Don Carter MSW, LCSW

Author, Coach, & Psychotherapist

Holts Summit, Missouri, United States
  • Open soon
  • Hypnotherapy
  • EMDR
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Ego-State Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Small Groups Online
  • In Office or Online

Don offers online therapy and resources in addition to in-office sessions. Click the chat button (lower right), the services on the right panel, or click a link below to learn more:


Don’s Virtual Office (Click to take a Peek)

TheraFlix @ Serenity Cafe (Over 300 Videos & Audios)

Rooms @ Serenity Cafe (Our Unique Community)

Internet of the Mind (Newsletter, Articles, and podcast)

Secure Client Portal (HIPPA Compliant)

Serenity Creations Online (Main Website)

Thawing the Iceberg Series (Six Books on Amazon)


As an integrative psychotherapist, Don personalizes and integrates various approaches for each client. These include Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy. Here are a few of the approaches Don has available online or in person.


Clinical Hypnosis

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Ego-State Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

and other complementary approaches.


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Don Carter MSW, LCSW

  • Services
  • Individual Session
    Online or in-office Individual therapy sessions. Don is licensed in Missouri. Check with your state licensing board to see if they recognize Missouri credentials. If not, then choose the coaching option.
  • EMDR, Hypnotherapy
    Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Hypnotherapy sessions typically require 70 to 90 minutes per session. Don uses the platform for HIPPA compliant online sessions.

Free Consultation

Questions? Click the chat bubble below. Or click the button to request a Free 15 to 20-minute video or telephone consultation.


    Don Carter MSW, LCSW (Mental Health and Addictive Disorders) Regular online and in-office sessions are the same rates of $120.00 USD per hour. (60-minute, and 90-minute sessions are available at a prorated fee.) Angie Carter (Addiction Counseling) Regular online and in-office sessions are the same rates of $85.00 USD per hour. Contact Angie for information re: D.O.T. Evaluations. (30-minute, 60-minute, and 90-minute sessions are available at a prorated fee.)

    The number of sessions will be determined by your goal as well as the progress being made from one session to the next. Having said that, the average number of sessions per counseling episode is 12 to 14.

    No, we do not pursue insurance reimbursement for several reasons. However, we can provide clients with a special invoice called a “Superbill” which has all the relevant information and is accepted by virtually all insurance companies (although they may deny the coverage) Because we take self-pay clients only, we are able to keep our fees far below the Usual and Customary Rates (UCR). Other benefits include that your services are more discrete, confidential, and private because they don’t go into a national database as when you use insurance benefits.

    It is best to take advantage of our 15-minute free initial session. At the end of that session, your counselor or coach will be able to advise you on next steps and technologies that may be best suited for your goals. As a Carter Counseling and Coaching Services client, you will have access to all the resources we have to offer at no additional charge. This means we have all the resources at Serenity Creations Online , Serenity Cafe Academy, and at our disposal in helping you reach your goals. With our Secure Online Client Portal, we can be connected in real time with HIPPA Compliant security. Don and Angie can draw on videos, audios, online courses, documents, worksheets, journaling activities, links to relevant web pages, and even direct messaging when you have questions or comments. Why wait until your next session and try to cram everything into a one-hour session? If the technology is there, then why not use it?

    Online telemedicine video sessions work pretty much the same as regular face-to-face sessions. However, you are sitting in the comfort of your own home or office while your provider is sitting in the comfort of their own office. Just like one-on-one face-to-face sessions, there is a getting to know you stage which may include becoming familiar with the technology. Within a session or two, you should start to feel as connected as if you were in the same room together. It is important to have a webcam and a good internet connection such as high-speed broadband internet. If that is not possible, then telephone sessions are the next best thing. Our TeleMedicine software is very versatile allowing us to share our screen, make presentations, conduct small groups, do couples counseling online, meet with family members in different locations, and share a whiteboard. We can train families who are spread out at various locations across the country on such topics as how to do an intervention with a loved one. The opportunities and possibilities are unlimited.

    Usually, your therapist will have a number of therapy approaches to draw from. If what you’re doing is not working, you and/or your therapist may decide to try another approach. Don is an Integrative Psychotherapist, i.e. able to combine many complementary therapies.

    During your initial assessment, you should get a good idea of whether or not you and the therapist will be a good fit. The therapist may decide to refer you to someone else if your issues fall outside of their expertise. If it doesn’t feel like you are well matched to your therapist, it is highly appropriate to ask for a referral to someone else.

    To arrange an appointment, click the button in the service you want to schedule. You will select free initial consultation or another available session length. It is also helpful to fill out the initial paperwork prior to your appointment so your therapist can review it and save time during your first session. If you prefer to contact us by phone, call us. The chat button is probably the best way to connect.

    Check the map below in the bottom of this page for directions. Please contact us for an appointment before coming by.