HOURLY RATE: $160/session


  • Carefirst/BCBS Plan (Individual and Family Therapy)
  • Couples and Individual Therapy (LYRA)

    Kara Smith, LCMFT and Practice Owner


    Additional Education and Certifications:

    • Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy (EFT) Externship
    • PACT Level 1

    Areas of Specialization:

    • Couple’s Therapy
    • Infidelity
    • Communication and Relationship Struggles
    • Adolescent Depression

    About Me:

    Since 2002, I have been working with families and couples to help them strengthen bonds, heal, and grow. Through solid training in Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Couples therapy, I support couples in all stages of relationships:  dating, premarital, just married, or married for years.  We all want the same thing from our relationships no matter where you are in your life:  unity, love, and security.

    I see heterosexual as well as same-sex couples and strive for clients of all sexual orientations and gender identifications to feel accepted and safe in my office.

    I specialize in guiding couples through the discovery, coping, and, ultimately, the healing from an infidelity, whether the couple decides to stay together or not.  Infidelity is a trauma to the individual and the relationship and my experience can help you navigate the rollercoaster of pain and emotions.  If you are seeking therapy due to infidelity, please indicate this when you reach out for triage purposes.

    I consider myself an easy-going, light-hearted therapist who offers a welcoming and safe space for clients to explore their concerns. I like to laugh and I bring my humor into the process because laughter is both healing and connecting.  At the same time, the therapeutic process is challenging  and I will support you through the hard work.  With effort comes the reward of growth and clarity.

    I was born and raised in Maryland and consider myself a local in this ever-changing area. I love the waterways, the mountains, and the calm that these open spaces provide us. I consider the therapy room another space that brings calm – the therapeutic process is a time to slow down and re-evaluate ourselves, our family, and our relationships in a safe, warm environment.