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If life has been tough lately, there is no need to feel distressed, hopeless or helpless. Carolina Counseling Services – Sanford, NC, through its independently contracted therapists, can help you move on towards a calmer, more rewarding and happier life. Your decision to call CCS is well-placed. Adults, children, families, and couples who are proactive in pursuit of ways to resolve their current concerns and to feel better are welcome – we are ready to help.
Feeling better, regardless of your distressing or overwhelming circumstances, is something you can do for yourself. Unsure where or how to start, consider seeking professional assistance from Carolina Counseling Services – Sanford, NC. Once you meet with your therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services, you will know right away that this is one of the best decisions you have ever made.
If you are feeling anxious about travelling to meet with your therapist, you’ll be happy to know that Carolina Counseling Services has just brought you the service you need right next door. The contracted therapist maintains an office located in Sanford.
We understand that keeping matters under wraps is of utmost importance to you; it is the same for us. Expect Carolina Counseling Services to uphold your rights to privacy and confidentiality. We abide by our commitment to protect your private information by ensuring you are coming to an office that will not bear any mark to signify you are coming for counseling. Instead, you will be welcomed by a warm environment that is conducive to talking and positive thoughts.
Once you make your call to make an appointment, we provide you the assistance you may need to make things flow easily. If your insurer is (examples Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare or Medicare), don’t bother with referrals, we’ll take care of them for you. If you are covered by another insurance company, just call and we’ll help smooth the rough edges for you.
Having 21 years in the counseling services has been our pleasure. Carolina Counseling Services – Sanford, NC isn’t just a symbol of experience in Fayetteville; it has become a symbol of hope too for a number of individuals and families in North Carolina. It has its main office in Fayetteville and has branched out in Fuquay-Varina and Southern Pines. It is now expanding in Sanford by contracting highly qualified therapists who can help you right here. With their help, you can now look forward to the prospect of a more enjoyable life for you and your family.
We are waiting for you; feel free to get in touch with CCS using the phone number on this site or this email: Verna@ccs.hush.com. We will return your email or text by calling you to ensure the privacy and security of information.
You mustn’t wait for your emotions, thoughts and life to take a downward spin before taking action. It pays to be proactive as a parent, spouse or worker/professional, so you can prevent your concerns from becoming complicated and stressful. Find the professional assistance you need when you call Carolina Counseling Services – Sanford, NC. The contracted licensed professionals will see to it you are comfortable in a soothing office, so you can start unloading what’s weighing you down.
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About 14.8 million people in the United States are experiencing depressive symptoms says the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. This means that there are also about the same number of families experiencing difficulties due to depression, not to mention the individuals and families who are not part of the statistics being undiagnosed and untreated.
Nothing can be more distressing than to watch a loved one agonize from the symptoms of depression. Sooner or later, without help or treatment, it may exact a heavy toll or exert profound effects on the immediate family too. With treatment in the hands of a qualified professional, you can recover from the symptoms of depression to rebuild your relationships with your family and create a happy home for them.
Despite the love that binds the family, many marriages became weak because of depression. Though it may not necessarily be the root cause of a divorce or unhappy marriage, it can contribute to the marital conflicts in the same way that marital conflicts and clashing parenting styles may contribute to depression. It is often hard to ascertain which causes what, as the entire family is caught up in a distressing situation. But one thing is certain, depression and unhappy families/marriages go hand in hand.
Parents experiencing depressive symptoms are also likely to have children who are as vulnerable to the condition. Living in an unhappy home and with parents who are focused on resolving their own concerns, they may grow confused and unguided. They may also try to escape their homes by seeking out fulfillment outside the home. In the wrong company, they are open to a lot of risks. To stop the “vicious cycle” of depression known to affect the rest of the family, professional help is important.
Depression is treatable. If one of the parents is experiencing depressive symptoms, it will help the whole family if both parents would seek professional help in “family therapy.” The affected spouse may benefit from it in terms of getting a proper evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile, the unaffected spouse joining in the therapy would have the opportunity to understand what the affected wife/husband is going through, which is critical to be able to effectively support him/her.
Family therapy can also help the couple work on the conflicts and set the stage for the restoration of their communication and for healing to take place. There is a good 70 percent chance that distressed couples can end up happy together (Lebow et al., 2011). For your family to break free from the symptoms and profound effects of depression, your marriage deserves to be saved.
