Kelli Carter


About Therapist Kelli Carter:

Hi, my name is Kelli Carter. I am a Clinical Mental Health Intern at Montgomery Counseling Center, in Rockville, Maryland. I am so excited to join the MCCC team. It is my belief that each of us desires to have a healthy relationship with ourselves and those around us. But the reality is developing healthy relationships is difficult and can sometimes feel unattainable. My hope is through counseling we can explore how to build relationships with others and yourself that will help you in your daily life. I will work with you to create the changes in your life you desire, by creating goals with you that will move you towards positive change. I believe each of us is doing the best we can with what we have and it is my goal to help you gain more self-awareness and give you resources so you can be your best self and grow in healthy relationships with others.

Relationships are hard and messy and we often don’t know what to do or where to go when challenges arise. I can walk beside you as we explore your hidden potential to develop thriving relationships in your life.

Education and Experience as a Therapist

I received my bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  I then worked with medically fragile infants and children and their families as they navigated broken expectations and new medical challenges in a long-term care facility for children. After moving to DC Metro area in 2009, I worked with a home health company as Client Services Manager helping seniors age in place with independence and dignity.

In 2016, I started graduate school in pursuit of my masters in clinical mental health. While in graduate school I have gained a wealth of information and training in a variety of evidence-based counseling practices. From January 2020 until May 2020, I worked as a counseling Intern with Synergy Family Services. In their outpatient mental health clinic, I provided strength-based counseling through mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Gestalt Therapy to individuals and families. I am excited to work with MCCC to continue my work and learning experience with individuals, families and couples.

Areas of Interest

  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Crisis
  • Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Adoption

Personal Life

cute puppy, therapy dog

My family is what makes me smile. I have been married for 15 years and have three kids who keep me on my toes. We also have a 1-year old puppy who helps keep us moving.

Watching NFL football is a family activity we all enjoy along with hiking, kayaking and just being in nature. In between being a soccer coach, mom and wife, I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes to enjoy with friends and family.

I am an affirming clinician who supports the rights and dignity of all persons. I am committed to advocating for all people and come to the counseling relationship with cultural humility.



Phone: 240-449-4131

Blogs and Publications

The First Steps to A Happy and Healthy Marriage

Worth The Work: How to Save Your Relationship

Thoughts On White Allyship

Embracing Different Holiday Traditions This Year