Carter Barnhart has been featured by media outlets including Forbes, Refinery29 and Thrive Global. Carter has the unique perspective of personal recovery coupled with a 365-degree feedback philosophy, which has helped shape the extraordinary client experience at Newport.
Prior to becoming the Chief Experience Officer (CXO), Carter worked in the CEO’s office and served as the Vice President of Referral Relations at Newport Academy. This gave her the opportunity to work in areas such as programming, discharge planning, admissions, and operations. In fact, she began her career while pursuing her undergraduate degree, working full-time for Newport during the day and taking a full course load at night. Carter has always had a strong commitment for helping others, and is known for her dedication to young adults and their families throughout one of the most difficult periods of their lives. Carter is also a regular speaker at conferences, schools, and hospitals on a variety of topics, including the importance of adolescent mental health, sustainable healing, and the Family-Systems approach – all of which are essential to the recovery process at Newport.
Advice I Would Give My 20-Something Self
Prioritize yourself. Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship. The process of witnessing our darkness is a brave and sacred act of self-love – and developing that takes courage. The most courageous thing you can do is face your fears head on. Brené Brown found in her research that courage is one of the most important qualities that wholehearted people have in common. I wish I truly understood what courage was in my early 20s. Courage today is typically attached to heroics and valiant acts, but originally it was defined as “to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Speaking openly of your truths, your feelings, and your thoughts should be celebrated.