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Working with people to create a lifestyle of mental, emotional, and physical health and wellness.

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Stress, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

As a woman of color, I am familiar with identity, cultural diversity, inclusion/exclusion, and integration issues.

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I have a passion for helping individuals improve their mental, emotional, and social well-being and quality of life.

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I aim to empower and equip individuals with mental health issues to live a healed, happy, whole, and harmonized life.

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As a compassionate advocate for mental health, I thrive on helping individuals embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

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Hello and welcome. My name is K. Fatou Alabi and I am not your typical therapist. As a West African woman, I grew up in a culture where mental health ... Hello and welcome. My name is K. Fatou Alabi and I am not your typical therapist. As a West African woman, I grew up in a culture where mental health isn’t a familiar topic, let alone discussed. Read more

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Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Men’s Issues, +13 more

My goal is to provide an empathetic, open, and non-judgmental space for you to explore symptoms and stressors and work with you to change the things y... My goal is to provide an empathetic, open, and non-judgmental space for you to explore symptoms and stressors and work with you to change the things you want and improve in any and all areas, leading to a happier you. Read more

Starting Polyamory counseling

What is Polyamory counseling?

Polyamory counseling works with polyamorous couples to help them work through any issues within the relationship, manage the expectations and boundaries of each party, and improve the overall dynamic in order to achieve a loving, amiable, and harmonious relationship between all parties.

How does Polyamory counseling work?

Thriveworks polyamory counseling in Charlotte will likely work with couples and partners on communication skills, problem-solving, boundary setting, expectation management, and other aspects of improving interpersonal relationships. Polyamory counselors work to provide clarity and help each party in the relationship come together to reach their common goal through vulnerable discussion and conflict resolution.

Is Polyamory counseling conducted in person or online?

Polyamory counseling at Thriveworks in Charlotte, NC is conducted both in person and virtually through online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Polyamory counseling last?

The length of polyamory counseling will often depend on the clients, as each situation and its concerns will be different. It can help to attend polyamory counseling on a continual basis to better address conflicts as they arise.

Need more help deciding?

If you’ve made it this far, you know you are interested in what healthy relationships could look like with more than two people involved.  There are a lot of concerns and fears people have about expanding or opening up their relationships, but there can also be some amazing benefits.  For some, being poly is a preference, and others it is an orientation.  Therapy can help you find out.  If this is the kind of relationship you are in, if you are thinking about beginning one, or if you stumbled into one backwards, talking to a trained, poly-informed therapist can be an invaluable resource to both empower yourself and the people you love.

A quick set of terms:

  1. Consensual Non-Monogamy: “We all are on the same page that there will be multiple emotional and/or sexual relationships, with respect and honesty, no matter what form that takes.”  The broadest term.
  2. Polyamory: “We have opened or expanded our relationships to include other people who we are also in some form of committed relationships with one or more than one of us, generally in a transparent way where everyone either knows or knows about each other.”  Often still broad.
  3. Swinging: “We occasionally have times where we meet up and engage in sexual experiences (not always sex) with others we trust.”  Generally not someone you’d call your partner.  Could be a form of poly but isn’t itself poly.
  4. Hierarchy: “We have our primary partner, and each of us have other partners who we invest in less than the primary.”  More stable in the short term, but often with built-in power inequities.
  5. Poly-Friendly Therapy: “When we go to therapy, our therapist is comfortable with and does not judge our relational choices or structures.  They also don’t make everything about the poly stuff, since most of the time, it’s not even about that.  They are more fluent with queer language and often even is reflected in the structure of how therapy meets our polycule’s needs.”

Here is a quick set of real statements that might help you know if therapy for your non-monogamous relationships will be for you.

  • “My wife isn’t enough for me.”

While this on its face looks like someone who might be ready for the inclusion of other relationships in their/her/his life, chances are someone who is saying this is not ready for those other relationships yet.  When I hear a phrase like this, it tells me that person is struggling to accept themselves and is searching for some deep meaning in various relationships.  While this can be a way to meet this need, a successful poly person will do their own work first, without placing the responsibility of being okay on others.  Therapy can help discern which motivation/impulse/need with which.

