Emotionally Focused Therapists in Matthews, NC

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Amy Kunz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If you are looking for things to change and are willing to work with me, things can get better. So many clients enter therapy with apprehension and a lack of hope for things to improve. I focus my practice on creating trust and getting my clients back on track as quickly and as comfortably as possible. Therapy begins with an end in mind and you and I would work together to make sure we are always making progress towards goals.
Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If you are looking for things to change and are willing to work with me, things can get better. So many clients enter therapy with apprehension and a lack of hope for things to improve. I focus my practice on creating trust and getting my clients back on track as quickly and as comfortably as possible. Therapy begins with an end in mind and you and I would work together to make sure we are always making progress towards goals.
(704) 368-4597 View (704) 368-4597
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Pamela Poston
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, PhD, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
Not accepting new clients
Call for an appointment if you struggle with ADHD, anxiety, chronic illness, surgery preparation, prenatal or postpartum depression, relationship challenges, stress management, life skills, life transitions, insomnia, or want to create a healthier lifestyle. I blend Eastern philosophy with Western psychology in my holistic practice. If you have tried traditional therapy and have not found relief, I'd love the opportunity to help you become the best version of yourself. I regret to inform potential clients that I have been and continue to be on medical leave. I will update you when I can practice again. Thanks
Call for an appointment if you struggle with ADHD, anxiety, chronic illness, surgery preparation, prenatal or postpartum depression, relationship challenges, stress management, life skills, life transitions, insomnia, or want to create a healthier lifestyle. I blend Eastern philosophy with Western psychology in my holistic practice. If you have tried traditional therapy and have not found relief, I'd love the opportunity to help you become the best version of yourself. I regret to inform potential clients that I have been and continue to be on medical leave. I will update you when I can practice again. Thanks
(704) 946-5540 View (704) 946-5540
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Debbie A Breen
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Th, M, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28106
Has something occurred recently that pushed you over into unfamiliar territory and is causing anger, anxiety, depression? I have helped hundreds of people, adults, adolescents and children reconcile these issues, identify wants and needs, and achieve resolve for a more satisfying life today, and promising tomorrow, for this generation and the next. I am a parent & child advocate, family & individual therapist, and pastoral confidant. My work with families & individuals, young and old, help them achieve understanding, meaning and direction for the current issue of today, and those that will occur in the future.
Has something occurred recently that pushed you over into unfamiliar territory and is causing anger, anxiety, depression? I have helped hundreds of people, adults, adolescents and children reconcile these issues, identify wants and needs, and achieve resolve for a more satisfying life today, and promising tomorrow, for this generation and the next. I am a parent & child advocate, family & individual therapist, and pastoral confidant. My work with families & individuals, young and old, help them achieve understanding, meaning and direction for the current issue of today, and those that will occur in the future.
(704) 504-7282 View (704) 504-7282
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Advene Health Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
My idea as a psychotherapist is to provide safe, comfortable & judgment-free environment for clients to work through issues. My role as a psychotherapist is to respect the goals that my clients come in with, and support the process of working toward these goals. I believe Psychotherapy can enhance one's self-awareness and the ability to recognize in one's own self-defeating and self-sabotaging patterns, and to change these patterns.
My idea as a psychotherapist is to provide safe, comfortable & judgment-free environment for clients to work through issues. My role as a psychotherapist is to respect the goals that my clients come in with, and support the process of working toward these goals. I believe Psychotherapy can enhance one's self-awareness and the ability to recognize in one's own self-defeating and self-sabotaging patterns, and to change these patterns.
(980) 247-4144 View (980) 247-4144
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Carolyn J Henderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, QS, NCC, BCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
I am an interactive, cognitive behavioral client-centered therapist who focuses on the development of healthy relationships that have been impacted by trauma, grief and loss, infidelity, life transitions, depression, domestic and substance abuse. My empathetic and compassionate approach provides support and practical feedback while building on client's strengths using an empowerment model and the development of deeper self-discovery and awareness. The goal is to identify effective coping strategies to manage what clients are currently experiencing. I endeavor to walk alongside of clients in the midst of their pain and their joy.
