John Carr, LICSW - Therapist in Boston, MA

John Carr

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments



Healthcare providers

Specialties & expertise

  • Adjustment to fatherhood

  • Anger management

  • Anxiety

  • Stress management

  • Depression

  • Parenting

  • Men's health

  • Existential challenges

Professional statement

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

General expertise

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.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

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.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $300/session (90min)

  • Ongoing sessions: $200/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: John accepts payment through Paypal and Venmo.

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."

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



Client testimonials

John was someone who helped me when I was feeling most vulnerable. He saw me through a lot of the big changes in my life: from losing my job, to going back to school and then becoming a father. John helped me learn about myself. He helped me understand my anger and what it was trying to communicate. He endured and patiently sat with my hurt underneath it all. He taught me how to be compassionate toward myself and to others. I will always be grateful.
— Past client, age 35 (2017)
A few years ago I needed help sorting through various problems and anxieties stemming from relationships, a history of poor communication skills, family issues, and sobriety. John was able to see me in a way I had not been seen before. Our work together changed my life by positively developing my ability to communicate, listen, and explore my history, thoughts, and emotions. All of this work had deeper implications and, very helpful to me as an artist, continued to open up my creative potential. John’s capacity to see and hear a client combined with open and honest feedback is a blessing.
— Past client, age 37 (2017)
One of John’s greatest skills as a therapist is his ability to serve as a guide and advisor throughout one’s journey of identity formation. He supported my taking command of the process as I unpacked and sorted through my emotional past and present to arrive at a more integrated and individuated self. During our sessions, he knew just when to assume control and share his knowledge, highlighting parts of myself and experiences that I could focus on to derive the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual power to be a better son, brother, lover, friend, and professional.
— Past client, age 28 (2017)

Professional endorsements

John has a huge heart. He cares tremendously about his clients and is passionate about his work. He’s always pushing himself to grow and learn. I would send my own family to him, which is the highest endorsement I can think of.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Men’s issues, fatherhood, relationships, parenting, group therapy, anxiety, depression
— David Younger, PhD (2017)
I always feel good when I think about any client connecting with John. He has a genuine, modest, warm and welcoming quality that is a natural expression of who he is at a deep level. And he is skilled, experienced, and deeply compassionate. He’s one of my favorite people both on a professional and personal level.

John has a great heart combined with an astute mind- and a great willingness to laugh. I recommend him highly.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Men’s issues, including anger management, parenting or other relationship challenges, self-esteem issues, and overall personal development issues
— Douglas Baker, LICSW (2017)
I have referred several providers, both physicians and mid-levels, to John Carr for stress management and interpersonal relationship skills. I was very impressed with Mr. Carr’s professionalism in working with the providers I referred to him and maintaining the confidentiality of his work with the providers referred. Without exception, the providers I referred to Mr. Carr reported back to me how much they enjoyed working with him. The providers reported to me that working with Mr. Carr helped them in their work life as well as their personal life. I observed a marked improvement in the work and stress management skills of the providers who worked with Mr. Carr.
— Bill Pagano, MD, MPH (2017)
I am writing this as a testimonial to the positive effect that John Carr has had on my staff. He was consulted on multiple occasions to work to address both anger management and stress. As expected, the individuals involved initially looked at the expected counseling as punitive — but after having had the counseling they were extremely grateful for having been sent and it reflected positively in their work and how they interacted with their colleagues. We are disappointed that Mr. Carr will not be as easily accessible for us here in Brooklyn but are certain you will find his counseling quite beneficial.
— Dr. George Aglialoro (2017)