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Calling for Help when Anxiety/Fear/Phobia/OCD Affects You or Your Family



Calling for Help when Anxiety/Fear/Phobia/OCD Affects You or Your Family

Anxiety disorders are the most common disorders experienced by children and adults. When viewed positively, anxiety can warn you about impending harm and even prepare you to take the necessary action to ensure your safety. However, anxiety can also transform into a disorder when it becomes persistent, uncontrollable and/or overwhelming. Instead of being a useful emotion, anxiety can disable you with irrational fear of everyday situations, interfering with daily activities and even disrupting your daily life.

Anxiety, a Family Inheritance

Anxiety disorders include; generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and attacks, separation anxiety, social anxiety disorder, and some specific phobias. It is closely related to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well, all of which may be experienced along with depression.

Researchers are finding out that anxiety disorders, much like asthma or diabetes, can run in families. They may develop from a set of complex factors such as genetics, brain chemistry, upbringing, life events and the environment. Apart from being handed down by your parents who have the disorder, your experiences through the years can also contribute to your anxiety. Thus, when your genetics combine with psychological and environmental factors, you may become more predisposed to anxiety disorders.

Treatment may be thicker than Blood

Understanding what’s causing your excessive or unreasonable fear can be important. It may be even more important to recognize the fact that regardless of the cause, anxiety is a highly treatable disorder. Recovery from anxiety disorder is not driven by whether your anxiety is of biological or environmental origin. Despite the unique characteristics of each anxiety disorder, most respond well to evidence based treatment provided by professionals.

Unfortunately, statistics show that only about one-third of people with anxiety disorder seek treatment. You don’t have to be part of the two-thirds who suffer in silence, you can make the decision to receive treatment. No matter your experience with anxiety, treatment is available and relief can be found.

Rallying the Family for Help

Most cases of anxiety disorder can be successfully treated if you or your family can seek the services of a credible therapist. You can’t go wrong with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC. There are licensed, independently contracted therapists available who are highly trained and qualified in diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders. Once your needs have been identified you can begin your work with your therapist, implementing only the best and most effective techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy.

In treating anxiety disorders, it can be important for you to feel safe. That is how you can expect to feel at Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC. Call now to request an appointment.

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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 18+) 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
  • 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
  • Kathryn Wiens, PsyD. HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adult, Individuals, Couples and Families.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC