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.
Additional areas of focus: 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
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
PA Psychologist PS016385
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Dr. Carey was extremely knowledgeable & incredibly compassionate in helping me address my problems. I highly recommend him.
Written on Nov 01, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Dr. Carey is a fantastic person! I've only had 3 sessions with him but I feel as though he understands people and he is kind with his words. I would recommend him to anyone!
Written on Oct 28, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
Dr. Carey is just absolutely terrific! He’s attentive and listens carefully and communicates with me very well. He understands all my personal concerns and always gives me practical insight on how to address them in the most healthy way. It has truly been a pleasure being his client so far!
Written on Oct 24, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Dr. Carey is compassionate, listens, and cares. He is professional and cares so much about his patients. I am very fortunate and lucky to have him as my therapist!!
Written on Oct 20, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd
He does a great job! Asks very good questions, allows me to dig deeper into myself.
Written on Sep 25, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, and intimacy-related issues
Dr. Carey really listens to me and asks questions to continue our conversations about what im going through.
Written on Sep 14, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd