Emotionally Focused Therapists in Matthews, NC

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Robert Limkeman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
Rooted in attachment science, I love integrating various therapeutic approaches (EFT, ACT, IFS, CBT, & Narrative) depending on what each client needs.
Life can be incredibly painful. We can find ourselves feeling stuck, confused, lonely, anxious, despairing, or lost. We want to make sense of our past & present circumstances, map out a path forward, all in a way that feels true to our values and honors the pain we experience. My clients often struggle with issues like depression & anxiety, grief & loss, trauma & abuse, identity & meaning formation, sexuality & pornography, spiritual distress & relationship strife. Whether highly motivated or exhausted and on the verge of giving up, I am honored to meet each client where they are and walk with them step by step toward change.
Rooted in attachment science, I love integrating various therapeutic approaches (EFT, ACT, IFS, CBT, & Narrative) depending on what each client needs.
Life can be incredibly painful. We can find ourselves feeling stuck, confused, lonely, anxious, despairing, or lost. We want to make sense of our past & present circumstances, map out a path forward, all in a way that feels true to our values and honors the pain we experience. My clients often struggle with issues like depression & anxiety, grief & loss, trauma & abuse, identity & meaning formation, sexuality & pornography, spiritual distress & relationship strife. Whether highly motivated or exhausted and on the verge of giving up, I am honored to meet each client where they are and walk with them step by step toward change.
(704) 769-2168 View (704) 769-2168
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Josh Taylor
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MACC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
Life doesn't always go how we think it should. We face difficulties - maybe with a spouse or co-worker, maybe within ourselves. I strive to create a safe and warm place to help you though challenges, such as anxiety, anger management, grief, depression, communication skills, low self-esteem, life transition, relationship issues, and spiritual/religious questions. Having been married for 15 years, I enjoy helping married couples to find a healthy relationship. Combining compassion and directness, I work with you to explore the difficulties and change them. I enjoy integrating Christian faith and counseling, if desired by the client.
Life doesn't always go how we think it should. We face difficulties - maybe with a spouse or co-worker, maybe within ourselves. I strive to create a safe and warm place to help you though challenges, such as anxiety, anger management, grief, depression, communication skills, low self-esteem, life transition, relationship issues, and spiritual/religious questions. Having been married for 15 years, I enjoy helping married couples to find a healthy relationship. Combining compassion and directness, I work with you to explore the difficulties and change them. I enjoy integrating Christian faith and counseling, if desired by the client.
(980) 414-8418 View (980) 414-8418
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Jennifer Leddy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
Are you having a tough time? You are not alone. Many people are struggling right now. They are experiencing anxiety and depression. They are feeling overwhelmed, stuck and hopeless. They are having difficulty at home, school or work. They are coping with grief and loss. They are feeling unwell in their body with one or more health related issues. They can't sleep. They are unhappy in their relationships. They don't have a close friend. They are feeling isolated and disconnected. They come seeking therapy to help address a specific symptom, problem or issue. Often, they are simply seeking to feel less alone.
Are you having a tough time? You are not alone. Many people are struggling right now. They are experiencing anxiety and depression. They are feeling overwhelmed, stuck and hopeless. They are having difficulty at home, school or work. They are coping with grief and loss. They are feeling unwell in their body with one or more health related issues. They can't sleep. They are unhappy in their relationships. They don't have a close friend. They are feeling isolated and disconnected. They come seeking therapy to help address a specific symptom, problem or issue. Often, they are simply seeking to feel less alone.
(704) 550-4703 View (704) 550-4703
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Rebecca Escalante
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
​Are you feeling like something is off? Maybe feeling disconnected from yourself or others in your life? This can be a very difficult place to be that creates loneliness, isolation, and hopelessness. Luckily, you don’t have to travel this journey alone. I am here to assist you in taking charge of your life and use self determination to choose your future. I will be your fellow traveler on the path to happiness and joy, wherever that may take us. I specialize in substance abuse, codependency, trauma, depression/anxiety, relationships, mood disorders, as well as other life stressors. I enjoy working with clients of all ages.
​Are you feeling like something is off? Maybe feeling disconnected from yourself or others in your life? This can be a very difficult place to be that creates loneliness, isolation, and hopelessness. Luckily, you don’t have to travel this journey alone. I am here to assist you in taking charge of your life and use self determination to choose your future. I will be your fellow traveler on the path to happiness and joy, wherever that may take us. I specialize in substance abuse, codependency, trauma, depression/anxiety, relationships, mood disorders, as well as other life stressors. I enjoy working with clients of all ages.
(704) 781-1231 View (704) 781-1231
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Calm Seas Family Services, PLLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
