Emily Barlow



Emily Barlow, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University and her Bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University. Emily has worked in various settings such as mental health hospitals and private practices and has experience treating a variety of mental health challenges, including sexual concerns, substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, emotional regulation, and family/couple conflict. Emily is LGBTQ+ affirming and supports all relationship structures in her work.

Emily is in network with most BCBS PPO plans (but not Blue Value, Local, or Home). We are also able to submit claims to Cigna under Dr. Nabar’s name for Emily’s services. Emily sees clients in our Cary office and via telehealth.

Work Philosophy

Emily has a passion for helping people. She believes in a holistic approach to helping the mind, the body, and the soul. Emily believes that all parts of the self are connected; therefore, when you nurture each one individually, it has a positive effect on your overall well-being. Through mindfulness, movement, and verbal processing, it will be her goal to help you navigate the struggles of life with kindness, empathy, and support.

Emily uses a variety of approaches to help her clients, including solution-focused, emotional regulation, and mindfulness, all of which she views through a systemic lens. She strives to make a strong therapeutic connection with her clients, and works to make her clients feel comfortable and seen.

Sex can be an enjoyable and positive part of your life when things are going well. On the other hand, when sex is difficult to talk about or when sex becomes painful or not as frequent as you would like, it can cause tension and frustration within the relationship and within yourself.

This is something Emily loves to help individuals and couples through. She doesn’t want sex to be something someone struggles through or is afraid to talk about with their partner. Her hope is through therapy, she can help you get to a place where sex is no longer a source of stress. Emily can help you have open and honest conversations with your partner and with yourself when it comes to sex. She understands it can be vulnerable to discuss your sex life and she will do her best to listen, empathize and be open-minded and kind when working with her clients.

Emily wants you to get the most out of therapy when working with her. Her hope is that therapy can lead to you being happier with yourself, and able to boost your confidence and your self-love. Every person has strengths and she wants you to find those strengths.