Laurie Watson

Licensed Marriage Therapist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Laurie Watson

Licensed Marriage Therapist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT
Secondary Credential: LPC
Billing and Insurance:
Fees: Free 15 minute consultation calls available!


9205 Baileywick Road Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27615
7 Corporate Center Court
Greensboro, North Carolina 27408

My Approach to Helping

We need two things in a relationship to make us happy: enough closeness and (ironically) enough space. Sometimes one partner feels the need for connection more so than the other partner - through talking, spending time together, and sex. The other partner may be more focused on their work, solitary hobbies, and interests outside of the family. Sex is frequently flip-flopped. For instance, he may be obsessed with work and won't put the phone down, but really wants to connect in the bedroom. She may be focused on sharing feelings and being together as a couple and family, but feels no sexual desire. This struggle leaves couples feeling angry, lonely, and disappointed. If this sounds like you, we can help! The good news is that couples often feel much better after 6 sessions and can frequently change their whole dynamic after about 16 sessions.

Couples therapy or marriage counseling means having a neutral person coach you to see what you are individually contributing to maintain the power struggle. The power struggle is a necessary stage of marriage where each partner shrugs and decides, "I guess I just married a selfish person." But we all must go through a cycle where we fall in love, fall out of love and finally learn to love again. We eventually must give our partner love in the way they define it, which causes us to grow into more wholesome and well-rounded people! Your needs both emotionally and sexually can once more be met in abundance. The Awakening Center - Helping Couples with Love and Sex - has offices in Greensboro and Raleigh with plans to expand to Chapel Hill and Pinehurst.

More Info About My Practice

Author of Wanting Sex Again, Laurie Watson, lectures at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill's medical schools. She's a popular media guest seen on the Katie show and heard on G105, KZL and Rock92! Doctors refer to her with this tagline - "call her, she's normal!"

Call us for a free 15 minute consultation to see if we are the right therapist for you! The ease of being able to talk to your therapist and a sense of the therapist's respect for you are primary issues in the success of the therapy! We are out-of-network clinicians but take some of the burden in helping you get your insurance benefits by filing your paperwork within the same week as your visit. Often reimbursement takes 6 weeks and will come directly to you. Payment in full is due at the time of service.

Sex therapy is talk therapy! There are no exams, no nudity and no sexual touching between therapist and client. When sex therapy is necessary to resolve couple's conflicts, we are very good at making you feel super comfortable talking about this delicate subject.

People often spend 6 years in unhappiness before they seek help for very resolvable problems. Don't wait! The therapists at Awakenings are here to help!!

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Couples counseling and sex therapy

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    We love working with couples who want to improve their love and connection both sexually and emotionally.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Communication Problems
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy

Types of Therapy

  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
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