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Dan Hopkins


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What Thriving means to me

To me, thriving means that we don’t just do the bare minimum in life to get by. It means that we hunker down and get work done in order to be healthy and right with ourselves and those around us. Sometimes in life, we are limping along with broken relationships, our past haunting us, or an unhealthy habit that is eating us alive. Thriving means that we turn around and face whatever is hurtful, learn to deal with it and heal from it, and implement this new change into our future selves.

About My
Areas of Focus


Are you tired of feeling angry, numb, anxious, or depressed? Are you tired of struggling in your relationships or dealing with past traumas that haunt you? I know that there is a stigma attached to therapy, especially with men. Many times the themes of our childhood of “be tough” or “boys don’t cry” can make an imprint on men as adults. Often women in your life might notice that things seem different but are often met with, “I don’t want to talk about it.”


Are you struggling with anger, depression, apathy, lack of motivation, anxiety, or relationship issues? Do you feel like you can’t say anything because you have to hold everything together? Do you often think about what it would be like to live a different life? Do you struggle with feeling irritable or on edge? Do you frequently escape with alcohol, video games, sports, drugs, or pornography? Are you struggling with a transition in your life, such as having a child or a new job? I get it. You are not alone!


Are you tired of the same negative patterns in your relationship? Are you totally at a loss for what to do? Has your marriage suffered betrayal, hurt, lack of trust, or grief? Feeling more like roommates than friends and spouses? Think that there must be something more to marriage? I’d love to help! There is something more, and there is great hope for your relationship.
I frequently use Gottman and Emotionally Focused Therapy techniques with couples. I find that those therapy models often lend themselves to great results and increased intimacy and connection for couples.


Feeling like your whole family could use a tune-up? Did your family suffer a tragedy? Do you have a lot of “big feelings” around your house? I love working with whole families to find healing and systemic change!

Why I love what I do

I love being allowed into people’s worlds to help. It is not easy to talk about the deepest and sometimes darkest parts of ourselves to a stranger, so I see the work that I do as an honor. I love watching those “light bulb” moments with individuals, couples, and families. Seeing other people make positive, but sometimes hard, changes gives me hope.

my experience

I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. Before working with Foundations, I have worked in an on-campus Christian Counseling site with college students and young adults and at an outpatient counseling office where I worked with individuals, couples, and families applying a systemic approach to treatment. I also have experience working with young adult men recovering from life-controlling issues and addictions at a residential recovery program.

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What i do

For Fun!

I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, where I lived until college. I lived with my wife in Lynchburg, VA until moving to Raleigh in the fall of 2022.
I like weightlifting, being outdoors, listening to music, and hanging out with my family and friends in my free time. I like all types of music, from pop to rock to alternative. I am a self-proclaimed “foodie,” and if I had lots of money, I would try every restaurant in the area! The best book I’ve read recently is the Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer.