MA, LMFT, LPC, Director
Laurie Watson, MA, LMFT, Director of Awakenings, certified sex therapist has twenty-eight 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 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 6 million reads on Psychology Today Online in Married and Still Doing It and WebMD, Laurie also lectures professionals 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 like the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Glamour, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, etc. A popular media figure, she has appeared on the Katie Couric Show and is regularly on radio and television in Raleigh and Greensboro.
Director/owner of Awakenings, Counseling for Couples and Sexuality, Laurie supervises 6 clinicians in both Raleigh and Greensboro. Her podcast FOREPLAY – Radio Sex Therapy with Dr. Adam Mathews 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 intensives from 12-16 hours over a weekend.
Laurie is a doctoral candidate with research in helping couples heal after breast cancer. She has also completed the EFT – Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship to help couples heal and feel more attached and connected to each other.
Fun Facts: I’m expert at naming tree varieties in NC. Have eaten spring bok and water buffalo on safari. Watching the Bachelorette is my guilty pleasure. Can make a mean Indian curry. Addicted to Diet Coke with extra ice. Favorite movie: Love Actually. The Episcopalians let me attend services. I can still cartwheel. Three sons, one husband (32 years.)