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Carla Smith

Chief Clinical Officer/Licensed Therapist/Mommy

Dr. Carla Smith (she/her) works at the intersections of mental health and social justice. A licensed therapist (LCSW, LMFT) and trained DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) Coach, she creates opportunities for health equity by focusing on training, inclusion, and emotion work. Dr. Carla is the Chief Clinical Officer at Motivo, an online platform for clinical supervision. She is also the Founder and CEO of Haven Therapy of Atlanta, a mental health practice serving people throughout Georgia. Both roles give Dr. Carla the opportunity to create systemic change for people deeply impacted by sociohistorical trauma, particularly Queer BIPOC (Black/Brown, Indigenous, People of Color). She uses her professional and social media platforms to bring attention to forms of oppression that contribute to social inequities, risk individual autonomy, and harm relationships.

Dr. Carla has earned a Doctorate in Human Development and Family Science, with a specialization in MFT from the University of Georgia; a Master of Social Work degree, also from UGA; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Rutgers University. She completed DEI training with the Social Justice Training Institute and has been providing DEI solutions to healthcare organizations for over 10 years. Her research and training are in the areas of identity development, the intergenerational transmission of cultural identity, and providing quality, culturally responsive, affirming clinical services to socially marginalized people. Dr. Carla seeks to disrupt the ways we provide clinical training in healthcare to teach providers to lead with cultural humility.