  • “I want to date other people, but I don’t want to leave my husband.”

It is true that more often than not, it’s the female partner who is the one who initiates more open relationships.  This might go against the stereotypical “horndog” man, but it turns out when men want more partners, they are more likely to cheat than to talk.  This is clearly a problem and is often destructive to relationships.  (It’s also just a generalization.  All the gender norms and roles are more fluid than people realize, and a good queer-aware therapist will take this into account.)  This is a classic attempt to have a hierarchical polyamorous relationship in which the original couple hold higher status than the other relationships.  There are all sorts of power dynamics embedded throughout these structures, and therapy can help re-balance and empower both the various individuals, dyads, and the whole.  Non-hierarchical principles tend to create stronger polyamorous systems, even if the structure remains hierarchical.  Additionally, many times this kind of therapy can help couples reveal they were able to meet each other’s needs in monogamy, they just didn’t know how.

  • “So I’m dating a couple, but Partner X doesn’t really like me.”

Just like there are power dynamics all over the couple in hierarchical relationships, it is often even harder for the third (or fourth/fifth/etc) partner.  This person is often left without a say in many of the decision of their own relationship.  Poly-friendly therapy can be useful in these situations because it focuses on the person not in the original couple to find their own purposes and worth, as a secondary partner, or independent of the couple altogether.  Even worse, many of these situations are set up to fail, because it started without honesty and the other partner in the couple didn’t (or still doesn’t) know.  Deception is a terrible way into poly, but so many people do it because being honest and vulnerable is too hard/scary for them.  If you are in a deception-laden system, please come to therapy.  We’ll figure out what can reasonably be salvaged, repented/learned from, and discarded so you can live your best life moving forward.

  • “I’m really worried about the kids.”

Obviously, this could be said by non-poly people as well.  One of the myths of non-monogamy is that everything is about sex without concern for children.  Another is that children won’t have proper parenting if there are more than two.  Both of these are false, and in fact the small research that has been done with poly families has shown that kids who are loved and cared for have no better or worse childhoods or development than couples or single parents (you single moms and dads know y’all are ballers out there!).  In fact, poly systems that all live in the same house tend to share parenting in ways that allow for children to be more monitored with a greater variety of people they also can connect with.  Lastly, since it takes really good communication to successfully have a long-term poly relationship, children report that when they grow up, their own communication skills are more advanced than their peers.  With this being said, if you’re blending families with pre-existing children, a poly therapist would be helpful in that transition.  Also, don’t be a jerk and forget a poly family is about the whole family, not just your need to be relational or sexual with people outside your home.  If you or someone you know is that jerk, come see us for that as well.

There are so many other situations (relationship anarchy, solo poly, BDSM/kink, quads, vees, zees, triads, opened, closed, religious, sex workers, etc.) in which consensual non-monogamy might be an excellent decision for you and your partners/family.  It won’t be easy, but with the right therapeutic help, you all might just find the right relational, sexual, and emotional connections for you all.

Daniel Stillwell, PhD is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with couples and relationships. To get started today at Thriveworks Charlotte, simply give us a call at (704) 969-2597 or request an appointment online!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Charlotte therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

