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McCarthy Counseling

Dr. Robert E. McCarthy

Dr. Robert McCarthy is an internationally-known authority in integrative medicine as well as a State Licensed (LPC) and Nationally-Board Board Certified (NCC, NCSC, CCMHC) Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), credentialed Counseling Supervisor (LPCS, ACS) amd Licensed (LAC) and Board Certified Addiction Counselor (MAC). He has over forty years experience in the clinical assessment, diagnosis, remediation and treatment of patients with emotional, physical, neurological and learning disorders.

In addition, Dr. McCarthy holds a Diplomate as a Clinical Mental Health Specialist in the areas of Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders, Geratric Counseling, Developmental Disabilities Counseling and Child and Adolescent Counseling that are issued by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). He also is a Board Certified Life Fellow with the American Board for Certification of Clinical Education and Training (ABCCET) as an integrative healthcare provider, forensic consultant and psychotherapist.    

His work experience over the years included employment in a variety of public and private settings: Private, State and County Psychiatric Hospitals; County and State Outpatient Mental Health Programs; State Correctional Facilities; Private and Public Educational Institutions; Private Residential Programs; Numerous College Faculty Appointments; and, Private Practice.

During the mid 1970s, Dr. McCarthy completed formal postgraduate training in psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy at the New York Center for Psychoanalytic Training in New York City, and family therapy in Westchester County, while studying with such prominent psychologists and psychatrists as Dr. Reuben Fine, Dr. Stan Rosenman, Dr. Joseph Levy, Dr. Joseph Richmond, Dr. Clara Torda, Dr. Emanuel Hammer, Dr. Tom Fogarty, and Dr. Phil Geurin.

Many years later, Dr. Joel Lubar at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville added to Dr. McCarthy's interest in bolstering human potential by showing him how to empower others through advanced diagnostic qEEG evaluation and neurofeedback technologies.

Dr. McCarthy now specializes in qEEG, swLORETA, biofeedback, neurofeedback, hemoencephalography, cranial electrical stimulation, audio-visual entrainment, computerized cognitive training and reconstructive depth therapies.

While decades have passed, Dr. McCarthy's optimism and belief in the limitless potential and buoyancy of the human spirit remains an endless source of motivation and excitement as he works with patients on a daily basis.  

Dr. McCarthy earned his Master of Arts degree from St. John's University in Jamaica, Queens, New York; a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco, California; and, a two-year Postgraduate Certificate in Pain Management from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

In addition, he previously served as Chairperson of a Committee on Special Education in New York State related to Public Law 94-142 and 504 legislation for seven years, and was an Executive Advisory Board Member of the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) and American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) for many years. 

He continues to serve on the Executive Advisory Board of the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH) and American Board for Certification in Clinical Education and Training (ABCCET). He also previously served as an Accreditation Commissioner for AAIM, and is the author of Integrative Medicine: Setting-Up-A-State-of-the-Art Practice published by the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE) that is now distributed worldwide.

In 1990, Dr. McCarthy was also selected as the American Mental Health Counselor Association's Counselor of the Year from a pool of nationwide nominees, and was named a Master Therapist by the American Psychotherapy Association.

Dr. McCarthy also served in the past at different points in his career on numerous National and State Committees for the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).

In addition, Dr. McCarthy was honored with a plague by the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) for being a Featured Lecturer at their Executive Summit in Santa Barbara, California (August 2015), and that same year served as a Consultant to the Chicago Cubs organization.

He also previously worked as a Consultant to the Myrtle Beach Police Department and various medical and law practices throughout the greater Myrtle Beach area; and, several years ago, became the first clinician in the country to receive Board Certification in Pediatric Integrative Medicine previously granted by the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM).

Currently, Dr. McCarthy is the Executive Clinical Director of McCarthy Counseling Associates, PA. He and his professional colleagues continue to work with a range of emotional, psychophysiological, neurological, and learning disorders referred by various psychiatric, medical, educational, and other community-based programs.

His office is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art digital equipment and computerized software: Deymed system for conducting qEEG recordings and neurofeedback, Thought Technology's Infiniti System for biofeedback, Neuroguide, Brain Diagnosis, Mind Alive, Alpha-Stim and the Captain's Log multimedia software for computerized cognitive training.

Dr. McCarthy was previously Board Certified in both adult and pediatric Integrative Medicine by the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM), and remains a Board Certified Senior Fellow in EEG and General Biofeedback with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).

Furthermore, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Learning and Developmental Disorders (ALDD), International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy (IABMCP) and Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators (PACE) as well as numerous other interdisciplinary organizations.

He was also a Board Certified Post-Traumatic Stress Clinician with the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) and Certified Forensic Consultant with the American College of Forensic Examiners; and, remains a Board Certified Clinical Traumatologist with the American Board for Certification in Clinical Education and Training (ABCCET). 

While working as a practicing clinician, Dr. McCarthy provides state-of-the-art comprehensive, advanced, accurate diagnoses and formulates meaningful individualized treatment plans that enable a person to achieve their desired therapeutic goals.

Dr. McCarthy was recently (12/2019) selected to author Chapter 39 in a landmark book entitled "Neurofeedback: The First Fifty Years of Neurofeedback" edited by James R. Evans, Mary Blair Dellinger and the late Harold L. Russell.    

​McCarthy Counseling Associates P.A.
4603 Oleander Drive Suite 1
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 843.497.5240