We hope that you are excited to get started with counseling!
Our counselors are experienced, compassionate, and down-to-earth! Santos Counseling offers online counseling and in-office counseling. It’s really up to you. At the end of the day, both options have strong research showing that they provide positive benefits.
At this point, you probably have an idea of why you are seeking counseling. You may have goals you want to achieve and challenges you desire to address. This is your time to shine.
Below are just a few of the services that we offer. Find the one that best fits your needs. If you do not see something that sticks out to you, give us a call at 336-663-6570 or email ([email protected]). We have an experienced and diverse team ready to support you in the journey of healing, recovering, and creating transformative growth.
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Counseling For Life Transitions
Life transitions can at times be planned or unexpected. Just when we know what is going to take place, something out of the blue happens. At times, they can be positive or negative. Working with a counselor gives a safe, nonjudgmental, and productive space for healing and growth. Reach out today to get started with counseling.
Counseling For Healthy Living & Positive Mindset
Counseling can be entirely focused on learning to become your best version. Part of this includes developing a healthy mindset aimed to support you in building a healthy mindset that can open new doors. Common clients include those that are seeking to build success in their work, school, and personal life.
Counseling For Mood Disorders
Do you struggle with negative or bad thoughts? Do you get anxious or feel overwhelmed? Do you find yourself experiencing low self-esteem and a sense of self-worth? If YES, then you may benefit from individual counseling focused on supporting Depression. Our office has counselors that hold skills and knowledge while also being regular people that have good days and those that are challenging. Click Here to learn more about counseling for depression.
Counseling For Autism
Counseling for Autism gives you a unique experience in which you are able to focus on your goals with a structure that can be flexible and open. Our counselors have a background in supporting individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum to learn how to live their best life by focusing on strengthens and utilizing effective clinical strategies to manage challenges. Click Here to Learn More about Autism.
Counseling For Co-Parenting
Parents often want the same thing. To raise kind and respectful kids that will make the world a better place. YET. Yes, there is a yet. Wall and obstacles get in the way. Past relationship conflict that continues to causes issues in the present. Personal issues that hurt interactions. Counseling for co-parents is a structure aimed to help parents learn to put the bullshit to the side and focus on raising awesome kids all while living their best life.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT COUNSELING
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition distinguished by mood swings, alternating between periods of elevated mood or mania and depressive episodes. There is bipolar 1 and bipolar 2. If you have bipolar disorder you may experience extreme bursts of energy and a high feeling during manic phases, followed by periods of deep sadness, inactivity/lethargy, and hopelessness.
You may experience unpredictable mood swings. This can make it truly difficult to have a productive and pleasant day. Some people with bipolar disorder notice that there can be a significant impact on daily life and relationships.
The difference between bipolar 1 and 2 – is that in bipolar 1 there are more severe manic episodes. Remember, mania is an elevated mood (can be expansive or irritable), an increase in energy (can be connected to hyperactivity or not needing a lot of sleep), and impulsivity (can be seen as risky behaviors or impulsive decision-making).
Manic episodes in bipolar disorder often include an elevated mood, increased energy, and impulsivity. Some of the common manic symptoms you may experience include racing thoughts, pressured speech, risky activity/behavior, a decreased need for sleep, increased activity/behavior, and distractibility.
Similar to the mood swings that can lead to manic episodes, you may also experience depressive episodes with bipolar disorder. The depressive episodes include a level of persistent sadness, feeling tired or with low energy, sleep disturbance such as insomnia or hypersomnia, and possible irregular changes in appetite – which can be seen as changes in weight.
It’s important to understand the symptoms and risk factors of bipolar disorder. Doing so can equip you with the knowledge needed to live a thriving life. Risk factors of bipolar disorder include stressful events (job loss, relocation, trauma), irregular changes in circadian rhythm (sleep cycle), and a family history of bipolar disorder or another mental disorder (such as a parent with bipolar disorder). There are more – these are a few.
Please know that this reading does not include everything about bipolar disorder. Please continue to work with your mental health counselor in an effort to learn more about bipolar disorder and how to manage symptoms related to it.
What is Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
ADHD stands for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. You can think of each letter holding a distinct symptom and area of focus. People with ADHD may experience errors in their work because of inattention, difficulty completing tasks, fidgety behavior, difficulty with social boundaries, avoiding tedious work tasks, and having a hard time restraining themselves during conversations (talking too much or oversharing). There are more – these are a few.
Children just like adults can experience ADHD. Sometimes it does look different. In children, ADHD can be seen in your child having a hard time sitting still (you may receive comments from teachers about this), your child having a hard time showing patience during social conversations (such as excessive talking), you may notice risk-taking behaviors (this can be seen as impulsivity or doing something that they right away regret), or daydreaming. For a helpful read on ADHD in kids click here.
What’s interesting about ADHD is that some people do not show the “classic” ADHD symptoms. Here are a few of the overlooked ADHD symptoms – a lack of time awareness, intrusive thoughts, sleep issues, hyperfocus, and emotional hyperarousal.
You may have a hidden symptom in which you during certain points in life feel unmotivated. You may have always overlooked this symptom or connected it to something else happening in life. Instead of being impulsive, you notice that you can at times feel unmotivated. Another overlooked symptom of ADHD is when you “hyperfocus”. What happens here is that “hyperfocus” is often seen in society as a positive – so it’s overlooked – (such as a student that puts a lot of energy into science class or an adult completing giant tasks at work). Yet, the “hyperfocus” comes at a cost – 1. It is hard to shift out of the hyperfocus mode and 2. Because you’ve been in “hyperfocus” mode, you probably have let some things slip from the priority list. For another helpful read on ADHD click here.
