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Carolina Counseling Services near Linden Oaks on HWY 87, Cameron, NC

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35 Plantation Dr, suite 100B

Cameron, NC 28326


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Anxiety Counseling

Anxiety Counseling

Depression Counseling

Depression Counseling

What You Need To Know Now

What you need to know now

Therapist Profiles

Therapist Profiles








“Life is beautiful.” You’ve heard it too often to believe it. When things aren’t going your way or you are burdened by too many negative feelings, life can feel meaningless. How can life be beautiful when all you feel is sadness, fear, grief, hopelessness, or helplessness?

You may not readily appreciate your blessings—a loving and supportive family, a flourishing career/studies, a promising future, etc.—but don’t lose hope. “Believe that life is beautiful, even if it doesn’t always seem to be. It’s good to have hope; it’ll be worth it.”

Help yourself to rise above the challenges that life has placed before you. Helping yourself means entrusting your emotional health to an experienced and caring counselor/therapist you can trust. The right fit could be an independent counselor/therapist contracted with Carolina Counseling Services Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks.

You can do better with caring, professional help. Believe that by trusting CCS in Cameron, you have made the right decision. With the right counselor/therapist, you will be able to work through those issues that keep you from enjoying your life.

Here are some reasons why you can bounce back sooner with Carolina Counseling Services Cameron, NC:


  1. Hope comes alive after your first meeting with a right-fit counselor/therapist. Hope can fuel courage, trust, and motivation. It is so powerful that after talking with your right-fit counselor/therapist, you will begin to feel a positive desire to bounce back and start anew.
  1. CCS’s Cameron office is right on your doorstep. We understand that you want to be near home during challenging times. To best serve you and your neighbors, CCS has just opened an office in Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks. Forget commuting— help is available right where you live.
  1. CCS accepts insurance. If you are covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) or TRICARE, leave the worrying to us. If you are covered by another insurance policy, we are here to help ease your concerns—call us about it.
  1. Referral? Don’t worry about it. Most insurance carriers do not require You probably do not need one. Don’t be deterred from seeking professional help; call us so we can clarify the matter and help you with it.
  1. We will keep your private information/records confidential. The CCS-contracted therapists follow the highest ethical and professional standards. This means that they will ensure that your privacy will be protected using encrypted tools and according to HIPAA and the laws of the state of North Carolina.
  1. Deciding to seek help and make a change in your life today is easy. Call 910-722-9008 or text 910-308-3291. An appointment setter can set up your first visit and inform you about what to expect.


If you have been struggling long enough with emotional issues or conditions, your hope could be running low. Let us start replenishing your “hope meter,” so you can start creating a positive and beautiful life for yourself. Let Carolina Counseling Services Cameron, NC, guide you through.

“Life still abounds with beauty.” Sometime, you just need a little help to see it with different eyes. With hope and help, nothing is impossible. Start your new beginning with Carolina Counseling Services Cameron, NC—call us today!

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Welcome to Carolina Counseling Services

– Cameron, NC!

The Place Where New Beginnings Are Possible


The weight of emotional issues on your shoulders can distort your perspective on life and what makes you enjoy it. An emotional condition can drown your zest, weaken your drive, and hurt your most valued relationships. It can pull you down and cause you to stagnate.

If you want to experience a fulfilling life again, Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, is the right place to be. This is where new beginnings are possible. Here, you can find the help that you deserve to sail through life and all its challenges. With CCS in Cameron, there is hope.


CCS Is in Cameron!

Who wants to commute or drive when you are not in your best mood? If you’re down and out, traveling or driving could be the farthest things from your mind. Distance can discourage you from seeing your therapist. With the opening of Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks, that roadblock is laid to rest.

In the service of North Carolina, the CCS has brought their services right to your doorstep. With Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC – on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks, keeping your appointment with your therapist is now easy and accessibly convenient.


Let Us Guide You Through Insurance Concerns

Just like commuting or driving, who wants to be saddled by money matters or insurance policies when you are distressed? To help us make things stress-free for you, let us know your concerns, particularly about insurance.

