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Achieving Healing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Couples – Achieving Healing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a condition that is in response to witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Though one may believe this to only happens with veterans who go through the horrors of war, they may be surprised to learn that PTSD can be experienced by anyone. This psychological condition can be a major challenge for couples, especially when the partner going through it exhibits potentially dangerous behavior.

PTSD Symptoms

It is not uncommon for someone to experience considerable anxiety after exposure to life-threatening events. However, PTSD is different from ordinary anxiety. You may find yourself vividly reliving the traumatic experience in various ways such as; bad dreams, repeated intrusive memories and/or involuntary flashbacks.

Hyper-arousal is also common; you may become startled easily and could even take a defensive stance when this happens. The disorder can also manifests itself in hypervigilance, a state of constant, fearful watchfulness arising from a perception of threat.

Similarly, persons with this disorder often exhibit avoidance; you may stay away from places, events, objects, and/or people that remind you of the traumatic event. You may even have a hard time remembering the event itself. It is not usual for those with PTSD to be plagued with depression and numbness, and may even lose interest in activities that you used to enjoy.

When is it PTSD?

PTSD can be a very heavy burden to carry, and when one person has it, a severe strain could be imposed on close relationships. Not everyone who experiences severe anxiety after a traumatic event will be classified as having PTSD. Some may experience similar symptoms identical, though they will last less than two weeks. This condition is referred to as Acute Stress Disorder (ASD). In PTSD, the symptoms will persist for longer than a month; in many cases, the symptoms will remain unabated unless help is obtained.

The symptoms can seriously undermine family life as those with this disorder tend to isolate themselves and may reject their loved ones’ efforts to reach out to them. You may find yourself becoming unreasonably angry and may even react violently. These symptoms can create a stressful and sometimes unsafe environment for those who live with you.

Recovering from PTSD

It can take professional treatment to determine whether or not a person is suffering from PTSD or ASD. Likewise, therapy can benefit individuals and couples to understand the challenges trauma and stress related disorders can create. If you are experiencing symptoms indicative of PTSD, the sooner you engage in therapy, the better it can be for you and your family.

If you think you or your loved one is suffering from this disorder, a courageous first step for you to take would be to get in touch with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC. Here you will find a licensed, independently contracted therapist to give you the support you so rightfully deserve.

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

Confidential / Private Sessions

Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, caring, and relaxed atmosphere in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst/Aberdeen/Raeford area. These independently contracted therapists/counselors assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, the independently contracted therapists with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC are able and happy to assist you!

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC

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

Cities: Southern Pines NC, Pinehurst NC, Aberdeen NC, Taylortown NC, Pinebluff NC, West End NC, Seven Lakes NC, Eagle Springs NC, Ashley Heights NC, Ashmont NC, Five Points NC, Wind Blow NC, Jackson Springs NC, Whispering Pines NC, Vass NC, Cameron NC, Carthage NC, Eastwood NC, Lakeview NC, Narrow Ridge NC, Robbins NC, Roseland NC, Tramway NC, Troy NC, Zion Grove NC, Biscoe NC

We are located at:

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

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (910) 246-0827 (Fastest way to schedule)
  • Text: (910) 308-3291 (Reply will be via phone)
  • Click here and use our Contact Form (You must include your phone number, because replies will only be made by telephone to ensure security/privacy)
  • Call or Text for your New Patient Appointment Anytime!
  • Appointment scheduling for NEW clients: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:15pm
  • New client appts may be scheduled when therapists have openings, which may include daytime, evenings and weekends.
  • Established/Standing Appointments are made directly with your therapist!
  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!

Choose your Therapist

  • Kristin Vernon, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Families, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Divorce, Adjustment Disorders, Mood Disorders, Coping Skills, Parenting, Family Conflict, Marital Conflict, Relationship Issues
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, cash
    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Gretchen Montesanto, MA, LPC, NCC

    Specializes in: (Ages 14+) Teens, Individuals, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Stress, LGBT, Adjustment Disorder, Motivation, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Military Spouses

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare and Cash
    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Jaime J. Fitzpatrick MS, LPCS, LCAS

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Families and Couples, Anxiety, PTSD, Trauma and Abuse Recovery, Depression, Military Life Issues, Adjustment Disorder, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Addictions, Emotional Disturbance, Coping Skills, Impulsivity, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, NCHC and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Gail Gustafson, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Adolescents and Adults, Individuals, Couples and Families, PTSD/Trauma, EMDR, Adoption, Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Parenting, family, couples and marriage counseling
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare,Cash, HRA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Tracy Goldberg, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Individuals, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Children and Families, Attention Deficit, Oppositional Defiance, Behavioral Issues, Peer Relationship, Coping Skills, Family Conflict, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting, Christian Counseling
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare,Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, NCHC, Medicare Tricare Select and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC