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Visiting Instructor

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5786 Human Environmental Sciences HES 100E , Box 118

Classes Taught

  • Models of Marriage and Family Therapy (FMCD 5333)
  • Theories in Family and Child Studies (FMCD 5023)
  • Ethics and Professional Issues in Family and Child Studies (FMCD 5363)
  • Families in Crisis (FMCD 5433)
  • Parent Support and Intervention (FMCD 4713/5713)
  • Marriage and Intimate Relationships (FMCD 2223)

Education and Certifications

  • Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy | 2013 | Cum Laude 
  • Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies | 2010
  • Licensed Marital and Family Therapist | Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State-Approved LMFT Supervisor
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy Certification in progress


While completing her bachelor's degree, Samantha Carlton was a children's camp counselor, nanny and family life educator. During her master's program, she was a case manager and family support coordinator at Family Expectations, taught parent education classes at a youth and family center, and facilitated interactive, play-based child development and early literacy classes with Smart Start of Central Oklahoma. Carlton became a licensed marital and family therapist in 2015, and has been in private practice since then. 

Carlton became an adjunct instructor for UCO in 2015 and joined as full-time faculty in 2023. In addition to teaching, she works with MFT students and new professionals as an Oklahoma State-Approved LMFT supervisor and facilitator of her own LMFT Exam Prep seminars. 


My clinical and research interests include:

  • Self-injurious behavior and suicidality 
  • Emotion dysregulation
  • Emotions and emotional experiencing 
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and traits
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT/EFT)
  • Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
  • Complex/Developmental trauma/C-PTSD
  • Supporting families and assisting them with the challenges of parenting, using Parent Management Training (PMT), Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and child guidance/"gentle" parenting
  • Neurodivergence in adults, particularly ADHD and autism
  • Neurodivergent-affirming care
  • Decolonizing therapy, social justice in therapy
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Person-of-the-Therapist issues
  • Students and new professionals
  • Clinical supervision
  • Teaching-as-learning
  • Experiential learning, teaching, & therapy

Professional and Community Involvement

Professional Memberships and Involvement

  • International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) - Clinical Fellow, AAMFT Clinical Supervisor Designation in process
  • Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (TAMFT)
  • EFT Edmonton (Canada)
  • The Secular Therapy Project, former assistant director, volunteer position
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy Community Circle
  • Continuing education event lecturer and facilitator 

Community Involvement 

  • Keaton's Kindness Foundation (KClub) volunteer
  • Edmond Public Schools

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