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Making the Connection: Start by Talking To Your Therapist

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Making the Connection: Start by Talking To Your Therapist

Nothing beats the pleasure of doing all the things you’re passionate about. Whether you enjoy doing things with someone or by yourself, there is a sense of comfort and ease as you savor the undeniable signs of pleasure. You may smile or laugh, dance to a lilting tune, or lick your lips at the taste of a favorite dish. Even if the activity you love to do is scary or tough, enjoyment is possibly being deeply entrenched in your brain.

Now, if you can’t feel joy for your successful endeavor, much less for what others have accomplished, you’re suffering from loss of interest or pleasure in activities. This condition is otherwise known as anhedonia; a condition in which you feel little or nothing for things you find rewarding or enjoyable before. Everything falls flat and bleak – family, friends, work, hobbies, nature, sex, food, and so on.

No Need to Be Alone

In the world of anhedonia, the thrill is gone because the major depressive episode causing it affects the pleasure circuits of the brain too. As you suffer, your moods can worsen your emotional emptiness. Your relationships start to falter because not all people can understand you – all that’s left is resentment and alienation.

While there is homeopathy and self-help remedies that may help restore your loss of interest or pleasure in activities, there’s no guarantee you’ll get out of the condition within reasonable time. You’re still left on your own to wait around for your old self to resurrect. You may believe that you must you do it alone even when you are aware there are people who are willing to listen. If you firmly decide to re-immerse yourself in things you were once passionate about, reach out for support. Remember making the connection is important and help is available to end the dullness of anhedonia (one of the most frustrating symptoms of depression).

The First Step to Reconnect

There are a number of resources available to provide support and help to enable you to overcome this depressive condition. Family and friends can initially be your source of strength, comfort and motivation, but getting treatment is nearly impossible this way. The family doctor or a spiritual adviser can be your other options to consider, but, if you want that first step to count, the best choice is consulting a licensed therapist.

Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC has many qualified and experienced therapists who are ready to help pull you out from the current condition that spoils your fun. Whether you call by phone or stride into the Fayetteville Office, your Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC therapist will be with you every step of the way to help you reconnect with your old passions and start enjoying life once more. Make an appointment now before anhedonia cripples you for life.

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 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