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Controlling Anxiety/Fear/Phobia/OCD with Help


Controlling Anxiety/Fear/Phobia/OCD with Help


There can be so many things to worry about in daily life; family, finances, friends, health, the list can seemingly go on and on. It can be considered normal to feel anxious or afraid in reaction to stress or perceived danger. Who wouldn’t feel mounting fear walking down a dark alley or apprehension while waiting for the result of a medical procedure? Anxiety and fear can be essential for one’s survival. These feelings can help you respond appropriately to danger, keeping you alert when faced with a genuine threat or challenge. But what about extreme anxiety or fear that is not related to a serious threat or danger?


Anxiety as a Family Legacy

If you and other family members tend to be more fearful or have developed a phobia, there may be some genetic factors involved. Studies suggest that genetics play a role in the development of phobias. Anxiety issues have been found in some cases to have been handed down by parents who also have the disorder. Genetics, combined with psychological and environmental factors, have been seen as some of the factors that can predispose certain individuals to anxiety disorders. These disorders can include, but are not limited to; Separation Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.


Anxiety and Avoidance

Whether you or someone you love has anxiety disorder, it can affect the entire family. Ideally, the family can be a wonderful source of support and help, however, there can be a tendency to isolate the one who is anxious. Whether this is done by the family or by the family member experiencing anxiety themselves, the results can be detrimental.

When experiencing anxiety it can be a relief to avoid the source of fear and worry. While avoidance may seem to be the only way to reduce anxiety, it can actually increases fear. In time, it may become increasingly difficult to feel the same relief when the feared object or situation is encountered again. This excessive and seemingly unreasonable fear can escalate to an overwhelming level, interfering significantly with life and even causing intense distress.

Sometimes it can even be difficult to justify the family member’s absence at pre-arranged events or functions. It can be a struggle to explain that your loved one feels fearful in social situations or may even feel threatened at times. People may noticed that your loved one does not go out to socialize and may even ask questions you feel unable to answer.


Conquering Fear as a Family

When it comes to treating fear and anxiety disorders, therapy is recognized as one of the most effective options. Your family can find evidenced based treatment at Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC, where you can benefit from individual therapy, as well as sessions involving the whole family. Licensed, independently contracted therapists at CCS – Southern Pines, NC will empower you to conquer your fears and take back your life, one day at a time.


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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) 585-6745 (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 and Cash

    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, Medicare,  Tricare Prime/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, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

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

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Individuals, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Children and Families. Attention Deficit, Oppositional Defiance, Behavioral Issues, Peer Relationships, Family Conflict, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting Anxiety, ADHD, Self-Esteem Issues, Family Conflict/Divorce, Marriage Counseling, Adjustment Disorders, Relationship Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Mood Disorders, Parent Skill Building, Christian Counseling upon request
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, Cash, HRA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC