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Recovering from the Effects of Childhood Trauma on Adult Survivors


Recovering from the Effects of Childhood Trauma on Adult Survivors


A traumatic childhood can be in any form of physical, emotional or sexual abuse perpetrated against the will of a child. It can also mean experiencing neglect wherein the child’s emotional and/or physical needs are ignored. Many cases take place at home, but, it can also happen outside of the family with the involvement of people who are expected to take care of the child, like foster families and babysitters.


Are You a Survivor?

If your early years were peppered with trauma and pain, all your important developmental process may have been interrupted. Childhood is a vulnerable time for a child who has little power to stop the abuser’s actions, words, and behavior.

If your trauma is caused by your dysfunctional family, you may have grown different from other children for missing major parental guidance to prepare you for adulthood. You may have also missed important parts of childhood as you were forced to assume unnatural roles your parents cannot play. As innocent as you were, you grew up changed by forces within your family of which you can’t control.

Now that you’re an adult, the memories of the past linger. No matter how hard you try to block these memories, the wounds still hurt, the scars are deep-rooted, and the emotional pain still throbs. As you emerged from a stormy childhood, you become an adult survivor with a damaged self.


Living with the Pain of the Past

Being an adult survivor of a traumatic childhood means you’ve grown to tolerate the full impact of all the abuses you suffered. Like the vast majority of victims, your general response would be to endure and manage the pain on your own. Even if you claim victory, the survival tactics you’ve developed may prove unproductive and result in an unsatisfactory adult life. Consequently, some of the survivor’s syndrome symptoms may manifest later in your adulthood, such as

  • Relationship difficulties – difficulty in developing and sustaining relationship with others
  • Social alienation – fear of being not accepted
  • Sexual problems – can range from promiscuity to failure to aversion to intimacy
  • Low self-esteem – feeling shameful or doubtful about yourself
  • Self-harm – harboring thoughts of self-sabotage
  • Depressive and anxiety disorders
  • Physical ailments – can take the form of psychosomatic illnesses, such as migraine, asthma, and skin disorders.


The Road to Recovery

The recovery process may be difficult, especially if you try to achieve it by yourself. There are better chances of moving forward when you turn to professional help. Understand that the right counselor/therapist/psychologist can help pull you out of the pain, fear, and confusion. At Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC we have contracted licensed counselors who assist you in feeling good about yourself – maybe for the first time. Begin your journey to recovery by calling to request an appointment. It may be your first step to enjoying your adult life.


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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

(910) 624-6973

602 E. Academy St. Suite 102

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (910) 624-6973 (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