Specialty Behavioral Health

Welcome to Specialty Behavioral Health


We are a focused on providing specialty behavioral services since 2003.

We are client-focused, meaning the treatment process is driven by client goals, needs, and resources – your success is our success.

We are strength-based, meaning that we realize that the most effective way towards your optimal health is by utilizing your existing strengths.  We accommodate effective treatments to fit you, versus trying to change you to fit treatments.

We are relationship focused, meaning that good working relationships based upon trust, respect, and open communication are essential to helping clients deal with their challenges.

We our experts in our fields who are committed to life long learning about effective treatments in our specialty areas.  Although we are accomplished practitioners and critical thinkers, we are also open minded, flexible, and realize there is always more to learn from our clients.


We strive to only serve clients who we can help achieve their goals.  Although it can be frustrating to not be accepted as a new client, we do not want clients to waste their valuable resources.  Please be honest during the initial phone consultation so that we can collaboratively decide about the potential benefit of working together.  Whenever possible, we offer referrals to other providers who may be better suited to help.

Our local clients reside in North County San Diego area, and our office is conveniently located in Carlsbad, CA.  We see clients who commute north from San Diego, or south from Orange County.   The office is minutes away from McClellan-Palomar Airport which can be accessed via private aviation.  International clients can commute from San Diego or Orange County airports, or take commercial flights from San Jose, Las Vegas, or Reno into McClellan-Palomar Airport.

We are willing to provide services as rapidly as clients are able to benefit.  However, we are outpatient providers and not able assist clients who need initial stabilization in a hospital setting.

We are committed to inclusion and diversity and strive to offer services that are respectful to all clients of varied gender, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, disability, language, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


We are recruiting clinical staff to join our growing practice.  If you are a fully licensed, well trained, and an exceptionally talented clinician wanting to help clients in your specialty area, we would like to hear from you.  Please contact Dr. Carter directly.