I am an interactive, cognitive behavioral client-centered therapist who focuses on the development of healthy relationships that have been impacted by trauma, grief and loss, infidelity, life transitions, depression, domestic and substance abuse. My empathetic and compassionate approach provides support and practical feedback while building on client's strengths using an empowerment model and the development of deeper self-discovery and awareness. The goal is to identify effective coping strategies to manage what clients are currently experiencing. I endeavor to walk alongside of clients in the midst of their pain and their joy.
(704) 946-5674 View (704) 946-5674
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Frances Jacobs Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28104
I earned my masters in counseling from the University of New Orleans in 1987. I earned my masters in social work from the University of South Carolina in 1994. I have worked for over 12 years as a clinical therapist/professional counselor. My clinical and counseling experiences have been in a variety of settings to include private practice, mental health agencies, foster care, department of social services and community outreach. I have had the opportunity to work with children 11+, teens and adults. I believe that therapy has the ability to promote hope, growth and change.
I earned my masters in counseling from the University of New Orleans in 1987. I earned my masters in social work from the University of South Carolina in 1994. I have worked for over 12 years as a clinical therapist/professional counselor. My clinical and counseling experiences have been in a variety of settings to include private practice, mental health agencies, foster care, department of social services and community outreach. I have had the opportunity to work with children 11+, teens and adults. I believe that therapy has the ability to promote hope, growth and change.
(704) 326-4088 View (704) 326-4088
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Ashley Elsaesser
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MSEd, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28104
It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help. I am honored to be apart of each client's journey. I enjoy working with adolescents, and adults. With over 10 years of working in both the education and mental health field, I specialize in all issues as they relate to education. I also have a passion for working for women who are navigating difficult life transitions. My approach is warm, encouraging, with a touch of humor (which I believe to an important part of the therapeutic process). I believe in working with my clients to identify their inner strengths. I am looking forward to learning more about you and helping you grow.
It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help. I am honored to be apart of each client's journey. I enjoy working with adolescents, and adults. With over 10 years of working in both the education and mental health field, I specialize in all issues as they relate to education. I also have a passion for working for women who are navigating difficult life transitions. My approach is warm, encouraging, with a touch of humor (which I believe to an important part of the therapeutic process). I believe in working with my clients to identify their inner strengths. I am looking forward to learning more about you and helping you grow.
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Lance Robert Nelson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHCS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28104
Lance counsels youth, individuals, couples and families. He conducts support groups, workshops and seminars for churches and businesses. He is an ordained minister and has served in local churches as an associate pastor overseeing youth, men, and marriage ministries. Before seminary and pastoral ministry, he was an electronic engineer in Santa Clara, CA.
Lance counsels youth, individuals, couples and families. He conducts support groups, workshops and seminars for churches and businesses. He is an ordained minister and has served in local churches as an associate pastor overseeing youth, men, and marriage ministries. Before seminary and pastoral ministry, he was an electronic engineer in Santa Clara, CA.
(704) 842-9704 View (704) 842-9704
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Chet A. Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28104
I believe that therapy is one of the most constructive tools and resources at our disposal. I believe by analyzing, evaluating and modifying our life philosophy, thinking and interaction patters we can make effective change and improve the quality of our lives. As a therapist, I strive to provide a supportive, respectful and collaborative therapeutic environment where you can fully explore your concerns, challenges, and values. As we work together I will gain an understanding to appropriately implement and modify my treatment approach to meet your needs.
I believe that therapy is one of the most constructive tools and resources at our disposal. I believe by analyzing, evaluating and modifying our life philosophy, thinking and interaction patters we can make effective change and improve the quality of our lives. As a therapist, I strive to provide a supportive, respectful and collaborative therapeutic environment where you can fully explore your concerns, challenges, and values. As we work together I will gain an understanding to appropriately implement and modify my treatment approach to meet your needs.
(704) 325-5850 View (704) 325-5850
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Jay Cobb
Marriage & Family Therapist, MACC, LMFT, LCMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28104
At Sanctuary Counseling Group, we believe in creating therapeutic relationships with our clients to promote the healing of heart, mind & soul. Life is not meant to be done in isolation. There are times when we meet challenges too difficult to face. Even if you are surrounded by family & friends, they do not necessarily know how to help. I have the experience & skills to assist as you navigate life's trials. Whether you are facing the wonders of new love, planning a marriage, facing the loss of an infant, combating addictions, or foundering to connect in a relationship, there is help. I offer you a safe place of respite and recovery.
