About Dr. Les Carter
Dr. Les Carter’s passion is working one on one with individuals in his counseling office. He has been in the private practice of counseling since 1980 when he completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling at the University of North Texas. Prior, he had received his master’s degree at UNT, and in 1976 he had completed his B.A. in Psychology at Baylor University in Waco, Tx.
Once graduate school was complete, he joined the renowned Minirth-Meier Clinic in suburban Dallas, Texas where he remained for 25 years. There he specialized in anger management, working with older adolescents and adults. Through those years he conducted many Anger Workshops and authored books about anger and other mood disorders. His Anger Workbook sold over 500,000 copies and in all he authored or coauthored twenty books. Various of those books have been translated into 10 foreign languages. Along with the Minirth-Meier team he participated in about 3000 radio broadcasts, mostly of the call-in talk show variety.
The son of an Army chaplain who later worked in prison chaplaincy and mental health specialties, Les Carter had front row experiences throughout his youth with programs touching the families of those who needed psychological assistance most. It was an easy decision for him to enter the field of psychotherapy when it was time to choose a career. He has a twin brother, Lee, who is a forensic psychologist in Waco, Tx. The two brothers spend hours comparing notes and talking shop.
In 2005, Dr. Carter cofounded the Southlake Psychiatric and Counseling Center in Southlake, Texas (near Dallas). He has continued his counseling there and in his career has logged over 65,000 counseling sessions. “I know it may seem strange,” he has explained, “but I prefer taking difficult cases because that’s where we find the highest potential for therapeutic growth.” He has a reputation as compassionate, firm, and uplifting.
In 2018, along with Laura Charanza, he cofounded the SurvivingNarcissism YouTube channel and the Dr. Les Carter YouTube channel. His words: “In my history of conducting anger workshops, it became abundantly clear that self absorption, control cravings, and the lack of empathy were at the base of most interpersonal problems. So my therapeutic focus went deeper into the direction of understanding narcissism as a means of finding resolution to mood and relationship strains.” YouTube has provided the perfect platform for communicating his insights about narcissism. His goal is simple, explain narcissism and its powerful impact upon relationships, then offer alternatives for healthy living.