My ideal client is someone who is dissatisfied with their current life and is ready to discuss making a change to live the life they wish to live.
My ideal client is someone who is dissatisfied with their current life and is ready to discuss making a change to live the life they wish to live.
(704) 869-2938 View (704) 869-2938
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Katie Stenmark
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
Are you feeling stuck repeating the same cycle over and over again? Are your usual ways of handling stress not working anymore? Are you struggling in your relationship with your partner, family, or friends? Maybe you know something needs to change but you are feeling powerless to make that change. At some point we all encounter difficulties in our life and feel unsure of our next steps. This is common but can feel lonely and isolating.
Are you feeling stuck repeating the same cycle over and over again? Are your usual ways of handling stress not working anymore? Are you struggling in your relationship with your partner, family, or friends? Maybe you know something needs to change but you are feeling powerless to make that change. At some point we all encounter difficulties in our life and feel unsure of our next steps. This is common but can feel lonely and isolating.
(704) 459-3133 View (704) 459-3133
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Hutton Life Coaching, Certified Life Coach
RMT, MBA
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
I help people with problems and passions. What are you looking for more of?? Love, joy, excitement, peace, connection, success?? A new job, new or improved relationship, better health? What are you looking for less of??? Stress, depression, anxiety, loneliness, frustration?? Bad habits? My clients typically feel stuck, overwhelmed, or frustrated but are also ready and motivated to TRY SOMETHING NEW!!
I help people with problems and passions. What are you looking for more of?? Love, joy, excitement, peace, connection, success?? A new job, new or improved relationship, better health? What are you looking for less of??? Stress, depression, anxiety, loneliness, frustration?? Bad habits? My clients typically feel stuck, overwhelmed, or frustrated but are also ready and motivated to TRY SOMETHING NEW!!
(704) 272-2301 View (704) 272-2301
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Carolyn Powell
Counselor, LCMHC, NCC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
It takes immense strength to share your story and it is my goal to honor this vulnerability by fostering a therapeutic space of warmth and collaboration. Experiencing life transitions, relational conflicts, anxiety, or impaired self-esteem are not challenges that need to be faced in isolation.
It takes immense strength to share your story and it is my goal to honor this vulnerability by fostering a therapeutic space of warmth and collaboration. Experiencing life transitions, relational conflicts, anxiety, or impaired self-esteem are not challenges that need to be faced in isolation.
(704) 741-8324 View (704) 741-8324
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Larry Loughery
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
There is an old saying: “The more you run from something, the more you run into it.” That is a scenario that can play out time and again for persons struggling with mental health issues. And avoidance is tempting. But the key to experiencing less pain and to living life with more enjoyment is in effectively confronting mental health challenges. This is where an ally is required—an ally trained in helping you find strengths within yourself and in aiding you in developing coping skills.
There is an old saying: “The more you run from something, the more you run into it.” That is a scenario that can play out time and again for persons struggling with mental health issues. And avoidance is tempting. But the key to experiencing less pain and to living life with more enjoyment is in effectively confronting mental health challenges. This is where an ally is required—an ally trained in helping you find strengths within yourself and in aiding you in developing coping skills.
(833) 636-4377 View (833) 636-4377
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Abby Biehl
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
Hi, I’m Abby! I am dedicated to building a therapeutic relationship with you grounded in trust, safety, and empathy. Through this safe and secure relationship, you can explore your backstory, identify and heal the roadblocks to healthier connection, and feel empowered moving forward in your relationship with yourself and others. I use a gentle and loving approach while acting as a secure attachment figure for you to practice authenticity and vulnerability with.
Hi, I’m Abby! I am dedicated to building a therapeutic relationship with you grounded in trust, safety, and empathy. Through this safe and secure relationship, you can explore your backstory, identify and heal the roadblocks to healthier connection, and feel empowered moving forward in your relationship with yourself and others. I use a gentle and loving approach while acting as a secure attachment figure for you to practice authenticity and vulnerability with.
(980) 223-4203 View (980) 223-4203
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Aditi Patel
Counselor, LCMHC-A
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105  (Online Only)
As a professional counselor, YOU are my focus. I view counseling as a series of small stepping-stones, each representing success, when joined together, provide a path for change. Teamwork is the most important foundation in counseling. I am here to help guide you towards meeting goals and resolving challenges that life throws at you. As your therapist I aim to work with you to overcome any obstacles that you are facing in your life and embark with you on your journey. It is my hope that throughout our time together, you will create a path towards understanding and being able to resolve your own obstacles and challenges.
