Emotionally Focused Therapists in Waxhaw, NC

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Felicia Friesen
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHCS
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
As a Certified EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) Couples Therapist and Supervisor, I love helping couples find or restore the loving closeness they long for. EFT is recognized as one of the most successful approaches to couple therapy. I will help you identify negative patterns of interaction and explore feelings that perpetuate it so that you can step out of the pattern and create new ways of interacting that promote and deepen empathy, closeness, and intimacy. My clinical experience includes helping individuals successfully grow through challenges such as depression, anxiety, healing from trauma and abuse, and coping with loss.
As a Certified EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) Couples Therapist and Supervisor, I love helping couples find or restore the loving closeness they long for. EFT is recognized as one of the most successful approaches to couple therapy. I will help you identify negative patterns of interaction and explore feelings that perpetuate it so that you can step out of the pattern and create new ways of interacting that promote and deepen empathy, closeness, and intimacy. My clinical experience includes helping individuals successfully grow through challenges such as depression, anxiety, healing from trauma and abuse, and coping with loss.
(980) 295-1359 View (980) 295-1359
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Aldi Gaines
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, LPC, LAC, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Some of the treatment interventions I use include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
My journey towards becoming a healer began in 2009 with a vision of creating a safe place that supports the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical health of men and women. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy. I offer empowerment and compassion to my clients in effectively navigating life's challenges using a holistic approach to wellness.
Some of the treatment interventions I use include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
My journey towards becoming a healer began in 2009 with a vision of creating a safe place that supports the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical health of men and women. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy. I offer empowerment and compassion to my clients in effectively navigating life's challenges using a holistic approach to wellness.
(704) 748-0735 View (704) 748-0735
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Donna Moore Kanipe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MACC, LMFT, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173
When working with couples, I integrate the evidence based models of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Method.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I specialize in working with pre-marital couples, distressed couples, and individuals (21+). My experience includes counseling pre-marital couples, conflicted couples, trauma survivors, divorce care, women grieving betrayals, anxiety, panic attacks, grief, and adjustment after life-altering accidents and medical conditions.
When working with couples, I integrate the evidence based models of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Method.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I specialize in working with pre-marital couples, distressed couples, and individuals (21+). My experience includes counseling pre-marital couples, conflicted couples, trauma survivors, divorce care, women grieving betrayals, anxiety, panic attacks, grief, and adjustment after life-altering accidents and medical conditions.
(704) 215-4203 View (704) 215-4203
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Robert Limkeman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173
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
Kara C Mild
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
I’m Dr. Kara Mil and I believe in the inherent worth and potential of every individual. My approach to healing is grounded in the principles of humanistic therapy, where empathy, genuine understanding, and unconditional positive regard are the cornerstones of our work together. Life can sometimes make us feel misunderstood, isolated, or unheard. These feelings can stem from various experiences—whether it's from our relationships, our past, or simply the challenges of daily life. In our therapeutic journey, my goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts and emotions.
I’m Dr. Kara Mil and I believe in the inherent worth and potential of every individual. My approach to healing is grounded in the principles of humanistic therapy, where empathy, genuine understanding, and unconditional positive regard are the cornerstones of our work together. Life can sometimes make us feel misunderstood, isolated, or unheard. These feelings can stem from various experiences—whether it's from our relationships, our past, or simply the challenges of daily life. In our therapeutic journey, my goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts and emotions.
(980) 220-4111 x4 View (980) 220-4111 x4
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Ashley Elsaesser
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MSEd, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
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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Brooke Hutto
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Is life unmanageable? Are you sad, hopeless, fearful? Are you struggling in your relationships? Does life feel meaningless and purposeless? In life, we all face seasons of suffering, and I would love the opportunity to come alongside you in that season. We are not meant to do life alone and sometimes we need some extra support to help us gain skills for coping or relating to ourselves and others. In my practice, my goal is to help you gain mental health that will impact all the other areas of your life for good.
Is life unmanageable? Are you sad, hopeless, fearful? Are you struggling in your relationships? Does life feel meaningless and purposeless? In life, we all face seasons of suffering, and I would love the opportunity to come alongside you in that season. We are not meant to do life alone and sometimes we need some extra support to help us gain skills for coping or relating to ourselves and others. In my practice, my goal is to help you gain mental health that will impact all the other areas of your life for good.
(704) 422-4574 x102 View (704) 422-4574 x102
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La Vida Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHCS, LCAS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Our team of therapists are ready to help for individual or couples counseling! We offer in person and virtual session! Specialties include but not limited to: trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems and transitions into college. Please visit our website at www.lavidacounseling.com for more details about our therapists and services we offer. We offer counseling services and Immigration Evaluations to clients from age 5 years-Adult and video sessions and in person sessions. ¡Se habla Español!
