Parenting Counselor Murphy NC

Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day'to'day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses.

Debra Mathis
(828) 837-3900
Murphy, NC
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Janet Kowalski
(706) 781-4469
Blairsville, GA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mr. Stephen Hawthorne
(919) 600-7048
1829 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Sex Therapy, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: UC Berkeley
Year of Graduation: 1974
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American
Gender: Male
Age: Adults,Elders
Average Cost
$120 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

The Arches Counseling Center
(704) 247-6334
The Arches Counseling Center1811 Sardis Road, North
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Loss or Grief, Parenting
Qualification
School: Central Connecticut State University
Year of Graduation: 2006
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
Average Cost
$50 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Mrs. Erin Garcia
(919) 407-8130
Holly Springs Counseling Center106 Osterville Drive
Holly Springs, NC
Specialties
Parenting, Child or Adolescent, Substance Abuse
Qualification
School: Florida International University
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$70 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Betty Jo Scharer
(706) 745-9711
Marlel, NC
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Susan Ehrlich LCSW
(919) 344-0638 x1
Susan Ehrlich LCSW5613 Duraleigh Road
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Asperger's Syndrome, Parenting, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Minnesota
Year of Graduation: 1983
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
Average Cost
$110 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Laura Brightwood
(919) 500-7312
3-C Family Services1901 N Harrison Ave
Cary, NC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, ADHD, Parenting, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Kentucky
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$110 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Horizon Healthcare

Thea Vondracek
(336) 289-9965
Chrysalis Counseling and Consultation Center, Inc.100 NC Highway 150 W
Greensboro, NC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Child or Adolescent, Parenting
Qualification
School: University of North Carolina @ Greensboro
Year of Graduation: 2008
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$50 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Cameron Valley Psychological &CounselingAssociates
(704) 365-7777 x320
Cameron Valley Psychological &CounselingAssociates6809 Fairview
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Trauma and PTSD
Qualification
School: University of South Carolina
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$110 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

No Child Left Bananas

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By Elizabeth Marglin

Just like adults, children can feel completely out of control when they get stressed. Teaching them, by example, to stay present, quiet their minds, and check in with their gut feelings will help them learn to contain their emotions safely so temper tantrums don’t become their default mode of expression. With all the stimulation that bombards children, the new three Rs—rest, relaxation, and reflection—may prove to be as important as reading, writing, and ’rithmetic.

In response to the traumatic events of September 11, Linda Lantieri, author of Building Emotional Intelligence (Sounds True, 2008), developed a curriculum to help strengthen children’s ability to cope with stress. The following exercises can be taught to children 5 and older.

Create a peace corner.
Organize a special area where she can go to be quiet. You can include a photo of her favorite place, elements from nature, calming pictures, chimes, and quiet instrumental music.

Make room for silence.
While silence and kids may be a contradiction in terms, you can still try to
include silent breaks in your daily routine. For example, if you always listen to the radio or music when you drive, make it a family practice to have a few minutes of silence at the beginning and end of the car ride, and ask children to notice what they see, hear, and feel during that time.

Honor nature.
Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day-to-day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses. For example, pick a place outdoors, and then observe, together, how that spot changes through the seasons.

Check in.
Young children are quite adept at tuning in to their bodies’ signals, but as they get older, cultural conditioning often diminishes this innate ability. Help your child recognize the signs of stress—jumpiness, fast breathing, tight feelings in the chest, tense muscles, and upset stomach—as a first step in teaching him how to release it.

—Elizabeth Marglin

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

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