Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Art Therapist, ATR
Accepting new clients for evening and weekend appointments
Erica offers in-home therapy, traveling to clients throughout the greater Boston area for your convenience.
Specialties & expertise
Identity as an older adult
Caregiver support regarding dementia diagnosis
Loss, grief, and bereavement
Anxiety or depression in an older adult population
Decline in functional abilities
Erica Curcio is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist offering in-home Art Therapy in Boston. She specializes in older adults’ mental health, supporting them with challenges related to aging, memory loss, identity, anxiety, and depression. Her clientele is comprised of mostly seniors over the age of 65.
Erica pulls from various therapeutic approaches in her work with older adults. She provides Art Therapy, allowing clients to tap into their unconscious mind and visit emotions that may not normally arise through talk therapy. In addition to Art Therapy, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, and Mindfulness Practices.
As current Program Director of Standish Village Assisted Living & Compass Memory Support Community, Erica has extensive experience working with older adults. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator, which uniquely qualifies her to work with clients experiencing memory loss. She is committed to building an open, therapeutic relationship with older clients to help them process the changes involved with aging.
See Erica's website here for more information about her Art Therapy.
Aging – Managing the emotional and physical challenges that come with aging including the loss of loved ones
Memory loss – Supporting older adults as they experience memory loss
Identity as an older adult – Exploring topics related to identity; navigating the barriers to and process of transition as well as its impact on you and those close to you
Stroke recovery – Helping clients emotionally recover and thrive after a stroke through art therapy and other creative pathways
Caregiver support regarding dementia diagnosis – Offering support and helping caregivers of loved ones with dementia cope with the stress
Loss, grief, and bereavement – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Anxiety and depression in older adults – Managing mood challenges in an older adult population
Decline in functional abilities – Supporting clients experiencing a decline in functional abilities from chronic pain, frailty, or other health problems
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Erica is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $125 (50min)
Ongoing sessions: $125/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Erica can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I seek to provide a space where an older adult can creatively express themselves. My office is wherever the client is and I can be a support to both the client and families of someone going through adjustments during aging."
Treatment approachesArt TherapyIn art therapy, clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. (learn more)
Client-Centered TherapyClient-centered therapy is a form of non-directive talk therapy that allows clients to tell their stories at their own pace. The therapist reflectively and actively listens without pointing out directions or solutions. Through this permissive approach, the clients become more aware of aspects about themselves that they may have been denying. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Lesley University, MA in Mental Health Counseling with an Art Therapy Specialty, 2014
Louisiana State University, BA in Interior Design, 2008