Erica Carpenter is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate supervised by Tiffany Smith, MS, LPC-S, LMFT-S, NCC. Erica received her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University in 2011 and her master's in Family Therapy from Texas Woman's University in 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in December 2017, and is a Pre-Clinical Fellow member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Erica has conducted research on adult only children and their experiences in adult romantic relationships, as well as conducted her dissertation research on the mental and physical health effects on adult children who are caregiving for a parent. Erica has taught both undergraduate and master's level courses in Family Sciences and Family Therapy, and is currently an adjunct instructor at Texas Woman's University teaching master's level courses.
Erica enjoys working with families, couples, and individuals from a collaborative, strengths-based approach, where her focus is on helping clients to build positive relationships and find personal growth in the process. Erica views her clients as the experts in their own lives, and views the therapy process as a collaborative experience where goals are created by the therapist and client together. Erica believes that every family, couple, and individual has the potential to make positive change in their lives, and sees her role as walking alongside her clients in their journey towards this change.
Erica sees family therapy as providing unique benefits when working on issues, including that having more than one family member in the therapy room can provide support throughout the therapeutic process, as well as provide various perspectives on issues. One of Erica’s specific areas of interest is in working with couples, where she sees her role as helping to facilitate an experience of acceptance and encouragement within session in order to enhance the couple’s bond outside of session. She has completed the Level 1 Clinical Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and incorporates elements of the Gottman Method into her work with couples.