DR. LAURIE WATSON
PhD, MA, LMFT, LPC,
Certificate in Addictions from IICS
Laurie Watson, PhD, MA, LMFT, LCMHC, Director of Awakenings, certified sex therapist, Doctor of Sexology, certified EFT therapist, certified addictions specialist from IICS. She has thirty years of experience working with couples and individuals about love and sex. As a result of her training, Dr. Watson 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! And yet, the minute we see our part in the looping cycle, we have the power to transform our partnership/marriage!”
Laurie is the host of the popular podcast, FOREPLAY RADIO—Couples and Sex Therapy ranked in the top 10 in iTunes under Sexuality and has over 10M downloads. Furthermore, Laurie authored her first book Wanting Sex Again—How to Rediscover Desire and Heal a Sexless Marriage (Penguin) in December 2012. As a popular blogger for the general public, she has over 15 million reads between her WebMD blog and Psychology Today Online in Married and Still Doing It. And she is very proud that her latest published article was in her professional home the American Association of Marriage Family Therapists.
Laurie also lectures physician residents, PAs and PTs at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill’s medical schools on sexual function and dysfunction. Additionally, she teaches sexual attachment integrated with EFT for therapists all over the world. Also she serves as a consultant for other therapists regarding their clients stuck in the sexual cycle.
Very proudly, Laurie was featured in her hometown in the N&O and local news when she first published her book. Subsequently, Laurie has also been published or quoted in most every nationally popular media resource including the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Goop, HuffPo, WebMD, Glamour, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, etc. As a popular media figure, she is regularly on radio and television in Raleigh and Greensboro. Dr. Watson appeared for a year on TV in My Carolina Today, for an insta series on Vogue Weddings as well as the Katie Couric Show.
Director/owner of Awakenings, Counseling for Couples and Sexuality, Laurie teaches and supervises 20 clinicians in both Raleigh and Greensboro.
She currently is not taking weekly clients but does online consultation throughout the world. Couples have the option to work with Laurie for weekend retreat intensives from 12-16 hours. Along with her cohost George Faller, she offers an annual couples online couple retreat on love and sex!
Laurie invites you to hear how she thinks about the integration of the sexual and emotional cycle in this pivotal episode of Foreplay.
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 (37 years.)
“As a Urologist specializing in Men’s Health, and especially sexual dysfunctions, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Laurie in treating several of my patients. She is an excellent sex therapist and counselor. I am confident in my referral of patients, which ensures all aspects of the patient’s sexual dysfunction are appropriately addressed… the organic and psychogenic components. My confidence in her stems not only from her excellent knowledge base and training but also her empathy in caring for these patients… Laurie is a valuable member of my referral team. —Charles Viviano, MD, Phd, Duke Urology of Raleigh
“I have been lucky to have Laurie Watson as a resource for my patients. She has resolved their sexual issues, improved their relationships, and helped them pursue more fulfilling lives. I can wholeheartedly recommend Laurie as a counselor and therapist. She is kind, competent, and thorough and my patients have benefited tremendously.” —Wanda L Radford, MD, OB/GYN, FACOG; Wake Women’s Health, Raleigh
“I have been referring my patients for consultation to Laurie Watson for several years, and will continue to do so. All my patients have benefited immensely by her therapy, and they are most pleased and grateful. Sexual dysfunction is a major problem for many women, at times leading to depression and problems with relationships. We are most fortunate to have the services of Laurie Watson who is not only knowledgeable, but most compassionate and caring.” —Dr. Pouru Bhiwandi, MD, OB/GYN, FACOG; Gyn Center for Women, Raleigh
As physical therapists, we consider sex therapy an essential component of pelvic pain treatment. Laurie and the therapists at Awakenings have helped many of our patients enjoy intimacy and pleasurable sex as part of their recovery. We highly recommend Awakenings to individuals and couples for optimal sexual health.” —Sarah P. Talley, PT, DPT and Emily R. Wegmann, PT OCS, Raleigh
“Laurie Watson has a wonderful method… Her warmth, caring and passion for what she does really shines through.” —Ingrid Harm-Ernandes PT, WCS, BCIA-PMDB, Orthopedic/Women’s Health Specialties, Duke Hospital, Durham
“A valuable therapeutic resource…” —Carol Casper Figuers, PT, EdD, Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham
“What a great resource to have! My patients share their most intimate secrets and insecurities with me as their gynecologist, and I feel fortunate to have Laurie to send them to for care. She is knowledgeable, fair, warm and empathetic. They are often so relieved to know that there is someone who can help them.” —Myra Teasley, MD, FACOG; Mid-Carolina OBGYN, Raleigh
“Laurie’s message, rich in experience, inspires us to reconnect with our partners and ourselves.”
—Polly Watson, MD, OB/GYN, FACOG, NCMP, Boylan Healthcare, Raleigh
“Laurie Watson has a gift for relating to women.” —Julie R. McQueen, CHES, Oncology Patient Navigator, Duke Cancer Center, Raleigh
“I am a therapist with a worrisome case involving a couple who is sexually shut-down completely. I consulted with Laurie Watson, who provided fresh insight and professional approaches which have given me new hope for helping this couple in pain unlock their sexual connection again. I am very grateful to Laurie for the seasoned perspective and informed, sensitive input for therapy with them.” – Rev. Jack L. Hileman, LMFT, AAMFT-Approved Supervisor