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Jean A. Carter, Ph.D.


Dr. Jean Carter has maintained a psychotherapy practice in Washington, DC since receiving her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland in 1980. In her work at the Washington Psychological Center, PC, she offers psychotherapy with individuals and couples, with primary emphases on serious trauma, relationship issues, depression and work stress/vocational adjustment. Additional areas of interest include supervision of psychotherapy practice, grief and loss and issues related to sexual orientation for both individuals and couples. Although she is active throughout psychology, her primary commitment and on-going passion are for the practice of psychotherapy.


Dr. Carter will serve as the Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association from 2017-2019. She has served as President of three Divisions of the American Psychological Association, on the APA Council of Representatives, as Chair of the Committee for Division/APA Relations and the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, and as vice chair of the APA Finance Committee. She frequently contributes to psychological scholarship through publications and presentations. She is on the editorial board for Psychotherapy and for the newly developed journal Practice Innovations.  She has served as an Associate Editor for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice and on the editorial boards of The Counseling Psychologist and The Journal of Counseling Psychology.


Dr. Carter is a Fellow in five Divisions of the American Psychological Association and is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. She has received numerous awards, including Distinguished Psychologist (Psychologists in Independent Practice, Division 42 of APA), APA Presidential Citation (2000) for service to Divisions, APA, 2000 "For her outstanding and effective leadership in advancing the impact of APA's divisions,” the John D. Black Practitioner Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Psychology, Division of Counseling Psychology (1998), and the Society of Counseling Psychology's Best Practices Award (2008).





Below are copies of forms that Dr. Carter uses in her practice. The first is a brief intake form, which allows Dr. Carter to gather some basic administrative and clinical information about you. If you have time then it is helpful, but certainly not mandatory, to fill this out before your first session. Copies will also be available in the waiting room. The second form is an Agreement for Services that spells out some of the expectations of the professional relationship, as well as the legal limits to confidentiality. You do not need to download this and print it out. Dr. Carter will have a copy ready for you. This electronic version is provided for your reference. You will also be provided with an addendum to your agreement during one of your initial sessions that will detail Dr. Carter's specific business policies.

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