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Carolina Counseling Services Is Here to Help!

“Life is not a bed of roses,” but there is no need to wallow in negativity for a long time. You can get back on track with help from a therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office. If you or a family member are feeling distressed, helpless, or hopeless, or suffering from guilt, low self-esteem, and anxiety, all you need to do is pick up the phone and make that call. That single act will give you a chance to get out of the rut that you’re in.

  • 1. FEEL HOPEFUL AFTER YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT: All it takes is one session to feel that things will get better and that all is not lost. Your session with a licensed, experienced therapist can awaken hope and confirm that your decision to trust CCS is well-placed.

  • 2. CONVENIENTLY LOCATED: The Main Office of Carolina Counseling Services is in Fayetteville, NC, but there is a new office to serve you in West Fayetteville. This means you can get there in no time at all, no matter how busy you are or how bad you feel inside.

  • 3. THE FOLLOWING INSURANCE PLANS ARE ACCEPTED: Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Medicare, or Tricare. If you are covered by an insurance company not listed here, call us so we can assist you.

  • 4. NO INSURANCE REFERRAL? NOT A PROBLEM: If you have any of the above-cited insurance plans, all you need to do is to schedule your appt via phone and then show up for your appointment with your insurance Card and personal ID.

  • 5. YOUR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION IS SAFE WITH US: You can trust us to safeguard your confidential information using encrypted tools and in accordance with state law and HIPAA.

  • 6. MAKING AN APPOINTMENT IS EASY: To make an appointment or for inquiries, contact us.

Welcome to Carolina Counseling Services -

Fayetteville (West), NC Office

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The decision to move forward with your life and to say goodbye to your emotional baggage and other negativities takes a lot of courage. Regardless of your circumstances, it is important to move on and stay positive.

If you are unsure what steps to take, you are in the right place. Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office, contracts independent therapists who can help you. There are no guarantees in life, but after meeting with your therapist, you will feel better right away, knowing that you are in good professional hands.

Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office, is in your Neighborhood!

Commuting a long way when weighed down with overwhelming emotions may not be an appealing idea. It may have even deterred you from seeking help early on. With the new office of Carolina Counseling Services conveniently located right in your neighborhood in West Fayetteville, you can easily fit your appointments into your schedule.

Protecting Your Privacy Is Our Concern

Seeing a therapist in the community where you live may make you worry that people will find out about your emotional issues. This is something we totally understand, which is why the offices of the therapists contracted with CCS have no signage or marks that indicate what is being done in the venue. In addition, CCS protects your rights to privacy and confidentiality.

Providing the CCS Brand of Assistance

Knowing how hard it can be to make the call for your first appointment, CCS ensures everything will happen just as you hope it will—seamlessly. Particularly, you don’t have to worry about getting referrals from insurers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Medicare, or Tricare; we will take care of them on your behalf. If you use another insurer, let us know about it when you call, so we can assist you further.

Experience Is the Hallmark of CCS

Carolina Counseling Services has been serving North Carolina communities for over 21 years. To the people whose lives have been touched by CCS, the name isn’t just synonymous with experience: it is also a symbol of hope, met expectations, and trust. CCS continues to grow and expand to give more individuals and families the chance to improve their lives.

If you are checking out the CCS page, you have found the right source of help for your issues. You or a loved one can take the first step to shed emotional baggage and have a more positive life by contacting us. We will return your email or call and safeguard your privacy. Delaying your call can only prolong your distress. Let us help you or a loved one move on toward a more rewarding life and future.

Child Depression Is For Real: How to Assist Your Child

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A few decades ago, depression in children was a gray area. They were thought to have an undeveloped cognitive and emotional structure that made them incapable of experiencing depression. In fact, it was something not taught in school, says WebMD Child and Adolescent psychiatrist Dr. David Fassler. He says, “It’s relatively recent that we are recognizing depression in children.”

These days, a growing body of studies supports that depression spares no one; even young toddlers can experience depression. If your child is showing depressive signs, don’t make the mistake of underestimating them.

Is Your Child Part of the Statistics?

“In the United States, the prevalence of major depressive disorder is approximately 1 percent of preschoolers, 2 percent of school-aged children and 5 to 8 percent of adolescents,” say Sung E. Son, M.D., and Jeffrey T. Kirchner, D.O., authors of Depression in Children and Adolescents (American Family Physician, 2000). These figures suggest a growing susceptibility to depression as the child grows older. Further, according to Psych Central, one out of four children will have depression by the time they get to high school, “with the average age of onset being 14 years.”

