Natalia Gómez Carlier
Natalia was born in Bogotá, Colombia; she has a degree in Psychology from Universidad de Los Andes, a Masters in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and is a Registered Art Therapist with the American Association of Art Therapy. She has practiced as a psychotherapist for more than 15 years in Bogota, Chicago, New York, Muscat, and now Dubai.
Natalia believes that the goal of art therapy is to help people learn from the challenges and difficulties, to develop tools that will aid us as we navigate this world and to activate change so that we may reach our highest potential. Regardless of age or challenge the first step is to create a safe space and a trusting relationship where all of this is possible. In this process creativity, which is present in all of us, becomes a source of inner strength and an endless force that can bring us closer to being the best we can be. In therapy with Natalia the art becomes an ally whose intention is to guide us, accompany us and give us a clear voice. Although she is psychodynamically trained she is able to use and adapt different techniques and modalities according to the needs of each individual child, adolescent, adult, family or group. Incorporating techniques from CBT, Gestalt, Brief Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Transpersonal, Mindfulness, and other modalities therapy is oriented by the uniqueness of each individual and her desire to be of service.
Natalia started her career in Educational Psychology. But once she heard about art therapy she realized she could integrate her two loves: therapy and art. While in training as an art therapist in Chicago she worked at Open Studio Project, Inc, and at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, where she focused in issues related to immigration, acculturation and developing a culturally sensitive approach to art therapy. After graduating as an Art Therapist she moved to New York where she worked at a Public School in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and later at an outpatient mental health clinic in Queens. Natalia also facilitated bilingual art groups for parents and their children for Free Arts in East Harlem. Additionally she co-founded a non-profit in New York City: The Open Art Studio, NYC.
Natalia moved back home to Bogota, Colombia where she was founder and president of the Colombian Art Therapy Association. While in Bogota Natalia worked as an art therapist in a therapeutic school, facilitated art therapy projects with diverse populations and maintained a private practice. She taught classes on art therapy and creativity at Institutes and Universities; co-authored articles for art therapy journals and presented at International Art Therapy Conferences.
After a couple years in Bogota Natalia moved to Oman where she practiced as an art therapist at Al Harub Medical Centre, in this capacity she was able to continue to work on her multicultural competence as the clients she worked with came from all corners of the world. She also facilitated workshops for groups and corporations and wrote articles in Omani newspapers and magazines.
Natalia recently moved to Dubai where she continues to help develop the field of art therapy. She provides individual and group art therapy and verbal therapy to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Natalia speaks English and Spanish fluently.
We are international members and governed by
British Art Therapists Association (BAAT)
Australia, New Zealand Art Therapists Association (ANZATA)
Art Therapists Association Singapore (ATAS)
American Art Therapists Association (AATA)
British Music Therapy Association (BMTA)
Play Therapy International (PTI), UK
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), UK
Community Development Authority (CDA), Dubai