Cara  Quinn

Cara Quinn

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT

Accepting new clients for afternoon & daytime appointments in East Providence practice (updated May 07, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic illness
  • Existential challenges / crises

Professional statement

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.

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.


Couples counseling - A process that explores, repairs, and strengthens your relationship; uses Emotionally Focused Therapy, a unique therapy modality for couples counseling

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Trauma - Dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

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.

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

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

General expertise


Cara Quinn is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $175

Therapist's note


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

East Providence practice

20 Newman Avenue

Suite 2003

East Providence, RI 02916

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


  • English

Professional endorsements

David Stern, PsyD

Cara has many tools in her tool kit and is a solid senior clinician. She is strong, smart, and in the top tier of my referral list.

Client testimonials

Mother, wife, mental health advocate

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.

Couple married 8 years

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.

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