Our team of therapists are ready to help for individual or couples counseling! We offer in person and virtual session! Specialties include but not limited to: trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems and transitions into college. Please visit our website at www.lavidacounseling.com for more details about our therapists and services we offer. We offer counseling services and Immigration Evaluations to clients from age 5 years-Adult and video sessions and in person sessions. ¡Se habla Español!
(704) 935-4208 View (704) 935-4208
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Essential Journey Counseling P.L.L.C
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCMHCQS
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Are you feeling like you lack motivation? Do you feel sad or angry most of the time? Do you sometimes feel a lack of purpose or your life has been interrupted? If so, you are not alone. We, at Essential Journey understand and are here to support you as you begin your healing. The journey may not be easy, but it will be insightful and life changing. Isn't it time to let the pain go and start your healing? Come on, let's get started! I have extensive experience working with couples, single parents, blended families, divorce, interracial relationships, and emotional trauma.
Are you feeling like you lack motivation? Do you feel sad or angry most of the time? Do you sometimes feel a lack of purpose or your life has been interrupted? If so, you are not alone. We, at Essential Journey understand and are here to support you as you begin your healing. The journey may not be easy, but it will be insightful and life changing. Isn't it time to let the pain go and start your healing? Come on, let's get started! I have extensive experience working with couples, single parents, blended families, divorce, interracial relationships, and emotional trauma.
(704) 908-0740 View (704) 908-0740
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Kisha L Bowser
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173
My passion is helping those who have been impacted by interpersonal trauma to begin the healing process towards recovery & wholeness. Those who have been personally affected by traumatic events know all too well the sense of grief & loss, shame, embarrassment, & even judgment these issues often bring. I believe that unresolved negative life experiences from past trauma are the primary source of issues such as depression & other mood disorders, anxiety, relationship challenges, interpersonal conflict, identity issues, & self-esteem challenges.
My passion is helping those who have been impacted by interpersonal trauma to begin the healing process towards recovery & wholeness. Those who have been personally affected by traumatic events know all too well the sense of grief & loss, shame, embarrassment, & even judgment these issues often bring. I believe that unresolved negative life experiences from past trauma are the primary source of issues such as depression & other mood disorders, anxiety, relationship challenges, interpersonal conflict, identity issues, & self-esteem challenges.
(704) 631-9302 View (704) 631-9302
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Suzanne Medlin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Patient hours: Wed & Fri 8am-2pm. Remote/virtual sessions also available. Are you going through a tough time and feel like life is unraveling before your eyes? Does it seem like nobody understands what you are going through or you're on an emotional rollercoaster? Thought you would never be in this place? Do you feel alone, anxious, depressed and just want to wave a magic wand and feel better? Do you want to feel hopeful you can do things differently? Do you need to take care of yourself?
Patient hours: Wed & Fri 8am-2pm. Remote/virtual sessions also available. Are you going through a tough time and feel like life is unraveling before your eyes? Does it seem like nobody understands what you are going through or you're on an emotional rollercoaster? Thought you would never be in this place? Do you feel alone, anxious, depressed and just want to wave a magic wand and feel better? Do you want to feel hopeful you can do things differently? Do you need to take care of yourself?
(980) 319-1805 View (980) 319-1805
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LaToya C Bell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173  (Online Only)
Vision Counseling is dedicated to providing quality service to help you reach your full potential despite your current situation. Vision Counseling is committed to travel the journey to wellness with you in facing such issues that can be addressed through individual, family and group counseling.Vision Counseling does not offer marriage counseling at this time. Vision Counseling is in South West Charlotte that is currently offering non- traditional hours to best suit your busy lifestyle.
Vision Counseling is dedicated to providing quality service to help you reach your full potential despite your current situation. Vision Counseling is committed to travel the journey to wellness with you in facing such issues that can be addressed through individual, family and group counseling.Vision Counseling does not offer marriage counseling at this time. Vision Counseling is in South West Charlotte that is currently offering non- traditional hours to best suit your busy lifestyle.
(704) 702-0015 View (704) 702-0015
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Amy Garcia
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHCS
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
My passion is building connections with people. I will take the time to build a relationship of trust and understanding in order to best support you. It would be an honor to be a part of your journey.
My passion is building connections with people. I will take the time to build a relationship of trust and understanding in order to best support you. It would be an honor to be a part of your journey.
(704) 251-6611 View (704) 251-6611
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Thrive Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Thrive Counseling Services PLLC is a group practice dedicated in providing high quality care tailored to meet your individual needs. Our goal is to provide an intimate environment that is safe, supportive and confidential.
