Emotionally Focused Therapists in Raleigh, NC

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Sarah Mondragon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27612
I utilize EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Psychotherapy to help adults and college students heal from trauma, navigate challenging relational issues, and cope with depression and anxiety.
You’ve been through a traumatic experience and you haven’t been functioning the same since then. You see yourself struggling more and more in your relationships, at your job, and in your day-to-day life. You feel alone. You’re scared that you might feel this way forever. You’re even more scared that things might get worse. You want to feel happy again, and you want to break free from the cycle you find yourself in over and over again. If this sounds familiar, I can tell you that you can heal from your trauma and the difficult experiences that you have gone through.
I utilize EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Psychotherapy to help adults and college students heal from trauma, navigate challenging relational issues, and cope with depression and anxiety.
You’ve been through a traumatic experience and you haven’t been functioning the same since then. You see yourself struggling more and more in your relationships, at your job, and in your day-to-day life. You feel alone. You’re scared that you might feel this way forever. You’re even more scared that things might get worse. You want to feel happy again, and you want to break free from the cycle you find yourself in over and over again. If this sounds familiar, I can tell you that you can heal from your trauma and the difficult experiences that you have gone through.
(720) 702-1397 View (720) 702-1397
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Alies Barton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RYT-200
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27617
Waitlist for new clients
I see people of all identities and backgrounds. Those who struggle with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, stress, and self-esteem. I use an emotionally-focused, psychotherapeutic approach. Psychotherapy is a form of treatment in which self-exploration leads to self-insight. Through the therapy process, it is my mission to promote emotional well-being, positive interpersonal relationships, and a better awareness to one’s inner world. I am registered as a yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and like to incorporate a mind-body approach in therapy. Mindful movement and meditation is a great way to soothe the nervous system.
I see people of all identities and backgrounds. Those who struggle with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, stress, and self-esteem. I use an emotionally-focused, psychotherapeutic approach. Psychotherapy is a form of treatment in which self-exploration leads to self-insight. Through the therapy process, it is my mission to promote emotional well-being, positive interpersonal relationships, and a better awareness to one’s inner world. I am registered as a yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and like to incorporate a mind-body approach in therapy. Mindful movement and meditation is a great way to soothe the nervous system.
(984) 646-5595 x4 View (984) 646-5595 x4
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Elizabeth Hoose
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
Hoose incorporates skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy.
Elizabeth Hoose, PsyD. is a licensed clinical psychologist in North Carolina and Utah who specializes in working with adults and couples who have experienced complex trauma, relationship difficulties, or who have undergone significant life changes. She also excels at therapeutic assessment, providing diagnostic clarification to patients who are unsure of their diagnosis. Dr. Hoose has been trained to work with a large variety of presenting problems including mood disorders, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, burnout and chronic stress, family of origin issues, identity issues, complex trauma and PTSD, ADHD, and adjustment concerns.
Hoose incorporates skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy.
Elizabeth Hoose, PsyD. is a licensed clinical psychologist in North Carolina and Utah who specializes in working with adults and couples who have experienced complex trauma, relationship difficulties, or who have undergone significant life changes. She also excels at therapeutic assessment, providing diagnostic clarification to patients who are unsure of their diagnosis. Dr. Hoose has been trained to work with a large variety of presenting problems including mood disorders, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, burnout and chronic stress, family of origin issues, identity issues, complex trauma and PTSD, ADHD, and adjustment concerns.
(919) 261-7079 x5 View (919) 261-7079 x5
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Clodagh O' Herlihy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CCHT
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27612
I am influenced by an array of modalities; Transactional Analysis, Energy Psychology, Emotionally focused therapy.
Currently, I have openings for individuals and couples. We can be discerning, intuitive, & emotionally intelligent in our selection of partners. However, we won't know how real our love is until we go through the fire of conflict and stay centered in the face of feedback. The clients that show up in my office need support with conflict, abuse, trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, commitment, relationship and sexual intimacy. Clients want to feel worthy of love and establish trust and commitment in their relationships. Clients want to be heard, seen, loved for who they are and be open to reciprocity in love.
I am influenced by an array of modalities; Transactional Analysis, Energy Psychology, Emotionally focused therapy.
