Ferris Counseling is a private psychotherapy practice created in 2004 by Michael Ferris, LCSW and Anissa Ferris, LCSW to provide highly individualized treatment for adolescents, adults, and couples in the Triangle area. We are centrally located in the growing Midtown neighborhood of Raleigh and commonly see clients from Durham, Cary, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs, Clayton, and Knightdale.

Emotional growth and symptom reduction are the primary focus in our work with you. However, we also endeavor to help you recognize destructive patterns that may be keeping you from further healing.  Psychotherapy is a powerful asset to help you navigate difficult times and unexpected life changes. You do not have to walk through it alone.

Michael's Bio

Michael P. Ferris holds a Master in Social Work degree from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and received his license to practice Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in 1999.  In addition to private practice experience, Michael also has corporate experience in the Research Triangle Park enabling him to better connect with clients struggling to meet the intense demands of the world of work.

Michael treats his clients as unique individuals with their own distinctive concerns impacting their lives.  He greatly honors the trust he is given by them to help them navigate difficult times and unexpected life changes.  The decision to start the journey towards healing and reconciliation demonstrates a great deal of courage and resolve by you.   Together we can discern a path towards a more balanced and joyful life.

Michael specializes in working with his adult clients to help them to understand how their internal life is interacting with outside stressors causing them to experience discomfort and impeding their personal growth.  Michael also endeavors to help his adult clients learn to recognize and change unhelpful, distorted or unhealthy cognitive and behavioral patterns so that they do not repeat them in the future.

Michael has more than a decade of experience helping couples navigate their way to healthier relationships.  This often includes working with them to improve their communication patterns through utilization of the Enneagram and the Myers-Briggs personality inventory.  Michael also commonly teaches couples to effectively engage in productive conflict while encouraging them to promote and accept grace for one another.

Michael’s 8 years of experience working with adolescents in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) combined with 11 years working with them in his psychotherapy practice make him an effective choice for helping teenagers thrive.  Michael commonly works with adolescents to increase their self-esteem; make healthier choices; and become more accountable to their family members.

Many of Michael’s clients often learn that being vulnerable in psychotherapy is both difficult and risky.  However, through our work together, the rewards for taking that next step forward frequently include improved mood; lower anxiety; healthier communication patterns; and greater clarity when making important decisions.  Michael’s special clinical interests include treating symptoms of anxiety, depression, men’s issues, and relationship problems.

Anissa's Bio

Anissa was born and raised in Raleigh, NC.  She completed her undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and subsequently spent 2 years in Hungary teaching English, and leading Bible Studies, through an organization related to Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.  Anissa completed her Masters in Social Work degree at East Carolina University.  She subsequently worked for 6 years as a School Social Worker with the Wake County Public School System serving families in crisis.

In 1998, Anissa began her own psychotherapy practice focused on working with adolescent and adult women experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, and grief.  She offers practical guidance to her clients by providing support and insights that help them to solve problems and achieve positive change.  Her chief aim is to help them develop greater self-awareness so that they can make more conscious and useful choices that lead to a more fulfilling life.

Anissa has also been a Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative/Oral tradition since 2013.  Anissa finds the Enneagram very helpful in providing clients a paradigm for personal growth and lasting change.  Anissa’s 2-day Enneagram workshops at local Raleigh churches are very popular and open to the public.  Please contact her if you would like more information regarding her public speaking schedule in the future.


Michael and Anissa both earned Master of Social Work degrees and are Licensed Clinical Social Workers.  We have been married since 1997 and share the common mission to work with you to provide an opportunity to remove obstacles in your life so that you can make healthy decisions that lead to reconciliation and healing.  Therapy often promotes new ways of thinking and behaving that helps to foster personal growth, maturity, and an improved sense of being grounded in your own identity.  Common concerns we often treat include the following:



Marital/Relationship Issues





Spiritual Issues

Parent Coaching

College Adjustment

Postpartum Depression

Late Adolescent Behavior

Work Adjustment


Mood Disorders



Our office address is 216 West Millbrook Road, Raleigh (27609).  We are located in Midtown Raleigh close to North Hills Mall, and very near the intersection of Six Forks and Millbrook Roads.


Anissa and I accept Blue Cross & Blue Shield (all plans); Medicare; and Magellan Behavioral Health (both psychotherapy and EAP work).  For all other insurance plans: Anissa and I will bill you at our normal rate and provide you with instructions to receive reimbursement directly from your insurance provider based upon your individual and/or family benefits.  It is a good idea to contact your insurance provider before scheduling your first session so that you are familiar with the mental health benefits of your particular insurance plan.


Monday through Thursday:  9 am – 7 pm

Friday through Sunday:   Closed


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