Lexie Carlson-Wheat has worked in the field of clinical therapy for 4 years as an art therapist. Lexie has earned her Master’s in Art Therapy at IUPUI’s Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lexie also received her B.A. in Psychology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She previously found success integrating art therapy with verbal therapy to gain a deeper awareness into a client’s strengths and challenges. Art therapy uses the creative process to explore underlying issues through the use of art making. Art therapy does not focus on the product, but rather the process of making art and the individual experience. It does not require the individual to be artistic, but rather encourages them to use an experiential process to cultivate a deeper understanding. Art therapy is unique, as it provides a safe, non-verbal, non-threatening form of communication that aids in self-expression.
Lexie has been working at CIP Bloomington for the past 2 years. As a clinician at CIP, Lexie helps students develop self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-advocacy by providing guidance and validation. In the past two years, Lexie has facilitated 2 art therapy groups, a CBT group Facing Your Fears, and taken on some Wellness modules such as Community Wellness, Nutritional Health Literacy, and Menu Planning. Combining the worlds of Wellness and Clinical Therapy, Lexie is able to help the students understand the connection between a healthy body and healthy mind, while also practicing mindfulness.
When she’s not at CIP, you can find her spending time with her husband and friends, as well as her two cats. She loves to tend to her houseplants, garden, draw, paint and dance in her free time.