Christen Carson, Ph.D., ABPP is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She received a Master of Arts in Psychology and Depth Psychology from Duquesne University and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She has BA degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Stetson University. Dr. Carson is Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology (ABCFP). She is also the national President-Elect of the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology. Dr. Carson is a King County Title 26 Family Law Guardian ad Litem. Dr. Carson has been providing psychological services for more than 15 years.

Individual, Family and Couples Therapy

Dr. Carson works with individuals, families, and couples to help them overcome emotional struggles and psychological challenges. Applying her knowledge and experience of therapy approaches and techniques, Dr. Carson works with individuals and couples to discover, understand, and alter self-defeating behavioral patterns and negative perceptions that may be holding them back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life and healthy, secure relationships.
Following an initial assessment, treatment sessions typically include weekly confidential appointments with Dr. Carson for an estimated 45-50 minutes in her office.

  • Individual Psychotherapy, Adults, Young Adults, Adolescents, and Children,
  • Family and Couples Psychotherapy

Psychological Evaluations

Using empirically validated psychological assessment and testing procedures, Dr. Carson is able to determine diagnoses, personality structure, intellectual functioning, and behavioral patterns. Such evaluations help resolve misconceptions and misunderstandings about diagnosis, and guide treatment planning for the most beneficial and symptom-relieving interventions. Evaluations offer direction and guidance on the best and most effective way to help understand one’s personality make-up, strengths and weaknesses, and overall functioning. Psychological evaluation may involve administrating a series of psychological tests, conducting clinical interviews, contacting other providers, and reviewing documents such as medical records or previous reports.

Some types of evaluations Dr. Carson offers:

  • Psychodiagnostic Clarification
  • Intellectual (neurocognitive) Evaluations
  • Learning Disability Evaluations
  • Attention-Deficit Disorder Assessment
  • Behavior Assessment
  • Accommodations for academic placement and testing accommodations
  • Personality Structure and Psychopathology Evaluations
  • Pre-Surgical Evaluations for Pain, Gastric bypass, and surgical procedures
  • Forensic Evaluations such as Parenting Evaluations, Court Ordered Mental Health Evaluations or Immigration Evaluations are discussed below.

Forensic Services

Dr. Carson is a Certified Parenting Evaluator through the Parenting Evaluation Training Program (PETP), directed by Andrew Benjamin, JD, PhD, ABPP at the University of Washington School of Law. She is a member of APA’s Division 43 Society for Family Psychology. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Division of Couple and Family Psychology, and the National Treasurer for the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology, a Specialty Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a contracted psychological evaluator for the King County Juvenile Court System and a King County Title 26 Family Law Guardian ad Litem.

Forensic Psychology involves the application of the science of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system.  Through the use of scientific principles and practices, forensic psychologists provide specialized knowledge to assist with making appropriate, well-informed legal decisions.  Dr. Carson has advanced training providing forensic psychological services.  All services are provided with adherence to ethical practices and scientific principles with an attention to detail that results in comprehensive, scientifically supported findings, expert opinions, and recommendations.

Dr. Carson provides forensic services in the following areas:

  • Parenting Plan Evaluations
  • Guardian ad Litem, Title 26 Family Law
  • Co-parenting Psychotherapy and Case Management
  • Standard of Practice review of GAL or Parenting Evaluation Reports
  • Court Ordered Psychological/Mental Health Evaluations
  • Independent Medical Evaluations and CR35 Psychological Evaluations
  • Psychological Damages in Personal Injury
  • Immigration Evaluations
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Please review these forms and bring a copy of them with you to your first appointment. We will discuss this information and any questions you may have at that time.

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