Christina Unruh, MSW, LCSWA, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Cary
My therapy approach is short term and solution focused. I am relaxed and collaborative in my approach and will work to help you increase your awareness of what is going on so you can see change quickly. I will help you understand how you got here in the context of family system and social influences, and build a life worth living in spite of longstanding issues that you may have no control over. I will help you increase your success in relationships, validate traumatic experiences, and help you manage your emotions safely.
Therapy is a huge investment! I am intensively trained in treatments that are well supported by research (evidence-based) including: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and Exposure Therapy for Anxiety. These treatments address the unique ways that thoughts, emotions, and urges impact your behavior and your decisions.
DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills are great for helping you work with thoughts and emotions that drive social avoidance, explosive anger, rumination (constant thinking and analysis), depression, anxiety and panic, and more. DBT is also great for addressing intense, unmanageable emotions that can hurt relationships and make life miserable.
Call or Email Christina Unruh for a free phone consultation now - (919) 883-4971


  • School: East Carolina University
  • License No. and State: P009646 North Carolina


  • Avg Cost (per session): $100
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: The Linehan institute Behavioral Tech, LLC/Intensive Training
  • Certificate Date: 2015
  • Certificate: Treatment Collaborative, LLC/DBT Adv. Exposure Therapy
  • Certificate Date: 2017

Christina Unruh's Groups

DBT Parent Skills Training Group

Parents often are doing the best they can to be great parents with the skills they have AND we all can use more skills! Teaching will be interactive, and the focus will be on skills such as Mindfulness, Opposite Action, and Validation in the context of parent-child relationships and developmental needs. Also covered will be behavioral principles such as reinforcement and extinguishing, behavioral problem analysis, and emotion avoidance strategies often embedded in parenting behaviors. The course lasts 12 weeks. Materials will be provided. Class begins January 17, 2017.

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DBT Relationship Skills Group

Learn the skills needed to improve relationships quickly including mindfulness of thoughts and emotions, distress tolerance to avoid worsening conflicts, validation, identifying goals and beliefs, Dialectics, and behavioral analysis to help you conceptualize how behaviors emerge and are reinforced. Couples or individuals welcome and encouraged. Group begins January 16, 2018.

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  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety


  • ADHD
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders

Client Focus

Religious Orientation: Christian


  • Adults

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment-based
  • Christian Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Person-Centered
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Relational
  • Strength Based


  • Individuals
  • Couples
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017
Christina Unruh, MSW, LCSWA, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Cary

Christina Unruh

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA