Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients
Specialties & expertise
- Adjustment to fatherhood
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Men's health
- Existential challenges
John Carr is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA. He specializes in working with male clients, especially expecting and new fathers, as well as adults seeking help with anger management.
As a father himself, John is deeply passionate about supporting parents and fathers and giving them a place to talk about what ever they need to talk about. While working with clients, he incorporates an integrated approach that encourages his clients to slow down so they can process and make sense of their thoughts and feelings; this helps them understand who they are, what they want and need and assists in making healthy decisions.
John is the author of "Becoming a Dad: The First Three Years," a book on fatherhood, which has sold more than 40,000 copies.
Adjustment to fatherhood – Helping with identifying your role; work through differences in parenting styles; be a supportive sounding board; explore relationship with your own father/mother
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships; offers short term work using anger management workbook
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety and social anxiety
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, difficulty being motivated, irritability, and anger, among many other symptoms
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Men's health – Including grappling with questions of masculinity, what it means to be a man, overall psychological health
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations; identity formation during times of transition and change
John is not in-network with any insurances.
- Initial session: $280/session (90min)
- Ongoing sessions: $180/session (50min)
- Group therapy sessions: $50/session
- Supervision consultation session: $75/session
Sliding scale: If you'd like to discuss a sliding scale or reduced fee please bring it up with John.
Therapist's note: If you have health insurance and would like to use it for therapy, please contact your insurance company to find out if you have benefits for “out-of-network; out-patient mental health therapy." Many PPO and POS plans have "out-of-network" benefits that cover a percentage of therapy. Payment is due at the time of the session and you will be provided with a monthly bill to submit to your insurance company, who will then send you a check directly for reimbursement.
Message to clients
"I am a Boston-based psychotherapist who specializes in working with men, healthcare providers and millennials. I collaborate with my clients in obtaining relief and coping strategies around life issues, such as: adjustment to Fatherhood; Anger/Stress; Divorce/Relationships; Anxiety/Depression. The men I see tend to do life alone and have a hard time asking for help. I make it a little easier by providing them with safe, non-threatening male presence that helps explore some of the messy aspects of life: emotions, behaviors, and relationships.
There are very few safe places for a guy to talk honestly and openly about what he is going through. I listen really well and give tender yet firm feedback. We explore solutions together and work toward de-cluttering some of the mess.
My background as a former athlete, a member of a large extended family, a lover of spiritual questions and a father/husband help inform how I work with people."
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good.
Jungian TherapyThe goal of Jungian therapy is to bring awareness to both the conscious and unconscious parts of the psyche, such that clients can move beyond symptom relief to create lasting change in relationships and emotional development. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private practice in Boston, 2015 - Present
Private practice in New York, 2002 - 2015
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting, Parent Education and Guidance, 2012 - 2013
The Counseling Center, Staff Psychotherapist, 2010 - 2012
Partnership with Children, Inc., Group Coordinator, 2005 - 2006
Blanton-Peale Counseling Center and Institute, Resident Therapist/Staff Therapist, 2001 - 2006
Steinway Child and Family Services, Inc., Staff Psychotherapist, 1998 - 2001
Pace University Upward Bound Program, Head Tutor Counselor, 1996 - 1998
New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, 1989 - 1996
Blanton Peale Graduate Institute, Certificate in Psychotherapy and Spirituality, 2001 - 2004
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 1998
Ohio Wesleyan University, BA, 1989