"In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety." - Abraham Maslow

Carrie Nicholes, LCSW-C, LICSW, CYT

I am a clinical therapist, licensed in Maryland and Washington DC, as well as a certified yoga teacher.


I know coming to therapy can be a little intimidating, so my first goal is to establish a connection that puts you at ease. My down-to-earth approach won't feel stuffy or overly clinical, but you'll still leave with a toolkit full of skills to lead a more fulfilling and satisfying life. I'm passionate about helping adolescents, young adults, and adults manage anxiety, reduce stress, and develop a positive relationship with themselves. 

I offer complimentary 15-minute consultations and am available to connect via emailphone,  or you can schedule an appointment at the link below. 



Anxiety can feel overwhelming, even paralyzing. My goal is to teach you to make small, impactful changes that will help you rise above anxiety.



You have it in you to be compassionate with others, but you're having a hard time believing you deserve that same measure of kindness and encouragement. 


Somewhere along the way, you lost sight of your worth and confidence. You know your negative self-talk is hurting you, but you're not sure how to shift your perspective.


My approach is all about discovering your resilience and helping you bloom. I believe in empowering my clients with practical tools and knowledge in a nurturing, non-judgmental environment. I’m warm, yet direct, and love working with people who are ready to make lasting changes. 

I believe in a holistic approach to therapy, focusing on overall wellness. I incorporate elements of mindfulness, deep relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a strengths-based approach into my practice.

  • Heartbreak/End of Relationship

  • Life Transitions

  • Coping Skill Development

  • Teen Therapy

  • Young Adult Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Mindfulness

  • Health at Every Size (HAES®)-aligned


  • Brigham Young University - 2006 - Marriage, Family, and Human Development

  • Brigham Young University - 2008 - Master of Social Work

  • Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C) - Maryland Board of Social Work

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) - Washington DC Board of Social Work

  • Maryland Board approved supervisor for Licensed Masters Social Workers (LMSW)

  • Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) Instructor

  • Certified Yoga Teacher

  • I'm originally a West Coast girl, and my first job was scooping ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. 

  • I was a DJ in high school at a small radio station (my friend and I even had our own radio show!).

  • You're unlikely to have met someone who loves good chocolate as much as I do.

  • I lived in France & Switzerland for a year and a half, and I'm always fantasizing about the next opportunity to travel.

  • I love spending time with my family (including our newest addition, Felix the pup) and friends.