Do you need a referral? If you are covered by Tricare or Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), there is no need for one. Are there other concerns blocking you from seeing your therapist or receiving treatment? Let us take care of it. All you need to do is focus on coming on over, making your appointments, and getting better.


Your Privacy Matters to Us

We are here to help you. Your therapy is based on our understanding of your issues. This is why we need to know you and why we must ask questions about your family and medical history, personal information, episodes, signs and symptoms, etc.

We value your trust. We will guard your privacy like it is our own. In fact, we go a step further by making sure that our office in Cameron has no signage to give away your purpose for being there.


Trust: The Foundation Carolina Counseling Services Is Built On

Carolina Counseling Services was born over two decades ago in NC. It grew into a respectable organization of more than thirty independent therapists serving clients in eight offices because it has never wavered in its mission of helping people with emotional and behavioral issues/challenges.

Today, Carolina Counseling Services continues to carry the torch of hope to people whose lives and emotions are weighed down by issues. By providing committed, caring, and quality counseling and therapy, CCS continues to gain trust from the people of NC. Trust is something we want to give back to those people who trust us. This is why we are here in your neighborhood: Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks.

Are you or a loved one feeling distressed, unhappy, or uninspired? Is panic, fear, or trauma a constant companion? Are your marriage or family dynamics weighed down by conflict? Or do you wish to proactively resolve your issues, so you don’t get overwhelmed? CCS in Cameron is here to work with you for a happier, more stable and fulfilling life.

Don’t wait for your issues to spiral downward; call us 910-722-9008 or send us a text 910-308-3291.

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Is Counseling the Right Intervention?

How Can It Help?


When you are hurting inside or struggling with painful feelings, your first thought may be to confide your issues to a loved one or a dear friend. They care for you, and you know they have your interests close to their hearts. But does this mean that they are the best ones to assist you?

True enough, they care for you, and so they probably understand that a professional counselor/therapist is the best person to help.


  • Your loved ones may have the best intentions, but they likely lack the necessary skills to help you with your issues or emotional condition. What you need is a licensed professional who can assess your symptoms, diagnose your condition, and provide therapy or treatment.
  • They care for you, but they may also care for the people you have issues with. Can they keep your secrets confidential? In their desire to patch things up between you and your spouse, child, sibling, or parent, they may unintentionally share your problems with the wrong person. A professional counselor is objective, unprejudiced, and nonjudgmental and abides by confidentiality rules, so you know that your private information is sacred.
  • Loved ones can provide love, care, and support, but they have their own lives and concerns. While they may say they are there for you, in practice it could be a different matter. If they sacrifice their own lives for you, that may fuel or increase your guilt. A licensed professional is someone who is trained to help people like you, so you need not feel guilty about taking their time.


The bottom line is that you will benefit from a therapist’s help because they have the skills and tools to help you. Seeing a counselor/therapist is your best option to sort out your issues and resolve them—and not just any therapist, but a good, trustworthy one independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks.


  1. Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks is now open to serve you. CCS, with its main office in Fayetteville, NC, is known for its broad range of counseling and therapy services, one of which could be what you need. To set up your first appointment, call us: 910-722-9008.
  1. Don’t be discouraged by your busy schedule. We can accommodate you. Appointments can be on a weeknight or any day, sometimes even on a weekend. We do this because we know that it is critical not to delay treatment, especially when you are suffering from intense symptoms of an emotional condition like anxiety, depression, bipolar symptoms, etc.
  1. Don’t ignore symptoms, no matter how insignificant they may seem. These may include losing interest in food, not sleeping well, clumsiness in a child, irritability in a teen, etc. Just like you would want to rule out a medical illness, you also want to rule out an emotional condition. If your doctor can’t find anything wrong with you, see a therapist contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC.
  1. The decision to get or feel better is a power you have. You are responsible for yourself. You have options. If you want to resolve your issues to enjoy your relationships or build healthy emotional well-being to live a productive life, it is your choice. Don’t lose sight of this power. Use your power to choose. Decide to seek help from CCS-Cameron now.
  1. Having insurance is useful, but don’t make referrals a worry. If your symptoms indicate an emotional condition, you need not make the cost of treatment a roadblock that puts off your plan to seek help. Most insurances will not require that you get a referral. If you are in doubt, call us. We are here to make your first visit as stress-free as possible.
  1. Work with the right-fit counselor/therapist. The success of your counseling or therapy lies in finding and working with a professional who isn’t just proficient, but has good “Professional chemistry” with you. It is a CCS principle that we make sure each client is matched with the right-fit therapist, so you can feel hopeful after your first session.
  1. Trust us to safeguard your privacy. We abide by the laws of the state and HIPAA in protecting the privacy of your records. We also make sure that our office has no markings to indicate that it is a counseling or therapy center for people with emotional issues or conditions.


