PhD, MA, LMFT, LPC, Director
Laurie Watson, PhD, MA, LMFT, LCMHC, Director of Awakenings, certified sex therapist has thirty years of experience working with couples and individuals about love and sex. Laurie says, “I’ve never seen a couple who I didn’t feel hope about their healing and happiness. The difficulty is convincing them to give up the idea that only their partner will have to change!”
She’s the host of the popular podcast, FOREPLAY RADIO—Couples and Sex Therapy ranked in the top 10 in iTunes under Sexuality. Laurie authored her first book Wanting Sex Again—How to Rediscover Desire and Heal a Sexless Marriage (Penguin) in December 2012. A popular blogger for the general public with over 15 million reads between her WebMD blog and Psychology Today Online in Married and Still Doing It, Laurie also lectures physician residents, PAs and PTs at Duke’s and UNC Chapel Hill’s medical schools on sexual function and dysfunction. Featured in her hometown in the N&O, Laurie has also been published or quoted in most every nationally popular media resource including the New York Times, Buzzfeed, HuffPo, WebMD, Glamour, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, etc. A popular media figure, she has appeared on the Katie Couric Show and Vogue Weddings ig is regularly on radio and television in Raleigh and Greensboro.
Director/owner of Awakenings, Counseling for Couples and Sexuality, Laurie supervises 11 clinicians in both Raleigh and Greensboro. Her podcast FOREPLAY RADIO—Couples and Sex Therapy is frequently ranked in the top 6-8 sexuality podcasts on iTunes. She offers Telehealth therapy in NC and online consultation throughout the world. Couples have the option to work with Laurie for weekend retreat intensives from 12-16 hours.
Laurie is a doctoral candidate with research in helping survivors and their husbands heal after breast cancer. Additionally, she has also completed the EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) Externship and Core Skills Classes to help couples feel more secure and connected to each other.
Fun Facts: Expert at naming tree varieties in NC. Has eaten spring bok and water buffalo on safari. Watching the Bachelorette is her guilty pleasure. Can make a mean Indian curry. Addicted to Diet Coke with extra ice. Favorite movie: Love Actually. The Episcopalians let her attend services. Still can cartwheel. Three sons, one husband (34 years.)