ABOUT CORA, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Cora Hietpas, MA, LMFT is a marriage therapist and the owner of Carolina Growth and Wellness, PLLC in Raleigh, NC.


Hello! I’m so glad you are doing your research in finding the right couples therapist for you! I specialize in seeing couples who want to change their relationship or enhance it but aren’t sure where to start. Everyone can benefit from working on their relationship and making it stronger. Many couples I see are experiencing things like:

  •  Infidelity
  •  Communication issues
  •  Loss of  intimacy
  •  Conflict   

I also see couples who are the beginning stages of their relationship and want to go through the exploration process of pre-marital therapy. On the other end of the spectrum, I also support couples who have decided to divorce and want to work on transitioning out of a marriage.

So what can you expect from my personality and therapy style?

  • Calming yet straightforward
  • Open and honest
  • A bit quirky with a sense of humor
  • Empathetic and genuine


My background and training is in marriage and family therapy. This means that I look at problems from a relational perspective instead of just an individual one. Relationship issues are two-sided and both partners need to put in effort to make changes! I have over 9 of years of experience working with families, couples, and teens. Couples are my absolute favorite clients to work with because I believe everyone is deserving of healthy, meaningful, romantic relationships!


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of North Carolina
  • Master’s degree (M.A) in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S) in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota
  • Certified PREPARE/ENRICH pre-marital facilitator through Life Innovations, Inc.

When I'm not working...

You can find me cooking, exercising, or curled up on the couch with a blanket and a good tv show or book. Traveling to the beach or mountains and finding treasures at flea markets makes me so happy! I love food and trying new recipes and restaurants. I’m originally from the Midwest and have taken my hardworking attitude along with me but have left the cold winters behind. I am a newlywed but I have been with my husband for over 11 years! I know firsthand some of the issues that come up in relationships.

The things in life that I am most passionate about are:

  • Spending time with the ones I love
  • Helping others
  • Finding happiness in the “little things” in life.

If you want to get to know me more, check out the vlog my colleague and I have created called Happy Marriage Happy Hour!

Still here? I’d love to connect to learn more about you and how I can help! You can e-mail me, call, or book an appointment online.