Currently, I have openings for individuals and couples. We can be discerning, intuitive, & emotionally intelligent in our selection of partners. However, we won't know how real our love is until we go through the fire of conflict and stay centered in the face of feedback. The clients that show up in my office need support with conflict, abuse, trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, commitment, relationship and sexual intimacy. Clients want to feel worthy of love and establish trust and commitment in their relationships. Clients want to be heard, seen, loved for who they are and be open to reciprocity in love.
(910) 469-0674 View (910) 469-0674
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Pressley Cox
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
Though I incorporate multiple techniques and theories in session, my approach is primarily rooted in ACT, IFS, & EFT.
You may be seeking therapy because you've noticed something's not working. Your actions aren't aligning with the person you know you are, and you're constantly feeling overwhelmed and stuck in place. My focus is on helping you get "unstuck" and improving the quality of your life. I will gently and actively guide you towards a better relationship with your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so that you are more capable to take action, achieve your goals, and live the life you desire.
Though I incorporate multiple techniques and theories in session, my approach is primarily rooted in ACT, IFS, & EFT.
You may be seeking therapy because you've noticed something's not working. Your actions aren't aligning with the person you know you are, and you're constantly feeling overwhelmed and stuck in place. My focus is on helping you get "unstuck" and improving the quality of your life. I will gently and actively guide you towards a better relationship with your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so that you are more capable to take action, achieve your goals, and live the life you desire.
(984) 217-1774 View (984) 217-1774
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William Marshall
Counselor, LMHC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607
Each person comes to individual therapy for numerous and very honest reasons, despite how overwhelmed and powerless they are feeling. It is okay to not know what to do or know what is next. Deep down, I believe that each one of us has the innate wisdom to know themselves and to know what to do next, under optimal conditions. Couples caught in a criticize-withdraw cycle are often doing what their survival instincts tell them to do. I am also highly trained in couples counseling and marriage counseling through emotionally focused therapy (EFT). Marital therapy and individual counseling need guidance from an empathic but neutral party.
Each person comes to individual therapy for numerous and very honest reasons, despite how overwhelmed and powerless they are feeling. It is okay to not know what to do or know what is next. Deep down, I believe that each one of us has the innate wisdom to know themselves and to know what to do next, under optimal conditions. Couples caught in a criticize-withdraw cycle are often doing what their survival instincts tell them to do. I am also highly trained in couples counseling and marriage counseling through emotionally focused therapy (EFT). Marital therapy and individual counseling need guidance from an empathic but neutral party.
(919) 338-5022 View (919) 338-5022
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Awakenings Counseling for Couples and Sex Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, LCMHC, AASECT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
Online or in-person, Awakenings' therapists use the scientifically-researched attachment theory with EFT (emotionally-focused therapy) and Gottman& Imago techniques, to help you improve or find relationship happiness.
Do you need online couples counseling, online sex therapy or online marriage counseling near me? Do you feel a lack of sexual desire? Are you missing appreciation? Fighting over sexual frequency? Does he stonewall? Does she not stop criticizing? Anxious and having trust issues because of infidelity? Relationships need both emotional connection, intimacy and sex to be happy. We help repair affairs. Stop the fighting. Stop the criticism and withdrawing. Build a deeper connection, trust, & better communication. Feel love again. We treat erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, anorgasmia, low libido, frequency discrepancy.
Online or in-person, Awakenings' therapists use the scientifically-researched attachment theory with EFT (emotionally-focused therapy) and Gottman& Imago techniques, to help you improve or find relationship happiness.
Do you need online couples counseling, online sex therapy or online marriage counseling near me? Do you feel a lack of sexual desire? Are you missing appreciation? Fighting over sexual frequency? Does he stonewall? Does she not stop criticizing? Anxious and having trust issues because of infidelity? Relationships need both emotional connection, intimacy and sex to be happy. We help repair affairs. Stop the fighting. Stop the criticism and withdrawing. Build a deeper connection, trust, & better communication. Feel love again. We treat erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, anorgasmia, low libido, frequency discrepancy.
