Erica Carpenter is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specifically trained in working with couple and family relationships. Erica received her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University in 2011, her master's in Family Therapy from Texas Woman's University in 2014, and her Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in December 2017. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and also a 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, which has been published in the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. Erica is currently an adjunct instructor at Texas Woman's University teaching master's level courses in Family Therapy.
Erica enjoys working with couples, families, and individuals from a collaborative, strengths-based approach. Her primary aim is to help clients build positive relationships, finding personal growth and learning how to be their authentic selves in the process. She 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.
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 safety and acceptance within session with a focus on enhancing the couple's bond, practicing effective communication skills, and learning how to set healthy boundaries both around and within the relationship. 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.Erica can be contacted at 832-524-2898. You can also visit her practice website at www.carpentercoupleandfamilycounseling.com.