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Counseling services for Adults, Individuals, Couples, Children, Teens and Families are provided by independently contracted licensed therapists.

Carolina Counseling Services contracts with therapists who are friendly, caring and professional. Each independently contracted therapist in the Southern Pines, NC office is pleased to help you or your family member achieve the needed/wanted changes that will help you enjoy your life.

* Note that on this website, the words "counselor" and "therapist" are used interchangeably.

The importance of finding the right fit when you are searching for a therapist or counselor cannot be mentioned enough. That is one reason that you can read about each independently contracted therapist on each page and on the profile page.

When you call to schedule your appt, you can either request a specific therapist or ask the receptionist who she thinks might be the best fit for you.

When you meet your counselor, it is necessary to be honest about issues, concerns, symptoms, and changes you are wanting to make. The therapist will discuss the treatment process and you can ask any questions that you like. If the therapist does not believe they will be the best fit for you, they will discuss options with you. You receiving the help you need/want is at the top of our priority list.

Our Southern Pines office also services Pinehurst, NC, Aberdeen, NC and surrounding towns and cities to include Raeford, NC and Sanford, NC.

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These words are often used interchangeably in English: "Therapy", "Counseling" and "Psychotherapy". Similarly, this applies "Counselor", "Therapist" and "Psychologist". Regardless of the word or phrase used, when needed, it is most helpful to talk to someone who is experienced and trained in helping others.

A friendly, caring Counselor, Psychologist or Therapist who is professionally licensed and experienced is most likely to be able to help the most. You don't have to work your issues out alone. The independently contracted therapists with Carolina Counseling Services are the licensed, friendly professionals that you have been looking for! Call or text now to schedule your appointment!


Welcome to Carolina Counseling Services of Southern Pines, NC!

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Why is counseling right for me??

Can talking to my closest relatives and pals help me, instead of a therapist? Are they objective? Will they put my interest before anything/anyone else … or will they consider other people or their own feelings? Can I trust them to keep my secrets? Without a professional training, how are they going to help me?

There is no question that your family and closest friends genuinely care for you and have your interest closest to their hearts. Without a professional training, however, the issues can become more complicated. If there are conflicts involving family, subjectivity may not be completely avoided. A professional therapist has no biases nor is judgmental, and can be trusted to keep matters private. Carolina Counseling Services Southern Pines is here for you when you decide TODAY! Call us now (910) 246-0827!

  1. 1. Carolina Counseling Services offers a wide range of counseling services. Call us for your first appointment today.

  3. 2. Do you want to keep your counseling session under wraps? Your secret is safe with us and our buildings are discreet and homey.

  5. 3. Are you stalling because you have busy days? Your emotional health should not take the backseat of your life. Call us and we’ll do our best to find a way to get your appt on an evening or weekend.

  7. 4. Do you feel physically unwell, but your doc says there’s nothing wrong with you? Consider a comprehensive approach with the help of an independently contracted therapist. Call us; let’s unravel the mystery together to get you back on track.

  9. 5. Feeling gloomy all the time? If you want more sunshiny days, you must “bring your own sunshine.” Let an independently contracted therapist with Carolina Counseling Services show you how to make your days happier and full of hope.

  11. 6. Carolina Counseling Services is in your neighborhood at the Southern Pines, NC. This makes us very close to Aberdeen, NC and Pinehurst, NC.

  13. 7. Don’t be bogged down by referrals, authorizations and other insurance concerns. Carolina Counseling Services, Southern Pines, NC, can make things easy for you. Most insurances we are able to accept do not need a referral. Call now!

  15. 8. Want to feel better – even after the first session? Find the therapist that’s the best fit for you. Finding the best fit is easy with Carolina Counseling Services in Southern Pines (Close to Aberdeen, NC and Pinehurst, NC), because we have 4 caring, friendly independently contracted therapists in this location. Get to know them by clicking on each for more info.

  17. 9. Is counseling covered by your insurance? Call us and we will help you get validated answers for your questions and verify your insurance in your behalf.

  19. 10. You’re in good hands with Carolina Counseling Services. We vouch that your records will be kept with utmost HIPAA compliant confidentiality and your sessions with our therapists private. Relax in the cozy and private ambiance of our premises that feels like home.

Get Back on Track with Carolina Counseling Services!!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Let CCS independently contracted therapists help you or your family member feel better now! CALL 910-485-6336 and schedule your appt today!