“With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.” If you are finding that hard to believe or your hope is already compromised, bounce back with us. Whoever you are, whatever your age, and whatever your dreams and aspirations are, there is so much for you to look forward to and enjoy. Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks is here to assist you.

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Understanding Psychobabble


It can be confusing when someone first begins to understand the intricacies of a new area of expertise.  Perhaps you’ve wondered the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist, a podiatrist and a pediatrician, or a psychologist and a psychiatrist?  When you don’t know about or work in a specific field, you may notice people tend to use certain words and jargon interchangeably, and meanings can be misunderstood.

People refer to the professionals within the health and wellness field in many ways: counselor, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, mental health provider, behavioral health provider, family therapist, or marriage counselor; which is a good example of how terms can be used interchangeably.

People who aren’t familiar with this field might refer to its health practitioners by using any of the above terms. Although each one has the primary intent to assist you, it’s helpful to outline some specific differences and understand the “psychobabble,” if you or a family member are trying to decide on who can best assist you.

You may often see the terms mental health and behavioral health used.  The word “behavioral” refers to how one behaves or acts, while “mental” refers to how one thinks.  Both terms can be used synonymously within the profession, however, many therapists prefer to use the term “behavioral health” because of the strong connotation associated the word “mental.”  Many facilities that used to use term “mental health” are now called “behavioral health,” which lets people seek relief and treatment without the feeling of being labeled, because they feel the need to talk to a counselor to help with personal issues.


Who does what exactly?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are specialists in the field of psychiatry, as well as experts in psychotropic medicines (antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, etc.).  They can give an appropriate diagnosis of a person’s symptoms and then select from a vast array of medicines that will assist a person appropriately.  They are the only ones in this field who can legally write prescriptions.  If you see a psychiatrist in most states, you may not be able to have a full hour session of therapy.

To be more specific, there is a shortage of psychiatrists in the state of North Carolina.  Although it is possible your first session will be thirty minutes to an hour, follow up sessions will usually be twenty minutes or less.  Psychiatrists usually spend a lot of time regulating a person’s medication.  A psychiatrist is not only able to prescribe meds, but can also tell you the proper starting dosage, the right time of day, and other important factors that accomplish what is best for their patient.


Note: Many psychiatrists prefer that while you are taking a psychotropic medicine they have prescribed, that you see one of the following professionals:

Psychologists typically have a doctor of philosophy (PhD) or doctor of psychology (PsyD). This means they are doctors by their level of education, but not medical doctors who can prescribe medicine. PhD psychologists have been educated in clinical practice, research, training and assessment and PsyD Psychologists are trained primarily in clinical practice (counseling). Psychologists have an average of five to seven years of education beyond their bachelor’s degree.  Licensed psychologists have at least two years of supervised work and have passed a national exam. In addition to counseling services, psychologists may provide personality, IQ, and other evaluative testing.

Licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) have earned a Masters in Social Work and have completed the licensing requirements of the state they practice in, which usually includes two years of work supervised by an LCSW and passing the very extensive licensing exam. Social workers are trained in working with groups, from a small group of two to a larger societal group. Social Workers are trained with cultural sensitivity and with client focus. LCSWs provide couples, family, group, and individual counseling.

