John  Carr

John Carr

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Boston practice (updated January 31, 2020)


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.


Specialties

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


Insurance

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.


Location(s)

Boston practice

268 Newbury Street

4th Floor

Boston, MA 02116

Hours
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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


Languages

  • English

Therapy Groups

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Dad's Support Group

This weekly group run by John Carr, LICSW provides new dads with the support and skills they need to improve their functioning as a father while maintaining their own psychological health.

John  Carr
Men's Support Group

This group for adult men aims to provide a supportive environment while exploring the positive and negative messages conveyed by society of what is means to be a man.


Professional endorsements

David Younger, PhD

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.

Douglas Baker, LICSW

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.

Bill Pagano, MD, MPH

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.

George Aglialoro, DO

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 others will find his counseling quite beneficial.


Client testimonials

Former client

John was someone who helped me when I was feeling most vulnerable. He saw me through a lot of big changes in my life: losing my job, going back to school, becoming a father. John helped me learn about myself and understand what my anger was trying to communicate. He endured and patiently sat with my hurt underneath it all and taught me how to be compassionate toward myself and to others. I will always be grateful.

Former client

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.

Former client

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.