You don’t have to go through emotional turmoil and life’s vexations alone when help is available. Seek help and you shall find it in Carolina Counseling Services, an organization that contracts with independent, experienced therapists/counselors. Get a shot at a happier and more fulfilled life for you or your family. When you want to enjoy life again, make that call.

There is no question that your family and closest friends genuinely care for you and have your interest closest to their hearts. Without a professional training, however, the issues can become more complicated. If there are conflicts involving family, subjectivity may not be completely avoided.

A professional therapist has no biases nor is judgmental, and can be trusted to keep matters private. Carolina Counseling Services Southern Pines is here for you when you decide TODAY! Call us now (910) 246-0827!

  1. 1. The First Visit: The What, How and Who of the First Time

  3. 2. Insured with NC Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare (Military Dependent or Retiree)? No worries and NO NEED FOR A DOCTOR’S REFERRAL

  5. 3. Our independently contracted therapists are in your neighborhood! Pinehurst, NC, Aberdeen, NC and Southern Pines, NC are all close to the Southern Pines Office!

  7. 4. CCS independently contracted therapists are paneled with the following insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield and Tricare.

  9. 5. Privacy and Confidentiality Guaranteed: We strongly adhere to the use of encrypted tools to safeguard your medical information and protect your rights in accordance to HIPAA laws.

  11. 6. CCS is just a call away. To schedule your FIRST appt, DIAL (910) 246-0827 or 910-485-6336. Subsequent appts will be scheduled directly with your therapist.

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Southern Pines, NC Office Address and Information:

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Carolina Counseling Services Southern Pines, NC
780 NW Broad St., Suite 210
Southern Pines, NC 28387

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Confidentiality is as important to us as it is to you!

One thing that may deter you from consulting a therapist or counselor is the fear of others finding out. Don’t let this fear prevent you from seeking prompt diagnosis and treatment if and when you feel you need help; it can essentially spell a huge difference for your early recovery. It is important to know that confidentiality is applied on ALL information you share. There are codes of ethics as well as civil laws that safeguard this information.

Code of Ethics’ Principle of Confidentiality

The practices of licensed therapists are governed by regulatory bodies and codes of ethics of professional organizations. Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) are governed by the American Counseling Association (ACA). Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) are governed by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.

Memberships to professional groups such as American Psychological Association (APA) also make their members commit to secrecy and pledge to respect the private information shared by their patients or clients. The code of ethics that these organizations uphold is embraced by its members. Thus, you can trust your therapist to keep your records confidential.

Federal Law Protects Your Information

You are also guaranteed that your records would be safeguarded because there are civil laws that govern the confidentiality requirements of those practicing the profession. These Federal HIPAA laws make disclosure of the information obtained during consultation and treatment unlawful.

There are only three circumstances by law when confidential information can be revealed: 1, when the person to whom the information relates (the client or underage client’s parent) has agreed and signs a release; 2, when the disclosure is necessary based on imminent harm; 3, when there is a court order that makes disclosure mandatory; and 4, when there is suspected child or elder abuse.

Confidentiality is important to us at Carolina Counseling Services Southern Pines. We uphold the code of ethics and abide by the laws of the land on matters governing confidentiality of your records or information. You can trust Carolina Counseling Services Southern Pines to respect said ethics and civil laws to maintain a healthy therapeutic relationship with you. Sleep well and relax, your secret is safe with us.


7 Signs it is Time for you to bring your child to counseling

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It's sometimes tough to tell when a child needs outside help. As a parent, determining if your child needs counseling can depend on many factors such as the child's age and what specific problems he/she is facing. In order to help you make a more educated decision, we've compiled a list below of 7 signs that parents of children with anxiety, depression, and other issues have identified as "sure signs that your child needs to see a counselor."

  1. 1. When siblings are scared, unhappy, or uncomfortable with a problem child's behavior
  2. Siblings can tell you a great deal about your problem child's state. It is normal for siblings to fight and get on each other's nerves sometimes, but if a sibling becomes genuinely afraid or uncomfortable around the problem child, it may be time to see a counselor.

  4. 2. When the child's behavior disrupts his daily life or the lives of those around him/her
  5. Yes, bad behavior in children is a normal part of the growing up cycle, but when bad behavior consistently interferes with your child and/or other's daily lives, it may be time to seek counseling.

