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At Purposeful Life Therapy, we believe everyone can thrive in all areas of life with the right tools. We partner with you to restore balance, embrace your purpose, and confidently embark on a fuller, more meaningful life. Due to safety concerns with the ongoing pandemic, all sessions remain virtual. We are licensed to practice in Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 


With the right therapist, you can build resilience that leads to flourishing. Your best life can start now!

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For over 25 years, Dr. Watson has been supporting clients with becoming the best version of who they are. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, educator, entrepreneur, and founder of Purposeful Life Therapy LLC. As a second-generation Afro-Caribbean American, she has lived and traveled to over two dozen countries. Dr. Watson enjoys working with a variety of patients spanning ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Her clients are strong, smart, and successful.

Dr. Carolyn Watson

Director and Founder of Purposeful Life Therapy LLC

Her areas of clinical focus include multicultural counseling, youth and young adults, spirituality, depression, anxiety disorders, relationship challenges, life transitions, cultural adjustments and education/career concerns.

Are you looking for a speaker for your next mental health workshop or event? Dr. Watson is an interactive, dynamic speaker who presents on a variety of mental health topics for teens and adults. See our services page for more information.

Our Services

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a research-proven effective form of psychotherapy that can help adults make changes in their thinking and behaviors. As a goal-oriented treatment, CBT helps you resolve present-day problems and achieve your goals. It’s an active process that includes skill building which, if practiced, can reduce psychological and emotional distress.


Serves to empower teens to change unhealthy or maladaptive behaviors and navigate some of the unique life circumstances that affect them – such as social media; bullying; and physical, emotional, and social changes. Wondering if your teen can benefit from therapy? Review our service page for more information.

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Psychodynamic therapy is an in-depth form of talk therapy that can help you increase self-awareness, reduce stress, and build resilience that leads to flourishing. We treat individuals with a number of concerns including anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and more.

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