Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a practitioner, writer, consultant, and educator in the fields of art therapy and marriage and family therapy. A Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Erica has over 15 years of experience and education in integrative approaches to health and well-being, parenting and family matters, special education, phase of life issues, and mental health issues.  Her work uniquely combines scientifically grounded theory and practice with creativity and imagination.  Erica is the admissions coordinator for the Loyola Marymount University department of Marriage and Family Therapy, served 6 years on the board of directors of the American Art Therapy Association, and is a program advisor and instructor for UCLArts and Healing.

Erica was formerly clinical director at a widely respected non-profit agency, The Help Group, is past president of the Southern California Art Therapy Association, and has lectured widely for institutions and organizations including USC, UCLA, UCSD, Mom’s Club International, and Kaiser Permanente.  Erica has been used as an expert source for articles appearing in USA Today, Boston Globe, Cosmo, Life Hacker, EHow Family, Shine from Yahoo!, amd Women’s World Magazine, to name a few.  She appears as a parenting expert on the award-winner website Kids In The House dot com.

Erica holds special certifications in Behavioral Intervention, Disaster Mental Health, Mindful Based Stress Reduction, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Collaborative Family Law.  She has written several articles, is published in the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy, and is currently working on an innovative parenting book about harnessing the arts to promote social, emotional, and cognitive growth in children.  Erica is a mother of three.

Erica approaches therapy, consulting, and speaking with both practicality and creativity in mind in order to address the unique needs and goals of each client, organization, or audience.  Visit her website at:

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