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Dr. Patricia will be an awesome addition to the Thriveworks team. I have worked alongside Dr. Patricia is several different settings and in all of them she represents the agency with a professional posture. Her strength comes from the value, integrity and dignity with which she gives to her work - Congratulations to Thriveworks!
Read more Dr. Patricia will be an awesome addition to the Thriveworks team. I have worked alongside Dr. Patricia is several different settings and in all of them she represents the agency with a professional posture. Her strength comes from the value, integrity and dignity with which she gives to her work - Congratulations to Thriveworks!
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It is obvious from working with Dr. Patricia Krikorian that counseling is not a career for her as much as it is a calling. She is compassionate, professional, non-judgmental, and supportive. Her ability to get to the root of the problem and provide helpful and personal counseling solutions is a testament to her years of counseling experience. I highly recommend Dr. Krikorian!! She is passionate about helping others!
Read more It is obvious from working with Dr. Patricia Krikorian that counseling is not a career for her as much as it is a calling. She is compassionate, professional, non-judgmental, and supportive. Her ability to get to the root of the problem and provide helpful and personal counseling solutions is a testament to her years of counseling experience. I highly recommend Dr. Krikorian!! She is passionate about helping others!
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I have known Dr. Patricia (Dr. Pat) for over 8 years and she has over 25+ years of experience in dealing with youth and adults in various clinical settings. Dr. Patrica is culturally and professionally competent in Counseling, Therapy, Addictions, Teaching, and Clinical Social Work as well as knowing how to deliver services to all ethnicities. Dr. Patricia uses various Therapy modalities such as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Family, Group, Individual, behavioral, Marriage and family therapy, and DBT, where she incorporates mindfulness, self-awareness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal communication into one's treatment plan. Dr. Patricia is the BEST!!!!
Read more I have known Dr. Patricia (Dr. Pat) for over 8 years and she has over 25+ years of experience in dealing with youth and adults in various clinical settings. Dr. Patrica is culturally and professionally competent in Counseling, Therapy, Addictions, Teaching, and Clinical Social Work as well as knowing how to deliver services to all ethnicities. Dr. Patricia uses various Therapy modalities such as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Family, Group, Individual, behavioral, Marriage and family therapy, and DBT, where she incorporates mindfulness, self-awareness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal communication into one's treatment plan. Dr. Patricia is the BEST!!!!
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Dr. Krikorian is a great and wonderful person that I've been blessed to have known her for over 3 years. In that short amount of time, she has been honest, kind, sharing, and compassionate about others. She is a great addition!
Read more Dr. Krikorian is a great and wonderful person that I've been blessed to have known her for over 3 years. In that short amount of time, she has been honest, kind, sharing, and compassionate about others. She is a great addition!
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Professionalism in a way that is teachable. Dr. Patricia Krikorian can teach or assist through any situation for both Singles and Families. She is kind and compassionate about others.
Read more Professionalism in a way that is teachable. Dr. Patricia Krikorian can teach or assist through any situation for both Singles and Families. She is kind and compassionate about others.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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You've got a winner in Dr. Patricia Krikorian. I have known her for years as my internship director, supervisor and ultimately mentor. She has guided me all the way and continues to do so with care and compassion. She is an expert in the mental health field and operates in excellence. She thoroughly enjoys what she does and results is her goal.
Read more You've got a winner in Dr. Patricia Krikorian. I have known her for years as my internship director, supervisor and ultimately mentor. She has guided me all the way and continues to do so with care and compassion. She is an expert in the mental health field and operates in excellence. She thoroughly enjoys what she does and results is her goal.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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I just wanted to say that Dr. Patricia Krikorian is a gem! She was my college professor and taught my Counseling class. She required us to be students of excellence because she is a woman of excellence. She passionately cares about helping anyone who needs guidance on how to navigate through life difficulties. She has many years of experience in her craft and takes pride in helping many throughout her career. She is by no means a novice and is well-respected by me and others.
Read more I just wanted to say that Dr. Patricia Krikorian is a gem! She was my college professor and taught my Counseling class. She required us to be students of excellence because she is a woman of excellence. She passionately cares about helping anyone who needs guidance on how to navigate through life difficulties. She has many years of experience in her craft and takes pride in helping many throughout her career. She is by no means a novice and is well-respected by me and others.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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Congratulations to Thriveworks for adding Dr. Patricia Krikorian to their TEAM! I have known Patricia for many years in various clinical settings and not only does she have the education and expertise to support clients, but the style and grace to put them at ease. She will make a great addition to the Thriveworks family!
Read more Congratulations to Thriveworks for adding Dr. Patricia Krikorian to their TEAM! I have known Patricia for many years in various clinical settings and not only does she have the education and expertise to support clients, but the style and grace to put them at ease. She will make a great addition to the Thriveworks family!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Charlotte is located in the Belle Grove Business Center off of Springbank Ln, near the intersection of Providence Rd. and Pineville-Matthews Rd. We’re surrounded by several other health facilities, including Family Spine Center, Kleinheinz Dentistry, Signature Wellness, Vascular Solutions, and Clark Pediatric Dentistry.

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