If you are experiencing depressive symptoms, it is important to consider getting treatment from a professional. While a family’s love and support can help, it takes a professional to administer an evaluation of your symptoms, make an accurate diagnosis and develop and work with you on a program of treatment so you’ll feel good again. It is best to not wait until you just “snap out of it” – that may never happen.
Depression is a treatable condition with the right professional, as well as love and support from your family. The good news is you can get that help from Carolina Counseling Services – Sanford, NC.
Rather than nurture the distressing feeling and watch the rest of your family experience difficulty too, why not opt for the best and most effective solution when help is available anyway. With the help of experienced therapists independently contracted with CCS-Sanford, your family stands to benefit from family therapy.
Grief is a natural and normal response to a significant loss, especially if such a loss is life changing. The death of a loved one, the loss of a career, a beloved pet, a home, retirement, and illness – all of these will result in grief. Grieving is a process that takes time; it is also a process that varies from person to person.
However, although all people experience grief at one point or another, people can also help themselves get past their profound sorrow. No matter how deeply wounded a person is, healing will come. If healing seems to be taking too long, you can make it happen by seeking professional help.
The irony about grief is this: those who accept their grief usually get past it sooner than those who deny it or put it in the back burner by being “strong”. In order to come to terms with a painful life change, it is necessary to face your feelings and acknowledge the sorrow that comes with your loss. It is normal to remember the bittersweet memories of what has been lost; this is not the same as feeling shadowed by misery.
However, you do need support when you go through this process, otherwise you can get stuck in it. Unfortunately, your family or your friends may be just as devastated as you. Therefore, professional help is the key to getting this support. The shoulder you choose to cry on cannot be attached to a heart that is grieving too.
It is important that you express your grief, even if you are not the “talk-about-it” type. Expressing your pain will help liberate you from it. Again, there is a word of caution regarding this: friends and relatives cannot be your long term sounding board, especially if they are in the same grieving boat as you. Of course you will need to share things with them, but they do not have the emotional distance needed to just listen without reacting to your woe.
The best way is to find a counselor who uses talk therapy so you can channel your grief. A professional counselor can help you talk about your grief and help you achieve healthy catharsis when this is appropriate. An effective therapist can help you release your emotions in a productive way, than keep it under a tight lid.
Unfortunately, grief is not something you can just pack away and be done with. Its intensity comes and goes, and people can find themselves falling into despair and depression while dealing with it. Some well-meaning friends and family members sometimes make things worse with their prescriptions to “get over it” or “move on”, while others may make you feel guilty if you do.
The best way to get past grief is to be good to yourself. Do what it takes to keep healthy, don’t deprive yourself of enjoyment when this is possible, and get professional help. Professional support will help prevent you from falling into depression. It will also provide the assistance you need to explore your feelings and gradually face your future.
If you or a loved one is experiencing grief, the best way to lighten your burden is to seek professional counseling. The independently contracted counselors at Carolina Counseling Services – Sanford, NC, are highly skilled at assisting people who are grieving. More than that, however, they will provide this assistance with genuine care so that you will indeed find yourself ready to move on.
Shedding Light on Some Basic Psychobabble
You Need to Understand
It’s quite common for people to use the term “depressed” when they are feeling down and sad, “bipolar” when they are just moody, or “acting out” when someone’s behaving in a bad way. These may be the casual meanings of these terms, but they have specific clinical meanings in the field of mental health care.
Clinically, being depressed isn’t just being sad for a while: it means being in the state of clinical depression, or in a major depressive episode, which comes with a list of symptoms. “Bipolar” isn’t just a transient bittersweet feeling or experience. It is a mood disorder that can be very disrupting as it takes you from a depressed state to a manic state and back, again and again. In psychology, “acting out” is not used to refer to all bad behavior: for a behavior to be called “acting out,” it has to be driven by an internal, negative emotion.
Psychobabble—What Is It?
“Psychobabble” is derived from two words— “psychology” and “babble.” As the word “babble” suggests, it is a kind of talk or writing that conveys hollow or incomprehensible meaning. People may use technical or psychological jargon in an improper context because they lack understanding of what the words really mean.
The widespread use of “psychobabble” is in part related to the proliferation of self-help books and blogs over the Internet. The words may be used without the appropriate definitions, explanations, or examples, putting them out of context. Such books and blogs can be helpful in educating the general public, but can also diminish the implications of serious concerns.
