I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become
— Carl Jung

Carrie L. P. Barto, MA, LPCA, NCC

Being a therapist is one of the great honors of my life.  To have clients tell me their stories is a privilege that I take pride in.  I understand how hard it is to let down ones walls, to trust someone enough to share the secrets they’ve been holding onto.  Having been on my own therapeutic journey I respect the process my clients are going through.  Because of my own experience it is important to me to provide a space where each client feels safe, heard, and appreciated. My client's describe me as warm, authentic, and accepting with a good sense of humor.  I have a gentle approach as I see my role as a collaborative partner and guide in the process. I believe that everyone has the potential to make positive changes in their lives based on their own inner strength.  I help my clients connect with and heal the deeper issues underlying their troubling symptoms, working at a pace that feels safe and supportive. Guiding them in discovering their inner strength while refraiming experiences from their past in order to find peace.  My theoretical orientation is eclectic as I use parts of Person Centered, Reality and Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques.  In addition, I have found incorporating experiential and creative arts techniques to be helpful for many clients.  I’ve worked with client’s ages five to eighty facing issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship and family of origin issues. I have a special interest in working with Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Questioning individuals, survivors of childhood trauma, and adult children of alcoholics.

As an artist, musician, and yogi I believe in the importance of life balance and self care.  This is an area in my life where I continue to learn and grow and will encourage you to do the same.

I have a Master degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  I am licensed by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and am certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

My additional experience includes over ten years in healthcare as a social worker, case manager, and client representative.   One year facilitator of a support group for family members of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and six month’s as a facilitator of a personal growth group for transgender youth.

 MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

I am a member of the American Counseling Association, North Carolina Counseling Association, Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, and Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 Embracing the Silent T: Creating and Facilitating Community Based Transgender Youth Support Groups, North Carolina Counseling Association 2015 Conference, Greensboro, NC, February 2015

Grief, Loss, and Substance Abuse: Making Sense of the Intersection of Complex Symptomology and Addiction Recovery, American Counseling Association 2015 Conference and Expo, Orlando, FL, March 2015