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About Dr. McCarty...

Dr. McCarty has worked for over 35 years with individuals and families through various avenues as obstetrical nurse, childbirth educator, marriage and family therapist, prenatal and birth therapist, and consultant.

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, USC 
MS in Family Studies and Child Development, UK
BS in Nursing, UK

Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate–Board Certified Diplomate Comprehensive Energy Psychology


Advanced training in numerous complementary healing arts, including trauma resolution and energy psychology tools, and transpersonal practices.

In 1987, at a conference of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) she was introduced to the new field of prenatal and birth therapy with infants by William Emerson, Ph.D. and began her training and practice in this specialty.

In 1993, she and Raymond Castellino, D.C. R.P.P., co-founded BEBA, a nonprofit corporation and research clinic providing prenatal and birth therapy for babies and their families to help babies heal early stress and trauma and maximize their potential. Dr. McCarty was the first co-executive director of BEBA and a primary therapist and researcher in the clinic until the fall of 1997.

In 1999, Dr. McCarty joined a core team to develop and open the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (SBGI). She and Dr. Marti Glenn, President of SBGI, co-created the first graduate degree programs in prenatal and perinatal psychology. Four new graduate degree programs are now offered by SBGI as top professionals in this emerging field come together to create an extraordinary educational experience. Dr. McCarty was the Founding Chair of the Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Program and currently teaches several graduate courses at SBGI.

Her book, Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Babies’ Wholeness from the Beginning of Life–An Integrated Model of Early Development, pioneers integrating current early development understanding, new prenatal and perinatal psychology clinical findings, and consciousness research in a model that addresses our transcendental AND human nature from the beginning of life.

Dr. McCarty is an international educator and keynote speaker. She provides continuing education, seminars, workshops, and is a frequent presenter in prenatal and perinatal psychology and integrated early development to professionals, practitioners, and families.

In her private practice, she works with families from pre-conception through early childhood. She also works privately with professionals and practitioners who want to incorporate prenatal and perinatal psychology principles and perspective in their practice and have assistance with their own early prenatal and perinatal patterns.

Dr. McCarty has also been involved with consciousness studies and research for over two decades. Her work embodies her core perspective–that we are each spiritual consciousness who choose to have human experience with purpose and design. Her work incorporates the principles of prenatal and birth therapy within an integrated framework that emphasizes the relationship and integration of our spiritual and human nature, bringing together mind-body spirit.

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