Licensed marriage and family therapist(LMFT) have graduate training in marriage and family therapy and at least two years of clinical experience, before they take their state licensing exam. LMFTs specialize in treating their clients within the context of marriage, couples and families.

Licensed professional counselors (LPCs) have either a master’s degree or a doctorate degree in counseling or a related field. They have passed the National Counseling Exam and meet the requirements for licensing in the state in which they practice. LPCs work with many different types of people in different demographics, such as children, teens, adults, seniors, and couples.

This may help you understand the psychobabble and clear some of the confusion associated with the health and wellness field.  Now, if you are considering seeking help or you’re ready to take the first step, you can have a better idea of who to call.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services

Counties: Harnett County

Areas: Cameron NC, Linden Oaks NC, Sprout Springs NC, Anderson Creek NC, Olivia NC, Pineview NC, Johnsonville NC, Spring Lake NC

Zip Codes: 28326, 28327, 27332, 28394

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Toward a Calm Life: How to Escape Anxiety

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Fear and panic are natural responses in dangerous situations. Feeling anxious is normal when the situation calls for it. It is how nature makes sure you can protect yourself from harm and respond quickly to avoid danger. However, when you often experience intense anxiety without a justifiable reason, it is something for you to act on, the sooner the better.

Anxious reactions make your heart beat faster, sending blood rushing through your arteries, making your palms and feet sweat and your face flush, and putting your mind on high alert. While all these are useful when there is a real danger, they can wreak havoc on your health when they happen often in the absence of danger.

How can you calm your anxiety and live a normal life? The value of self-help and the support of loving family and friends can’t be underestimated, but to overcome the condition, you need the help of a professional.

Be Empowered with Knowledge

“Know your enemy,” which in this case is the emotional condition called anxiety. If you understand how it works, you will recognize the symptoms, get them diagnosed early, and seek prompt treatment. Missing or ignoring the symptoms or relying on self-help can be unproductive and lead to worsening of the symptoms.

“Turn the tide.” Hit anxiety at its weak points. You can do this with confidence when you are supported by loved ones and assisted by a capable therapist.

What Do You Need to Know about Anxiety?

• It is normal, but it can also be an emotional condition. Feeling anxious is natural when there is a justifiable trigger. The increased heartbeat and surging of blood precedes quick distribution of oxygen, so you can respond to the stimulus/danger with quick thinking, focused concentration, and muscles capable of doing immense work in an instant. This is called the “fight or flight” reaction, triggered by an “adrenaline rush.” These same responses happen without real danger present when you have an anxiety disorder, and can affect your health and life in general.

• There are brain processes behind the anxiety. NIMH or the National Institute of Mental Health says that two parts of the brain play a role in the regulation of anxiety: the hippocampus and the amygdala. The former encrypts disturbing events into memories. The latter is responsible for the storage of memories and the processing of stimuli, alerting the brain to risks or threats. Since it is hard-wired in the brain, snapping out of anxiety may not be possible without professional intervention.

• You can’t turn off the response at will. Anxiety is a biological response that is triggered by the hormones norepinephrine and cortisol for the purpose of bolstering your emergency responses, whether the stimulus is real or imaginary. The source of fear can be illogical, but the feelings and the symptoms are very real. Thus, anxiety is beyond your control, unless you are helped by a professional to recognize the signs and symptoms preceding an attack.

• Anxiety can be self-sustaining. The more you fight it, the deeper and stronger it can grip you. According to the Calm Clinic, anxiety can be aggravated by “thought suppression,” which is “a psychological phenomenon that states that when you try to avoid having a thought, you actually have the thought more often than if you never bothered trying to avoid it at all.” This means that extricating yourself from the condition can be extremely difficult with self-help alone. You need a trained therapist to escape its gripping claws.

