Liza Shaw,MA, LMFT, ACHT

Liza Shaw,MA, LMFT, ACHT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Life Coach, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapy - 1025
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: $230. for initial consult (90 minutes)
$150. for subsequent 60 minute sessions
$225. for subsequent 90 minute sessions
Other services vary in price. See full price list on our website.
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Carolina Beach , North Carolina 28428

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My Approach to Helping

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist. I am also the Director and Therapist at Marriage and Family Therapy Services, a private Marriage, Family and Individual Therapy practice in Carolina Beach, N.C. I started my practice in Hickory, NC in 1999 and moved it to the beach in 2022.

I specialize in transforming marriages, and describe as my personal mission: to significantly reduce the epidemic of "disposable marriages" and provide couples a brand new paradigm to resolve conflicts, ultimately allowing them to create the marriage they have always wanted but never knew how to have. My style in the therapy room is directive and challenging, with a heavy dose of empathy and understanding of all parties. MarriageFamily Therapy can only be effective in an environment in which each party feels heard, respected, and honored for their experiences and their "truth." Many therapists who claim to offer "Couples Therapy" are not actually Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), and I warn potential clients to be very careful when putting their relationship into the hands of someone who is not well-trained to handle this most complicated and challenging form of therapy. MFTs are required to have a minimum of 2 years of course work as well as direct supervision hours, practicing with couples and families. Many "Non-LMFTs" (LPCs, MSWs and NBCCs) were not given any educational or supervisory experiences in working with family systems. Without this training and expertise, those therapists can do more harm than good when they are attempting to navigate the conflict-laden terrain of having multiple participants in the room at the same time. I am also a TedX Talk speaker and a writer. I offer personal empowerment workshops designed to assist people in creating thriving lives. I have co-authored professional journal articles, published as a guest-columnist for a variety of newspapers, and co-authored books, published a poetry book, and am currently working on a book based on my TedX Talk, "Marriage 2.0: A System Upgrade for Your Long-Term Committed Relationship."

More Info About My Practice

We can work with you to find a way for you to attend therapy with us, or help you find someone with whom you can work with. We are in network with Primary Physicians Care Insurance and Caldwell County EAP. Clinicians at our practice offer a limited number of reduced fee contracts if clients are unable to pay our full fees.

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

Highly conflicted couples; recovering from infidelity and parentingfamily dysfunction. Also, I am well-versed in many 12-Step recovery programs and really enjoy helping people through the process of getting free from addictions and codependency.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    My practice mainly specializes in couples on the brink of divorce or highly-conflicted couples (married or not) who are willing to explore the possibilities of healing the pain inflicted upon each other and learning new ways to communicate and resolve conflicts together. I also teach "Parenting with Love and Logic" and enjoy coaching parents on how to empower their children to live more responsibly and develop healthy relationships with their children.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Professional Sports
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Constructivisim
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Hypnosis
  • Dreamwork
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Filial Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Possibility Therapy
  • Pragmatic / Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Regression Therapy
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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