John  Carr

John Carr

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon & daytime appointments in Boston practice (updated November 16, 2019)

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.

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.


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 - 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

General expertise


John Carr is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Group sessions: $50
  • Supervision consultation session: $75 (50min)
  • Ongoing session fee: $300 (90min)

Therapist's note

If you'd like to discuss a sliding scale or reduced fee please bring it up with John. John accepts payment through Paypal and Venmo.

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.


Boston practice

268 Newbury Street

4th Floor

Boston, MA 02116

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Work and Education

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


  • English

Therapy Groups

John  Carr
Dad's Support Group

<p><span class="colour" style="color: rgb(72, 72, 72);" data-tomark-pass="">The purpose of the group is to give dads an opportunity to explore best practices and get support on this most important job: Fatherhood. Dads will find this useful in helpin...

John  Carr
Men's Support Group

<p><span class="colour" style="color: rgb(72, 72, 72);" data-tomark-pass="">The purpose of the group is to give men (21-59) an opportunity to explore the messages they've received about what it means to be a (healthy) man. Men find this useful in hel...