• Anxiety disorders can be treated. The outlook for anxiety is good with prompt and proper professional care. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “Anxiety disorders … are treatable, and the vast majority of people can be helped with professional care.” The treatment route may not be the same for every sufferer. It depends on the severity, complications, and how active you are as a participant in the treatment process.

• Improve your chances with knowledge. Knowledge empowers not only you, but your family as well. Understanding how anxiety takes root in your life and how it can be controlled can help you make the right decisions—what therapy to pick, which counseling office to contact, who is the right therapist to work with, etc. When you know what it takes to control your responses, cooperating and working with your therapist can come more easily. With the treatment options available for you and the right-fit therapist, you can look forward to overcoming your anxiety symptoms and functioning better.

Where the Help Waits: Winning Your Challenge

Armed with all this information, you stand a better chance of conquering your unfounded fears. Anxiety is triggered by complex biological and brain processes, and the only way to win this challenge is by seeking reliable help from the right-fit therapist. You will benefit from counseling, and you don’t have to look far. Carolina Counseling Services has opened an office near your area in Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks.

Are you looking forward to the day when you can sleep, relax, and live life without being bothered by anxiety? That is very possible when you understand your emotional condition and call Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks, for help. Turn away from anxiety. Live a life where unjustified fears have no place. Lay them to rest with the assistance of the right therapist. Call now for your appt.

What Parents Should Know About Anxiety Symptoms for Prompt Intervention

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Do children get anxious? Yes. It isn’t unusual for a child to be afraid or apprehensive. Their creative thoughts can get so wild that they conjure scary monsters. Dark rooms and cabinets, eerie silence, or shadows of moving leaves and grass blades can stimulate their imagination. Similarly, being separated from you or being left in an unfamiliar place or with people they don’t know can make them feel tense and restless.

Is it always something you need to be worried about? Not necessarily, but some manifestations should not be dismissed as insignificant. If your child’s anxiety is extreme, irrational, and happening with frequency, they may have an anxiety disorder. To help them overcome the condition, they may need to be diagnosed and treated. This makes recognizing the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders in children, critical.

Is there a way for you to stop your child’s anxiety? Maybe not. There is, however, a way for you to help them manage it so it doesn’t get worse. That is to be an empowered parent, recognize the signs, and seek professional help when necessary.

The Empowered Parent: Facing Your Own Fears

When a child is born, often a parent’s first concern is how they physically look. Do they have all the digits on their hands and feet? Is there any deformity? Unfortunately, there is nothing in your child’s appearance as they grow that indicates whether they have or will develop an emotional or behavioral condition.

The basic root of fear among parents is their overwhelming desire for their children to have the best and be healthy, successful, and happy. The days, months, and years after your child’s birth can be filled with immense fulfillment, but also with fear. Parenting is a stressful time of worrying 24/7 about things going wrong with your beloved child. This is why it pays to be an empowered parent.

Empowered parents may not know everything there is to know about anxiety, but they are proactive and prepared to do what it takes to protect and help their child. That starts with finding a good therapist you can work with. Being in “alert mode” can be taxing, but with a professional, it is productive.

The Signs and Symptoms to Recognize

Young children don’t have the ability to properly express or verbalize what they feel. When they are confused or afraid, they may express it in an unusual way, like irritability, refusal to go to school, clumsiness, etc. This is why anxiety in children has so many possible signs or manifestations.

Any of these manifestations alone may not necessarily indicate an anxiety disorder. For instance, fear is a common emotion that can be expressed through various behaviors, such as refusal to sleep alone or ride to school. However, these behaviors may not mean that your little one has an anxiety issue. However, if your child cries uncontrollably and inconsolably on the school bus every single weekday, it may not be a case of simple fear. A child counselor or therapist can examine the other manifestations as part of a methodical assessment and proper diagnosis.

When to Seek Therapy or Counseling

Not every child struggling with anxiety exhibits noticeable symptoms. There are children whose symptoms are subtle and must be assessed by someone with a professional eye. For example, clumsiness is normal for all children as they grope toward steadier muscle movement and coordination. Excessive clumsiness or clumsiness beyond their age, though, could be a telltale sign of anxiety.