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
According to adda.org anxiety disorders are the most common mental health illness in the U.S. The National Institute of Mental Health (NAMI) notes that generalized anxiety disorder is more prevalent in females than males.
GAD can manifest in ample ways. You may notice that your body begins to sweat. You can feel unease and restless. Your heart begins to beat irregularly (this can mean fast). Sometimes to the point that you think something is wrong or you feel afraid. Some people experience muscle tension in the shoulders or a stomachache. These physical symptoms result from the body’s “fight or flight” response.
Others with GAD experience excessive worry or fear: People with an anxiety disorder often experience ongoing and overwhelming worry. They may notice a persistent fear about everyday situations. Such as going to work or having to do “X” tasks. The excessive concern experienced is disproportionate to the actual threat that is taking place. The feeling can be difficult to manage.
When you are experiencing anxiety, you may notice that you engage in an avoidant behavior. This can take place due to wanting to escape or reduce the anxiety of the emotional/physical experience. You may notice that the avoidance takes place when you are at certain places, doing certain activities, or engaged in social situations that trigger anxiety. This can be truly challenging as the avoidance can impact relationships and overall functioning. Click here for an additional read on generalized anxiety disorder.
What is Major Depressive Disorder?
Were you aware that depression is one of the primary causes of global disability? In the United States, approximately one-fifth of adults grapple with Major Depressive Disorder, with nearly 49% not seeking treatment. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America notes higher rates of depression in individuals aged 18 to 29 years. According to the World Health Organization around 5% of adults in the world experience depression, prevalence is higher in women than men, and depression is found as a leading cause of suicide. Depression can manifest in a person’s life in a debilitating manner. This can impact your relationships, work, sleep, and often lead to an internal struggle.
If you are experiencing depression, you may notice persistent sadness or low mood. The sadness or low mood can make you feel empty inside. Sometimes for the entire day. This is often hard to explain to others.
You may notice a loss of interest or pleasure. A common symptom of depression is when you notice a decrease in interest or pleasure in previously pleasurable activities. Such as no longer wanting to go for a walk when in the past you used to enjoy walking.
Some find sleep to be inconsistent or simply not fun. You may notice that you can’t fall asleep as easily as you used to. The clock ticks forward and you continue to toss and turn. For some, it’s a matter of staying asleep – while for others it’s sleeping 12+ hours and still feeling tired. Depression can hurt your limit cycle and cause you to feel tired, disconnected, and with a mixture of emotions during the day. For another helpful read on depression, click here.
Can counseling help with both anxiety and depression simultaneously?
Our counselors are experienced in providing treatment for comorbidities. This is the presence of two or more conditions. Such as anxiety and depression. Counseling can be tailored to target both conditions to enhance overall mental health and well-being.
How do I know if counseling is right for me?
Our goal as a counseling practice is to support you in working with a counselor that is a good fit. Counseling can be helpful for anyone experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, such as worry, sadness, or difficulty controlling worry. If you’re unsure, a contact our counseling office to help determine if counseling is the right path for you.
What are the counseling fees?
The last we want to do is make the process of counseling difficult. Counseling payments and insurance can be challenging to understand. Each clinician at Santos Counseling has their own policy for which insurance they accept or do not accept. We encourage you to contact the counselor that you wish to work with or check with your insurance company prior to your first session to discuss payment. To help with the process please feel free to call our office and we will walk you through the process. CLICK HERE to see our fees.
What types of counseling approaches do you use for anxiety and depression?
Collectively, our counseling office has licensed mental health counselors ranging from a doctorate to master’s level. Our experienced counselors use evidence-based approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma based techniques, mindfulness-based techniques, play therapy techniques, and person-centered therapy. The specific approach depends on your individual needs and preferences.
Do you offer teletherapy (online counseling)?
Our office offers online counseling which is also known as online therapy to anyone in North Carolina. Yes, this means persons in Durham, Charlotte, Wilmington, Pinehurst, and every other city in North Carolina. Our counselors are licensed in the state of North Carolina which gives the practice access to help anyone in North Carolina seeking online counseling. CLICK HERE to learn more about online counseling.
Are the counseling sessions confidential?
Our practice takes confidentiality seriously. Counseling sessions are confidential and private. Your therapist will discuss details regarding confidentiality in more detail during your session. Our counselors utilize HIPAA compliant systems aimed to provide high standards for confidentiality and privacy.
Why work with Santos Counseling?
Our office has expert-level and compassionate therapists that extend beyond the textbook. This simply means that our counselors work to make psychology simple while building supportive and genuine relationships with clients.
When you choose to work with our counseling office, the counselors take time to work with you in and out of the session. We do this by providing homework so that you are able to apply what you are learning in and out of the session.
How many sessions before results take place?
This is such a great question when it comes to seeking counseling. It’s important to understand the importance of seeking counseling and how that action in itself is a pivotal step in life. Being able to have the strength to share your thoughts and feelings is directly connected to a strong level of empowerment.
Our counseling office takes time to listen to your goals and challenges. We develop what is called a treatment plan in order to have a clear structure in the work that takes place. The treatment plan has goals and objectives focused on the exact reason that you are in counseling.
Results start taking place as soon as actions and changes are implemented. For instance, if a person seeks counseling due to challenges with negative or bad thoughts. Counseling can provide clinically effective coping skills that work to reduce the intensity of the bad or negative thoughts. Over time, the person starts to see the change. Fewer days experiencing negative thoughts. More days of experiencing positive thoughts.