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Discovering the Great Life of a Parent

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Discovering the Great Life of a Parent

Parenting is not something learned in school, nor does a child come with an instruction manual that prepares you for all the things you will face. It is one of the most challenging and time-consuming efforts in life, yet it is also one of the most rewarding. Parents can’t expect to be perfect in their role and have all the answers most of the time. Children have constantly changing day-to-day demands, and being flexible is a requirement for any parent.

Parenting styles vary, and child psychology experts generally agree that there is no best method that applies to all. What works for some may not be effective for others. As long as you prioritize and ensure the children’s well-being, you can do what makes you feel more confident in your role. Many parents take it one step at a time, and some learn from what others do.

The Challenges That Accompany the Role

Parenting can be difficult in every stage, from pregnancy to raising a child through different phases of development. It involves 24/7 dedication and demands on your time and energy, with few breaks to recharge. Many parents find it difficult to balance child care and work; those who stay home may feel physically stressed and emotionally overwhelmed as they spend the day performing household chores. It also comes with the innate challenge of maintaining a solid relationship with your significant other.

Being a parent may provoke a roller coaster of emotions, ranging from love, joy, and fulfillment to anger, despair, frustration, and hatred. Sometimes you may feel unappreciated for your parenting efforts, or feel guilty or worried that you have made a mistake and failed as a parent. You may often feel tired and upset at things. While you tend to your family and other concerns, you may be ignoring your own emotions because you prioritize the needs of your spouse and children first.

This can be harmful, especially when negative feelings accumulate and overwhelm you. When parenting issues pile up, the pressure may manifest through symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, or PTSD. These conditions may be difficult to manage on your own. Allowing the symptoms to go untreated may significantly impact your psychological and emotional health, as well as the children’s well-being. Getting support and guidance from a professional can help you lead a better life as a parent.

Asking for Help Is a Smart Parenting Option

Despite all your efforts to become the perfect parent, there are certain things that will inevitably test your limits and be too much for you to handle. Major life transitions or unexpected events, such as illness, financial difficulties, a death in the family, or an accident, can cause a tremendous amount of stress for parents and children alike. It can be worse if there’s the need to care for a child diagnosed with a psychological, emotional, or behavioral condition.

If you feel inadequate as a parent, you may benefit from parent counseling. There are easily recognizable symptoms, including anxiety about engaging in arguments with your spouse or child, that may compel you to take action. Often you may find support within your family, but it may be more beneficial to ask for outside help, particularly from a credible practitioner. A counselor can provide you with valuable tools and resources to effectively address the issues at hand. Seeking professional intervention is not a sign of failure, but rather, a smart thing you can do as a caring and competent parent.

Busting Parenting Issues with Help

Parenting and tension go hand in hand. There’s no way for parents to live without having some measure of strain. Whether you’re staying at home, working, single, married, a parent with one child or several children, or a mother or father, parenting can be a chronic source of stress. It doesn’t mean, though, that you’re powerless. There are ways to fight back, including seeking therapy at Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC.

When you contact Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC, you’ll be matched with an independently contracted counselor who can help you with your concerns. Whether you’re reeling from postpartum blues, struggling with a strong-willed child, or simply confused about your parenting style, getting counseling is a way to achieve the changes you desire for your family. Working with a skillful counselor can help you address child-related challenges and difficulties.

Parenting is indeed a difficult balancing act. With you, your children come first. Call CCS- Southern Pines, NC now to get started and experience a great life being a parent.

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