You may ask: When should you seek professional help for your child? There is no standard answer to the question, but professionals do advise that you seek help when the symptoms are intense, persistent, and uncontrollable. A proactive parent would seek help early, without waiting for the symptoms to take a downward spiral. Children whose symptoms have been missed by their parents run the risk of being diagnosed and treated late. You want to avoid this for the emotional health of your little one.

The Rippling Impact of Anxiety

Anxiety is among the most common emotional issues in children. It is a condition that should not be taken lightly, considering that it can seriously impair their functioning and make daily life extremely challenging. Weighed down by anxiety, your child may forgo wonderful opportunities to enjoy the company of their peers. Their self-esteem may suffer as they become self-conscious about being clumsy or unable to join sports in school. Alone and frustrated, they may become irritable and unsociable.

As a parent, you too will have challenges. Parenting an anxious child is difficult. You may also spend sleepless nights being worried yourself, not fully understanding your child’s condition and not knowing what their life will be like. You too may have to forgo things you are passionate about to give more time to your child. Remember, though, that there is a good outlook with early diagnosis and treatment. With therapy, your child can enjoy a fulfilling life beyond childhood.

Therapy: Changing the Life Circumstances

Studies reveal that the risk for anxiety among adults is high when they had anxiety as children. The outcome of anxiety can be unpredictable—it will depend on what you do to help your child. Helping them overcome anxiety while they are young isn’t just about them having a happy, healthy childhood. It is also about having a healthy life beyond their juvenile years.

Despite the impact of anxiety on your child, you are not powerless. As a parent, you have the power to change their life circumstances. Whether you’re single, with a co-parent, stay-at-home, with a career, or otherwise, you need all the help you can get to care for and support an anxious child. The good news is, you need not be alone in this endeavor— an independently contracted therapist with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks, can be with you all the way.

A trustworthy, licensed therapist, independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, can diagnose and treat your child’s symptoms and help you and your child sail through life with less anxiety. Call now to set your first appointment.

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Therapist Information

Rose Thomas, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, PTSD/Trauma Recovery, Acute Stress Disorder, Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors, Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Self-injurious/Self-Harm, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety, Disruptive Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Marital Conflict and Discord, LGBT, Substance Use Disorders
 Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Tricare Prime/Standard, Extra, Retired, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted (credit cards accepted)
 Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

Fetima Wellington, MS, LPC, LCAS-A

Specializes in: (Ages 6+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Individuals, Couples, Family Therapy and Marriage Counseling. Anxiety, Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Addiction and Recovery, Relationship Issues, Post Partum Depression, Family Conflict, Crisis Intervention, ODD, Conduct Disorder, LGBTQ
 Insurance: BCBS, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted (credit cards accepted)
 Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express


Brittny Gainey, MSW, LCSW

Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples, Families. Anxiety, Depression, Academic/Behavioral Issues, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder), ADHD, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, Trauma, Christian Counseling upon request

BCBS, Medicare, Tricare, Tricare Prime/Standard, and Cash
(credit cards accepted)

 Credit Cards:

Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

Laura Gose, MA, LPC

Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Individuals, families, PTSD, Trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Adjustment Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, communication skills, and Parenting Skills, Aggression, Behavior Management, Life transitions, Family Conflict, Difficulty Coping, Relationship Problems, Depression, Anxiety
Insurance: BCBSTricare, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted and Apple Pay

Credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

Apple Pay is accepted by Laura Gose, MA LPC

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Get to Know Depression and Sail through It with Success

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Medical research and breakthroughs are advancing so fast today, yet depression statistics are also rising. Isn’t the number of depressed people supposed to go down with such advancements? It is also interesting to note that economically prosperous nations, such as the United States, have the highest incidence of depression. Is it just coincidence or is there a relationship?

