Carrie Heller, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., R.P.T.

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Circus Arts Therapy provides a safe and fun environment for individuals of all ages to address various types of emotional, physical and behavioral challenges.

Circus Arts Therapy is a unique play therapy tool focusing on circus activities. Our program provides a safe, cooperative environment where participants learn fun and unique circus skills and experience "Therapy in Action.” Our therapy programs are taught by a team of instructors, which includes Carrie Heller, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) along with adult circus professionals.

Circus Arts Therapy helps clients age three and older by stimulating their imagination and creativity in a playful, social setting. The experience of working with circus equipment helps participants overcome the fear of everyday challenges. Circus Arts Therapy offers a unique play therapy experience that may be practiced independently or used to compliment other types of therapy.

This program will benefit children and pre-teens with low self-esteem, fear, difficulty with mental focus, self-discipline and attention; children with emotional, physical and behavioral challenges; children with a lack of motivation to exercise; as well as children with sensory integration challenges, ADD, ADHD, Autism Disorder as well as Social Challenges. 

Therapeutic benefits gained through Circus Arts Therapy include the following:
  • Bilateral coordination skills
  • Muscle strength, including one’s core
  • Crossing the midline abilities
  • Brain and body balancing
  • Self esteem
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to overcome fears
  • Communication with peers
  • Balance, flexibility and coordination
  • Focus and attention
Circus Arts Therapy programs include the following activities:
  • Low trapeze
  • Spanish web (soft rope climbing with tricks)
  • Low ropes
  • Triple trapeze
  • Tight wire walking
  • Juggling scarves and balls
  • Hula hoping
  • Jump roping
  • Bouncy balls
  • Mini trampoline bouncing with medicine balls
  • Crash cushion jumping
  • Buddy walkers
  • Team walkers
  • Bubble blowing
  • Balance boards
 

For parents of children and pre-teen clients, an education component developed by Carrie Heller, MSW, LCSW, RPT, provides information on topics including exercise, nutrition, behavior modification (including the credit system), communication, conflict resolution, setting limits and more.

Family and couples sessions are available for those who would benefit from the experience of working together in a safe, supportive environment that fosters communication and bonding. Individual adult sessions are also available for clients with self-esteem issues, eating disorders, fear of heights, anxiety and more.

Group therapy for children and pre-teens 5-12 is available on a year-round basis or in a weekly summer camp setting.


Carrie Heller, MSW, LCSW, RPT 
Carrie Heller, Founder and Executive Director of the Circus Arts Institute, is a professional trapeze artist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Carrie has spent over 35 years in the circus ring mastering an array of skills in the circus arts. She began her circus training at the age of eight with the Florida State University Flying High Circus, and moved on to become a circus teacher, performer, and choreographer. She complements her circus training with the study of dance, yoga and martial arts.

 

 

For parents of children and pre-teen clients, an education component developed by Carrie Heller, LCSW, RPT, provides information on topics including exercise, nutrition, behavior modification (including the credit system), communication, conflict resolution, setting limits and more.

Family and couples sessions are available for those who would benefit from the experience of working together in a safe, supportive environment that fosters communication and bonding. Individual adult sessions are also available for clients with self-esteem issues, eating disorders, fear of heights, anxiety and more.

Group therapy for children and pre-teens 5-12 is available on a year-round basis or in a weekly summer camp setting.

 

 
Carrie received her Masters in Social Work from Tulane University and moved to Atlanta after graduating. She has been a therapist for over 20 years. In 1988 Carrie founded Atlanta’s first circus school at the same time she served as Director of Clinical Services at The Bridge Runaway Shelter in Atlanta. Shortly after that she went into private practice and founded Circus Camp.
Carrie has traveled throughout the world lecturing on topics relating to both circus arts and Circus Arts Therapy. She has served as a trainer for Cirque Du Monde, a Cirque Du Soleil Outreach Program that uses circus arts to help youth in difficulty around the world. She is the Aerial Supervisor and Consulting Therapist to the internationally-renowned Camp Winnarainbow in California. Carrie is also a founding member of the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO).
 
Carrie is the author of the industry’s first Aerial Circus Training and Safety Manual, a guide for teachers and students in the Aerial Arts, as well as several other training manuals focusing on Circus Arts Therapy.


Carrie Heller Reaches

Atlanta GA