Cara Quinn, LMFT

Cara Quinn
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT

Accepting new clients (updated April 3, 2017)

Cara has skillfully, patiently and gently guided me through the hard work of healing the sustained childhood trauma that underlies my... major depression and life-time of anxiety. I have this gifted healer and guide to thank for the growth I am experiencing. I highly recommend her. "

- Mother, wife, mental health advocate (2017)

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If you are a prospective client, please schedule a phone consult above. For other inquiries, you can email Cara here.

    About Cara

  • Expertise in trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression
  • Specializes in couples counseling, particularly Emotionally Focused Therapy, which helps couples who feel disconnected reconnect and heal
  • One of two clinicians in Rhode Island certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy, a rigorous certification process (as of 2017)
  • Practices Internal Family Systems, Gestalt therapy, and mindfulness practices
  • Works with adults, parents, couples, and families
  • Cara and her dog, Roz, are a certified Professional Pet Assisted Therapy team



Cara Quinn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a focus on couples counseling. She is one of two clinicians in RI certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, a rigorous certification process, and works with couples to feel more connected in their relationships.

In addition to couples counseling, Cara supports individuals with anxiety, grief, depression, and trauma. She combines a variety of approaches, including Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and mindfulness practices. She and her dog, Roz, are also a certified Professional Pet Assisted Therapy (PPAT) team. 

Cara works to understand and provide and non-judgmental space for her clients. She is dedicated to constantly improving her expertise, and makes continuing her education a regular part of her practice. 



"Therapy can be intimidating, especially when talking about charged issues. I offer a safe and accepting space to unpack the stuck patterns in your life to make sense of them in order to create lasting change."


Cordis Counseling, Founder and Therapist, 2009 - Present
Gateway Healthcare, Outpatient Clinician, 2008-2009
Gateway Healthcare, Children's Intensive Services, Clinician, 2005-2009

University of Rhode Island, Masters, Human Development and Family Studies




Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety
Couples counseling – A process that explores, repairs, and strengthens your relationship. Uses Emotionally Focused Therapy, a unique therapy modality for couples counseling.
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Grief – Sadness and mourning following major loss. Usually associated with the death of a person, but can be expanded to loss of a job, relationship, future dreams, etc.
Trauma – Dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)


Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice



Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)









From Brown University
20min bus, 20min bike

20min bus, 24min bike

From Johnson & Wales
30min bus28min bike

Cara Quinn has been my therapist for over six years. Over this time, she has skillfully, patiently and gently guided me through the hard work of healing the sustained childhood trauma that underlies my 23-year history of major depression and life-time of anxiety. Masterfully using a variety of techniques - including the Internal Family Systems therapeutic model - she gained my complete trust which is crucial to successful trauma work. I have discovered through our work together that my negative and distorted perceptions of my personality and abilities were the result of the terror I felt as a child. As my fear subsides, I am gradually seeing more clearly my strength, resilience, bravery and tenacity. The work is difficult as my body and mind resist it with fatigue, anxiety and doubt. I am confident however, that with time, the despair and fear - read depression and anxiety - that have imprisoned me for so long will be dispelled. I have this gifted healer and guide to thank for the growth I am experiencing. I highly recommend her.
— Mother, wife, mental health advocate (2017)


Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified?
Many tools in tool kit. Solid senior clinician. Strong, smart. Someone in the top tier of my referral list.
— David Stern, PsyD (2017)


We began working with Cara more than a year ago. It was a very difficult time in our lives and the quality of our relationship was suffering. Cara’s thoughtful words and experienced perspective helped us better understand our patterns of interaction. She provided us with a nonjudgmental and caring environment where we could express and explore our emotions. We would recommend her to any couple wanting to deepen their connection and strengthen their relationship.
— Couple married 8 years (2017)