Carolyn Bell

Carolyn Bell, LGPC, Psychotherapist

Specializations: Couples counseling, individual relationship therapy, premarital counseling, sexual issues, anxiety, ADHD, finance therapy, LGBTQ+. Racial justice allied.

Pronouns: she/her

Relationships bring meaning to our lives. I work with couples and individuals to help remove obstacles that hinder your connection and intimacy. Working together, I can help you achieve your therapeutic goals in a safe and trusting environment.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy can help you learn to be more fully present in the here and now and resolve issues, enabling you to heal and grow. I work with clients at points of transition, helping you to enhance your relationships, heal anxiety and depression, resolve trauma, manage ADHD, and develop a healthier relationship with money (see Finance Therapy below). I also help clients who are experiencing life-changing events, including loss and grief, chronic health diagnoses, adoption, and job growth and relocation.

As a therapist, I make use of Experiential Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy (CBT), Walk-Talk Therapy, and other modalities.

Couples Therapy

I offer support for couples who want to strengthen their relationships and resolve issues that are preventing emotional and sexual intimacy. My approach to couples therapy is Emotionally Focused (EFT) and Gottman Institute-based. I’m experienced working with LGBTQ+ and heterosexual couples, and with monogamous and consensually non-monogamous relationships.

Working together, I can help you:

  • Strengthen your communication
  • Increase sexual intimacy
  • Explore commitment
  • Heal from breaches of trust
  • Improve your parenting skills
  • Manage ADHD in your relationship
  • Engage in Premarital Counseling

Finance Therapy

I offer finance therapy, which can help you better understand the money lessons you learned in childhood and how they may be showing up in your adult lives. Decisions about money are one the biggest stressors in a couple’s relationship. By better understanding each partner’s relationship with money and destigmatizing discussions about money, couples can have greater clarity about how each person prioritizes financial decisions, so the couple can proceed with less conflict.

I had a career in finance and business before becoming a therapist, and I enjoy helping clients explore and resolve money-related therapeutic issues. Please note that I am not a Financial Advisor or a Financial Planner, though I can refer you to specialists in those fields.

Training and Experience

I’m a National Board-Certified Counselor and a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. I obtained my Masters in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health from Wake Forest University. I also hold a BA from Stanford University in Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School. I have worked in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street, and am a former CFO and elite athlete. I have advanced training in mindfulness and meditation from the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy and ADHD. I’m a member of the American Counseling Association and a Couples Counseling and Sex Therapy consultation group. I’m working towards my independent licensure under the supervision of Lisa Smith, LPC.

Contact: 202.930.3697,

Lisa Smith Psychotherapy, 1801 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009 (Dupont Circle Metro)