My Practice

My psychotherapy practice is representative of the multicultural environment of Los Angeles.  Many of the people I see come from the creative or dramatic arts, especially those in the music, film and television industry. I enjoy working with a variety of people, ranging in age from late adolescence to seniors. Relationship conflicts, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and problems with creative processes are the most common concerns for those who seek therapy with me. I also work regularly with those challenged by the emotional impacts of life transitions such as divorce, career change, postpartum changes, parenting problems, empty nest syndrome, employment issues, and retirement.


Dr. Martha Carr has been in private practice in the Toluca Lake/Burbank/Hollywood area for over twenty-five years as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, Child Counseling from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California in 1991, and her Doctorate of Psychology in Psychoanalysis from the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute (NPI) in 2007. A Training and Supervising analyst, she currently serves as faculty member and has been Director of the Pasadena Campus of NPI. Since 1999, Dr. Carr has been teaching Couples Counseling and/or Fieldwork Practicum at California State University, Northridge, and has also taught Couples Counseling, Family Therapy and Practicum at Alliant/CSPP, Antioch University and Pacific Oaks College. Dr. Carr gives various educational workshops throughout the greater Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas. (See Past Presentations and Upcoming Events.)
Contemporary psychoanalytic thinking as well as current research in clinical neuroscience and attachment theory forms the basis of Dr. Carr’s theoretical orientation. Humanistic, Family Systems and Post-Modern ideas also influence her work.

Professional Memberships:

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Glendale Area Mental Health Professionals Association