(984) 205-4614 View (984) 205-4614
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Marc Hardy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHCS, LCMHC, NCC, MEd
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27610
I am a Black, male therapist originally from Columbus, OH. and now living in Raleigh, NC. I find it a great honor counseling with clients who are just dealing with life's many transitions to doing therapy with those clients that are facing challenging diagnosable mental health issues. I mainly utilize therapeutic techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (e.g. Ellis’s ABC model, thought journaling, cognitive restructuring, etc.) but I also use techniques from Solution Focused Therapy, EFT, DBT and Multisystemic Therapy. I have found that I prefer a person-centered approach, though I will still use goals, contracts and homework.
I am a Black, male therapist originally from Columbus, OH. and now living in Raleigh, NC. I find it a great honor counseling with clients who are just dealing with life's many transitions to doing therapy with those clients that are facing challenging diagnosable mental health issues. I mainly utilize therapeutic techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (e.g. Ellis’s ABC model, thought journaling, cognitive restructuring, etc.) but I also use techniques from Solution Focused Therapy, EFT, DBT and Multisystemic Therapy. I have found that I prefer a person-centered approach, though I will still use goals, contracts and homework.
(984) 205-4884 View (984) 205-4884
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Jeremy George
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27606
Waitlist for new clients
My primary specialty is attachment theory. Attachment based modalities include Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals (EFIT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Families (EFFT). Other areas of speciality include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is effective in treating trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). I am also growing in my ability to apply Internal Family Systems (IFS) in my practice with clients.
My primary specialty is attachment theory. Attachment based modalities include Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals (EFIT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Families (EFFT). Other areas of speciality include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is effective in treating trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). I am also growing in my ability to apply Internal Family Systems (IFS) in my practice with clients.
(919) 535-4590 View (919) 535-4590
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Alison York
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, NCC, CCMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27608  (Online Only)
I'm trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy which is based on Attachment Science.
Do the fights with your partner follow the same pattern? Does one of you get loud and angry while the other withdraws and goes silent? Has a painful experience or betrayal such as infidelity, loss, or trauma left you both feeling alone and shaken? You long for a playful and loving connection and I can help you get there. I help highly motivated clients like you learn to love themselves and each other again. I'm successful at what I do, and right now you need an expert. There is hope for your relationship.
I'm trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy which is based on Attachment Science.
Do the fights with your partner follow the same pattern? Does one of you get loud and angry while the other withdraws and goes silent? Has a painful experience or betrayal such as infidelity, loss, or trauma left you both feeling alone and shaken? You long for a playful and loving connection and I can help you get there. I help highly motivated clients like you learn to love themselves and each other again. I'm successful at what I do, and right now you need an expert. There is hope for your relationship.
(919) 670-5075 View (919) 670-5075
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Kate Double
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27605
My work is informed by Polyvagal & attachment theories; and pulls from a variety of evidence-based models including EMDR, mindfulness, hypnosis, narrative therapy, EFT & Gottman approaches, among others.
Focusing primarily on relationships, sexuality and trauma, I seek to meet ALL patients and couples where they are. I believe in a relational and holistic approach that addresses relevant issues that affect current functioning, resilience, coping, and recovery. Patients and couples with diverse gender expressions/identities and sexual orientations are welcome and embraced. Starting with the belief that relationships are central to our well-being, I partner with patients to create a warm & safe space in which to explore patterns that effect individual, sexual & relationship well-being.
My work is informed by Polyvagal & attachment theories; and pulls from a variety of evidence-based models including EMDR, mindfulness, hypnosis, narrative therapy, EFT & Gottman approaches, among others.
Focusing primarily on relationships, sexuality and trauma, I seek to meet ALL patients and couples where they are. I believe in a relational and holistic approach that addresses relevant issues that affect current functioning, resilience, coping, and recovery. Patients and couples with diverse gender expressions/identities and sexual orientations are welcome and embraced. Starting with the belief that relationships are central to our well-being, I partner with patients to create a warm & safe space in which to explore patterns that effect individual, sexual & relationship well-being.
(919) 726-3883 View (919) 726-3883
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Lauren Baker
Counselor, MA, LMCHA
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615  (Online Only)
Lauren is an experience clinician who has worked in a variety of settings before finding a home specializing in women's health, sexual disorders and couple's work. She has certifications in Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) and wrote her thesis on vulvodynia. Lauren is down to earth, candid and empathic clinician who hopes clients can find freedom and play.