These statistics are not intended to scare you. Rather, they are a reminder that depression is for real. The signs and symptoms are not to be played down. If you know your child well, don’t ignore any new and unusual behaviors.

Know Your Child and the Depressive Signs

Childhood depression has symptoms similar to those of adult depression, though they may manifest differently, depending on the issues/stressors and the child’s personality. They range from melancholy, lethargy, and lack of interest in socializing to stronger, prolonged, and even disruptive reactions.

Red flag behavior can be fueled by a child’s limited ability to verbalize emotions, making them feel helpless, lost, or confused. They may express their depression through crying a lot, anger/moodiness, not wanting to eat or overeating, not sleeping or wanting to stay in bed all the time, or loss of enthusiasm for hobbies and interests.

A child’s inability to fully express feelings and thoughts can make it more difficult for you to decide if these are normal behaviors or legitimate symptoms of depression. Your knowledge of your child puts you in the best position to decide if they need to be screened for depression.

How to Help Your Child

While it can be distressing for any parent to know that their child could be experiencing depression, find courage in the fact that childhood depression is treatable. Focus on the good side of the equation: an experienced therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office, can work with you and your child to help them escape the clutches of depression.

Take the first step: call Carolina Counseling Services for your first appointment.

Our Mission

Our mission is to contract with licensed therapists/psychologists who are client centered/focused, who are caring, friendly and helpful and who are able and willing to help you resolve you/your family issues. We care about ensuring those who need assistance, get it from those who are best qualified to give it. It is our pleasure to assist you in finding the right fit.

For further enquiries, comments or advices, kindly contact us in one of the 4 ways we described on each page of this website.

When you need an expert who can Carolina Counseling Services.

Evening and Weekend appointments: We have therapists available for appointments from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday. Some independently contracted therapists have Saturday appointments available if requested.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services

Counties: Cumberland, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson, and Robeson Counties, NC

Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Hope Mills NC, Raeford NC, Rockfish NC, Silver City NC, Cedar Creek NC, Bowmore NC, Parkton NC, Dundarrach NC, Broadway NC, Lumber Bridge NC, Rex NC

Military Community areas: Ardennes NC Bataan NC, Casablanca NC, Anzio Acre, NC, Corregidor NC, Bougainville NC, Hammond Hills NC, Nijimegen NC, Cherbourg NC, Normandy NC, Bastogne NC, Pope NC, Ste Mere Eglise NC,

Zip Codes: 28301, 28302, 28303, 28304, 28305, 28306, 28307, 28309, 28312, 28314

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (910) 485-6336  (Fastest way to schedule)
  • Text: (910) 308-3291  (Reply will be via phone)
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  • Call or Text for your New Patient Appointment Anytime!
  • Appointment scheduling for NEW clients: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm
  • Established/Standing Appointments are made directly with your therapist!
  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!
Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office
6321 Raeford Road
Fayetteville, NC 28304-2810


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PO BOX 9909                         Fayetteville, NC 28311


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Easing Anxiety For Improved Health and Life

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a whopping 18 percent of the American adult population suffers from anxiety—40 million people. The most common forms include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, social phobia, and agoraphobia.

While occasional fears are natural, being overly anxious and extreme worrying are not. If these feelings are interfering with your life, work, relationships, and health, you can act to escape the overwhelming fear. It is treatable: there are interventions and therapy that can decrease anxiety symptoms and improve the quality of your life and health.

How It May Affect Your Physical Health

Anxiety, in the short term, prepares your body for “fight or flight.” This means fast heart and breathing rates, triggered by the release of hormones into your bloodstream, such as adrenaline. The response is useful when you need to react to an actual threat. It can even boost your immune system.

If it happens often, however, it can negatively impact your physical and emotional health. According to Healthline, chronic anxiety can weaken your immune system. Harvard Medical School revealed that people with frequent bouts of anxiety are also more vulnerable to chronic respiratory disease (COPD) attacks, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), insomnia, headaches, and muscle tension.

Healthline also says, “Frequent panic attacks can cause you to fear the anxiety attacks themselves, thereby increasing overall anxiety. The constant state of stress can lead to clinical depression. You are also at increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. If you already have heart disease, anxiety disorders may raise the risk of coronary events.”

Easing the Anxious Life

Anxiety is physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting. It takes your mind away from your goals and the things that matter in your life. It can lower the quality of your life, as it interferes with your decisions, lowers your productivity, and affects your relationships and interactions. Living in unjustified fear and always on full alert can wreak havoc on your health.

