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Natalie Carlton

Natalie Carlton


Director of Graduate Art Therapy Programs, Associate Clinical Professor

Creative Arts Therapies Department

267.359.5504 P
267.359.5579 F
1601 Cherry Street, Room 7105

Dr. Natalie Carlton is an Associate Professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department. As a board-certified art therapist, she has worked with children, youth, and family systems, people with developmental disabilities and chronic psychiatric illnesses, and within trauma and addiction recovery models. Her clinical work has focused on the therapeutic use of diverse materials including fabric crafts, clay and sculpture, drawing and painting, as well as photography and video, sound recording, and printmaking. Social justice, systems, feminism, and queer theory have been some grounding theoretical orientations for the therapy support and access Natalie has provided.

Natalie teaches to art therapy practices anchored in traditional means of therapy while vitally accessing metaphor, myth, and symbols in action-oriented sessions that stimulate choices of creative materials and multiple ways of relating. Within the particular intersections of urban to rural geographies and value for clinician critical consciousness in delivering systemic to individualized care delivery models, this art therapist has strengthened and sustained motivations to translate clinical theory and language into community-sensitive, non-esoteric, and embodied skills. She has presented her clinical and educational work as well as research projects at national conferences. Natalie gave a 2015 keynote address in London at the University of Roehampton regarding the growing inclusion of digital media in play, music, and art therapies. She has authored and co-authored art therapy articles, book chapters, and is currently working on a graphic novel.