About Irina

You are here because you are probably wondering whether

A) you can TRUST me and B) I can ACTUALLY HELP you.

Great questions. I encourage you to listen to your intuition as you read through this page to see if it resonates with you.

My Background

I am ethnically Russian, but I was born and raised in Kazakhstan, Central Asia (think Borat). I came to the United States in 2006 to travel for a couple of months (because I love traveling), fell in love with the country, and never left. I had to start my life from scratch multiple times (moved between the coasts), including learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture. It was never easy, but it transformed me as a person and inspired me to become a therapist-the coolest job in the world.

Why I am a therapist?

I have always been fascinated by people and how relationships work. And I hated math. So after studying for about a decade (in 4 different countries), I became a therapist. A therapist who works hard to create a safe place for her clients to explore their fears and insecurities when they are uncertain about their partner’s feelings and they can’t emotionally reach them, leaving them feeling anxious and depressedA therapist who is determined to help you move from disconnection and unhappiness to being able to step outside of your old cycle and communicate your needs in a loving, open, yet assertive way.

Couples Counseling Wake Forest

What drives me?

I love teaching my clients what REALLY works to create long-lasting, stable, loving, and passionate relationships. It isn’t a quick fix. It isn’t easy… why? Because we have to work on fixing all the old habits and patterns you’ve been taught your entire life. Change does not happen overnight, but this kind of change can change your entire life and ALL of your relationships- those with kids, with friends, with your parents… with everybody!

My Therapy Style

Therapy with me differs from other therapists in that I have a very direct and transparent style (might be due to my Russian culture). My clients say that I “keep it real” and say it as it is.

I am not your typical nod and smile therapist, and I will jump into the emotional soup with you. I will make you work.

My work is not a “crash diet” it is a relationship lifestyle overhaul. To get the most out of this long-term expect to work together for the next year digging deeply until this new way of being becomes second nature- on good days, on stressful days, during the sexy vacation times, and during the gnarly times of conflict.

I use a variety of evidence based interventions that required months of additional training, including Emotionally Focused Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

If you think of yourself as someone who is ready to reclaim your relationships-with yourself and/or your partner because you are tired of worrying and feeling disconnected and alone, call today for your FREE consult to discuss how I can help you overcome your inner critic and build happy relationships with the person who matters most. Your relationship deserves it!

To learn more about the type of clients I work best with, click here

P.S.: There probably be some crying, laughing, and swearing during our session. It’s all for the right cause:)

Working Together

We either meet in my office, online (using a highly secure software, much like Skype or FaceTime), or at your own home. Schedule your free 15 min consultation to discuss what option might work best for your needs.

What Other Professionals Say About Me

  • I recently had the opportunity to attend a seminar conducted by Irina and consider myself fortunate as I walked away with a wealth of knowledge that will assist me as I strive to open my practice. Irina's presentation was not only lively and entertaining, but she was willing to share information about herself\her business that perhaps another presenter would not dream of doing, so thank you! Luree B.

    L. H. B. San Francisco, CA
  • I recently had the good fortune to meet and spend time with Irina in a professional capacity and I am impressed by her knowledge, skill, and ability to call things as they are. She is quick-witted, smiles easily, and is passionate about the couples she helps. I highly recommend her services!

    Yolanda H. Saint Paul, MN
  • Irina has a passion for helping couples reignite the connection in their relationship. Her sense of humor and straightforward manner work together brilliantly. You will find yourself comfortable and laughing, and then realize that you have done deep work in your relationship. If you live in the Wake Forest, I highly recommend calling Irina.

    Julia S. Dothan, AL
  • What I find makes Irina unique is her ability to be real and get to the heart of the matter in a fun-loving and caring way. She is the perfect combination of being knowledgeable in her area of expertise and passionate about what she does. You will quickly see how much she cares about her clients when you meet her and her eagerness to help. I would not hesitate to recommend Irina if you feel your relationship is struggling and need guidance.

    Diana T. San Marcos, CA
  • Irina is fabulous! She has a great way of balancing straight talk with kindness, concern and humor. As a therapist she offers couple's intensives which can really get to the heart of the matter quickly and effectively. Irina is non-judgmental and she has a sense of curiosity about her clients, which helps them open up more easily to talk about the hard things. I would recommend Irina as a therapist without a doubt!

    Karin L. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Irina is invested in the profession as well as her clients. She presented a workshop describing ways that therapists can set up their practice to be client-centered as well as legal and ethical. In everything she presented, her heart for supporting clients and her respect for clients and colleagues came through clearly.

    Susan P. Richfield, NC
  • Irina is a very astute and effective therapist. She is able to help individuals and couples find practical solutions for life's challenges.

    Yuri S. San Francisco, CA
  • Irina and I met in early Spring 2016 at work. I was her Vietnamese interpreter for a family counseling case. She is one of the best counselors so far I have worked with for many years. She is very knowledgeable, patient, experienced, and professional. Well, after the case was over in Summer 2016, she and I become friends. She is completely different in her personally life though - she is fun. 😉 I highly recommend her to any single or couple to get therapy sections with her if needed to improve the relationship.

    Emily H. Centreville, VA
  • I worked with Irina for several years as an in home therapist. Throughout this time I found her to be professional and consistent with the therapies that she used. It was a pleasure collaborating with her, and her clients often shared how pleased they were about their time with Irina. In the past I have referred clients to Irina, especially for marital and couples counseling, if she were still in Northern Virginia I would continue to do so!

    Nick S. Aldie, VA

Education and Credentials:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (State of Virginia), License # 0904009547

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (State of North Carolina), License # C010718

Master of Social Work, University of Southern California, 2013

Bachelor of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine 2011

Professional Affiliations and Trainings:

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Externship

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Core Skills 1,2,3,4

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Certification


Individual And Marriage Counseling in Wake Forest and Raleigh NC

Call Irina at Irina Baechle Counseling LLC (703) 347 3200  for your free 15-minute phone consultation to see if marriage counseling in Raleigh, NC is right for your marriage. My fee for 50 min individual session is $200 and for 75 min couples session is $250.