  7. 3. When you child has an unreasonable or exaggerated refusal to go to school
  8. Oftentimes this is a sign of separation issues with the parent, causing the child to be reclusive from other children at school. Other symptoms of separation issues may be fear of sleeping alone and anxiety when being separated form you at any point. If this is the case, it is probably time to see a counselor.

  10. 4. When bad behavioral problems are consistent
  11. Many times children react negatively to a change in environment, be it a new school, new friends or whatever else. This negative reaction is a normal part of the human psyche, however, if the negativity turns into consistent bad behavior overtime, it may be time to see a counselor.

  13. 5. When the child's behavior is severe or potentially life threatening
  14. Depending on the age of the child, you will have to determine what "severe behavior" means. For example, if they are lighting fires, deliberately harming themselves, or behaving in any sort of life threatening, it is time to take them to a counselor as soon as possible.

  16. 6. When your marriage is put at odds
  17. This may sound extreme, but the decision on how to handle your problem child can put a tough tension on your relationship with your spouse. If your child is constantly affecting your mood and in turn affects the marital relationship, it is time to seek professional help.

  19. 7. When you, as a parent, don't know what else to do
  20. Sometimes, as a parent, you feel like you've tried everything you possibly can, but your child is still problematic. Don't worry, Carolina Counseling Services can help. Contact us at910-246-0827



Depression: What’s Your “Enemy” Like?

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Feeling sad is a natural reaction when something unpleasant happens: you failed an exam, went through a divorce, got diagnosed with a life-changing/chronic condition, etc. Though you may describe your state of emotion as “depressed,” it could just be a negative feeling that is transient and will go away after a while.

The word “depression” is popularly used to describe the negative mood or feeling of sadness. When the word is used by a health provider, however, they generally mean the emotional condition of clinical depression, which has more persistent symptoms.

What Is Clinical Depression?

Depression is a leading health concern around the globe that is growing at an unbelievable rate. According to Seligman, “There is 10 times more major depression in people born after 1945 than in those born before.” There are estimates that 35-40 million Americans “will suffer from major depression at some time during their lives.” About 50 percent of them are expected to suffer from recurrent symptoms.

Clinical depression is characterized by the occurrence of a major depressive episode. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it “is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general.” The condition can interfere with your everyday life or activities and affect your interactions with other people.

Beyond Blues

Depression isn’t just about feeling sad. It has symptoms that will change a lot of things in your life. It can zap your energy, making you feel sick and weak. It can distort your mental processes and make focusing extremely challenging. It can make you lose or gain weight as you eat and sleep too little or too much.

It is not always easy to recognize the symptoms of depression. They can take on many guises, so you may think it is a medical condition or another emotional condition, such as anxiety. Without treatment, the symptoms are not likely to dissipate. If they persist for two weeks or longer or they become too intense, it is best to see a therapist. A trained professional can diagnose you and assess your symptoms as a basis of treatment. Seeing a professional is the first step in overcoming depression.

Recovering from Depression

Hitting rock bottom happens to many people. It can trigger an avalanche of negative feelings and depression, but there is no reason to stay there. If this happens to you and you can’t seem to extricate yourself from its powerful grip, find help from Carolina Counseling Services in Southern Pines, NC. Though it may seem like things will never be right again, stay positive, because depression is treatable.

If you call Carolina Counseling Services in Southern Pines, NC, an independently contracted therapist can work with you to help you bounce back from the overwhelming symptoms of depression.

Help Is Available for Anxiety-Related Issues

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Are you often worried that something bad might happen to you, but you don’t know what it is exactly? Do you lie awake and agitated at night? Do you feel you have no control of what’s happening in your life? If you often feel nervous, irritated, and restless, and have sleeping problems, you may be one of the 40 million Americans over the age of 18 with an anxiety disorder.

Possible Causes of Anxiety

While it’s normal to worry or feel nervous from time to time, anxiety can become a disorder when it takes over your life. It may be the result of a traumatic event, such as a tragic car accident or physical abuse. The condition may also be hereditary, or develop in childhood if you were raised with a great deal of instability.

The amount and intensity of anxiety are different for everyone. It can occur even without previous experiences of abuse, leaving you confused about why you feel anxious. In this sense, anxiety is no longer rational, but a disorder. Fortunately, a variety of treatment options are available to help manage the symptoms.