Notwithstanding the answer, one thing is clear—efforts have to be stepped up on all levels, from national down to local, if the goal is to slow down the rate of increase of depression. Empowerment is critical for both professionals and the general population to better handle the condition and contain its impact on individual health and life. What are the salient facts you need to know and understand about adult depression?

Depression Is a real condition or disorder.

Clinical depression isn’t just a state of short-term distress or unhappiness. It is a disorder that needs to be professionally treated before it impacts your life in a big, bad way. Sadness is its most noticeable symptom, but it isn’t just a passing feeling. It lingers. It persists. It disrupts your functioning. It is intense and disturbing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say that “the disorder is a complicated combination of different social, psychological and biological factors.” What does this mean?

One, you aren’t depressed because you are imperfect or frail. You are at risk because of your genes: you may be wired for it, biologically or psychologically. You may be at risk because of your reactions to your environment.

Two, you can’t change those tendencies. You can, however, work with a professional to develop a therapy plan that curbs the effects of the other influencing factors.

And three, you often can’t make the symptoms just dissipate. Depression usually has to be treated by a trained mental health professional, just like any medical condition.

Your symptoms may vary.

Depression can affect people in varied ways, so that they exhibit different signs and symptoms. Many depressed people want to sleep all day long and shy away from others, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t depressed because you have insomnia or would rather spend time with people. The symptoms are influenced by a complex set of factors, including personality as well as circumstantial differences.

For instance, if you are naturally introverted, depression may drive you farther from people and make you want to sleep or eat most of the time. If you are by nature an extrovert, you may seek people’s company constantly, or engage in risky behavior in an effort to quash your negative feelings and thoughts.

This variance in signs and symptoms doesn’t mean, though, that they are unusual. There are still common criteria that need to be satisfied for a diagnosis. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that you have to experience some of these symptoms “most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks” for a diagnosis:

Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
Decreased energy or fatigue
Moving or talking more slowly
Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
Appetite and/or weight changes
Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

Nobody is immune to depression. Your risk can be higher, nevertheless, with genetic predisposition. Advanced age, chronic medical conditions, a solitary life, or a previous depressive episode can increase your vulnerability. Feeling overwhelmed by a dramatic life transition or too many things happening in your life may also trigger depression.

You can live with depression, because it can be treated.

A major episode of clinical depression may cloud your perspective, but know that there is hope. Countless depressed people have been able to successfully control their symptoms, regain their function, and reclaim their lives. It can happen to you: you can feel better. Empowering yourself with knowledge is a good first step. When you are informed and have the right help, you can sail though depression.

Knowledge can make you an active participant in your treatment. When you seek the best professional care and continue that care for as long as needed, you can benefit from counseling/therapy. To have a fighting chance, you must forge an alliance with an experienced and proficient therapist. To find the right-fit professional, contact Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks.

The journey toward emotional wellness can be a long, lonely one. It pays to have an independently contracted therapist with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks, paddling with you through the rough waters of depression. Eventually, the roughness may ease, opening onto a calm sea where you can go anywhere you want.

Is Your Child Depressed? What You Need to Know

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When you are swamped with unfinished tasks and overwhelming responsibilities, don’t you wish you were a child once more? Childhood is precious, and it holds some of a person’s fondest memories of life. If you have children, you surely wish for them to have good experiences to remember when the road gets tough ahead.

When you see signs of depression in your child, it can sadden you. A child with depression may not have the easiest childhood, but don’t feel hopeless. This isn’t about you. This is about your child and how they can be helped to have a normal life. If you have a part in the big picture, it is to be an empowered parent, supporting, loving, and caring for your child. To empower yourself, arm yourself with these facts about depression in children:

1. What is depression? It is a mood condition that can affect anyone—children, teens, adults, and the elderly. The symptoms can be severe enough to affect a person’s functioning and make it challenging to handle day-to-day activities. According to NIMH, it has several forms, which include bipolar disorder (depressed phase), dysthymia, perinatal and postpartum depression, psychotic depression, and seasonal affective disorder.

