Dr. Allison Carter has over fifteen years experience as a Licensed Psychologist. Her doctorate degree emphasis is in health psychology, and her training encompasses individual, family and child psychotherapy. Dr. Carter's studies focus on matters relating to children/adolescents, parenting, family dynamics, trauma and psychosensory therapies. She has advanced training in stress management, crisis intervention, domestic violence, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and has been a Certified Trauma Specialist. Dr. Carter is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. She is currently completing her certification as a Havening Techniques® practitioner.
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.
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 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 and enhance the prior level of functioning, with the benefit of increased self-awareness.
Dr. Carter has an easy going personality that affords her the ability to diminish myths related to the field of psychology; 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.”