The Many Manifestations of Anxiety

Anxiety can leave you embarrassed and cause you to withdraw from enjoyable activities in an attempt to hide the symptoms. An anxiety or panic attack is often characterized by muscle tension, excessive sweating, indigestion, elevated heart rate, lack of concentration, restlessness, etc. The condition is different from the normal “fight-or-flight response,” a physiological reaction prompted by the brain as it tries to protect you from danger. Instead, it causes irrational thoughts or beliefs that make you think there is danger when there is none.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), many people with anxiety do not seek help because they are in denial or they fear what people may think. It’s important to remember that there’s no need to be ashamed of having an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is treatable, but without intervention, it can seriously affect your psychological and physical health. It can have negative repercussions for your relationships and your career, and cause you to miss out on enjoyable parts of life.

Where to Find Help

Carolina Counseling Services in Southern Pines, NC, has independently contracted counselors with many years of experience and training in the most innovative ways to treat anxiety disorders. Just make a call. It’s the first step in accessing the help you need so you can enjoy life without having to feel irrational fear.

Our mission is to contract with licensed therapists/psychologists who are client centered/focused, who are caring, friendly and helpful and who are able and willing to help you resolve you/your family issues. We care about ensuring those who need assistance, get it from those who are best qualified to give it. It is our pleasure to assist you in finding the right fit.

For further enquiries, comments or advices, kindly contact us in one of the 3 ways we described on each page of this website.

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Counties: Moore county, NC, Lee County, NC, Montgomery County, NC, Richmond County, NC, Randolph County, NC, Chatham County, NC

Cities: Aberdeen NC, Ashley Heights NC, Ashmont NC, Biscoe NC, Cameron NC, Carthage NC, Eastwood NC, Five Points NC, Lakeview NC, Narrow Ridge NC, Pinebluff NC, Robbins NC, Roseland NC, Southern Pines NC, Tramway NC, Troy NC, Vass NC, Whispering Pines NC, Wind Blow NC, Zion Grove NC

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Adjustment Challenges: Facing Them Positively with a Counselor

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Over the course of a lifetime, you are bound to experience a significant amount of change. In adolescence, these changes may be related to sexuality, family conflicts, social pressures, or relationships. If you’re an adult, you may be facing divorce, retirement, or financial changes that you find it challenging to adjust to. These life transitions may unduly weigh you down. Seeking intervention from a counselor may help you face and adjust to the changes you can’t control.

When Is Change Beneficial?

There are certain changes that may cause anxiety despite being exciting. Entering a new school, starting a dream job, getting married, or being pregnant are positive changes that can earn you a degree, lead to excelling in your career, or start a family. Who wouldn’t be excited about them?

On the other hand, there are difficult changes that can nonetheless make you stronger, more confident, and better equipped for the consequences. Changes that are not warranted or to your liking may also work to your advantage.

For example, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with depression, the changes it brings may help increase your awareness about this emotional health condition. The knowledge can save more members of your family who may be vulnerable to depression. If you’re a parent of a teen with self-harming behavior, you can reach out to other parents who may be struggling with the same issue. Both negative and positive changes can help you understand what is important in life and allow for greater self-discovery.

Living with Adjustment Issues

Change can cause emotional disruption that significantly affects your daily life. Some people are more resilient and find it easier to handle traumatic life changes and events. If you are not confident in your ability to manage adjustment issues on your own, they may overpower you and transform you into a nervous wreck. You may develop insomnia, lose appetite, or seek relief in alcohol or drugs.

Some traumatic life changes can disable or disrupt a person’s ability to adjust. After such events, you may have difficulty adjusting to the consequences or new circumstances brought about by the change. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual lists the symptoms of adjustment disorder that usually occur within three months after the onset of a change. This includes depression, anxiety, feeling emotionally overwhelmed, panic, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, and loss of interest in enjoyable activities.

Adjustment issues may also give rise to self-harm and destructive or risky activities. If you’re experiencing more emotional turmoil than those in similar situations, you could have adjustment disorder. For example, it’s understandable to grieve the loss of a spouse, but if you stop speaking to your children and refuse to leave your room, it’s definitely time to seek counseling to face the adjustment challenges positively.

Seeking Counseling for the Big Change

Any number of life-changing events can take you off course. Most of the time, it helps to talk about your problems. You may find relief discussing them with another person. While talking to a friend can help you release your emotions, it can be difficult to burden loved ones with them. You may also wonder if your secrets are safe with them. This is why it is beneficial to talk to a therapist in such cases.

