Foundations Family Therapy is a team of licensed therapists in Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh, and Wake Forest who help struggling individuals, couples and families gain hope, reclaim their foundation and move from surviving to thriving.

Since 2012, our goal has been to impact our clients and our community by helping kids, teens, adults, couples and families thrive. We understand how challenging it can be for individuals to move forward in life and live abundantly with the freedom they desire. At Foundations Family Therapy, we help them pause, reconnect to their foundation, and feel more in control of their lives.

Therapy as Unique as You

We are intentional in all that we do. It is our therapists' desire to help our clients find relief from the issues they're experiencing. That's why our therapists tailor their approach to meet each individual's unique mental health needs. Our clients receive superior services from highly qualified therapists that are uniquely trained in offering specific types of therapy.

Clients feel nurtured and cared for when they meet with us. Our offices offer a safe space that is welcoming, accepting, and comfortable. From the time we meet and until the end of the healing journey, we are here to provide support, guidance, and encouragement.

What to Expect from Counseling

Coming to therapy may be uncharted territory for you. Maybe you have some ideas of what you think it is, or isn’t. Maybe you have been to therapy in the past and it wasn’t a great fit, you didn’t feel like your therapist “got it” or maybe you have had a great experience with therapy in the past and you’re looking for something similar again.

Wherever you’re at, it’s normal to feel a sense of apprehension about starting counseling.

At Foundations Family Therapy, we believe one of the most important aspects of counseling is the fit between the therapist and the client. That means that if you’re not jiving with your therapists’ personality, or you don't care for their approach to counseling, we want you to let us know—seriously, we do.

We want you to have the best therapy experience possible, and we know that in order for that to happen, you have to feel like your therapist is a good fit. We will work with you to get you connected with a therapist that fits your style and needs.



We know you’re dying to know, and yes, we have couches in our therapy rooms in our Fuquay-Varina and Wake Forest therapy rooms. But, no, you don’t have to lay on them. (But feel free to if you’d like, we think they’re pretty comfy.)

If you’re really anti-couch and want to completely rebel against that stereotype (we’re with you), check out our Raleigh office where you’ll find large comfy chairs but no couches.

OK, now where were we.

The First Few Counseling Appointments

Typically the first session is going over the logistics of the therapy process, the consent form, confidentiality and your history. This is also a time to begin forming that relationship (a.k.a., getting to know your therapist and them getting to know you) to see if it will be a good fit.

We recommend giving your therapist at least 3 sessions before you decide whether or not it’s a good fit because it takes time to build trust. Sessions 2-3 continue that relationship-building process and gives the therapist a chance to dive a little further into your current situation and your dreams and goals for the future. By the end of session 3, you should start to have a pretty good idea of who your therapist is, how they practice, and if you feel comfortable with them.

If you do, then you and your therapist will lay out a plan of action (a.k.a., a treatment plan) that will give you a better understanding of how often you will meet and what you will be working on in session and in-between sessions. (Yes, there may be homework, but we promise it’s not long division or common core math.)

Working With a Therapist

Your therapy progress and process depends a lot on you. It’s like that saying, “you get out of it what you put into it”. This holds true for change in general, and therapy is about creating a safe space and process for change.

That being said, your therapist is not “hands off” during the process. They are in it with you, walking alongside you and encouraging your growth. Therapy is a fluid process and will look different for everyone.

As you meet your goals, you and your therapist will determine the frequency of sessions and will discuss what ending therapy looks like.


How Many Counseling Sessions?

You may be thinking, “OK, that’s great, but I need numbers or a ‘ballpark’ of how many sessions to expect”. Statistically, most people begin to feel “better” somewhere between 6 and 12 sessions.

This doesn't necessarily mean they end therapy there, although some do. It just means that they begin to feel relief from the symptoms that brought them in, that they begin to feel hopeful and like they have more control of their life.

For clients working through trauma or couples working through infidelity, the average time in therapy is one year.

At Foundations Family Therapy, we’re not focused on the numbers. We’re focused on you. We love our clients and we love what we do, but our goal is not to keep you in therapy forever—our goal is to give you the tools you need to live abundantly, to move from surviving to thriving.

Want to Know What Therapy Can’t Do?

Check out a blog post from our therapist, Sharon Sheppard, where she shares what therapy can’t do for you from a therapist’s perspective.


Still Have Questions about Therapy in Faquay Varina, Wake Forest, or Raleigh?

Check out our FAQ page or contact us  page.

Begin Therapy in Wake Forest, Fuquay Varina, or Raleigh Today

To start your counseling journey, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Request an appointment
  2. Get to know our therapists
  3. Start overcoming your challenges and build a foundation for better mental health today!