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Viewing Life Transitions through a Different Lens



Viewing Life Transitions through a Different Lens

Change can be a constant thing in most individual’s lives. You may expect it to happen in yours, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy or even a good thing. Some changes are necessary, exciting, or can be fresh opportunities in disguise, yet they can still seem overwhelming at times. There are changes that maybe you’d rather not have to make such as; tragic events, broken relationships and/or tough life choices. Through it all, life transitions can challenge you, however, you can choose to face your challenges with professional guidance.

Life Transitions

You may have grand plans for your life, or a life design that you have carefully crafted, equipped with a career or job, relationships and interests. Eventually, you may settle down and raise a family, or choose to be single. All these decisions will likely challenge you.

You may be resigning from one unpromising job to another, or embarking into a business or businesses, in search of financial security and satisfaction. You may experience hurts and happiness as you search for the “right” one. There may be children and challenges in raising them. There could be relationship and family conflicts. There may even be health problems, financial challenges,
relationship issues and/or tragedies.

Accepting Transitions

Change can be difficult, even if it is essential or even for the best. It may push you beyond your comfort zones. It may bring you new opportunities or make you feel alone at times. Upon retirement, you may feel the loneliness coming home with an empty nest or not having the need to go out and interact with fellow workers.

One of the most important things you may do is to acknowledge that you are in the midst of a difficult transition. This may help you realize that pain, loneliness, feeling alone and/or helpless are possibilities that you could face. Changes can be difficult to adjust to, sometimes causing symptoms of
depression or anxiety if not addressed properly. Awareness and acceptance can be freeing and may even empower you as can remind yourself that you have options and the ability to choose.

Facing the Challenges of Your Life’s Seasons

Life transitions can be overwhelming, even if it is something necessary, and more so if these changes are uninvited in your life. Transitions can be very difficult if they bring with them major changes in your life. If you are faced with these sorts of challenge right now, you may feel like nothing is going right for you. If life challenges, changes and stressors are causing you distress it may be wise to consult with an independently contracted therapist.

Talking to a counselor can help you to unload your apprehensions and fears, and even work to view these transitions through a different lens. Your therapist can help you see these changes as opportunities or even challenges to improve your life. Look no further than Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC to find the support you deserve during these trying times. Don’t wait, call today to schedule your first appointment.


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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) 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