Lauren is an experience clinician who has worked in a variety of settings before finding a home specializing in women's health, sexual disorders and couple's work. She has certifications in Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) and wrote her thesis on vulvodynia. Lauren is down to earth, candid and empathic clinician who hopes clients can find freedom and play.
(984) 538-7591 View (984) 538-7591
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Helena Alexis Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27616  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a certified TFCBT Therapist for the state of North Carolina and I am training in EFT and Sex therapy.
Do you struggle with low libido, sexual dysfunction, depression/anxiety, or the stress of everyday life? Are you struggling to connect physically/emotionally/sexually with your partner? Is communication strained? If so, I am here to help you develop the skills you need to get through life's most challenging moments. Daily, people are searching for relief from internal struggles, personal hardships, and sexual challenges. I want to be the one to help you with any of these issues. Additionally, as a black therapist, I am aware of the struggles people and women of color face on a daily basis. I take pride in helping all heal.
I am a certified TFCBT Therapist for the state of North Carolina and I am training in EFT and Sex therapy.
Do you struggle with low libido, sexual dysfunction, depression/anxiety, or the stress of everyday life? Are you struggling to connect physically/emotionally/sexually with your partner? Is communication strained? If so, I am here to help you develop the skills you need to get through life's most challenging moments. Daily, people are searching for relief from internal struggles, personal hardships, and sexual challenges. I want to be the one to help you with any of these issues. Additionally, as a black therapist, I am aware of the struggles people and women of color face on a daily basis. I take pride in helping all heal.
(984) 239-5876 View (984) 239-5876
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Lauren Stevens
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27612  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping both individuals and couples navigate current struggles such as depression, anxiety, and life changes. I look to provide you with healing and growth. I am experienced in working with women's issues, LGBTQ+ individuals, depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship challenges (communication, infidelity, intimacy, and connection). I base my treatment and recommendations on each client's unique situation, history, and presenting needs or goals.
I am passionate about helping both individuals and couples navigate current struggles such as depression, anxiety, and life changes. I look to provide you with healing and growth. I am experienced in working with women's issues, LGBTQ+ individuals, depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship challenges (communication, infidelity, intimacy, and connection). I base my treatment and recommendations on each client's unique situation, history, and presenting needs or goals.
(919) 444-8859 View (919) 444-8859
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Amanda Neff
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607  (Online Only)
Amanda is a Licensed Marriage Counselor and Family Therapist who uses her training in Family Systems Theory, Attachment, and Emotionally Focused Therapy to help her clients achieve their goals in therapy. Life is stressful and relationships are hard. Amanda is empathetic and passionate about helping people learn how to manage these tough life adjustments and they impact individual mental health and relational health. Amanda has experience with individual therapy, couples counseling, family counseling, and Christian counseling with a wide variety of concerns.
Amanda is a Licensed Marriage Counselor and Family Therapist who uses her training in Family Systems Theory, Attachment, and Emotionally Focused Therapy to help her clients achieve their goals in therapy. Life is stressful and relationships are hard. Amanda is empathetic and passionate about helping people learn how to manage these tough life adjustments and they impact individual mental health and relational health. Amanda has experience with individual therapy, couples counseling, family counseling, and Christian counseling with a wide variety of concerns.
(984) 205-9357 View (984) 205-9357
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Areinia Adams
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFTS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
Areinia uses Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, CBT and completed the 4 day EFT Externship.
Areinia has extensive experience working with adults, children, and families providing therapy in homes, in communities and in outpatient agencies through community based services. She has experience conducting clinical assessments, group therapy treating anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, marital/family issues, schizophrenia, substance use, self-harm, and behavioral disorders. Areinia believes that therapy should be non-judgmental, person-centered where the client/families and the therapist can work together to identify triggers and find new solutions for solving issues they experience.
Areinia uses Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, CBT and completed the 4 day EFT Externship.
Areinia has extensive experience working with adults, children, and families providing therapy in homes, in communities and in outpatient agencies through community based services. She has experience conducting clinical assessments, group therapy treating anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, marital/family issues, schizophrenia, substance use, self-harm, and behavioral disorders. Areinia believes that therapy should be non-judgmental, person-centered where the client/families and the therapist can work together to identify triggers and find new solutions for solving issues they experience.
