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 graduated with her master's in Family Therapy from Texas Woman's University in December 2014. She began the PhD program in Family Therapy at TWU in the spring of 2015. She has experience working with clients in community mental health, as well as at the TWU campus clinic. Erica enjoys working with families, couples, and individuals from a collaborative, strengths-based approach, where she focuses on helping clients to build positive relationships. 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 family therapy provides 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 points of views 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. 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.