Couples counseling

Couples Counseling and Marriage Therapy in Wake Forest, NC


There is nothing more upsetting than when your partner becomes a strangerYou aren’t sure what to do, where to turn to, if you need couples counseling or a divorce attorney.

You protest against this emotional disconnection and want to ask your partner:

“Are you there for me?”

“Can I count on you?”

“Do I matter to you?”

But because these questions have been burning inside you for sooo long, the only thing that comes out of your mouth is blame and criticism. Your partner, hearing that he or she has failed at love (once again), freezes up. Then both of you feel miserable and hopeless, stuck in this so familiar and never ending vicious cycle.

Or you may be feeling burned out from trying to reach your partner for so long, and now you just shut down and move awayWhether you the one who pursues the emotional connection (because you feel “alone”) or withdraws from it (because you feel “inadequate”), I want you to know that there is hope. There is nothing broken about your responses. From a neurological perspective, it is your mammalian brain that protects you from danger because intimacy is risky.

Couples Counseling in Wake ForestMy name is Irina and I provide Couples Counseling in Wake Forest to transform your relationship. By working together, I will help you and your partner to slow down, clarify your emotions, and understand what is going on in your head and in your heart using one of the most empirically validated interventions called Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT. Emotionally Focused Therapy revolutionized couple therapy and research shows that 70 to 75 percent of couples who go through EFT recover from distress and are happy in their relationships.

If you are a couple who can’t communicate with each other without fighting or shutting down (and sometimes both), call me today for your FREE 15 min consultation to discuss strategies to help you heal past hurts, calm your inner critic down, and strengthen trust and connection with your most important person. Couples counseling, marriage therapy, and relationship therapy provided in my Wake Forest counseling office. Serving Raleigh, Durham, and the triangle area. 

How can couples therapy save your relationship?

   Feel greater emotional connection with your partner

   Communicate more effectively

   Restore trust and intimacy