Caroline Bernhardt-Lanier, MS, LCPC

Advanced clinician

A licensed psychotherapist and certified Imago advanced clinician, Caroline is passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families experience deeper connection and joy in their relationships. Her specialties include working with adults and teens on a wide variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, grief and loss, sexuality, multicultural issues, and spirituality.


Integrative Approach

Her priority is creating a safe, warm and welcoming space for clients to explore, learn, and thrive in new ways. She values integrating mind, body, and spirit in her practice and responds to spiritual concerns when clients desire.

Couples Workshops 

One of her greatest joys is leading Imago workshops and retreats for couples with Jason, an Integral executive coach and her wonderful husband of almost 30 years. They are certified facilitators for SYMBIS, Save Your Marriage Before It Starts, an award-wining premarital program. Caroline enjoys offering premarital counseling with the SYMBIS assessment to couples preparing for long-term commitment. She and Jason regularly speak about relationships in the D.C. area and internationally.



As a parenting coach, a teacher at the Parent Encouragement Program, and the mother of four children herself (two sons in college, two teen daughters at home), Caroline knows how challenging it is to raise responsible, respectful kids today. She loves supporting families!


Fluent in French and Spanish, she has lived in Latin America and Europe and appreciates the richness and challenges of multiculturalism in relationships.


Education & Leadership

She holds a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola and a Masters in Education from Harvard. She is completing a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Imago. She is the past President of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Imago and Relationship Therapists and the past Chair of the Stewardship Circle of Imago Relationships North America. She is an associate faculty member of the Imago International Training Institute and trains therapists in Imago Relationship Therapy.