For those in the Charlotte, NC area seeking counseling, there is no short supply of qualified therapists. There are hundreds to choose from that work from a wide range of counseling techniques and practices, and that focus on many different areas.

Choosing the right therapist involves careful research to ensure the right fit. Highlighted below are some details regarding a few of the many therapists in the Charlotte area that specifically specialize in marriage counseling.

Dr. Robert S. Pennello


Dr. Robert S. Pennello of New Directions Psychotherapies PLLC studied at Regent University and has been in practice for more than ten years. As a licensed professional counselor, and a national certified counselor, Dr. Pennello takes an approach to marriage counseling following the Soul Healing Love and Imago therapy.

This approach aims to identify the causes behind why couples are disillusioned, disconnected, and argue. Dr. Pennello is also certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors, which helps to treat sexual addictions.

Dr. Robert Pennello specializes in relationship issues, sexual addition and anxiety. He also works with clients struggling with issues regarding divorce, depression, domestic violence/abuse, family conflict, and self esteem, to name a few. Sessions with Dr. Pennello cost $120 to $140, and a sliding scale is in place. There are also several means of payment available.

Dr. Patricia Butler


For a spiritual focus on the counseling session, Dr. Patricia Butler specializes in integrating spirituality into psychotherapy. Dr. Butler studied at the University of South Carolina and has been practicing in the state of North Carolina for twenty-five years.

She works to connect her clients to their inner sense of guidance because she believes that all people have an inner sense of knowing what is best for themselves. She has extensively trained in, and focuses on relationship counseling and trauma resolution.

Dr. Butler aids clients struggling with some of the following issues: anxiety, codependency, depression, and domestic abuse. Since she has been in practice for several years, Dr. Butler also has a long list of treatment orientations that she is able to make use of. Some of these treatment orientations include: Attachment based, Cognitive Behavioral, Emotionally Focused, Imago Relationship Therapy, Interpersonal, Multicultural, and Trauma Resiliency Model.

A session with Dr. Butler costs between $90 and $140 and she also has a sliding scale in place. Select insurance providers are accepted, and there are several means of payment available as well.

Dr. Deryle Hunter


Dr. Deryle Hunter is a graduate of Duke University (BA) and New York University (MSW) who specializes in relationship issues, marital and premarital issues, and anxiety. Dr. Hunter has advanced training in couple’s therapy and is equipped to counsel couples in all stages of relationships.

Dr. Hunter has been in practice for over twenty years and has a wide range of treatment approaches including Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral, Emotionally Focused, Family Systems, Imago, and Solutions Focused Brief. She works with clients struggling with issues in codependcy, depression, emotional disturbances, family conflict, infertility, infidelity, and self esteem.

Average sessions with Dr. Hunter cost $140 to $150 and she does employ a sliding scale. She is considered out of network, but she does accept cash, check and wire.

Charlotte, NC offers many unique and specialized therapists to those in need. With the many unique treatment approaches of the therapists available, it shouldn’t take long to find the practice that best suits your needs.