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How to Have Healthy Adult Relationships after a Traumatic Childhood


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

The scars of a traumatic childhood can impact the life of a survivor from the first instance of abuse through adulthood and beyond. Regardless of the type of abuse, the wounds run deep and a single scratch can trigger a host of emotional issues for the survivor. No matter how long it has been, unresolved childhood trauma can negatively affect a person’s life as well as those around him or her.

Living with the Pain of Childhood Abuse

Childhood trauma can affect both the body and mind. If you’ve been subjected to early abuse or violence, you’ll likely grow up feeling perpetually in danger. Oftentimes, there’s difficulty in trusting others, especially if you’ve been betrayed by the very people whom you expected to nurture and protect you. Your heightened emotions give you sleepless nights and lower your immune function, increasing your susceptibility to a number of health issues. There is a greater possibility of developing at least one emotional problem like depression, anxiety or panic.

As an abused child, you probably grew up believing that you are worthless because that’s the message you got from your abuser. As an adult, you have poor self-esteem and most probably low level of social interaction. There is difficulty in forming and sustaining relationships. You can’t wholly embrace a loving partner even there’s no reason to be suspicious. There’s also the tendency to push loved ones away for fear of experiencing the same hurt again. Your pain makes you prefer to live in isolation and loneliness rather than become vulnerable and intimate with people.

Healing the Wounds of a Traumatic Childhood

There’s no reason to live with chronic distress caused by a traumatic childhood. Like everyone else, you’re a product of the past and you have a right to a present worth living. If your childhood is filled with traumatic experiences, whether it involved incidents of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, particularly with your parents, it doesn’t necessarily have to result in an unhappy adulthood or unhealthy relationships. You have the power to prevent the past in destroying your present and future.

Research has established that therapy can heal the wounds and pain of childhood abuse. With the right help and support, you can connect with others and develop healthy adult relationships without being haunted by “ghosts” of the bygone days.

Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC has licensed, contracted therapists/Psychologists who specialize in working with adults who have had traumatic childhoods to help relieve you of despair.

There’s a whole new world filled with love, respect and hope waiting for you. Call now to request an appointment.


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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.

We are located at:

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

(919) 762-3185

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (919) 762-3185 (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, domestic violence, 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

  • Julie Stoneham, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A

    Specializes in: (Ages 13+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples, Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem, Grief and Loss, Communication Difficulties, Attention Deficit, Oppositional Defiance, Post Traumatic Stress, Trauma Recovery, Dissociation, Bipolar Disorder, Coping with Medical Concerns, Self-harming Behavior, Substance use, Parenting Concerns, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Spirituality, Christian Counseling
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, NCHC, cash, HRA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Diane M. McKnight, MA, MSW, LMSW, LCSW, ATR

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples, Trauma/PTSD, Adult Survivors of Abuse, Grief and Loss, LGBTQ Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Couples/Relationship Issues, Marriage Therapy, Major Life Transitions/Adjustments, Spirituality Issues
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Shanna N. Reyes, MS, LPC, LCAS-A

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families, Immigrants/Refugees/Disaster Survivors, PTSD, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem issues, Coping skills, Behavioral Modification, Parenting interventions, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment issues, Bipolar and other Mood Disorders, LGBTQIA, Substance abuse, EMDR
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare Select/Prime, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    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 Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC