Couple’s Therapists

Durham Chapel Hill Raleigh

Durham Office


Ms. Cheryl Cohen is an interactive couples therapist who strives to bring forth strengths in the relationship and help minimize/improve the deficits. She is empathic, genuine and intuitive in nature. Cheryl will start by getting an in-depth assessment from the couple and each person individually, to have the most comprehensive information to work with when addressing the couple’s concerns. Healthy couples are a product of healthy individuals.


Rae Ann Hamilton enjoys working with couples and provides them with a safe, non-judgmental environment that allows them to identify issues causing distress in their relationship. Those issues may range from communication difficulties to life transition issues to infidelity.


Dr. Blakely Mulder works with couples to strengthen their communication and feelings of connection. She understands the stressors of daily life can often interfere with being our “best selves” in a relationship. Dr. Mulder strives to deepen couples’ feelings of connection to one another and enhance intimacy. She begins the couples therapy process by first allowing each person to reflect on where their relationship is today, and what changes they would like to create in themselves and see in their partner. Her goals and focus during therapy are strengthening connections, conflict resolution, emotional regulation, support and empathy, and minimizing ineffective and unproductive communication or behavior patterns. By creating goals, carving out time, reflecting on your partnership, and learning new skills, Dr. Mulder will help you grow closer together. Dr. Mulder welcomes couples of all ethnicities, cultures, genders, and sexual orientations.


Dr. Ratkalkar believes everyone deserves a satisfying, enjoyable and respectful relationship. She is an experienced couples therapist who supports couples in improving their communication without changing who they are. She is trained in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), an approach that values finding ways to make sustainable, meaningful changes and accepting one another, and she is a Certified Sex Therapist. Dr. Ratkalkar conducts thorough assessments to identify couples’ patterns, strengths, and areas for growth. She works closely with each couple to find the best place to start and gives guidance and suggestions from the very first session.


Dr. Parker enjoys premarital therapy, and for married couples an early intervention, “preventive medicine” approach when experiencing difficulties. She encourages couples to come in early in their relationship to help develop excellent couple’s communication and interaction skills. This also helps couples identify possible topics that may become problematic, and allows these concerns to be addressed sooner rather than later.


Dr. Lindsey Ohler is actively involved in assisting couples thoroughly assess and understand the root of their difficulties. She creates a safe environment where both partners comfortably share the struggles of their relationship and disclose their perceptions of one another.


Couples counseling/marriage therapy has been a primary specialty area for Dr. Lepage, and remains one of her favorite things to do. She has received specialized training from renowned psychologists to include: being part of an exclusive, personalized 9-hour 10-person training with Dr. Albert Ellis, a 2-day training with sex therapist Dr. Barry McCarthy, and a 2-day training with Drs. John & Julie Gottman.

Matthew Varley, Ph.D.

Couples may enter therapy to work through a crisis, adjust problematic dynamics, or deepen connection and intimacy. Whatever the circumstances, Dr. Varley aims to meet couples where they are and foster a non-judgmental environment conducive to growth. He believes couples have the potential to benefit from therapy at any stage of a relationship or phase of life. Dr. Varley welcomes couples of all ethnicities, cultures, genders, and sexual orientations.


Dr. Bailey Cole aims to create a warm, non-judgmental, and empathic environment for couples. At the onset of treatment, he focuses on exploring with the couple the struggles that led them to seek therapy, while also highlighting the couple’s past successes and strengths that have helped them overcome obstacles. Dr. Cole encourages each person to share their perception of the relationship and what they wish to achieve through therapy. In addition, he places great emphasis on communication and developing empathy for one another to reduce struggles, reconcile differences, and strengthen the relationship.

Chapel Hill Office


Dr. Kevin Metz has a genuine and profound interest in working with couples. His work includes improving and strengthening communication skills before entering into marriage and helping couples work through and take control of deep-seated patterns of behavior and communication styles that cause conflict after years of marriage or partnership.


Relationships are difficult. This simple truth lies at the foundation of Dr. Messer’s interest and commitment to helping couples move forward.

Raleigh Office