Our Therapy Team
Couple's therapy isn't just individual therapy times two. It's a unique form of therapy that benefits from a specially trained couples therapist. At the Durham Couples' Clinic, our therapists have specific education, training, skills, and experience in working with couples. To learn more about our highly skilled and sought after therapists, please take a look at our bios below.
corinne carter (M.Sc., RP, RMFT, Clinical supervisor)
For the past 9 years, Corinne has worked with adults and couples to heal their deepest emotional, spiritual, and relational wounds; strengthen their most meaningful connections; and emerge from the process as more authentic versions of themselves.
As relational beings, we are hardwired for connection; when we feel disconnected from those we love, we hurt. Yet, as much as our relationships can hurt us, they can also profoundly heal us. As Rumi writes, "The cure for pain is in the pain" - in other words, our hurts show us exactly where to find our healing. When we stop running from our pain, we can transform it into power. Couple's therapy with Corinne can help you to explore your deepest relational wounds in a context where you feel safe and held, so that you can uncover your path to personal and relational healing and empowerment.
In addition to providing therapy to couples, Corinne also provides clinical supervision and consultation to all our therapists at the Durham Couple's Clinic.
MELISSA KROONENBERG (M.SC., RP, RMFT, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR)
For nearly a decade, Melissa has worked with couples to help them better understand themselves and their relationships; strengthen connection, trust, and communication; heal from relational injuries and trauma; and find more enjoyment overall.
Melissa is passionate about helping couples create relationships that are in line with their hopes, needs, and desires. She aims to provide a non-judgmental space where people can make sense of their relationship needs and experiences. The space we hold for the significant people in our lives is both sacred and powerful; because of that, relationship tension can be very painful, frightening, and disappointing. Couple's therapy with Melissa can help you understand what keeps you stuck in undesirable patterns of interaction with your partner, and help you get back to a place of security, love, and desire.
Melissa also provides clinical supervision and consultation to the other therapists at the Durham Couple's Clinic.
JOSHUA JOHNSTON (M.A., RP)
Relationships provide us the opportunity to meet some of our deepest needs of love, acceptance, and belonging. However, obstacles often disrupt and challenge the bond we have with our partner and can lead to stress, hurt, and disconnection. It is during these times that couples often disengage and/or act out negative patterns of relating to one another. To experience healing and restoration in relationship, the act of vulnerability and revealing of two people to one another must be present (Buber, 1958).
For nearly 10 years, Josh has worked with couples to recognize patterns of disengagement, explore needs for repair and, in a safe and caring environment, reveal themselves to one another again.
Kristy Cartwright (M.A., RP)
Our relationships can cause us to feel both significant happiness and distress. Differences in individuals can often lead to challenges where partners begin to feel distant or a lack of connection. Disconnection often contributes to resentment, withdrawal, defensiveness, criticism and a general feeling of being unheard or misunderstood. Couples counselling can provide you with a pathway to learn effective ways of reaching out, communicating, resolving conflict and establishing or rebuilding a foundation within your relationship that is based on love, respect and security.
Couple’s therapy with Kristy will help you to identify the patterns within the relationship that keep you and your partner feeling stuck. You will be assisted in rebuilding the connection and intimacy with your partner while also maintaining a strong sense of your self identity.