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My name is Dr. Larry Carter II. I have an M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the APA-Accredited program at Texas Woman's University. I completed my Pre-doctoral Internship at the APA-Accredited program at Texas Tech University, and completed my Post-doctoral Residency at Family Health Care Network in Visalia, California. I have been independently licensed to practice as a Psychologist in the state of California since 2013 and in Texas since 2019. I have also been certified by the Association for the Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS) as a Treatment Specialist for Diverse Populations (2014) and as a Treatment Specialist for Concerns Related to Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (2018).
I have extensive experience providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy. Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege to work in a variety of treatment settings (i.e., primary health care, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, university counseling centers, and most recently with the US Air Force), and with a range of clientele ranging from the "worried well" to individuals struggling with severe, pervasive mental illness.
I approach my work from a collaborative, strength-based perspective, and believe that all growth and change in therapy is contingent on first creating a viable, corrective emotional experience for the client. I primarily draw from a Relational-Cultural theoretical orientation (Miller & Stiver, 1997) that emphasizes both the interpersonal nature of therapy and the important role that culture plays in how we define ourselves and relate to one another. This relational approach to therapy helps to support the development of a strong working alliance in which clients can begin to challenge existing patterns of thought (Cognitive Therapy) and practice new ways of relating to self and others (Behavioral Therapy). I believe the therapist’s primary goal should always be the creation and maintenance of an environment in which the client feels the safety and security necessary to minimize resistance and take risks in session. I view therapy as a dynamic, interactive process, and believe that a therapist’s most useful tools are their authenticity, transparency, and willingness to provide timely, genuine feedback to the client.
I know that the prospect of beginning therapy can be daunting. I appreciate your courage in taking this first step toward a better understanding of yourself, your emotions, and your behavior. I believe this increased understanding can initiate changes that will ultimately lead to your ability to live a more fulfilling, rewarding, and happier life. If you believe that we might be a good fit, I look forward to hearing from you.
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue Read more...
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I have seen several different therapists over the years, and Dr. Carter has by far been the best. He is understanding, attentive, and insightful. I have seen a huge improvement in my overall mental health since working with him, and am so grateful to have met him.
Amazing doctor with lots of knowledge and understanding for each situation.
Dr. Carter is my first therapist, but I have never once thought I needed to see a different one. He has been amazing and has helped me through some very dark times. He always provides helpful feedback, worksheets and articles to help me sort out my thoughts. He relates to me in a lot of ways and lets me talk about whatever I need to, guiding me back to topics if I tell him I want to talk more about them. He remembers things I have discussed with him before, and circles back to them to help me make sense of them. He is very knowledgeable in a lot of topics and very helpful. I am so thankful for him.
Dr. Carter has a great sense of humor and is easy to talk to.
He is such a great listener and I love working with him. I have already recommended him to my husband.
He’s really wonderful and has already helped me a lot.
Dr. Carter is a thoughtful counselor. He is excellent at adjusting his technique to the style that's best for a patient. He takes time to fully understand a conversation and is very clear in his sessions. I appreciate his expertise.
I worked with Larry for a month on issues of high anxiety, stressful life transitions and depression. He was very understanding and a great listener. I loved the perspectives he brought to the table and tools he provided me with. He gives really endearing advice which I appreciated it.
I definitely recommend this counselor to everyone. He was very easy to talk to and had a good sense of humor. Larry was professional and knowledgeable and fun. I look forward to working with him again very soon. I felt connected to him and most of all I felt he was offering sound advice without judgement.
Dr Carter is amazing. I equally enjoy and receive the attention I need. I feel heard word for word and is very professional and I trust his skills as a psychologist . He is a person I of course trust and would recommend to absolutely everybody.
Dr. Carter is an amazing counselor, he has helped me address issues internal and externally to help collectively attack things head on. His insight and education with a combination of worksheets and conversation has helped me tremendously. I would recommend him. He has a very strong grasp on helping clients achieving strong positive results.
Dr. Carter is compassionate and knowledgeable. He was able to discern an issue of mine without me being the one to bring it up. I was skeptical of seeing a counselor without actually seeing a counselor but I have found our sessions to have great value and look forward to continuing to work with him.
Larry felt like a guideline through a rough patch where I wasn’t sure how I could handle the anxiety in my life. I’m so grateful that he was always just a message away!