Dr. Carr favors a psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy, an approach that helps individuals identify long-term patterns and the roots of issues. He is also a skilled practitioner of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) depending on his clients’ unique needs.
Dr. Carr brings compassionate curiosity to his practice, helping patients better understand how their own mind-body connection affects their mental health. Together they create a new way forward. His health psychology specialty includes caring for clients who are preparing for surgery, facing chronic pain issues, and managing injuries, migraines, insomnia, panic attacks, PTSD, cardiac issues and other health conditions. He works with physicians providing preoperative evaluations for different types of surgery because addressing emotional distress can positively affect outcomes and provide relief from physical symptoms.
Compassion fatigue is a very real issue that Dr. Carr works to address for health providers and others in a caregiving or helping role. In 2017, Dr. Carr was invited to be a wellness counselor for the Physician Wellness Program of the Travis County Medical Society. This program helps physicians find a safe place to address burnout, relationship issues, life challenges, conflicts and helps them restore a healthy work-life balance.
He has completed, and continues to attend, advanced training from national and international experts in collaborative assessment, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychological testing. Dr. Carr also completed the two-year Studies in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program through the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (formerly the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute), an organization accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Dr. Carr has been in private practice since 2003. He began his career as a staff psychologist working with adults and young people at the Austin State Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric hospital. He has also worked in a variety of other settings, including outpatient mental health clinics, counseling centers, medical clinics, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. He also spent more than 11 years reviewing disability applications for the Social Security Administration.
He also serves as a consultant to businesses and organizations that need personalized assistance from a psychological perspective on improving working relationships and productivity in the business world.
Dr. Carr has served terms as President and Vice President of the Capital Area Psychological Association (CAPA), and Education Chair of the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (ASPP). He is also a member of the Society for Personality Assessment and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers.
Dr. Carr received his Doctoral and Master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. His doctoral dissertation examined the psychological factors that contribute to cardiac ischemia at the Central Texas Veterans Outpatient Clinic. He completed his internship at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Temple, Texas.
Prior to his graduate training, Dr. Carr worked in research and development for The Psychological Corporation, a company that designs and publishes psychological tests. His undergraduate training was completed at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
He is married to his college sweetheart and has one daughter. He enjoys movies, bike riding and hiking in the great outdoors.
Contact me today to set up an appointment so you can feel confident and more hopeful about life. I want to help you with whatever you’re facing. Call me at 512-627-3583 to set up a time to meet in person or virtually.