Carolina Counseling Services - Adjusting to Changes in Your Life: Counseling Can Help!
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- 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!
- Some Therapists schedule appointments Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Saturdays (if requested)
- Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!
- 1310 Raeford Rd Suite 2 Fayetteville, NC 28305
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Adjusting to Changes in Your Life: Counseling Can Help!
When you graduate from college, it marks the end of studying and taking exams, and the beginning of taking responsibility to grow in other ways, beginning with your independence. When you get a promotion, it means higher pay, but it also increases your workload and pressure. When you get married, you tie the knot with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, but that means taking care of more people. Living in an “empty nest” and retirement can be great years to refocus on yourself, but your life can be tinged with sadness as you recall the days past.
There are also changes that can leave you in shock and disbelief—changes that can make you dread the future. The demise or illness of a loved one, a divorce, or the collapse of a business can be devastating. These kinds of changes in your life can compound your personal and family issues.
Changes, whether negative or positive, can be overwhelming. Don’t underestimate them. You have to look beyond the intense emotions in order to adjust, and people with an adjustment disorder may have trouble with this. When things just feel like too much, there is a way to stay positive and to find meaning in the challenges—counseling.
Adjustment Disorders: What’s Behind the Challenge?
Though most of us have the natural ability to adapt to life changes, an adjustment disorder can make it more difficult. WebMD says that adjustment disorder is “a short-term condition that occurs when a person has great difficulty coping with, or adjusting to, a particular source of stress (which is why it is referred to as ‘stress response syndrome’), such as a major life change, loss, or event.”
An adjustment disorder overwhelms your intrinsic mechanism to adapt to changes coming into your life. It usually starts within three months of a change that alters your lifestyle, patterns of activity, and thought processes. For instance, if you move abroad to study or work, you may suddenly panic when your expectations aren’t met, or when you have to listen and understand a foreign language and culture.
It is normal to explore both positive and negative adjusting mechanisms. Because you are extremely vulnerable at this time, you may succumb to reckless or dangerous behavior or activities. However, there is a positive strategy you can embrace at this point—seek the help of an expert counselor or therapist.
It’s a New Life: Finding Meaning in the Change
Change is something we all expect in our lives. In fact, you may even pray for the circumstances in your life to change, especially when you are feeling down and out. Not all changes are negative, devastating, or heartrending.
For example, how many young people dream of getting a college education? Attending college can offer you great opportunities, but college life is far from easy. According to the University of Rochester’s University Counseling Center (UCC), “more than 30% of college freshmen reported feeling overwhelmed a great deal of the time during the beginning of college.” Johns Hopkins University likewise reported that over 40% of first-year students had sought counseling.
Changes can present many fresh opportunities that you may not recognize right away when you are overwhelmed by feelings. For instance, the appearance of a chronic disease in your family, such as diabetes, can encourage you to understand the genetic roots of the condition and seek treatment for other family members. Being overwhelmed may shroud your perception. Seeing life changes in a positive light is one of the benefits that you may get from counseling, as it encourages you to embark on a journey toward self-awareness and self-discovery.
Help Yourself by Getting Helped
There is no specific way to treat adjustment disorders, but therapy can help fortify your resilience and lift the weight off your shoulders. Sharing your emotions through talk therapy can make you feel incredibly good, even before you actually start resolving your concerns. If you wish to talk and find new meaning in what you are going through, the independently contracted counselors/therapists with Carolina Counseling Services in Fayetteville, NC, are here to listen to you.
Getting discouraged because of a change is understandable, but you should not allow it to interfere in your life. It is not unusual for an adjustment disorder to lead to something worse— depression, anxiety, etc. The key is to make positive choices. Though you can’t control everything, taking control of more aspects of your life is possible. Don’t feel like you are just a victim; you have choices. Be a successful survivor with someone who can be an instrument of positive change—call Carolina Counseling Services in Fayetteville, NC.
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Confidential / Private Sessions
Carolina Counseling Services contracts independently with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to everyone. Carolina Counseling Services independently contracted therapists assist individuals, couples, families, and children with counseling services that will help put your life back on track. Working with both non military and military is a joy and the therapist you choose will be happy to assist you whether you are a "civilian", or if you are a dependent or retiree.
Counseling and Therapy are often used interchangeably in our English language. The same is true for Counselor and Therapist. It really doesn't matter which word you use. When you need help, it is best to talk to someone who is not only objective, but who has had lots of experience helping others who have been in similar situations as yourself. A friendly Counselor or Therapist who is trained, licensed and experienced is the one who can assist the most. You don't have to figure it out alone. All independently contracted therapists are licensed, friendly professionals. Call to schedule your appt now!
If we can't help you, we will be happy to refer you to someone who can. We look forward to assisting you!!!.
Evening and Weekend Appts Available with specific therapists
Evening and Weekend appointments: We have therapists available for appointments from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday. Some 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, Autryville NC, Parkton NC, Dundarrach NC, Broadway NC, Lumber Bridge NC, Rex NC, Eastover NC, Stedman 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