2. Call it “pediatric depression.” Depression doesn’t choose its victims. Your child isn’t too young to be depressed. Studies are showing that even babies can be depressed. This reinforces the theory that depression can be triggered, not just by a life-changing experience, but by genetics or irregularities in the brain chemicals/neurotransmitters. It is, therefore, important to seek professional help as soon as you notice behavior and emotional responses that may indicate depression, such as persistent irritability, prolonged crying spells, and persistent tantrums.

3. It is a emotional condition among many young children. Your child isn’t the only one struggling with pediatric depression. Its prevalence is notably high. According to the American Family Physician, approximately “1 percent of preschool and 2 percent of school-aged children” in the United States have pediatric depression. Based on the estimates made by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), five percent or one in every 20 American children/teens are depressed.

4. The signs are often missed. If depression is not on your radar, you are likely to miss your own child’s symptoms. If your child does not eat or sleep, or is having frequent tantrums, you may attribute it to personality, colic, hunger, fever, teething discomfort, etc., but not depression. However, as a proactive parent, all you need is a suspicion. Get your suspicion validated immediately by a respected professional in your area.

5. The symptoms can overlap, further complicating the process. Depression can make your little one more vulnerable to other emotional or mood conditions. If recognizing the symptoms isn’t difficult enough, ADHD, anxiety, and learning disorders can co-occur with depression and make that process more complicated. Because children often have difficulty describing their thoughts and feelings, you may need professional help to diagnose your child.

6. Depression isn’t just about sadness. Sadness is the hallmark symptom of this condition, but depression has many other symptoms. This means that it is possible for a child to project a cheerful attitude even when they are depressed. If you are just looking for sadness, you may miss the other symptoms. Knowing the symptoms is empowering.

7. What symptoms should you watch out for? To diagnose depression, at least five of the symptoms should be evident in your child for at least two weeks, based on the DSM-5, which is used in diagnosing emotional conditions. WebMD offers this list:

Irritability or anger
Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
Social withdrawal
Increased sensitivity to rejection
Changes in appetite—either increased or decreased
Changes in sleep—sleeplessness or excessive sleep
Vocal outbursts or crying
Difficulty concentrating
Fatigue and low energy
Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches) that don't respond to treatment
Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Impaired thinking or concentration
Thoughts of death or suicide

8. Depression can stay with your child into adulthood. If the symptoms are not recognized and your child is not treated, depression will persist. Most adults weighed down by depression are believed to have had the condition from a young age. Save your child from future difficulties.

9. Depression is an emotional condition. Like adult depression, pediatric depression is considered a disorder. This means that it needs to be treated so that the symptoms become manageable and less intense, and so your child can function normally. Without treatment, Medscape says, childhood depression can continue “episodically into adulthood.” Depression can be treated with early intervention and continuing emotional care in the hands of a professional.

10. Your child is at risk when it runs in his/her blood. If you or the other parent is genetically predisposed, meaning a grandparent from either side has the condition, your child is at risk for depression. If your child is genetically predisposed, it isn’t the end of the world. The environment is just as important in influencing how the genetic potential can be expressed. You can help alter the gene expression by paying attention to triggers and by seeking help from a professional therapist.

11. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can spell a difference in the expression of the gene. Genetic predisposition indicates a tendency, but it doesn’t define the destiny of your child. With a nurturing environment, depression can be proactively avoided. With proactive parenting and professional assistance from an experienced therapist, you can save your child from pediatric depression.

Reaping the Rewards of Early Professional Intervention

Children often enjoy life with pure joy and without expectations, but childhood is brief. When your child has depression, they may have nothing to remember but sad experiences. How can you guide your child out of depression or prevent it from getting worse? By seeking early professional intervention from a therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks.

It is natural to feel downhearted when you observe that your beloved child isn’t enjoying life. The feeling can get worse with the diagnosis. Losing your calm and focus won’t help. Stay on top of the situation by remaining composed, logical, and proactive. Rally family support and understanding through family counseling. Call Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, to schedule your first appt. Help your child see the world once more as a fun, happy place to be.