As a professional counselor, YOU are my focus. I view counseling as a series of small stepping-stones, each representing success, when joined together, provide a path for change. Teamwork is the most important foundation in counseling. I am here to help guide you towards meeting goals and resolving challenges that life throws at you. As your therapist I aim to work with you to overcome any obstacles that you are facing in your life and embark with you on your journey. It is my hope that throughout our time together, you will create a path towards understanding and being able to resolve your own obstacles and challenges.
(980) 399-4597 View (980) 399-4597
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Jim Cress
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CSAT, CMAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
Waitlist for new clients
"We have more help than you have problems." I have been walking with people in their life stories for many years. My office is a shame-free, safe place for my clients to be vulnerable, open, and to take a deeper look at what is hindering them from being the best version of themselves. Counseling is an important investment of a person's time and money. I listen actively and work hard for my clients in their sessions to help them experience the life change and healing they are looking for. Most of my therapy work is done in 3 day Counseling Intensives for individuals and couples. My Intensive fee is $7500 for 3 days.
"We have more help than you have problems." I have been walking with people in their life stories for many years. My office is a shame-free, safe place for my clients to be vulnerable, open, and to take a deeper look at what is hindering them from being the best version of themselves. Counseling is an important investment of a person's time and money. I listen actively and work hard for my clients in their sessions to help them experience the life change and healing they are looking for. Most of my therapy work is done in 3 day Counseling Intensives for individuals and couples. My Intensive fee is $7500 for 3 days.
(704) 707-3959 View (704) 707-3959
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Dr. Leigh Hicks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
My passion is working with clients age 13-18 as well as young & early adults. I love to work to empower clients, build insight, heal relationships & provide practical tools for clients to use as they develop into young adulthood. I use family therapy for family system work. My other client focus is on victims of sexual exploitation including victims of Human Trafficking & sexual abuse. I incorporate the dynamics of race & ethnicity into my practice and like to work with people from these marginalized populations & addressing how these factors impact treatment and resilience. My ideal client is motivated and committed to treatment.
My passion is working with clients age 13-18 as well as young & early adults. I love to work to empower clients, build insight, heal relationships & provide practical tools for clients to use as they develop into young adulthood. I use family therapy for family system work. My other client focus is on victims of sexual exploitation including victims of Human Trafficking & sexual abuse. I incorporate the dynamics of race & ethnicity into my practice and like to work with people from these marginalized populations & addressing how these factors impact treatment and resilience. My ideal client is motivated and committed to treatment.
(704) 237-6798 View (704) 237-6798
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Walgren Counseling, PLLC
MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
At Walgren Counseling, PLLC we have 20 therapists. Although each has a unique set of training & experience, our approach to working with you is similar. We all have a holistic, client-centered, and tailored approach. Rather than identifying an ideal client, we believe in developing a relationship with you that will be most helpful to you. Our therapists strive to bring out each person's ability to find balance and healing from within. Our entire office, from office staff to clinician, is committed to making you feel well-cared for.
At Walgren Counseling, PLLC we have 20 therapists. Although each has a unique set of training & experience, our approach to working with you is similar. We all have a holistic, client-centered, and tailored approach. Rather than identifying an ideal client, we believe in developing a relationship with you that will be most helpful to you. Our therapists strive to bring out each person's ability to find balance and healing from within. Our entire office, from office staff to clinician, is committed to making you feel well-cared for.
(704) 312-4364 View (704) 312-4364
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Jenica Cannella
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
Are you navigating neurodivergence, anxiety, or life transitions as a woman? I specialize in late-diagnosed ADHD and autism. Being late diagnosed neurodivergent myself, I deeply understand the complexities of juggling parenting, family, career, and social aspects of life. I'm here to help you work through these challenges, empowering you towards growth and healing. I also work with children ages 5-12 in the areas of ADHD, emotional regulation, anxiety, and going between split households. I am an adoption competent therapist and work with adoptees and adoptive parents.
Are you navigating neurodivergence, anxiety, or life transitions as a woman? I specialize in late-diagnosed ADHD and autism. Being late diagnosed neurodivergent myself, I deeply understand the complexities of juggling parenting, family, career, and social aspects of life. I'm here to help you work through these challenges, empowering you towards growth and healing. I also work with children ages 5-12 in the areas of ADHD, emotional regulation, anxiety, and going between split households. I am an adoption competent therapist and work with adoptees and adoptive parents.
(704) 360-5405 View (704) 360-5405
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Abdo Counseling and Consulting, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
