Dr. Nicole Carleton earned her BA in Elementary Education from Graceland University, her MS in Counseling from the University of Central Missouri, and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kansas State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Nationally Board-Certified Counselor. She has experience developing, managing, and implementing comprehensive school counseling programs in the public school system as a school counselor and has served clients and their families in private practice as a clinical counselor. Dr. Carleton specializes in play therapy and childhood mental health, emphasizing trauma, attachment problems, and adolescent depression. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on a variety of topics related to play therapy, school counseling, ethics, and supervision. Her research interests include exploring barriers to pursuing play therapy training and credentialing, issues in school counseling supervision, and issues related to hybrid and digital remote instruction in counselor education. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, attending concerts and live music events, and spending time with her husband and two children.