Erin Gibbons, ATR-BC, LCAT

Art Therapist

About Erin

If you are seeking therapy, you are already one step closer to personal growth, healing, empowerment and self-awareness. As a board certified creative arts therapist, I am committed to creating a safe, trusting and collaborative environment through a person-centered approach. Based on your goals in therapy, we will work together to utilize psychotherapy, art therapy, or a combination of the two to facilitate growth while restoring emotional and mental health. As each individual's experiences and needs are unique, I take a holistic approach to our work together that draws on trauma informed treatment and attachment theory. My therapeutic experiences with young children through older adults range from anxiety disorders, substance use, family members and children of loved ones who use substances, through major mental illness.

Art therapy embraces the creative process and materials as a therapeutic and healing experience, instead of focusing on the product. The utilization of art making as intervention has been especially impactful as a gateway for communication and connection between body and mind and allows us to tap into our subconscious to externalize things we may have difficulty verbalizing. You do not need to have artistic experience but a desire to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem to practice art therapy.

Reinforcing authentic self

You are the expert on your own life. Your wants, needs, desires, goals and priorities are all within you. At times we may lose sight of this. Perhaps we go through major life transitions or dive so far into work that who we are aside from that becomes blurry. We can be so many things to so many other people, but who are we to ourselves? Society may tell you one thing, your job may tell you another, the role within your family or friends pushes you to be something else. Reconciling who we are, who we can consistently be and what we choose to do to continue to support these authentic selves, are some of the things we will explore in therapy together. Through a strengths-based approach we will reinforce the authentic self and learn to set boundaries in order to protect that self.

Art Therapy & the things we don't have the words for

Sometimes it is difficult to find the words to describe how we are feeling or what we are going through. Artmaking and the creative process allows you to externalize these emotions and experience them differently. Art serves as a pathway to connect to your inner child, self-soothing techniques, coping with anxiety, connecting mind and body. In combination with talk therapy, art therapy is a gateway to another dimension of awareness and of yourself. We will utilize creativity in session not focusing on the product, but instead the process.Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, we all have an inherent ability and inclination to create. The type of art you create and the role it plays in your therapy is unique to you.

Changing the narrative around trauma

Trauma does not mean it needs to define us or debilitate us. Everything is relative and experiences can impact different areas of our lives. As a trauma informed therapist, we will work together to process these experiences and move forward. I consider the environment, climate, intersectionality and collective trauma of this past year in the work we will do. I specialize in trauma related to substance use, loving someone who has an unhealthy relationship with substances & dysfunctional family dynamics. We will work on gaining back control over your narrative. What happened to us is not who we are.

Areas of Focus

  • Women's Issues
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Self-Esteem
  • Divorce

Education & Training

School of Visual Arts (2018)
Master of Professional Studies (MS)

Certificate Number: 19-300