Erin Van Vactor is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She is pursuing full LPC licensure as well as the Registered Play Therapist credential. Erin specializes in play therapy with children and adolescents who are experiencing anxiety, aggression, depression, behavior issues, impulse control, trauma, abuse, divorced/separated parents, security issues and self-esteem issues.
Ms. Van Vactor believes that everyone needs a special and safe place to process difficult situations, thoughts and feelings. For children, their special place is the play room where the toys and play are their most natural language.
Erin has received specialized training in Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPRT), also known as Filial Therapy, from Dr. Sue Bratton, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, one of the most esteemed play therapists, researcher and authors on play therapy in the field of child mental health.
Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPRT) enables parents to learn basic play methods that they can practice with their children at home. These tools allow parents to improve communication, bonding and strengthen the relationship as well as lessen parent/child conflict. Erin is passionate about working with parents and helping them to feel more empowered and confident in their abilities. For more information about CPRT, please visit our Attachment Based Parenting Solutions page.
Ms. Van Vactor received her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Play Therapy from the University of North Texas, the number one play therapy training center in the world.
Erin is currently receiving training and supervision in several areas of play therapy from Sara Thatcher, LCSW, RPT-S and Dr. Greta Zuck, PhD, LPCS, RPT-S.
Ms. Van Vactor provides play therapy and CPRT/Filial Therapy to children aged 2 and up in addition to creative therapies with tweens/teenagers.
Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters as well as traveling and being outdoors.
Bachelor of Arts in Labor and Employee Relations, The Pennsylvania State University
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with specialized training in Play Therapy, The University of North Texas
Licenses, Certifications & Awards:
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, State of Texas
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, State of North Carolina
Actively pursuing: Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
Erin currently has limited daytime availability to see new clients