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Child Issues that often Require Professional Help


Child Issues that often Require Professional Help

Raising a child can be a challenge to parents for many varied reasons. It becomes even more difficult if your child exhibits certain signs of psychological, emotional, or behavioral disability. It may be extra tough to manage if there are other children besides the child who require extensive medical treatment or other specialized care. As a parent, it can be difficult to give them the same amount of attention. Apart from the great level of stress, you may experience guilt as well.

Risk and Trigger Factors in Children’s Growing Years

Every child goes through different stages of development as normal part of growing up. The phases are accompanied by challenges that can be exacerbated by psychological health problems. In many cases, these issues arise as a direct result of events that happened in a child’s life. Whether those are ordinary or traumatic experiences, every child has a different response mechanism to changes in life.

Like other children, your child’s mental health may be tested by some events that have greater impact than the others. These may include parental divorce or separation, traumatic experiences, death of a loved one, relocation, or other events. Your child’s resilience to changes and challenges will be influenced by factors such as age, gender, and genetics.

Parenting has Limitations

There is no end to parenting. In fact, it can extend way beyond after the children have grown and reached adulthood. As children grow, they undergo the constant process of developing social skills and emotional intelligence needed to enjoy healthy, happy lives. During this time, they may experience emotions or engage in behaviors that can deter their happiness and competence to thrive. It is also during this time that parental support and guidance are most needed, especially by a child with chronic or temporary psychological issue.

However, other adult children may not positively view continued parental influence and regard it as intrusion so they refuse assistance. Without guidance, some children are inclined to engage in risky or self-destructive behaviors. In such event, you may not be able to reach out to your child or encourage him or her to seek proper help. You can be in a distressing situation as you feel the powerlessness while you painfully watch your child’s life take a negative turn.

The Empowering Effect of Therapy

Don’t just give up on a child exhibiting the symptoms of emotional issues. There is help available from
Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC
– Southern Pines, NC
. The independently contracted counselors are ready to work with you and your child, offering the right type of treatment approach.

The help that comes from therapy can promote self-actualization and encourage self-growth – just what your child needs to empower him or her to be emotionally and psychologically ready to face up to the challenges of adulthood. Call now to request an appointment.

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 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