Dr. Allison Carter has over fourteen years experience as a licensed psychologist. She has a private practice in Calabasas, California. Dr. Carter earned her Doctorate of Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology: Los Angeles. Her degree emphasis is in health psychology, and her training involved individual, family and child psychotherapy. Her studies focused on issues relating to children/adolescents, parenting, family dynamics, trauma and psychosensory therapies. She has pursued advanced training in stress management, crisis intervention, domestic violence, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and has been a Certified Trauma Specialist through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. Dr. Carter is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. She is currently completing her certification as a Havening Techniques® practitioner. She has experience conducting full psychological assessments for both children and adults including testing for attention deficit disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, career aptitude, achievement ability and intelligence.
Dr. Carter runs a general psychotherapy practice with two main therapeutic focuses. One focus is child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy, with the second being adult, crisis intervention, and psychological abuse/domestic violence survivor psychotherapy. Dr. Carter provides individual, group and family therapy, as well as parent training and requested individualized workshops for specific organizations. She works with a variety of presenting issues including: ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Bipolar, Trauma Recovery, and other emotional-behavioral disorders. She also provides services in the areas of stress management, divorce/co-parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and related subgroups.
Dr. Carter’s approach to therapy involves cognitive-behavioral, psychosensory and family systems interventions. In working with children, she often incorporates cognitive–behavioral techniques through the use of art projects, role-plays, and interpersonal therapy. Dr. Carter believes incorporating systemic and environmental changes in collaboration with the parents, teachers and others who come into contact with the family provides for a more positive therapeutic experience; hence she often collaborates with these individuals. In her work with adolescents, she takes a straightforward approach, builds rapport quickly, and affords teens an environment where their opinions are heard and respected. She shares and explores the belief that “high school is not the best time of your life,” allowing teens to feel validated and to explore their feelings without judgment. In working with adults, Dr. Carter takes an action-orientated approach in an effort to restore the prior level of functioning, with the benefit of increased self-awareness, in a timely manner. She also addresses the creation of a resilient lifestyle with clientele, allowing the benefits of their therapeutic insights/skills to remain.
Dr. Carter has an easy going personality that affords her the ability to diminish myths related to the field of psychology, therefore allowing her clients to address their lives challenges without fear of judgment or stereotype. She firmly believes that children and adults possess unending potential for personal growth and life fulfillment that is limited only by the challenges not faced. Dr. Carter empathetically and passionately facilitates facing the life challenges of today to aid in creating a healthier, enhanced life of tomorrow. Over her years of clinical practice, her motto has become, “Your Body And Mind Are Capable Of More Than You Believe Them To Be.”