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Families in Transition

Healthy, stable families are the foundation of our communities. Our family services programs are dedicated to identifying and addressing mental health needs, alcohol and drug issues, as well as loss and life transition. We offer an array of services that are designed to assist families in attaining healthier lifestyles, rewarding interpersonal relationships, and an enhanced quality of life.

Family Services include:

Family Therapy
The doctors at Carter Psychology Center offer family therapy which is designed to identify family patterns that contribute to behavior disorders or mental illness and to help family members break those habits. Family therapy involves discussion and problem-solving sessions with members of the family. Some of these sessions may be as a group, in couples, or one on one. In family therapy, the web of interpersonal relationships is examined and ideally, communication is strengthened within the family.

Caregiver Education & Support
Caregiving involves many stressors: changes in the family dynamic, household disruption, financial pressure, and the sheer amount of work involved. While providing care for a family member or loved one in need is an act of kindness, love, and loyalty, the rewards are often intangible. Frustration and despair may take hold and burnout becomes a very real danger for the caregiver. Our doctors are trained to assist you and your loved ones in adjusting to the caregiving process and are dedicated to providing care to the caregiver.

Child Behavior Interventions
When a child behaves in a manner that is disruptive to family life, social interactions, adjustment to school, or harmful to themselves, it is a cause for concern for parents and loved ones. The child specialists at Carter Psychology Center are trained to differentiate a child’s behavior related to developmental delays or environmental circumstances versus behavior that is the result of a disorder or syndrome. Specific behavior and intervention plans are utilized to target a child’s behavior with proactive, positive behavior supports.

Passage Through Adolescence
Adolescence can be a wonderful, exciting time or a time of great turmoil and fear. “Normal” feelings and behaviors differ for each teenager as they emerge from childhood. Often parents need education and support to know what is normal and what they can do to assist their adolescent through this development phase in order to move into adulthood with healthy coping skills and the confidence to function independently. The doctors at Carter Psychology Center are uniquely trained to assist adolescents and their families through the inevitable changes and challenges that are inherent in growing up.

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Divorce and Separation Services
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Parenting Coordination
Parenting Coordination is an alternative dispute resolution process that helps parents resolve issues and learn how to protect their children from the harmful effects of chronic exposure to parental conflict. When parents need an objective expert to help them co-parent more effectively, the parenting coordinator will help ensure that the children’s needs and best interests are met.


Parenting Plan Evaluations
Parents who are separating or divorcing are often concerned about the impact change in family structure will have on their children. The child development experts at Carter Psychology Center can help parents and their attorneys design a detailed parenting plan that addresses each child’s needs. Our plans take into account any changes that will impact you and your children for years to come.

Parenting Assessments
Parenting assessments employ psychological testing and interviews to assess parenting abilities and needs. Carter Psychology Center offers guidance to help achieve optimal parent-child relationships that allow children to be nurtured and thrive.

Court Ordered Evaluations
Evaluations of individuals or all family members assess needs or concerns and offer recommendations for treatment, education, or community interventions as needed to help individuals reach their fullest potential and to help families achieve a stabilized environment.

Family Law Mediation
Our senior psychologists are Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law mediators trained to facilitate negotiation in divorce and separation. Expertise in mental health and child development help parents reach agreements that best meet their children’s needs.