit agency, The Help Group, where she worked with children and teens challenged by Autism, ADHD, and learning differences.  Erica is a media ambassador for the American Art Therapy Association and an expert for the Women’a Media Center.

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

Erica holds special certifications/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)
  • Mindful Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self Compassion

Erica is also a mother of three.

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 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.