Art Therapy and Individual Therapy for Children ages 10+, Adolescents, and Adults
Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist #ATC122
Registered Board Certified Art Therapist #12-047
Phone: 301-960-1198 ext. 700
I provide a supportive atmosphere for clients to process concerns and connect with their inner resilience. I focus on attuning to the needs of individuals, empowering them to identify their goals, and providing integrative treatment to achieve their goals. My approach combines talk therapy, expressive art therapy, and mindfulness techniques to help clients work through the root causes of stress and begin to experience healing and personal growth. I work with children (ages 10+), adolescents, and adults.
As a licensed art therapist, I function as a primary therapist and also work with clients that would like to engage in art therapy as a supplement to their current therapy. Art can be especially powerful when words alone cannot express how you’re feeling or fully articulate your experience. No artistic skill or experience is required—the focus is on the art-making process.
HOW ART THERAPY WORKS
“Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation”. (AATA)
EXPERIENCE AND THEORETICAL ORIENTATION
Erin has over 10 years of experience providing art therapy and counseling services to adolescents and adults. Her therapeutic style draws from a combination of talk therapy and creative art therapy interventions. Erin’s eclectic approach includes a foundation of psychodynamic and person-centered therapy, along with trauma, CBT, and DBT interventions.
Erin currently works at Suburban Hospital’s outpatient Day Treatment Program and inpatient Behavioral Health Program. She has provided art therapy at Willow Oak Therapy Center’s community-based group practice, Sheppard Pratt’s Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Unit and The Center for Eating Disorders, and Hearts and Homes for Youth therapeutic residential program. Erin specializes in mood disorders, anxiety, addiction, and trauma. In addition to Erin’s individual-based work, she facilitates art therapy groups, group psychotherapy, meditations using Tibetan singing bowls, and team-building workshops. She was featured in Suburban Hospital magazine’s “Reconnecting to Hope” cover story, and enjoys training art therapy students and supervising graduate-level art therapists.
M.A. in Art Therapy from George Washington University, 2009
B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Art from Towson University, 2004
Close Attention Program at the Washington Baltimore Center of Psychoanalysis, 2015-2016
Rewire the Anxious Brain: Certificate Course in Applied Neuroscience for Treating Anxiety, Panic, and Worry, 2019
Cognitive Processing Therapy – 2 day training for evidenced-based treatment for PTSD, 2019