Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC
Working with anger takes a delicate balance of containment and expression. Creativity helps us do just that.
Based on art therapy theory and practice, the activities, materials, instructions, process, and reflection questions in this practical guide are all thoughtfully designed as avenues for therapeutic change. Helpful tips provide adaptations for meeting the unique needs of art-adverse clients, as well as varying ages and abilities, so everyone can benefit from creative approaches to working with anger.
Anger is a vital part of the emotional landscape, and a thoughtful approach to its nuances can make all the difference in avoiding harmful outcomes. The exercises in this book help you to guide clients toward finding meaningful roles for anger so that it enriches, rather than diminishes, their quality of life.
Praise for Working With Anger Creatively
With creativity, a wealth of knowledge, expertise and skill, Erica Curtis delivers a masterful step-by-step book for mental health providers to put therapeutic art activities into practice immediately. This is a much needed guide to acknowledge, access and express anger through the healing application of expressive art.
- Marci Dadd, Clinical Art Therapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Erica Curtis is a master at taking complicated emotions like anger, a feeling that seems so intimidating and overwhelming to most of us, and providing expertly organized and practical strategies that anyone will benefit from using. She provides 70 creative and inventive exercises that will get you thinking about anger from a much more compassionate perspective. I look forward to using Erica's art therapy exercises in my sessions with clients in the future!
- Risa Williams, therapist and award-winning author of The Ultimate Time Management Toolkit, The Ultimate Anxiety Toolkit and The Ultimate Self-Esteem Toolkit
An ingeniously constructive way to explore the relationship with anger. Thoughtful guidelines to promote healing and decrease harm for trained clinicians experimenting with creativity in therapeutic practice for the first time. A straightforward, adaptive, and user-friendly resource most useful for art therapists or art therapist trainees.
- Louvenia Jackson, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC, author of Cultural Humility in Art Therapy. Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Marital and Family Therapy with Specialization in Art Therapy Department at Loyola Marymount University
Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC is a respected practitioner, writer, and speaker on creative, compassionate, and cutting edge approaches to psychological, emotional, and interpersonal health. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist, Ms. Curtis maintains a psychotherapy practice in South Orange County, teaches for the Arts & Healing Initiative, and is the admissions consultant for the department of marital and family therapy at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
Ms. Curtis has been featured as a parenting, relationship, and wellness expert in over 100 media outlets including: PBS, Boston Globe, ELLE, and USA Today. Past Director on the board of the American Art Therapy Assoc. and past president of the Southern CA Art Therapist association, Ms. Curtis presents widely for universities, organization, and businesses. She is also a mother of 3.
You can learn more about the groundbreaking work of Erica Curtis by visiting her website TherapyWithErica.com and by checking out her other books Art Therapy Activities for Kids: 75 Evidence-Based Art Projects to Improve Behavior, Build Social Skills, and Boost Emotional Resilience and The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art.