At Sanctuary Counseling Group, we believe in creating therapeutic relationships with our clients to promote the healing of heart, mind & soul. Life is not meant to be done in isolation. There are times when we meet challenges too difficult to face. Even if you are surrounded by family & friends, they do not necessarily know how to help. I have the experience & skills to assist as you navigate life's trials. Whether you are facing the wonders of new love, planning a marriage, facing the loss of an infant, combating addictions, or foundering to connect in a relationship, there is help. I offer you a safe place of respite and recovery.
(704) 464-3947 View (704) 464-3947
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Susan Morrow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28104
Many of us are navigating change beyond what we prepared for. When our relationships become a source of stress, rather than the calming connection we seek out, our nervous systems protest, using coping styles designed for combat, not for love. We can push our partner away at the very same moment we need them the most. Are you worn from repeating negative patterns, longing for a clearer map to communicating needs? Marriages are healthiest when couples become shelter for each other, removing blocks to a satisfying bond. Using 30 years experience, I provide couples with personalized tools for more effective, satisfyiing relationships.
Many of us are navigating change beyond what we prepared for. When our relationships become a source of stress, rather than the calming connection we seek out, our nervous systems protest, using coping styles designed for combat, not for love. We can push our partner away at the very same moment we need them the most. Are you worn from repeating negative patterns, longing for a clearer map to communicating needs? Marriages are healthiest when couples become shelter for each other, removing blocks to a satisfying bond. Using 30 years experience, I provide couples with personalized tools for more effective, satisfyiing relationships.
(704) 842-3505 View (704) 842-3505
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Michelle McDevitt-Askew
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
There are seasons in life when the opportunity to grow can come from both joyful and challenging circumstances or complicated issues and relationships. It is my hope that in the safe,non-judgmental space of therapy we can begin to discover your core resiliency, strengths and create awareness for integrating healthy coping and communication skills for healing. I enjoy helping couples discover relational dynamics and patterns that keep them from enjoying a safe, close and vibrant relationship. I am well suited to work with families and individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, grief and life stage transitioning.
There are seasons in life when the opportunity to grow can come from both joyful and challenging circumstances or complicated issues and relationships. It is my hope that in the safe,non-judgmental space of therapy we can begin to discover your core resiliency, strengths and create awareness for integrating healthy coping and communication skills for healing. I enjoy helping couples discover relational dynamics and patterns that keep them from enjoying a safe, close and vibrant relationship. I am well suited to work with families and individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, grief and life stage transitioning.
(980) 263-9313 View (980) 263-9313
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C. Grace Hodgson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
My practice is built on the desire to help individuals and couples create lasting relationships and firm foundations for the future. Life happens! Children grow up and marriages struggle. You go through transitions where old skills need revising and new skills need to be built. Don't wait until your personal or relationship stress starts to affect your ability to work or enjoy the rest of your life. Now is the time to call and come in to assess what is going on for you.
My practice is built on the desire to help individuals and couples create lasting relationships and firm foundations for the future. Life happens! Children grow up and marriages struggle. You go through transitions where old skills need revising and new skills need to be built. Don't wait until your personal or relationship stress starts to affect your ability to work or enjoy the rest of your life. Now is the time to call and come in to assess what is going on for you.
(980) 777-6005 View (980) 777-6005
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Kimberly Reese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28106
Waitlist for new clients
I'm Kimberly and I'm a Black Trauma Therapist, Black Enneagram CliniCoach, and Speaker. As a clinician, I specialize in treating trauma in Black people. I help us understand, heal from, and move through traumatic experiences. As a coach, I teach high-achieving Black women how to navigate their Blackness and their purpose with confidence in white spaces.
I'm Kimberly and I'm a Black Trauma Therapist, Black Enneagram CliniCoach, and Speaker. As a clinician, I specialize in treating trauma in Black people. I help us understand, heal from, and move through traumatic experiences. As a coach, I teach high-achieving Black women how to navigate their Blackness and their purpose with confidence in white spaces.
(919) 759-5485 View (919) 759-5485
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Kanisha Love
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105  (Online Only)
Hello there, I'm Kanisha! Are you dealing with a problem in your life that you're at the point of giving up? No, don't give up! There are so many ways and things you could do that can help you navigate through life's trials. It would make you feel better today than you did yesterday.