Counseling can be very helpful when the stressors or events related to your issues are making you extremely distressed or out of control. When the stressors make you feel anxious, sad, or reckless to the point that it affects your work, school, or relationships, it’s worth seeing a counselor to help you feel better. Untreated symptoms can turn into other serious psychological health problems.

If the specific signs and symptoms of adjustment disorder make life difficult for you, help from an experienced counselor is most effective when sought early on. The good news is that the prognosis for individuals with adjustment disorder is good. Research shows that seeking professional intervention, especially within three months after the stressful event, can yield positive results.

Counseling is especially essential when life changes challenge your ability to adjust. Don’t let the symptoms become intrusive enough to control you. If a recent stressful event or a major life change is making you overly anxious, seek support from Carolina Counseling Services in Southern Pines, NC. Our independently contracted counselors are properly trained and have long years of experience in treating adjustment disorder. The right-fit therapist will work with you to identify the root cause of your vulnerability and provide you with invaluable skills to manage the symptoms.

Get your life back on track. With CCS in Southern Pines, NC, you’ll receive appropriate treatment from a licensed, contracted counselor so you can face life positively again. The sooner you address the issue; the sooner you can resume enjoying life. Call now to request an appointment.

Military Spouses: Seeing PCS in a New Light

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When a permanent change of station (PCS) order comes for a military family, it doesn’t come with a tidy checklist that tells spouses exactly what to expect during the move. There is no shortage of helpful advice on making it easier to live in a new place, but despite all the advance information and no matter how many times a PCS has been served, it is always an uncertain and scary time for the family.

A PCS order is inevitable in an active duty service member’s career. More than half of the 1.4 million American soldiers who are married have at least one change of station order every 30 to 48 months; they have to be prepared to move quickly. As a military spouse with a family in tow, your priorities may include setting up a comfortable home, finding a good school for the children, adapting to a new culture, etc. How will you look ahead and maintain a positive attitude throughout the process?

When Emotions Start to Swell

Moving to a new duty station can be the start of an exciting and challenging new chapter in your life. Your entire life is in a box waiting to be transported to a place you may not know. The move may offer a fresh start, giving you the opportunity to examine your own life and improve on your weaknesses, but it can also take a toll on your emotional health as the PCS blues kick in.

Experts say that moving is the third most stressful life event next to divorce and death of a loved one. For military spouses, it is a way of life, but it is totally possible to experience a sense of dread with each PCS even if you’re a seasoned mover. It involves leaving the familiar comfort of a community with immediate family and friends, worrying about how the children will handle the change, and worrying over the uncertainty of the future.

All these things can wreak havoc on your emotions. Even if you don’t reach the level of clinical depression, you may be on the borderline of anxiety or sadness as you walk away from the life you knew.

Some Things Are Not Worth Stressing About

Without a doubt, moving is always tense. The best part of it, though, is that the disruptions are usually temporary. When you look at it in hindsight, you may realize that it’s the little things that make the process overwhelming, and they were not worth your worry after all.

It’s normal to feel an initial wave of apprehension, but as a military spouse, you know that PCS orders are part of military life. It’s sad to leave many important people and memorable places behind, but stay positive. In the coming days, it is best to look at the encouraging side: there will be new friends to meet, new places to visit, and new wonderful opportunities. Be hopeful that before long, you will be back on track, feeling like you’re home again with your family.

However, despite these consoling thoughts, the challenges of a PCS may still become too much to handle for you and your children. If this is the case, consider seeking professional help.

Kiss the PCS Blues Goodbye

A PCS move is like riding an emotional roller coaster that takes you in many different directions. You may have good and bad days. If you feel like the bad outnumber the good and the move is taking a toll on your emotional health, reach out for help. Admitting that you need help is not something to be ashamed of. It’s a sign of being a fearless and strong military spouse.

Seeking professional care can be challenging, especially during a move when your trusted health provider is in your previous location. Where do you seek help? In the Southern Pines, NC, area, turn to Carolina Counseling Services for independently contracted counselors who can help you navigate the difficulties associated with a PCS move. Our contracted counselors are TRICARE providers, and a doctor’s referral is not required before getting counseling.

With help from CCS in Southern Pines, NC, you can see your PCS order in an entirely new light and feel excited about making a fresh start with your family. Call now to request an appointment.

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