Leslie E. Carter, PhD

". . . helping people find balance in their lives again."

Psychological evaluations and treatment for individuals of all ages and families emphasizing learning problems, developmental disabilities, chronic medical illnesses or general mental health issues (e.g. anxiety and depression).

Carter Counseling and Consulting, PC
9600 SW Oak, Suite 280
Work: 503-807-7413

Tigard, Oregon   97223

Voice Mail: 503-601-5400 x511
Fax: 503-935-5884
Disabled Accessible: Yes E-Mail: Lcarter004@earthlink.net

Location:

SW Portland/City of Tigard
The office is located in the Plaza West Building near Washington Square Mall in Tigard ( SW Portland ).  Take the Greenburg Road Exit of Hwy 217.  Turn toward the mall (east) on Greenburg and take a right on the first side street (Oak) on the east side of the freeway.  Plaza West is the first building on the right.
     
Degrees: Doctorate (Ph.D.) Clinical Psychology
Master of Science (M.S.) Clinical Psychology

Licenses:

Oregon Licensed Psychologist
 
Advanced Training & Certifications: Ph.D. in clinical psychology with specialization in Medical psychology.
Residency and Post Doctoral training: Chronic Pain Management, Physical Rehabilitation Psychology, and Neuropsychology.
Clinical Supervisor Certification completed at Portland State University
Extensive training in Learning Disabilities, Autism, Asperger's and Attention Deficit Disorder.
   
Availability: Routine - I can usually see routine patients on a weekly basis if they wish.  I can usually schedule new clients within a week of first contact. 
   
Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA)
American Pain Society (APS)
Oregon Psychological Association (OPA)
American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon (AMHA-OR)
Fees: Insurance billing rate - $165 per 50 minute session.  Insurance Intake rate - $260 per 70 minute session.  (Sometimes co-pay amounts can be negotiated).  Cash pay discount $140 per 50 minute session.  Cash pay intake rate: $210 per 70 minute session. 

Specialization

Autism Asperger's & ADHD
Assessment of Learning and Thinking Abilities Chronic Pain Rehabilitation
Individual and Family Counseling  

Focus of Practice & Interests

Autism & Aspergers Pain Management
Parenting Children with Autism, Asperger's, ADHD and other special needs, Assessment of adults and children with learning and thinking challenges, Counseling for self esteem, social skills, etc. for special needs individuals, IEP Development and School Advocacy. Individual or Family counseling for adjustment to chronic pain, medical illnesses, and other disabilities, Assessment for chronic pain and disability for legal or medical purposes,  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression, Individual and family therapy for general mental health.  

Background & Experience

Private Practice Physical Rehabilitation Hospitals
Community Mental Health Clinic Clinical Director of Pain Rehabilitation Program.
Child Psychiatry Clinic Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Domestic Violence Crisis Line Stroke/Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Pain and Anxiety Researcher Obesity Rehabilitation
Community Speaker/College Instructor Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Patient & Client Populations Served

Children of all ages, adolescent, adults and elders

Orientation & Approach

As a psychologist, I recognize that each person is on a unique journey and therefore my approach is different depending on his or her needs.  Some people come into therapy very confused and benefit from a few suggestions to get them started.  For those people a cognitive behavioral approach may be useful for a while.  Cognitive behavioral techniques can be very efficient in treating certain conditions like anxiety, depression, panic and low self-esteem.  Others may rebel against such suggestions and benefit from more of a self-discovery approach for which I draw on a humanistic/existential perspective.  Both perspectives allow for supportive exploration of past and current patterns of strengths and weaknesses and encourage gradual life change in a safe environment.  We explore thoughts and feelings that may no longer accurately describe who we are and that we wish to change.  The goal is to become more confident about who you want to be and learn the skills to keep your life moving in that direction.    

Personal Comments

I bring to my profession a rich range of life experiences including being raised on a local farm, racing sailboats, climbing mountains, playing music, living in different regions of the United States and over-seas.  Most importantly, I am a mother and life partner to my husband.  As a result, I bring a certain practical perspective to my work and have learned that everyone has strengths, talents and important things to say even if they may have forgotten what they are.  My goal is to help people remember them and discover other qualities and skills they may not have even realized they had.  Knowing where a person is starting from is only the first step in the journey of recovery and self-discovery.  

When life feels good we are challenged and directed in ways that are stimulating and enjoyable.  Sometimes, however, adversity throws us off balance and we lose our way.  During these times life may seem extremely stressful, frightening, and confusing or just plain frustrating and stuck.  It is during times like these that it is helpful to talk about those difficult to discuss problems.  It is important to have a place to explore your confusion and regain the balance in your life:  a place to say things that others canít easily hear or understand.  My role is to try to create a place to discuss things that might be uncomfortable to talk about with friends and family: to create a partnership that facilitates growth, understanding and clarity from the confusion.  A place not just to talk about change, but to plan it and accomplish it.

Although I work with people with many types of problems about 50% of my practice includes helping individuals and families impacted by chronic medical illnesses (e.g., fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, obesity, spinal cord injuries, autism, etc).  For these people I think from a physical rehabilitation perspective in addition to my usual orientation.  I help individuals and their families understand the physical and psychological issues before them, but also keep in mind what referrals to other community resources they may need to improve their quality of life (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, acupuncture, medical physician, naturopathic physician, pharmacist).  My existential perspective allows me to explore how their sense of identity may have changed as a result of their illness and how that effects their relationships with others.  Parents of autistic children may also need referrals to community resources and time to grieve the loss of expectations and deal with the ongoing challenges of supporting challenged children.  The challenge for everyone struggling with chronic illnesses is balancing the need for your own self-care with the needs of others around you who may not fully understand the challenges you face. 

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