You probably know that your fears are often baseless, but your anxiety is real. This can make you feel helpless because you can’t make the intense feelings dissipate. If your anxiety has deep roots or is contributing to health and life concerns, you need professional help from a therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office.

Keep in mind that anxiety and its symptoms are real and you can act to ease the symptoms. It is treatable, and Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office, has contracted therapists to help you, if you call now.

Eight Signs That Couples Must Not Ignore

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Relationship crises don’t usually happen after a few conflicts: they develop gradually. According to Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW, “couples report that their relationship problems didn’t surface suddenly but are the result of buried resentment that can fester for years.” So, when you start to prefer spending your free time with friends over your partner or spouse, or you start to dread coming home, pay attention—it may be a red flag indicating that your relationship is in trouble.

Staying happily married may have been uppermost in your mind since the day you tied the knot with your spouse, but many things can test the resilience of your marriage. Statistics show that many unions do not survive marital challenges. In the United States, this is expressed in the provisional divorce and annulment rate, which is 3.2 per 1,000 total population (CDC).

Resolving issues with your spouse or partner is important for many reasons. For one, it is necessary for a peaceful home and family life. It is also vital for your personal happiness and emotional well-being. If you are aware of the signs of a troubled marriage, you have a fighting chance to save your relationship when they appear.

Here are eight red flags to watch out for in your relationship:

1. Constant arguments and power struggles: A troubled marriage is persistently disturbed by misunderstandings and clashes over trivial and major concerns. If you argue often and the conflicts go unresolved at the end of the day, be warned: they can pile up and replace your passion and love for each other with intense negative emotions.

2. Use of offensive words and criticism: With the swelling of negative emotions, you are bound to lose respect for each other. At the height of your anger, you may strike back and cause each other pain in a desperate attempt to assuage your own hurt. The loss of respect is a tangible proof that the love that used to bind you has faded.

3. A quiet home: Indifference and silence may be a sign that you have given up. All the verbal tussles and shouting matches can drain you, make you edgy, and distract you from your focus and goals. So, you aim for peace and quiet. You then start avoiding each other’s company—less talk, less arguments.

4. Fewer happy moments: Silence is also an indication of deteriorating communication and dying interactions. You may do overtime work or accept out-of-town assignments to avoid being cooped up for long hours or weekends under one roof. You stop doing fun things together—eating or cooking, watching movies or doing domestic projects. While talking less may stop the arguments, it also stops the wonderful, fun moments.

5. Discovering and pursuing other interests: As you both seek other ways to release your tension and to find fulfillment, you may discover other interests—hobbies, diversions, and relationships. These can be distractions from the gnawing feelings inside and the real issues. They may also mean that you are growing apart from each other, causing the rift to become wider and making the differences more irreconcilable without an effort to resolve them.

6. Neglecting your looks: Love can inspire you to look physically attractive, but intense anger and frustration can dull your feelings/passion. Stress and sadness over your failing relationship can take away your motivation to stay well-groomed, fit, and attractive. You may also lose other drives and aspirations, which may be reflected in neglect of your appearance.

7. Hearing your partner’s stories from other people: As a loving couple, you could hardly wait to get home to share stories of your days with each other, from mundane matters to memorable and fun moments. As you drift away from each other, you share less. You may tell your stories to relatives, friends, or co-workers instead of each other. Learning about your partner’s achievements or personal concerns from other people is a sign that you are not each other’s first allies anymore.

8. Physical intimacy has waned and turned compulsory. This is a strong indication of dying passion in a loving relationship. Endearments and physical intimacies are natural expressions of love and passion, but these can be dulled as anger, misunderstanding, and frustration take over. If you move to another bed or bedroom to avoid intimacy, that too is a red flag of a troubled union.

Drifting apart can happen without you noticing it. As these eight signs become the natural pattern in your relationship, you may not notice the changes in your day-to-day interactions. Busy wallowing in your own hurts and emotional devastation, and thinking you have lost your pillar of strength, you may let opportunities to save your relationship slip through your hands.

Recognizing the signs that your marriage is in trouble can force you into action to regain what you may be losing—love and passion, respect, and trust for each other. If strengthening the foundation of your relationship is important for you, call Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office. Similarly, if keeping your marriage happy and its foundation strong is a goal, be proactive. Do not wait for your marriage to show these signs—call now.

View the Independently Contracted, Caring, Friendly Licensed Therapists.

