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Help Your Teens Adjust Well


Help Your Teens Adjust Well


You have good reasons to worry about your teen child. Adolescence is a complex stage when your son or daughter becomes especially vulnerable to overwhelming emotions and stressors. The raging hormones, the pruning and growth of the neural connections, the stresses in school, social and peer pressure, not to mention family problems – all contribute to make life extra harder and confusing for your child.

The uncertainty of how your adolescent child would respond to these stressors is also quite nerve-wracking for you. In certain cases, love, support and understanding aren’t enough. If they will prove to be oppositional, your teen child is in great danger and may fall prey to teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, self-harm, depression or some other negative feelings or behavioral issues.


What are you worried about?

As a parent, you have big dreams for your child. So, it is natural if you fear for their safety when they mingle with other teens that are into drugs, alcohol, smoking, gambling and such. You may also fear for their well-being if they simply withdraw into themselves and no longer spend time with the rest of the family. You may be afraid that any of these would cause them to drop out of school, not finish school or realize their full potential, and face an impoverished, hard life. It is valid for you to feel fears from these teen issues, yet there is another thing to think about: their behavioral and psychological health.

All these stresses can overwhelm your adolescent child so that they may develop depression/sadness/hopelessness/hurt or anxiety/fear/phobia/OCD. These overpowering stressors can also make them manifest their negative emotions in terms of oppositional defiance, insomnia/nightmares, low self-esteem, self-harming, or anger. These behaviors and emotions can destroy them, their relationships, life and future if you will not take the proactive route.


If you are lost yourself, how best can you help your teen?

Many parents do not know how to react under the situation. Your anger and inappropriate methods of discipline may even worsen your child’s muddled thinking. Not paying attention or tolerating the behavior is not also healthy for your child, for you and for your family. Asking help from family, friends and other people lacking the training, may just make you more confused and your child’s issues more complicated.

You and your child need professional help. You need someone who has the professional knowledge and experience to talk to your son or daughter without biases or judgment, as well as guide you through this hard time. Take the proactive route; go to Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC.


Why Carolina Counseling Services?

Your concerns with your adolescent child (from teen issues to behavioral and psychological problems) need the expertise of an experienced therapist. Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC contracts several licensed and expert counselors/therapists with specialization in teen and adolescent issues. There are several therapists here who can also guide bewildered parents like you so that you can create a happy environment for your teen child and your family. Here you can find the right therapists to help you. Your child will be evaluated so that the right fit will be made.

If you adolescent child is starting to manifest certain signs of stress, drop what you are doing, pay attention to the signs and call us; the earlier you are guided, the better for your child and everyone in the family. If he/she is already proving difficult, it is not too late. Let us help you; it is our mission to save futures and lives. Call us now and schedule the appt.

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) 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