Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
Accepting new clients
Specialties & expertise
- Couples counseling
- Relationship issues
- Chronic illness
- Existential challenges / crises
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.
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
Cara is not in-network with any insurances.
- Individual sessions: $150/session
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $150 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"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."
Emotionally Focused TherapyFocuses on building secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners and family members with the goal of increasing security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships.
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)
Education and work experience
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