Thrive Counseling Services PLLC is a group practice dedicated in providing high quality care tailored to meet your individual needs. Our goal is to provide an intimate environment that is safe, supportive and confidential.
(704) 817-2527 View (704) 817-2527
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Michelle Holleman
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, LCAS, CSAT, CPTT, CMAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173
It is my honor to be a part of your healing journey and recovery. Nothing is really a problem, until it becomes a problem. My mission is to guide people to heal and find their authentic selves via an exceptional therapeutic process and experience. As a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, I specialize in supporting teens, adults, and their loved ones recover from sex/love, pornography, internet/gaming, mental health issues, and drug and alcohol addiction/dependency. There is no judgement and I welcome all. This is a safe place to heal.
It is my honor to be a part of your healing journey and recovery. Nothing is really a problem, until it becomes a problem. My mission is to guide people to heal and find their authentic selves via an exceptional therapeutic process and experience. As a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, I specialize in supporting teens, adults, and their loved ones recover from sex/love, pornography, internet/gaming, mental health issues, and drug and alcohol addiction/dependency. There is no judgement and I welcome all. This is a safe place to heal.
(704) 469-5425 View (704) 469-5425
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Cara Bonwell-Orr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
I believe that therapy can help a person navigate through life challenges. I believe in providing a trusting, nurturing, and nonjudgmental environment where people can find and be their best selves. Therapy is a relationship between the clinician and the client. I will treat the relationship with respect, sensitivity and empathy. It is an honor to have the opportunity to help my clients through their most challenging times and I hope to have the opportunity to help you.
I believe that therapy can help a person navigate through life challenges. I believe in providing a trusting, nurturing, and nonjudgmental environment where people can find and be their best selves. Therapy is a relationship between the clinician and the client. I will treat the relationship with respect, sensitivity and empathy. It is an honor to have the opportunity to help my clients through their most challenging times and I hope to have the opportunity to help you.
(980) 270-1916 View (980) 270-1916
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Hannah Greco
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173
As a counselor, I strive to help individuals and couples take the steps towards a fulfilled life. The demands of everyday life can cause stress, anxiety, frustration, and other feelings that can be debilitating. Together, we will battle these negative emotions and work to find a balance that is unique to you.
As a counselor, I strive to help individuals and couples take the steps towards a fulfilled life. The demands of everyday life can cause stress, anxiety, frustration, and other feelings that can be debilitating. Together, we will battle these negative emotions and work to find a balance that is unique to you.
(980) 998-9609 View (980) 998-9609
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Laura Deterville
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, NCC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, retirement communities, nursing homes, and youth centers. I specialize in issues including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, work-life balance, stress, relationship struggles, trauma, low self-esteem, life transitions, and personal growth. I tailor counseling to fit the needs of each client, and integrate wellness, solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), structured life review, narrative therapy, person-centered, and strength-based approaches.
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, retirement communities, nursing homes, and youth centers. I specialize in issues including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, work-life balance, stress, relationship struggles, trauma, low self-esteem, life transitions, and personal growth. I tailor counseling to fit the needs of each client, and integrate wellness, solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), structured life review, narrative therapy, person-centered, and strength-based approaches.
(980) 414-0823 View (980) 414-0823
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Minh Flint
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173  (Online Only)
Life is constantly changing and at times those changes can be overwhelming. You may feel alone and unsure of where to turn to. You don't need to face life's challenges on your own. I am here to provide you support, warmth, empathy, and understanding in a safe and non-judgmental environment. I incorporate the importance of self-care as part of one's well-being. I believe each individual presents his/her own needs, and is unique in how he/she develops, learns changes, and grows.
Life is constantly changing and at times those changes can be overwhelming. You may feel alone and unsure of where to turn to. You don't need to face life's challenges on your own. I am here to provide you support, warmth, empathy, and understanding in a safe and non-judgmental environment. I incorporate the importance of self-care as part of one's well-being. I believe each individual presents his/her own needs, and is unique in how he/she develops, learns changes, and grows.
(704) 769-2767 View (704) 769-2767
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Crystal O'Gorman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Waxhaw, NC 28173
If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship distress, or difficult life transitions that impact your self-confidence, emotional well-being, and day-to-day life, I’m here to help you. I work collaboratively with teens, adults, couples, and families to uncover problematic patterns, heal emotional wounds, and discover new ways of thinking, feeling, and being with yourself and others.
If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship distress, or difficult life transitions that impact your self-confidence, emotional well-being, and day-to-day life, I’m here to help you. I work collaboratively with teens, adults, couples, and families to uncover problematic patterns, heal emotional wounds, and discover new ways of thinking, feeling, and being with yourself and others.
(704) 741-7596 View (704) 741-7596
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.