I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I obtained my doctorate degree (Psy.D.) from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia PA. I obtained my undergraduate and master's degree from Millersville University, Millersville, PA. I have over 30 years of experience in the mental health field and during those years I have worked with ages ranging from infants to geriatrics. I owned and operated my own private practice for many years in Lancaster County, PA. My practice provided testing, assessment, diagnostics, and therapy. I specialized in the diagnosing and treatment of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities as well as provided therapy for young adults and adults. With regard to therapy I have extensively treated depression and anxiety, which are the two most common mental health issues that arise. I have also treated those suffering from trauma (PTSD) especially related to physical abuse, verbal abuse, and neglect. I have also worked with persons facing unwanted adjustments in their lives, such as grief, loss, and drastic changes in their lives. I have also worked extensively with persons dealing with personality disorders. In my years of experience I have encountered and treated most of the major mental health issues that people face and have worked with symptoms ranging from mild through the level that hospitalization has been required.
With regard to my treatment modality, I was trained primarily in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. While I still often use this as a basis of treatment quite often, my years of experience have taught me that flexibility in treatment approach is necessary and to "do what works." Each person who comes in for treatment is an individual and the notion that "one size fits all" with regard to treatment approach is simply not true. As individuals, each client requires and deserves an individualized approach fashioned with his/her specific needs, situation, and personality considered. I believe that collaboration in treatment is necessary and therefore the client is included in all aspects of the treatment process and planning. However, I also realize that clients are coming to a professional for guidance and direction and therefore I also provide this guidance and leadership in the therapy process that is needed in order for progress to be made. I also require that clients are actively involved in treatment, which includes working between sessions. I firmly believe that it is not the one hour per week of therapy that makes a difference but rather it is the 167 hours between the sessions where the real work is done. As such, clients are required to complete tasks between sessions that will reinforce and practice the skills that are being worked on in the therapy sessions. As a therapist I do not see my job as "fixing" the client's problems but rather teaching him or her to learn to fix his/her own problems - the current problem as well as those that will arise in the future. I work to train clients in the skills they need to manage their own lives effectively. I do not foster dependence on myself as I see this as a disservice to the client. I do not see therapy as a forever service but rather one that arms clients with knowledge and skills in order to carry on with their own lives effectively.
My goal as a therapist is to work myself out of a job by teaching each client what they need to know it order to feel better and to reach his or her fullest potential. You will find that I am compassionate and empathetic but also direct and no-nonsense in my approach. There are times when clients needs to be comforted and shown compassion, and there are times when they need to be given a good push, and I know when is the time for each approach. You will find my to be open, honest, direct, and trustworthy. If you think that we would be a good match, I look forward to hearing from you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Coping with life changes
Relationship issues , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Body Image , Communication Problems , Dependent Personality , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Intellectual Disability , Men's Issues , Mood Disorders , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Post-traumatic Stress , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Sex Addiction , Sexuality , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Traumatic Brain Injury Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
Psychologist #PS016385 (Expires: 2023-11-30)
Psychologist #PY11379 (Expires: 2024-05-31)
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So far so good. Ready to tap into myself more
So far I have found my work with Dr. Carey to be empowering and helpful in straightening through may of my concerns and issues as well as helping me remain grounded and rational when I need to. The sessions are a bit short but nonetheless helpful.
Dr. Carey has been an integral part of my healing journey this year. He has helped me navigate not only my emotions but also stressors in my life with practical skills and tools. When I look at my journal afterwards, it’s clear that our sessions have been more productive than some in-person therapists I’ve seen in the past. I am very grateful for Dr. Carey’s time, wisdom and expertise.
In a very short period of time, Dr Carey was able to help me get back on the right path. I realize that I have a lot of work ahead of me and look forward to working with Dr Carey through the ups and down ahead!
Dr. Carey has been incredibly compassionate and insightful. He has helped me grow significantly in 6 months working together. Highly recommend.
He's super kind and knowledgeable. Doesn't make me feel stupid or guilty for having the thoughts/ feelings that I have. Has been super helpful in helping me feel like myself again
Dr. Carey has helped me identify the area that I struggle most with which is lack of confidence in communication with people closest to me. He has given me the tools and knowledge I need to practice working through these struggles when the arise. I appreciate him and what he has taught me. I feel much better now and when needed will come back to therapy with Dr. Carey!
Dr. Carey is extremely professional and caring. He strives to help you be your best version. He is very tactful and respectful and you can genuinely tell he cares about your well being.
He's been a great help thus far. Breaks down things for me to manage my issues easier.
He's kind and compassionate. He's also logical and my depressed brain hates that his methods work so well. Highly recommend.
Very understanding and easy to talk too
He recognized immediately what I was going through and offered the best ways to go about helping me. I’m learning a lot about myself and simple ways to handle what I go through. I appreciate this so much
For someone who was going to cancel last minute I’m really glad I didn’t. Dr. Carey made me feel at ease and took time in understanding my goals and behavior
Over the last few months Dr. Carey has helped me address my mental wellness in a positive light -- which I never thought would be possible. Dr. Carey allowed me explain, process, workout, and find everyday solutions to ensure that I am also capable of helping myself too. It took me awhile to find the strength and courage to start therapy, but Dr. Carey made the first few strides and the continuation of putting myself first worth it.
Dr. Carey is a wonderful therapist and human, and one I have come to trust dearly. He's extremely knowledgeable, empathetic, witty, and provides the tools needed towards a path of healing & growth, and all with such a humanistic approach. So much gratitude for you, Dr. C!
Very helpful. I've seen about 5-6 psychologists in my life time for very high anxiety and Robert was the only one who could help me properly.
Dr. Carey was helpful. He provided good advice. He is a popular doc on this app, and so will work best for people that have lots of flexibility for their appointment times. I recommend him if this is the case for you!
i have already recommended this service to my coworkers
Dr Carey is an excellent psychologist and he is very supportive.
Dr. Carey is an excellent therapist. His advice leads to results that are life changing. You would be lucky to have him as a therapist. I’ve talked to many specialists and Dr. Carey is quick at identifying the real problem or issue so you can start working on ways to improve your life in a way that is healing rather than just a temporary patch or band aid.
Dr. Carey spends a few minutes with you and manages to pinpoint what the problem is. He really takes his jobs seriously and finds ways to help the core issues. Highly recommend.