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Carrie Heller, MSW, LCSW, RPT

Circus Arts Institute
206 Rogers St NE
Atlanta, GA30317
Phone: 404-549-3000

Website: www.circusartsinstitute.com
Email: moc.etutitsnistrasucric@eirrac
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Carrie Heller, our Founder and Executive Director, is a professional trapeze artist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Carrie has spent over 40 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.

Carrie received her Masters in Social Work from Tulane University and moved to Atlanta after graduating. She has been a therapist for over 30 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.

Circus Arts Therapy®

   Carrie Heller, MSW, LCSW, RPT, invites you to the Circus Arts Institute where she conducts Circus Arts Therapy® (CAT) sessions for individuals, families and groups. CAT is a unique experiential therapy utilizing Low Trapeze, soft rope climbing with tricks, Low tight wire walking, Balance Boards, Juggling and other ground and aerial equipment in a safe, enthusiastic environment. The unique blend of physical and mental exercises makes Circus Arts Therapy® appropriate for children and 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. Circus Arts Therapy®  offers a unique play therapy experience that may be practiced independently or used to compliment other types of therapy. 

Carrie Heller offers Social Skills groups weekly for children and teens 5 and older combing the use of Circus Arts with Social Skills training.

We have recently published research showing positive clinical results for Circus Arts Therapy®



  • Therapist
  • Gender: Female
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Years in Practice: 31 Years
  • Average Cost (per session): $165
  • Sliding Scale: No
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Most out of network benefits, We Provide Receipts For Insurance Reimbursments
  • Professional Affiliations: NASW, APT, AYCO
  • Degrees:
    Degree: Master of Social Work
    Graduate School: Tulane
    Graduated In: 1987
  • Licenses:
    License: Clinical Social Worker
    License Number: CSW001411
  • Modalities: Individuals, Couples, Families, Groups
  • Ages: Children, Adolescents, Adults
  • Orientation: Child Centered Play Therapy, Adlerian Play therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy are my primary theoretical orientations when working with children. However, given that i am a Social Worker as well as a Registered Play Therapist, I use other strategies and techniques based on the needs of my clients, particularly when working with families and adults.
  • ADD/ADHD, Adolescent Issues, Anxiety Disorders, Autism, Children, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Adolescents, Play Therapy Filial Therapy, Social Anxiety
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