Perfection and anxiety can make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. The anxious feeling can make you feel constantly scattered, not having a relaxing moment. Your brain is always on go. The desire to be perfect is a struggle to reach, and not obtainable. Therapy can help your brain slow down, calm down, and stop having a escalating desire to panic. You can turn your life around and enjoy it the way you want.
Perfection and anxiety can make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. The anxious feeling can make you feel constantly scattered, not having a relaxing moment. Your brain is always on go. The desire to be perfect is a struggle to reach, and not obtainable. Therapy can help your brain slow down, calm down, and stop having a escalating desire to panic. You can turn your life around and enjoy it the way you want.
(980) 404-2251 View (980) 404-2251
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Gabrielle Troutman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
I have a passion for helping people learning to manage chronic mental or physical health conditions. I have 7 years of experience as a social worker, and 3 years of experience as a mental health therapist. I enjoy helping people with anxiety, depression, and OCD, as well as chronic health conditions. I have experience working with people with conditions. I want to help people experience life to the fullest despite any diagnoses they may have by learning coping skills and managing physical and mental symptoms.
I have a passion for helping people learning to manage chronic mental or physical health conditions. I have 7 years of experience as a social worker, and 3 years of experience as a mental health therapist. I enjoy helping people with anxiety, depression, and OCD, as well as chronic health conditions. I have experience working with people with conditions. I want to help people experience life to the fullest despite any diagnoses they may have by learning coping skills and managing physical and mental symptoms.
(704) 286-9181 View (704) 286-9181
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Christian Cagle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate in the state of NC, and received my Masters of Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill. I have experience working at inpatient behavioral health settings, hospital systems, multidisciplinary collaborative care clinics, and in private practice. I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR (trauma),and utilize other therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational Interviewing, talk-therapy, and solution-focused. I am proud to serve clients with a wide rage of ages (early adolescence through older adulthood), and from a wide range of backgrounds.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate in the state of NC, and received my Masters of Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill. I have experience working at inpatient behavioral health settings, hospital systems, multidisciplinary collaborative care clinics, and in private practice. I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR (trauma),and utilize other therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational Interviewing, talk-therapy, and solution-focused. I am proud to serve clients with a wide rage of ages (early adolescence through older adulthood), and from a wide range of backgrounds.
(704) 459-2170 View (704) 459-2170
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Kathi Bradley
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, MA, LCMHC, RYT, CFT
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
Kathi helps individuals and couples emerge through struggle to healing, freedom and positive growth. Her approaches are rooted in depth psychology, appreciating the impact of early experiences and relationships. She helps clients see and emerge from unhelpful patterns of thinking and relating - leading to enduring freedom and vitality, not short-term solutions. Kathi's strength is personal growth and life coaching. She also walks with those experiencing troubled relationships, loss, grief, anxiety, depression, childhood or adult trauma, infertility, life-changing illness or disability, and body image challenges.
Kathi helps individuals and couples emerge through struggle to healing, freedom and positive growth. Her approaches are rooted in depth psychology, appreciating the impact of early experiences and relationships. She helps clients see and emerge from unhelpful patterns of thinking and relating - leading to enduring freedom and vitality, not short-term solutions. Kathi's strength is personal growth and life coaching. She also walks with those experiencing troubled relationships, loss, grief, anxiety, depression, childhood or adult trauma, infertility, life-changing illness or disability, and body image challenges.
(980) 414-4985 View (980) 414-4985
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Mandy Bird
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
Mandy, a licensed psychotherapist, has been in private practice since January of 1993. For her, being a professional counselor and helping people grow is sacred work. She is committed to helping people pursue their own potential and views her work as a therapist as a life-calling. Mandy has a diverse background and range of experiences from working with birth mothers and adoptive families to corporate consulting and executive coaching. As a therapist, Mandy has helped hundreds of people struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, sexual abuse and trauma as well as many other issues.
Mandy, a licensed psychotherapist, has been in private practice since January of 1993. For her, being a professional counselor and helping people grow is sacred work. She is committed to helping people pursue their own potential and views her work as a therapist as a life-calling. Mandy has a diverse background and range of experiences from working with birth mothers and adoptive families to corporate consulting and executive coaching. As a therapist, Mandy has helped hundreds of people struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, sexual abuse and trauma as well as many other issues.
(704) 380-9274 View (704) 380-9274
Emotionally Focused Therapists

