Carol Carlson, Doctor, Psychologist in Irvine
I treat psychological, emotional or relational pain by taking a results-oriented approach. When someone suffers from a medical disorder, a comprehensive assessment of the problem is required in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis. If the diagnosis is incorrect, treatment will repeatedly fail. As a skilled diagnostician, my focus is to treat patients, many of whom had been non-responsive to previous psychological or medical treatment, in this same way. Only with a correct diagnosis will treatment be effective. Once determined, goals discussed, a treatment plan in place, the therapy begins. Together, we then work to achieve noticeable outcomes, obtain lasting results & conclude treatment.
Trauma, abuse; loss; mood & anxiety disorders; marriage / couples conflicts and with adolescents. I have unique expertise working with Clergy Sexual Abuse victims, Survivors who have lost loved ones due to Suicide or Homicide; Relationship problems; Attachment or Intimacy difficulties; PTSD & Faith-Based struggles. Within the private sector, I provide executive coaching, leadership development & organizational assessments.
Before becoming a Psychologist, I spent my career in private industry so I am extremely focused on achieving effective results in the treatment of psychological / relationship problems. For someone to have psychological pain requiring endless therapy = malpractice from my perspective. Effective treatment leads to emotional health so one can move beyond therapy.
Call Carol Carlson for a free phone consultation now - (949) 529-5607


  • Years in Practice: 24 Years
  • School: Boston University
  • Year Graduated: 1994
  • License No. and State: PSY14518 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $250 - $300
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: ACH Bank transfer, Cash, Check, Paypal

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Degree: Pepperdine University / Master's Degree
  • Year graduated: 1988
  • Degree: University of Minnesota / Bachelor's Degree
  • Year graduated: 1982

Carol Carlson's Groups

Suicide Survivors

This group is for adults, parents, adult children, or individuals who have lost a family member or loved one to suicide. Its focus is to provide a foundational path towards healing from this complex grief reaction. As a result of this particular loss, guilt, shame, rejection, abandonment, emotional / relational and a trauma reaction pattern evolves. The group combines psychological education, grief work and a plan for long-term healing. Without moving into the pain resulting from death by suicide, relationships suffer & the emotional anguish intensifies. For immediate grief reactions, individual therapy is recommended. Effective group therapy requires an initial passage of time.

More about this group


  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Spirituality


  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Clergy Sexual Abuse & Suicide Survivors
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Women's Issues

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders

Client Focus

Ethnicity: African-American and Asian
Religious Orientation: Christian


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults


  • Aviation Professionals
  • Cancer
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Christian Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Executive Coaching
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Humanistic
  • Imago
  • Jungian
  • Leadership Development
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Person-Centered
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation
  • Relational
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017
Carol Carlson, Doctor, Psychologist in Irvine

Carol Carlson

Psychologist, Doctor