Erica Carpenter, Ph.D., LMFT Associate

You can contact me to set up an appointment at 832-639-0776 or

Philosophy of Treatment

Erica enjoys working with families, couples, and individuals from a collaborative, strengths-based approach. Her focus is on helping clients to build positive relationships and find personal growth 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 and growth.


Erica’s specific areas of interest are working with couples and families. When working with them, she sees her role as helping to facilitate an experience of acceptance and encouragement within session to enhance their bond and instill hope that they can find happiness within their relationships. 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.

My Education

Erica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, under the supervision of Tiffany N. Smith, LPC-S, LMFT-S, M.S. Erica earned her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University in 2011, as well as her Master’s of Science degree in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2017, and is a Pre-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. Erica currently serves as an adjunct instructor of master’s level courses in Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University.

Below are some areas that Erica can help you work on:


  • Healthy communication skills
  • Conflict management tools
  • Infidelity
  • Trust/Commitment
  • Rebuilding the bond between partners
  • LGBT couples
  • Infertility
  • Setting healthy boundaries with your partner


  • Building communication between parents and children
  • Parenting and co-parenting
  • Blended and step-families
  • LGBT families


  • Self-esteem/Self-growth
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Setting healthy boundaries in relationships​
  • Mindfulness​
  • Stress of caregiving​
  • Stress of school/college