Who is emotionally focused therapy for?

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is for couples who are emotionally distressed, stuck in an unsatisfying relationship pattern or feeling deeply alienated. They may even believe the relationship is beyond repair. Very often, the partners display intense anger, fear, grief, loss of trust, or a sense of betrayal in the relationship. In addition, EFT is helpful to couples and individuals who have difficulty expressing emotions and those who have trouble regulating emotions.

Why do people need emotionally focused therapy?

People need emotionally focused therapy because the need for others is built into the brain, but the pressures of daily life can erode feelings of love, and couples often do not have the skills to find their way back to the comfort of each other. Instead, they may be stuck in repetitive patterns of anger, fear, grief, loss of trust, or a sense of betrayal. Emotionally focused therapy regards such strong negative feelings as expressions of protest over the loss of connection and turns them into pathways of reconnection.

What happens in emotionally focused therapy?

Over the course of eight to 20 weekly sessions, couples de-escalate their negative emotional reactivity to one another so that they can listen to each other and be responsive to each other’s needs. Then the deep emotional and physical bond is restored, giving partners a sense of comfort and security, which they can use to solve whatever problems come their way. The therapist plays an active role, helping partners understand how anger and withdrawal are actually misguided cries for connection.

What problems does emotionally focused therapy treat?

EFT is designed to help couples stuck in dysfunctional relationship patterns regain closeness and rebuild their relationship. Typically, such couples experience considerable distress, with partners feeling alienated and distrustful of one another, not certain their relationship can survive. EFT is also helpful to individuals experiencing attachment-related fears of loss; it helps them learn to use their fears as a way of eliciting the closeness they desire.