Hello there, I'm Kanisha! Are you dealing with a problem in your life that you're at the point of giving up? No, don't give up! There are so many ways and things you could do that can help you navigate through life's trials. It would make you feel better today than you did yesterday.
(704) 754-4433 View (704) 754-4433
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Christina Canuto
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28106
I believe in the healing power of relationships. Humans have a biological need to feel safety through social connection. Disconnection in relationships can leave anyone feeling hopeless. Together, we will look at your relationship to self and how this impacts navigating relationships with others. If you have difficulty having a healthy relationship to your body and food, I am also pursuing a certification in intuitive eating principles and often integrate these into my practice with clients. Intuitive eating focuses on making peace with food, finding true satisfaction in eating, and learning to honor your hunger and fullness cues.
I believe in the healing power of relationships. Humans have a biological need to feel safety through social connection. Disconnection in relationships can leave anyone feeling hopeless. Together, we will look at your relationship to self and how this impacts navigating relationships with others. If you have difficulty having a healthy relationship to your body and food, I am also pursuing a certification in intuitive eating principles and often integrate these into my practice with clients. Intuitive eating focuses on making peace with food, finding true satisfaction in eating, and learning to honor your hunger and fullness cues.
(704) 386-6734 View (704) 386-6734
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Shannon Berger
Counselor, MEd, LCMHC, LPC, CST, NCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
Waitlist for new clients
Finding the right therapist can be frustrating and overwhelming. It does not have to be. I believe that each person has the ability within themselves to achieve their goals, and the role of a therapist is to help navigate them through the obstacles in their paths to happiness. I use this person-centered lens to integrate interventions from multiple therapeutic approaches to best assist my clients during their journey. I am a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a South Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). As well as a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC).
Finding the right therapist can be frustrating and overwhelming. It does not have to be. I believe that each person has the ability within themselves to achieve their goals, and the role of a therapist is to help navigate them through the obstacles in their paths to happiness. I use this person-centered lens to integrate interventions from multiple therapeutic approaches to best assist my clients during their journey. I am a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a South Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). As well as a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC).
(980) 414-3069 View (980) 414-3069
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Andrea M Evans
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, LCASA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28104
Life is a journey filled with sharp turns, bumps, curves, and changes that can take you off course. The challenges and stressors can be hard to face head-on without some help and guidance. Choosing to seek therapy is a good sign of strength that you are putting yourself back on the road of healing and recovery.
Life is a journey filled with sharp turns, bumps, curves, and changes that can take you off course. The challenges and stressors can be hard to face head-on without some help and guidance. Choosing to seek therapy is a good sign of strength that you are putting yourself back on the road of healing and recovery.
(704) 251-6728 View (704) 251-6728
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Luz Cruz
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Luz, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I worked as a teacher for over 15 years before making the journey into a community mental health career. I have experience in mobile crisis response, trauma, forensic mental health, and LGBTQ+ issues. To explain who I am as a therapist, I reflect back to my role as an educator. In the classroom, there was a movement for the teacher to be less of a “sage on the stage” (teacher-centered approach) and more of a “guide on the side” (student-centered). For me, therapy is a lesson plan for a learning experience.
Hi, my name is Luz, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I worked as a teacher for over 15 years before making the journey into a community mental health career. I have experience in mobile crisis response, trauma, forensic mental health, and LGBTQ+ issues. To explain who I am as a therapist, I reflect back to my role as an educator. In the classroom, there was a movement for the teacher to be less of a “sage on the stage” (teacher-centered approach) and more of a “guide on the side” (student-centered). For me, therapy is a lesson plan for a learning experience.
(980) 372-7300 View (980) 372-7300
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Meghan McNamara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105  (Online Only)
Max Ehrmann’s poem, Desiderata reads “you are a child of the universe and have a right to be here. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul”. The poem’s sentiment resonates with my counseling philosophy and approach. If you have been struggling with a new medical diagnosis, grieving the loss of a loved one or are overwhelmed in your role as a caretaker consider reaching out. I would be honored to assist you on your healing journey.
Max Ehrmann’s poem, Desiderata reads “you are a child of the universe and have a right to be here. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul”. The poem’s sentiment resonates with my counseling philosophy and approach. If you have been struggling with a new medical diagnosis, grieving the loss of a loved one or are overwhelmed in your role as a caretaker consider reaching out. I would be honored to assist you on your healing journey.
(704) 610-5459 View (704) 610-5459