Mana K. Ali Carter, PhD, ABPP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Offering Telehealth Services: in Maryland, Washington DC and over 30 additional states.

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Mana K. Ali Carter, PhD, ABPP

Treatment Approach & Areas of Expertise

I assess and treat adults coping with a variety of stressors including individuals experiencing emotional difficulties associated with anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment to major life events, and preparing for and healing from medical procedures including bariatric and cosmetic surgeries. Mood symptoms can have a negative impact on relationships, self-esteem, one’s ability to participate in meaningful activities, and management of health behaviors related to sleep, physical activity, and pain. I bring an understanding of how biological, psychological, cultural, and social factors are interrelated and influence people’s lived experience.

My diverse training has afforded me skills in a variety of treatment approaches including cognitive- behavioral, acceptance and commitment, humanistic, and psychodynamic therapies. Furthermore, I am board certified in rehabilitation psychology, with an expertise in helping individuals and their loved ones effectively cope with physical disability, chronic medical conditions, and health challenges and changes. I enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and value cultural humility. I am a strengths-based psychologist with a passion for increasing motivation and eliciting my clients’ inner strengths and resilience. I believe that people are the expert on themselves. As such, I promote collaborative treatment planning, self-compassion, and self-empowerment through the therapeutic process.

Training & Experience

In addition to working with clients in private practice, Dr. Ali Carter is a Rehabilitation Psychologist within MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MNRN). Dr. Ali Carter co-chairs the entity level Equity, Inclusion and Diversity committee, and is a member of local and national committees focused on these initiatives. Her research interests and publications have focused on the mind-body connection; specifically, how psychological and social factors impact health and wellbeing. Dr. Ali Carter also enjoys teaching future clinicians through her roles as Director of Training for MNRN’s Rehabilitation and Pain Psychology post-doctoral fellowship, Adjunct Professor at Bowie State University, and Assistant Professor at Georgetown University.

Prior to joining INSPIRE Psychological Wellness, Dr. Ali Carter trained and worked in medical and mental health settings across the Washington DC Area including St. Elizabeths Hospital, VA Medical Centers (trauma clinic, medical rehabilitation, and hospice), Children’s National Medical Center, neuropsychology private practice, DC Public School System, Inpatient Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Center, and Howard University’s Counseling Center.

Please see below for additional details regarding Dr. Ali Carter’s credentials

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis)
    Howard University
  • Fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology
    Johns Hopkins Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Predoctoral Internship
    VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland-School of Medicine Psychology Internship Consortium

Services: Individual psychotherapy, wellness coaching and psychological evaluations for bariatric, spinal cord stimulator and transplant surgeries

Specialties: coping with chronic and acute medical conditions and physical disability including pain, weight management, sleep problems; medical trauma; smoking cessation; depression; anxiety; reduced self-esteem; life transitions; relationship challenges; professional burnout; stress management; perfectionism

Insurance: Dr. Carter is in-network with Aetna for individual psychotherapy in Washington DC and Maryland and out-of-network in all other states and with all other insurance carriers.

To Contact Dr. Ali Carter directly

Call:  (202) 935-3650, Ext. 3
Email: [email protected]