If non-expert authors dismiss the seriousness of a legitimate emotional condition or behavioral issue, people may brush aside treatment. For instance, a child with selective mutism may not get proper treatment because the parents think he or she is just shy, resulting in an inability to perform and adjust in school.
Differentiating Types of Mental Health Counselors
Just as I am confused by technical jargon from other fields of study— “IV vs. IM” in medicine, “burette and cuvette” in chemistry, “charmed and charged particles” in nuclear physics, etc.—you may be confused by terms such as “mental health counselor.” I may not be of much help in differentiating jargon outside mental health care, but I can certainly make it easier for you to understand psychobabble.
“Mental health counselor” is a generic term that covers all the professionals that provide mental health care. It can mean a counselor, family therapist, marriage counselor, behavioral health provider, mental health provider, psychiatrist, or psychologist. When people use these words loosely or interchangeably, the real meanings are obscured. For professionals in the field of mental health, the differences are clear. What is important for us is for the public to understand our purpose: to help you feel better by sorting out and resolving your issues and by diagnosing and treating the symptoms of your emotional conditions.
They are the best professionals to approach when your case has intense symptoms and therapy seems not enough. There is a shortage of psychiatrists. Since most psychiatrists can only see you for 10-20-minute follow-up sessions doing medication management (30 minutes to 1 hour for the first session), most psychiatrists prefer that their patients also work with a therapist.
Psychologists perform research, but can also evaluate, diagnose, and treat the symptoms of patients with emotional conditions or behavioral issues. Their clinical training allows them to use psychotherapy as an intervention to treat the emotional suffering of their clients.
“Behavioral” and “Mental”—Understanding the Similarities and Differences
Two of the most commonly interchanged words in psychology/psychiatry/counseling are “behavioral” and “mental.” The former is gaining ground and is considered more “politically correct,” and more and more facilities are using it in naming their programs. “Behavioral” is welcomed by many and seen as less stigmatizing than the word “mental.” However, some sectors and individuals are still not happy with the word. Elana Premack Sandler of Psychology Today shares three things that make it “oppressive”:
“What’s in a word?” you may ask. Knowing the different types of mental health counselors or the distinction between “behavioral” and “mental” may not be that important at the outset. However, if you are struggling with emotional issues or an emotional condition, it is critical to know the Parameters to Use in Choosing a Good Therapist. When you are deciding whom to seek help from, you will realize that you need to take the counselor’s qualifications, training, expertise, and treatment approach seriously. When that time comes, you can count on us to be there when you need us. Call us: Carolina Counseling Services — Sanford, NC.
9 Reasons to Get Counseling Now
Counseling can be the first positive step that proactive people take to better enjoy their lives.
There used to be a time when people who saw a counselor or therapist had to talk about it in secrecy. These days, people talk about counseling over coffee and attending therapy is something many people do on a regular basis. Admittedly, there are still a number of common misconceptions about counseling, but these are readily brushed aside by those who understand its value to improve quality of life.
Because you’re human, you’re bound to have highs and lows. Because life can’t always be a bed of roses, you will need help. A counselor can provide that help. Counseling isn’t just for individuals who are running out of options: it is for everyone who wants a better life.
There are many reasons to seek assistance from a caring counselor or therapist:
When your life, or that of a loved one, is being turned upside down by depression, a mood disorder, anxiety, etc., counseling or therapy can help. You need not wait for the symptoms to get worse or wreak havoc on your life before seeking help. Save yourself from depression with counseling.
Therapy in the hands of a counselor can bring hope and change. Counselors have been professionally trained to evaluate and diagnose your symptoms, as well as to treat them. The symptoms of most emotional conditions will not just dissipate without treatment. Counselors can also help you and your family resolve issues that have developed because of the condition.
For countless people, romantic relationships take center stage in their lives, and their happiness is tied to them. This means that they are happy when they have fulfilling relationships and feel miserable when their relationships become unhappy. Following this line of thought, an unhappy marriage can contribute to your anxiety and depression, and having no relationship can also make you unhappy.
With a counselor, your dynamics with your spouse or partner can get better as you improve the quality of your communication. Talking can improve your relationship as it fosters understanding of each other’s inner thoughts and actions. Seeing a counselor can also help you see meaning in your existence and feel not alone, even if you are not in a romantic relationship.
