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Meet Our  Therapists

La Keita Carter, PsyD, LP



Licensed Psychologist


  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland

    • Pre-doctoral Residency, Towson University (Maryland)

  • MS in Clinical Psychology, Loyola College in Maryland

  • BA in Psychology, Temple University (Pennsylvania)


  • Licensed Psychologist (LP)

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

  • Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LCADC)

Certifications & Certificates

  • Diplomate in Rape Trauma, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

  • Maryland Certified Supervisor, Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

  • Mental Health First Aid Certified

  • Board Certified-Telemental Health Provider, National Board of Certified Counselors

  • Approved Clinical Supervisor, National Board of Certified Counselors

  • Certified Master Reviewer & Peer Reviewer, Quality Matters

  • Notary Public

  • Certified Mental Health First Aid​


Dr. La Keita D, Carter, a native of Baltimore, MD, is the proud owner of the Institute for HEALing, LLC. Practicing since 2009, Dr. Carter's therapy specialties are women's issues; trauma and crisis management; sexual health and wellness; addictions; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) barriers in treatment; and relationship issues. She also enjoys psychoeducational testing for learning disabilities and learning giftedness and psychological evaluations for employment and surgeries. Her professional specialties include the supervision of budding counselors and psychologists and psychology administration.​​


Dr. Carter has been the recipient of dozens of awards for her work in the mental health community and beyond. In 2021 and 2022, Dr. Carter was recognized in Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record and a Leader in Diversity by the Baltimore Business Journal, respectively.


She is an international presenter on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics as well as mental health issues, having presented at the Maryland Psychological Association Annual Conference, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Maryland Behavioral Health Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Baltimore City College High School, Jack & Jill of America, Inc., Roberta's House, and Association for Psychology Training Clinics Annual Conference (San Juan, PR). She has also authored three psychology textbooks, the last of which was Reflecting Humanity: Biological, Psychological, and Social Perspectives (3rd edition) in 2019.


She has also appeared and/or contributed to local and national media outlets such as WEAA, WBALTV and WBAL Radio, NBR, Baltimore Sun, The Afro, The Washington Post, New York Times, WBFF (Fox45), The Daily Record, Baltimore Business Journal, discussing mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and trauma as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics.


You can visit Dr. Carter's website at

You can read about sexual health, relationships, intimacy, and more in her Psychology Today column, Inside Intimacy.

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Maryland Psychological Association (MPA)

  • Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

    • Division 2: The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA)

    • Division 35: The Society for the Psychology of Women (APA)

    • Division 36: Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (APA)

    • Division 56: Trauma Psychology (APA)

    • Division 28: Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse (APA)

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)

  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACA)

  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (ACA)

  • Maryland Counseling Association (MCA)

Board Appointments

  • Vice-President, Board of Directors of Black Mental Health Alliance (2015-present)

  • Board Member, Pro Bono Counseling (2021-present)

  • Consulting Editor, Practice Innovations, American Psychological Association Journal (2015-present)

  • Member-at-Large, Division 42: Psychologists in Independent Practice, American Psychological Association (2022-present)

  • Secretary, Board of Deacons, Providence Baptist Church (2011-present)

  • Chairman, Mental Health Committee of Rho Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (2021-present & 2015-2017)

  • Chairman, Technology Committee of Rho Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (2023-present)

  • Chairman, Mental Health Stream, Ivy Connections, North Atlantic Region, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (2023-present)

Patient Feedback about Dr. Carter

"When I first came to Dr. Carter, I was coming out of an abusive relationship, where I experienced varying degrees of trauma. I was in search of, and desperately in need of, healing and restoration – peace and freedom – strength and courage. Her wisdom, her compassion, her empathy, her understanding, and her expertise helped me to collect the ashes and turn them into something beautiful...With Dr. Carter, I feel heard. I feel seen. I feel validated. I feel challenged to see things from a different lens. I feel empowered to stand in my power and walk in my truth. She has greatly impacted my life and I am forever grateful." ~ LT

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