Marybeth Orton

Marybeth Orton

Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 306 - College of Education & Human Development
Ms. Orton's CV

Marybeth earned her MA in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville in 1993. She spent over 13 years at Peace Hospital, (formerly known as Our Lady of Peace), where she grew the art therapy program from two art therapists to more than triple that amount. She also created and developed their first pet therapy program.

Marybeth’s main interest is healing trauma. Her therapeutic interests are diverse, as she is also certified in EMDR therapy, PEAT, Havening Techniques and Sandtray therapy. She also does animal assisted therapy and is active with WAGS (Wonderful Animals Giving Support) pet therapy group, as a team evaluator.

She has served three terms as WAGS’ president, as well as been on the KYATA (Kentucky Art Therapy Association) executive board several times. She will be president of KYATA in 2024, transitioning off the board in in 2027. Marybeth spent eight years on the state licensure board where she served as Chair of the board.

Marybeth has maintained a small private practice since 1993 where she continues to work with people of all ages. In 2005, Marybeth became the Clinical Coordinator of the Art Therapy Program at U of L. She teaches several foundational classes in addition to electives in sandtray and expressive therapy techniques.

Marybeth is active with dog rescue groups, serving as a foster home at one point, to now doing transport and home screenings. She and her husband Brian, share their home with five dogs (Neapolitan Mastiffs and Bullmastiffs), and a Caique named Vinnie van Go. Marybeth creates art in her free time in addition to enjoying gardening, reading, and home improvement.

Educational Background

  • Healing Trauma through Guided Drawing, March 2023
  • 6-week course, Polyvagal-Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy, Sept-Oct 2021
  • Completed internatonal Credentaling of Sandtray Therapy (ICST)
  • MA Expressive Therapies, University of Louisville, 1993

Professional Activities

  • January 2022: Present Elected to KYATA Executive Board as President-Elect (2 year term; will become President in January 2024)
  • October 2019: Editorial Journal Committee of IJST (Interna6onal Journal of Sandtray Therapy)
  • July 17, 2013- Dec 2018: Appointed to position of Chair for KY Licensing Board for Professional Art Therapists
  • January 2011-Dec 2018: Appointed to KY Licensing Board for Professional Art Therapists (LPAT)
  • September 2008-March 2011: Regional Coordinator for EMDRIA
  • January 2010-December 2010: Served as President of WAGS (Wonderful Animals Giving Support)

Professional Memberships

  • American Art Therapy Association (AATA): 1991-present
  • Kentucky Art Therapy Association (KYATA): 1992-present
  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA): 1996-present
  • Kentucky Association for Play Therapy (KYAPT): 1998-present
  • Association for Play Therapy (APT): 1999-present
  • Wonderful Animals Giving Support (WAGS): 1999- present
  • Havening Community: 2017-present