Caroline Bernhardt- Lanier, PhD, LCPC (she/her)

Accepting New Clients, Relationships, Premarital, Family, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief, Assesments



Relationships are hard work. I am passionate about supporting couples and individuals in learning life-long skills to resolve conflict and create more fulfilling and joyful relationships.

Using the transformational Imago model, I offer couples and individuals a clear roadmap to deep healing, growth, and renewed intimacy, in private hour-long sessions, intensives, and workshops.

I practice Imago tools in my own relationship. My husband Jason and I have been on our relationship journey for almost 30 years and have 4 grown children. We continue to walk our talk together!

We lead:

One of my deepest joys is teaching other professionals how to integrate Imago theory and practice successfully into their own lives and work with clients.

The 96-hour Imago training is unique among professional clinical training. It creates a safe, supportive and engaging container for deep experiential learning and growth. It will change your relationships and your practice and connect you to the amazing Imago international community!

I also offer individual supervision and monthly group supervision to clinicians.

I am a Franco-American multicultural global citizen and have lived in France, the United States, & South America. I am fluent in English, Spanish, and French.

I appreciate the richness and challenges of multiculturalism in relationships and enjoy helping clients find meaning in their unique cultural identity, context, and heritage. I welcome people of all races, ethnicities, religions, and sexual, and gender orientations.

My strengths-based, trauma-informed approach is integrative and grounded in the principles of Imago theory, relational neurobiology, positive psychology, and somatic, energy, and mindfulness-based modalities. I continue to deepen my learning regularly in professional educational settings.

I believe in the importance of integrating mind, body, and spirit in any process of change. I affirm the potential for healing and growth in all people and seek to create a safe and sacred space for clients through a collaborative relationship that respects clients’ emotional and spiritual journeys.

Education and leadership

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Maryland)
  • Faculty member of the Imago International Training Institute
  • Clinical Professor of Imago Relationship Therapy, Daybreak University
  • Chair of Education and Training, Imago Center DC
  • Masters in Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University
  • Masters in Education, Harvard University
  • PhD in Counseling (specialized in Imago)
  • Certified Imago Advanced Clinician and Workshop Presenter
  • Member of the American Counseling Association
  • Certified Parent Educator, Parent Encouragement Program
  • Past President, Mid-Atlantic Association for Imago and Relationship Therapists
  • Past Chair, Stewardship Circle of Imago Relationships North America

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