Erin E. Carter, MS, ATR-BC
art therapist in Pennsylvania
Erin is a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) who holds her Master of Science (MS) in art therapy counseling and a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Emporia State University in Kansas.
According to the American Art Therapy Association, "Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques".
Erin also holds a Bachelor of Science in family and child sciences with a concentration in psychology from The Florida State University. Erin has worked with various populations, but the majority of her work experience is with children and adults who have various intellectual and/or physical disabilities due to birth, injury, and/or aging. Erin has worked both domestically and internationally. Her master's project was the facilitation of a group mural with adults who have developmental disabilities.