About Dr. La Keita Carter


La Keita D. Carter, PsyD is a licensed psychologist in Maryland who specializes in trauma. Born in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Carter completed her bachelor's degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA before completing her master's and doctoral degrees at Loyola University Maryland. In addition to being a licensed psychologist, Dr. Carter is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LCPC-S) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LCADC) in Maryland. 

Affectionately known as "Dr. C" by her patients and students, Dr. Carter holds several certificates in psychology. She is a Diplomate in Rape Trauma (American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress) as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Through the National Board of Certified Counselors, Dr. Carter is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and a Board-Certified Telemental Health Professional (BC-TMH).

Dr. Carter owns and operates the award-winning Institute for HEALing, LLC (iHEAL), a wellness agency based in Owings Mills, MD that specializes in the treatment of mental health disorders. iHEAL holds accreditation and licensure with the State of Maryland as an outpatient mental health clinic (OMHC), mobile treatment service (MTS), psychiatric rehabilitation program for adults (PRP), and alcohol education program. It is also certified as a Minority-Owned Enterprise (MBE) as well as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE).

In 2021, she led her team to winning three awards in the greater Baltimore area, including 7th Fastest Growing Private Company, Top Minority-owned Business, and Top Women-Owned Business.

Speaker & Presenter

Dr. Carter is a sought-after speaker and presenter on topics related to trauma and cultural competence in professionals. Having experience speaking to general populations as well as professionals, she has been featured in a number of television, radio, and print media discussions, sharing her insight on important mental health topics and how they relate to current events and societal structures (see Media). Of note, she was a featured speaker at Taraji P. Henson's inaugural Can We Talk? Conference that was sponsored by the Boris L. Henson Foundation. She was also a presenter at Maryland Department of Health's first Racism and Mental Health Conference in September 2020.

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As a psychologist, she spends much of her clinical time training budding psychologists and counselors, as well as consulting with a diversity of professionals including lawyers, physicians, clergy, transportation experts, entrepreneurs, journalists, academicians, and, of course, other mental health providers.

Academic Author

Dr. Carter has also authored three psychology textbooks, the last of which was Reflecting Humanity: Biological, Psychological, and Sociological PerspectivesShe has written a number of articles related to her psychology specialities as well.


In addition to her academic writing, Dr. Carter teaches multiple classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Abnormal Psychology   |   Multicultural Psychology   |   Ethics      


Theories of Psychotherapy   |   Social Psychology

Personal Life

Dr. Carter is married to Jarrett L. Carter, Sr., the owner and founding editor of the HBCU Digest, an online news outlet that covers all things related to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Together, they live just outside of Baltimore raising their four children. 

When she isn't working, you can find her spending time with family, exercising (cycling and lifting), baking and cooking, traveling, decorating her home, watching movies, and beating her husband in Scrabble (which only happens about 50% of the time). She also enjoys volunteering through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Diplomate in Rape Trauma

American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

International Trauma Training Institute

Board Certified - Telemental Health Provider

National Board of Certified Counselors

Approved Clinical Supervisor

National Board of Certified Counselors

Notary Public


Certified Master Reviewer & Peer Reviewer

Quality Matters



Licensed Psychologist (LP)


Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor – Supervisor




Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LCADC)


Education & Training


BA in Psychology

Magna Cum Laude

MS in Clinical Psychology

PsyD in Clinical Psychology


Pre-Doctoral Internship

Teaching Appointments

Capella University

Core Faculty of Clinical Psychology &

Director of Clinical Training (current)

Community College of Baltimore County

Adjunct Professor of Psychology (current)

Associate Professor of Psychology

Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies

Associate Professor of Addiction Studies & 

Clinical Placement Coordinator

Loyola University Maryland

Director of the Psychology Division & 

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology

Stevenson University

Adjunct Professor

McDanielle College

Adjunct Professor

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

2022 Crystal Racks-Cook Perseverance Award, Morgan State University's Baltimore Metro Women's Business Center
2022 Professional Achievement Award, Rho Xi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
2021 7th Fastest Growing Private Companies in Greater Baltimore, Baltimore Business Journal
2021 Very Important Professional: Successful by 40, The Daily Record
2021 Enterprising Women, Baltimore Business Journal
2021 Top 30 Minority-owned Businesses in the Greater Baltimore Area, Baltimore Business Journal
2021 Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record

2021 Top 50 Women-owned Businesses in the Greater Baltimore Area, Baltimore Business Journal
2016 Stephen Shank Excellence in Teaching, Capella University (Also won in 2012 & 2014)
2015 FlexPath Trailblazer, Capella University

Professional Affiliations

Vice President, Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA) Board of Directors

Member, Pro bono Counseling Project Board of Directors

Associate Editor, The Independent Practitioner (APA)

Editorial Board Member, Practice Innovations

Chair, Rho Xi Omega Chapter Mental Health Ad Hoc Committee (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.)

Member, Maryland Psychological Association (MPA)

Member, Maryland Counseling Association (MCA)

Member, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (DAAETS)

Member, American Counseling Association (ACA)

  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)

Member, Association for Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

Member, American Psychological Association (APA)

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

  • Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse)

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

    • Section 1 (Psychology of Black Women)

  • Division 36 Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

  • Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice)

  • Division 56 (Trauma Psychology)

Member, International Chapter History Book Committee (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.)