E.J. Hanks


E.J. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

A Cary N.C. native, E.J. graduated with honors from Pfeiffer University, a COAMFTE accredited program, with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts with honors from North Carolina Wesleyan College, and completed a graduate level management and leadership program at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

He works with a diverse group of individuals and couples struggling with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, parenting difficulties, relationship distress, divorce/separation, grief, stress, and anger management. E.J. has worked extensively with the public safety and the military community focusing on trauma and stress on the family. His approach tends to be cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and family systems oriented. At times E.J. may draw on narrative, solution focused and integrative approaches. All of these models have components of individual, couple and family therapy. He will tailor his approach to the specific need of each client. E.J. has received training in EMDR (bilateral stimulation) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT-C) an effective treatment model endorsed by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and the U.S. Departments of Veteran Affairs and Defense. Additionally, he is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. E.J. is also a certified facilitator for Prepare/Enrich, a well-researched assessment tool that is uniquely designed for couples to explore and strengthen their relational bond. Through a series of exercises and education, this program has been shown to significantly improve a couple’s relationship.

E.J.’s goal is to facilitate a successful therapeutic experience based on a trusting partnership between the client and therapist. It takes combined experience, energy, and effort to work together on developing new perspectives and skills, making positive changes, and forming a new outlook on life. E.J. welcomes the opportunity to work with you to meet your goals.

E.J. Hanks MA, LMFT

To inquire about or schedule with E.J., contact our Cary/Apex office.