Bereavement and healing from grief are normal processes. However, if they are taking an unusually long time, it can be a case of complicated grief or persistent complex bereavement disorder. This type of grief can make letting go and moving forward agonizingly slow, dragging out from months to years. It can lead to social withdrawal and loss of interest in usual everyday tasks, as well as excessive guilt, depression, or trauma, if you lost someone in a tragic manner.
Though complicated grief can be paralyzing, you can overcome it with counseling. It is important to seek professional help, because the symptoms can go overboard if not treated.
Well-adjusted children and teens enjoy their childhood/adolescence more than those who are weighed down by emotional and behavioral issues. As a parent, you want your child to have a happy, good life and take full advantage of their potential. This may not be possible when they have heavy emotional baggage to carry.
Young people can benefit greatly from counseling and therapy if they are saddled by an emotional condition or have experienced a traumatic life event. They can also benefit by discovering ways to adjust and handle challenges such as low self-esteem with confidence and other skills.
Substance abuse and addiction can spell disaster for a person’s brain, body, and life. The longer the addiction goes on, the more it can impair their ability to make decisions, interact with other people, and control behaviors or reactions to life situations. Addiction can render your family helpless and hopeless as the battle against the substance and relapse goes on and on.
Counseling can assist the affected member to stand firm against relapse and is usually integrated into “aftercare” programs for people going through rehabilitation. It can also resolve issues that may affect everyone in the family. Family counseling can offer a number of benefits if you seek it.
Poor self-image can intensely limit your or a child’s development because it can prevent you (or your child) from getting the most out of your potential and capabilities. Low self-esteem can affect your emotional health. It can make you focus on avoiding mistakes, rather than on growing and improving. It can make you miss out on a lot of wonderful opportunities throughout life.
Know that low self-esteem often begins in childhood. A counselor can help a child develop healthy self-esteem or help trace the beginning of an adult’s self-esteem problems, as well as assisting you in sorting out and resolving your past and current issues. It isn’t too late to work on your self-acceptance and self-esteem.
Multiple life changes can be overwhelming, even if they are welcome changes, but it can get worse if they are not. Feeling overwhelmed can lead to health complications, as well as irritability, depression, anxiety, and other emotional conditions. The overall quality of your life may deteriorate and your academics/work and relationships may suffer.
Counseling or therapy can help you understand the roots of your responses and gain an improved perspective on the circumstances. This will help you sort out your key issues and process your emotions and thoughts to stop them from overwhelming you.
Counseling is a positive thing. You can be better prepared when you are guided by a counselor.
Counseling isn’t just for people who are struggling with emotional conditions or lost in a sea of conflicts. Kathleen Smith of Bustle says, “Science tells us that speaking your fears and goals out loud to somebody in person is powerful. Therapists are trained to not judge you, and can help you map out a new strategy for life.” Thus, it is also for those who are proactively seeking ways to improve their resilience and ability to handle major life issues and life-altering events. Insight found in therapy can prevent minor issues from getting bigger or worse.
Counseling is empowering. It can help you manage and handle difficult life situations, enhance the quality of your relationships, and make better or informed decisions. It can also:
8. Increase your self-awareness and improve self-acceptance.
Knowing yourself better can help you understand your responses to varied life situations. It can improve self-awareness and boost your self-esteem, which are important in surviving life challenges. It does not guarantee a perfect life, but it can help you have a more fulfilling life.
Don’t people with spotless teeth still see a dentist regularly to maintain their dental/oral health? Why can’t people who want to maintain a healthy emotional state also see a counselor? Seeing a counselor is positive and empowering. Increasing self-awareness can help you enhance your resilience to stay strong in the midst of adversity.
9. Help you achieve better life balance.
Losing balance is a possibility when you are confronted by unexpected challenges and issues. You may focus on the problems while other aspects of your life stand still or deteriorate for lack of attention. This survival mechanism can, therefore, make you lose control over important aspects of your life.
The ultimate worth of counseling could lie in helping you achieve better overall life balance and harmony. Its positive influence can improve your relationships with the people you care about and work with.
There are many benefits to gain when you are assisted by a counselor. A caring, impartial, and capable counselor contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Sanford, NC, can help you if you make the call for your first appointment. Counseling is positive and empowering. Call now to start experiencing its benefits.