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 Marie Wilson, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC

Department of Psychology and Counseling

Coordinator of Art Therapy Programs

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Office: 4134

Office Hours:

  • Varies by semester

  • By appointment
Campus Extension: 3511

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Professional Information:


  • Ph.D in Addiction Psychology, Capella University
  • M.A. in Art Therapy, Norwich University
  • B.F.A, in Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University

Professional Certifications:

  • ATR-BC, Art Therapist Registered/Board Certified
  • ATCS,  Art Therapy Certified Supervisor
  • LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • ACS, Approved Certified Supervisor, National Board of Certified Counselors
  • CSAT-S, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist & Supervisor

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About Me:

Professional Experience

I have been an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Art Therapy Programs at Caldwell College since 2000. My clinical experience includes over 30 years in the behavioral health field, specializing in addictive illness. For the past 10 years, I have specialized in treating hypersexual disorder commonly known as sexual addiction.

I have previously taught in the graduate art therapy programs of Hahnemann University, Vermont College, Southwestern University and New York University, and the Addictions Counseling Program at Rio Salado College in Phoenix. Just prior to coming to Caldwell, I was fulltime faculty in the Behavioral Healthcare Division of the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

As a longtime advocate for art therapy in New Jersey, I was honored to receive the first Honorary Life Member from the New Jersey Art Therapy Association (NJATA) in 1997. I served for three years on the Conference Committee for the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) as Program Chair and Sessions Chair and currently serve on the Continuing Education Committee for AATA.

I began to specialize in the treatment of hypersexual disorders while working in the Sexual Disorders Program the Meadows in Arizona where I had the good fortune to work directly with Dr. Patrick Carnes, the pioneer of the sexual addiction field.  Since this time, I have continued to work with sex addicts and their families as a clinician at the STAR Program near Philadelphia and in private practice in Allentown, PA . In addition to co-authoring a chapter on assessment with Dr. Carnes and a second chapter on art therapy in The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction (2002), I was a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Certification and Training of Sex Addiction Therapists and continue to supervise trainees.


Published, full length papers:

Wilson, M. (2004).  From obsession to betrayal: The life and art of Pablo Picasso.  Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 11(3), 163-183.

Wilson, M. (2000). Creativity and shame reduction in sex addiction treatment. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 7(4), 229-248.

Wilson, M. (1999). Art Therapy with the invisible sex addict. Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 16(1), 7-16.

Wilson, M. (1998). Portrait of a sex addict. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 5(4), 231-250.

Books and Chapters in Books:

Carnes, P., & Wilson, M. (2002). The sex addiction assessment process. In P.Carnes & K. Adams (Eds.), Clinical Management of Sexual Addiction (pp. 3-20). Philadelphia: Brunner Mazel.

Wilson, M. (2002). Art therapy:  Treating the invisible sex addict. In P. Carnes & K. Adam (Eds.), Clinical Management of Sexual Addiction (pp. 163-182). Philadelphia: Brunner Mazel.

Wilson, M. (2003). Art therapy in addictions treatment: Creativity & shame reduction. In C. Malchiodi (Ed.), The Clinical Handbook of Art Therapy (pp. 281-293). New York: Guilford.

Other Publications:

Wilson, M. (Winter, 2001). Sexual addiction: Signs & symptoms. Newsletter Lehigh Valley Psychological Association.

Wilson, M. (Winter, 1991). Art Therapy and psychodrama: Implications for addictions treatment, Publication for the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders.

Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation:

Wilson, M. (2010). A comparative study of art therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of sexually addictive behaviors and an investigation into the relationship between shame and sexually addicted behaviors in adults. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Capella University.



Art Therapy Conferences 2006

Art Therapy Conferences 2009

Art Therapy Conferences 2010


Every spring, the Art Therapy Programs at Caldwell College, in collaboration with the New Jersey Art Therapy Association, hosts the largest state-wide conference in New Jersey.  Each year we offer a keynote speaker, presentations and workshops by art therapists, lunchtime activities and a pre-conference course on topics relevant to the practice of art therapy.

In addition, each fall, the art therapy program also holds other events for students, some of which are also open to the public.  This event can include art shows, field trips or one-day retreats. This event varies from year to year and is dependent on student interest and input.

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