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How to Choose a Therapist that is the Right Fit for You


How to Choose a Therapist that is the Right Fit for You


Overcoming hurt, sadness, anxiety, excessive fear and other behavioral and emotional problems is easier said than done. Determination and strong will may not be enough; it will take professional help to overcome all the negative sources of these feelings and thoughts.


Therapy is the foremost solution for problems of this nature, but in order to benefit from it you must find an experienced therapist that’s the right fit for you. Finding one is easy if you know what to look for; here are a few tips for you.

  •  A therapist and “clinic” or “practice” that makes you feel comfortable is a good first sign. The right therapist has to make you feel you are cared for to elicit the feeling of trust, an important element for a successful therapy. One can tell based even on the first counseling interaction, if the therapist seems to care one way or another about what happens with you. The ambiance in the therapy center is equally important; it has to make you feel relaxed and secure.
  • One with the right training, the right personality that fits with yours, and the right kind of experience is more likely to elicit trust. You will probably trust a therapist who has successfully helped people with emotional and behavioral problems like yours. One with more years in the practice can make you feel secure and trusting, which is encouraging. Possibly, one that is closer to your age may make YOU feel more secure. Everyone has their preferences and each is okay AND very normal!
  • A therapist with the right affiliation can generate credibility. You want a therapist who is goal-oriented and who is serious in their intent of helping you. While finding the right therapist can be a “hit and miss” thing, you can reduce the chance of “miss” by consulting with someone who is committed to making you feel and think better. A therapist affiliated with a credible name can be taken as a “green light” when choosing the right therapist. You know this counselor is part of a reputable organization and is more likely credentialed by several insurance companies, to hopefully include YOURS!


When all these come together, there is a good chance you would initially feel you are in good hands and have made the right choice. During your first appointment, you will know the truth of whether it is the right fit or not. (Always go with your gut feeling!) During the meeting, feel free to ask questions that to you matter. There can be specifics you want to know; ask away to help you decide if you are putting your confidence on someone you can trust.

At Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC, we are VERY picky about the therapists who contract with us. Every therapist is fully licensed. We do not have interns or partially licensed therapists. All Counselors/Therapists have the necessary training, experience and Licensure necessary to help you work through your issues and gain your trust. With so many kind, caring, expert therapists right here at CCS, there is a good chance of you finding one who will be the right fit for you. Our offices are more homey than clinic-like. Call, text or email us at Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC for an appointment. We look forward to working with you!

Confidential / Private Sessions

Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay – Varina, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists that provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with friendly, caring therapists who assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, it will always been a pleasure to work with you. CCS and the independently contracted therapists are able and happy to assist active duty dependents and retired military and their families.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC

Counties: Wake County NC

Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC, Apex NC

Zip Codes: 27501, 27502, 27523, 27526, 27529, 27539, 27540, 27592

We are located at:

Carolina Counseling Services - Fuquay-Varina, NC
602 E. Academy St. Ste. 103
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

(919) 887-1100

602 E. Academy St. Suite 102

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Our Mailing Address:

PO BOX 9909
Fayetteville, NC 28311

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (919) 887-1100 (Fastest way to schedule)
  • Text: (910) 308-3291 (Reply will be via phone)
  • Click here and use our Contact Form (You must include your phone number, because replies will only be made by telephone to ensure security/privacy)
  • Call or Text for your New Patient Appointment Anytime!
  • 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!
  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!

View the independently contracted, Caring, Licensed Therapists. Who is the Best Fit for you?

  • Kimberly Tran, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Individuals, Couples, anxiety, PTSD, trauma (adults who have experienced childhood physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, Wounded Warrior) grief and loss, relationship issues, addiction, recovery, co-occuring substance abuse, couple/marital concerns, personality disorders, mood disorders.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), Medicare and cash
    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Laura Coyle, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Individuals, Family, anxiety, persistent sadness and depression, mood swings, responses to trauma, grief, behavioral concerns, autism spectrum disorders, attention difficulties, excessive procrastination, challenges related to physical health concerns, relational conflicts, problematic alcohol or drug use, problematic eating patterns, communication difficulties, Affirmative and Multiculturally Competent Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime) Medicare and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Teshia Utley-McKoy, MS, LPC

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Individuals, Marriage and Couples counseling, Anxiety issues, Parent-child relational issues, Spirituality, Behavior Management, ADHD, ODD, PTSD Trauma, Self-Esteem, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment and Transitional Issues, Coping Skills, Christian counseling.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Rachel Macko, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Individuals, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain/Health Concerns, Grief and Loss, Adjustment/Transitional Issues, Coping issues, Sleep Issues, Communication issues. Mindfulness Training and EMDR are available.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Sherry Horowitz, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 10+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families, Communication Skills, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Grief and Loss, Parenting Issues, Panic Attacks, Issues Related to Military Families, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, Positive Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Self-esteem, Body Image Issues, Grief and loss, ADHD in girls and women
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare, HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Aisha Alston, MA, LPC

    Specializes in: (Ages 8+) Children, Adolescents, Teens, Adults, Families, Couples, Communication Issues, Parenting Issues, Mood Disorders, Thought Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, Relationship Issues, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Conflict Issues, Grief/Loss, Adjustment Disorder, LGBT, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Conduct disorder
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC