Jim Carter, Ph.D.,  Director

Dr. Jim Carter is passionate about his work as a clinical and consulting psychologist.  He primarily focuses on delivering Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).  Dr. Carter is a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT), a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and a BTTI Certified OCD therapist.  Since 1999, he has been licensed as a psychologist, and has evaluated and treated patients in private practice, hospital, university counseling center, and prison settings.  Dr. Carter possesses specialized training in the areas of CBT, MI, OCD, addiction, behavioral pharmacology, and staff training and development.  He formerly held positions at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, and University of California - San Diego.  He consults internationally, has served as co-principal investigator of NIH funded clinical trial research studies, authored and reviewed articles in scientific and trade journals, and conducted program reviews.  Dr. Carter values his roles as husband and father; and he enjoys yoga, music, sports, boating and fishing.


Specialty Credentials:

  • Diplomate: Academy of Cognitive Therapy 2007-present
  • Member: Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) 2008-present
  • Certified Behavior Therapist (BTTI) - International OCD Foundation 2011 - present
  • Member: American Psychological Association
  • Licensed clinical psychologist: State of California (PSY18893) 2003-present
  • Licensed clinical psychologist: State of Maryland 1999-2003


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology: University of Georgia - University Wide Fellow
  • B.A. Psychology: University of Michigan - Cum Laude

Services Provided

Clinical:  Adults

  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychodiagnostic Evaluation
  • Stress management
  • Substance Use Disorders (SUD)

Consulting and Training: Health and Human Service Agencies, Health Care Providers, Criminal Justice Organizations

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Combining CBT with MI


  • Director,  Specialty Behavioral Health, Carlsbad, CA (2004 - Present)
  • Assistant Clinical Professor (Voluntary), Dept of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA (2005-2012)
  • Staff Psychologist, Psychological & Counseling Services - University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA (2002-2004)
  • Instructor, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (2000-2002)
  • Associate Director, Addiction Treatment Services - Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD (2000-2002)
  • Therapist, Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians: Baltimore, MD (1999-2000)