Dr. Carter’s theoretical perspective is integrative, in that she considers the biological, psychological, and social and systemic factors that impact clients. She considers how her clients’ difficulties impact their identity, their self-esteem, and also how their difficulties have developed. Since her training included learning different theoretical perspectives, Dr. Carter uses strategies and techniques that are evidence-based (e.g., cognitive behavioural therapy) and relevant for the individual. To help with overall well-being, the focus is on helping clients with their concerns as well as building upon their strengths. Taking a supportive, collaborative, and respectful approach, she values and seeks feedback and active involvement from her clients.
Dr. Carter is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to practice clinical and health psychology with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She completed her M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2010) in clinical psychology at the University of Windsor. Her residency year was completed at the Edmonton Consortium Clinical Psychology Residency. Both training settings were accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). She has specialized training working with children, adolescents, and their families, but has also worked with young to older adults. She has also worked as a research coordinator in a pediatric sleep disorders clinic in Edmonton and gained specialized knowledge and experience within the area.
Before moving to Ottawa in 2016, Dr. Carter worked as a registered psychologist in Victoria, BC for almost 6 years. During that time, she worked in various settings, including a children’s community health centre, private practice, university, and child and youth community mental health centre. Most recently, she completed a contract position for the chronic pain service at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
Dr. Carter has also been involved in program development, research, as well as the training of clinical psychology graduate students in psychological assessment and treatment. She has also provided presentations and/or workshops to other professionals, as well as families. To maintain her knowledge and competency, Dr. Carter regularly attends conferences and workshops, in addition to reading research and clinical literature.