  • Tynicia Walton, MS, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A

    Specializes in: (Ages 12+) Individuals, Couples, Families, Anxiety, Phobias and Adjustment Disorders, Childhood Trauma, Sexual Trauma, Depression, Addictions (Substance Abuse and Sexual Addictions), PTSD, Mood Disorders, Military Family Life, Relationship and Marriage Issues, Self-Esteem Issues, Behavioral issues, Bi-Polar, Personality Disorders, Self-Harm, Grief Counseling, Change of Life issues
     Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Alliance (Medicaid), NCHC, Cash, FSA and HSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fayetteville, NC
  • Virginia Novak, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 12+) Individuals, Couples, Families, Teens, Children, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/PTSD
     Insurance: BCBS, Tricare and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fayetteville, NC

Child Anxiety: What Every Parent Must Know

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Is your child cringing at the thought of school, sleeping alone, or taking the school bus? Do they stiffen at the mere sight of people? Do they frequently act out or have tantrums that alienate others at school or in the neighborhood?

If these signs of anxiety are intense enough to affect your child’s health and social interactions, do not underestimate them. While anxiety is a useful response in the face of danger, it can be unhealthy if there is no real threat or it happens often and intensely.

Child Anxiety: What Is It?

Anxiety is a general term for a variety of conditions that can affect anyone, including children. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), some of the types that affect children include separation anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and selective mutism.

In simple terms, anxiety is a manifestation of fear. While it is quite common for young children to be afraid of a lot of things, these are mostly outgrown in time. When your child is gripped with extreme fear, the primal instinct of “fight or flight” makes the heart beat faster and the hands and feet tremble and sweat heavily. The response can scare your child, who may not understand what’s happening in their body.

How Vulnerable Is Your Child?

American children are vulnerable to anxiety. The ADAA says that one in eight American children experiences signs and symptoms of anxiety, and the National Institute of Mental Health estimates the lifetime prevalence of anxiety at 25.1 percent.

These statistics suggest that refusal to go to school and other extreme behaviors such as tantrums, anger, and excessive fears must not be trivialized. It is easy to misinterpret your child’s behavior, thinking it is something all children experience or they are just being difficult or troublesome, until you’re summoned to the school or a parent in the neighborhood calls your attention to it.

The Help Your Child Needs

According to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report, “80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder … are not getting treated.” Don’t let your child become part of this statistic. Your child need not live with the symptoms of anxiety; it is treatable. If you call the therapists independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office, your child can be properly diagnosed and treated.

Depression: Moving On Without The Emotional Baggage

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Based on a 2014 report from the NIMH, “an estimated 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode” within the year. The figure represents a hefty 6.7 percent of all American adults, making it one of the most common psychological conditions in the US.

If you see the signs of depression in yourself or a loved one, don’t take a chance. Ignoring it or expecting it to go away on its own can make it spiral downward. It is treatable, and you can move past this episode in your life if you seek professional help.

Are You Showing the Signs?

Sadness, distress, and discouragement are normal feelings that all people have from time to time when there are reasons for them. They usually go away after some time, and they won’t significantly affect your decisions, moods, life, or work. Depression is different.

Depression can make you feel persistently and profoundly sad, hopeless, helpless, and uninterested in things that matter. It can zap your energy, dull your focus, disrupt your life and work, and make you feel physical pain. Though the signs and symptoms vary from person to person, there are common manifestations: weight loss or gain, inability to sleep/eat or the opposite, negative self-image, anger/moodiness/irritability, and avoiding people.

Beyond Feeling Sad

One subtype of depression that you must watch out for is major or clinical depression, which goes beyond the average blues. The symptoms of this subtype are severe enough to obstruct your ability to live and enjoy your life. On the other hand, minor depression and dysthymia have lighter symptoms that may last for a shorter time.

Untreated, depression can get worse and be accompanied by other psychological and medical conditions, or co-morbidities. Co-morbidities can make depression more complicated, as it gets worse in the face of deteriorating health. According to the CDC, though it is not a normal aspect of aging, older adults are vulnerable to depression, especially if they have one or more chronic health conditions.

Move Forward with Help

Depression can make you feel miserable in every aspect of your life. But, like any medical condition, it is treatable. Depressive symptoms are not normal, even when you are older or have a chronic ailment. Look forward to a happier and more fulfilling life by seeking assistance from an experienced therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office.

Depression doesn’t make you a weak person—it can happen to anyone. You can show your strength by acting to address your emotional issues now. Call Carolina Counseling Services - Fayetteville (West), NC Office, and work with one of our trusted therapists to get past the depressive signs and symptoms that keep you distraught and down.