(919) 351-8047 View (919) 351-8047
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Amanda Mbata
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
I utilize attachment work, emotionally focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Whether you are navigating unhealthy attachments, having relationship and marital concerns, or overwhelmed with anxiety and fear there is hope for you to overcome! My therapeutic approach remains the same whether there is one or more persons in my office, I believe the quality of our relationships is mostly determined by the quality of our individual lives, and I endeavor to help my clients understand how their thoughts, misalignment of values, and unresolved rejection and abandonment concerns impact every area of their lives.
I utilize attachment work, emotionally focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Whether you are navigating unhealthy attachments, having relationship and marital concerns, or overwhelmed with anxiety and fear there is hope for you to overcome! My therapeutic approach remains the same whether there is one or more persons in my office, I believe the quality of our relationships is mostly determined by the quality of our individual lives, and I endeavor to help my clients understand how their thoughts, misalignment of values, and unresolved rejection and abandonment concerns impact every area of their lives.
(919) 759-6423 View (919) 759-6423
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Yuri Sklad
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RPT, CSOTP, CSAT-C
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609  (Online Only)
I am PREPARE/ENRICH certified and received Emotionally Focused Therapy training.
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, compulsive behavior, wish to overcome the consequences of traumatic experiences, or feel stuck in your life journey, I invite you to contact me. As a therapist, I strive to provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment for individuals to gain greater self-awareness and self-regulation. In our work together, we will hold space for difficult emotions, identify patterns that have helped you in the past and may not be serving you now, and develop new skills so that you are able to gently move toward living a more fulfilling life aligned with your values.
I am PREPARE/ENRICH certified and received Emotionally Focused Therapy training.
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, compulsive behavior, wish to overcome the consequences of traumatic experiences, or feel stuck in your life journey, I invite you to contact me. As a therapist, I strive to provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment for individuals to gain greater self-awareness and self-regulation. In our work together, we will hold space for difficult emotions, identify patterns that have helped you in the past and may not be serving you now, and develop new skills so that you are able to gently move toward living a more fulfilling life aligned with your values.
(984) 464-6110 View (984) 464-6110
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Cathy C Hedgepeth
Psychological Associate, MA, HSP, LPA
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
Waitlist for new clients
In my part time private practice I offer counseling/therapy to adults, children, adolescents, and parents. My areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, and parent education. I enjoy working with adults who are dealing with life challenges, loss, and seeking personal growth. When seeing children or adolescents, I typically use a child centered approach with the opportunity for play therapy. I also have experience with CBT, EFT, and mindfulness. These techniques are helpful in treating individuals who are experiencing anxiety, regulation of attention and impulse control, and trauma.
In my part time private practice I offer counseling/therapy to adults, children, adolescents, and parents. My areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, and parent education. I enjoy working with adults who are dealing with life challenges, loss, and seeking personal growth. When seeing children or adolescents, I typically use a child centered approach with the opportunity for play therapy. I also have experience with CBT, EFT, and mindfulness. These techniques are helpful in treating individuals who are experiencing anxiety, regulation of attention and impulse control, and trauma.
(919) 289-0392 View (919) 289-0392
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Lauren Sweetman
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, LCMHCA, NCC, MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in relationship counseling through the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I truly believe that everyone is capable of positive change. My role is to offer a supportive, nurturing environment where we can form a collaborative partnership and explore your unique experiences. Together we will develop a holistic treatment plan that addresses the mind, body, and spirit. We will work to build healthy habits, balance emotions, strengthen relationships, reprocess trauma, challenge automatic thoughts, and increase joy. Along the way, we celebrate every win, large or small.
I specialize in relationship counseling through the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I truly believe that everyone is capable of positive change. My role is to offer a supportive, nurturing environment where we can form a collaborative partnership and explore your unique experiences. Together we will develop a holistic treatment plan that addresses the mind, body, and spirit. We will work to build healthy habits, balance emotions, strengthen relationships, reprocess trauma, challenge automatic thoughts, and increase joy. Along the way, we celebrate every win, large or small.
(919) 568-5982 View (919) 568-5982
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.