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Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not see your question answered below, please feel free to contact us.

What are your fees? Do you take insurance?

Each counselor at Riverside manages their own billing and insurance policies. If you are interested in a specific counselor based on specialities and availability, please reach out to them directly for more information. Please feel free to reach out to multiple counselors to determine the right fit for you.

Do you offer virtual counseling?

All therapists as Riverside offer virtual counseling services for NC residents. However, there may be restrictions for virtual counseling when play therapy, EMDR, or a higher level of care is needed. Please reach out to each counselor specifically to learn more about virtual counseling options.

I've never been to counseling before. What can I expect during the first session?

When you arrive at the Riverside office, you will be able to grab some coffee or tea in our comfortable waiting room as you wait for your therapist to come get you for your session. Once in session, your therapist will review paperwork and provide additional information about what you can expect from the therapeutic process. You will then discuss your reason for beginning counseling, your family history, and goals for therapy. Then, you and your counselor will collaboratively discuss next steps for treatment.

Does Riverside prescribe medication?

Counselors and therapists are not able to prescribe medications. If you are currently taking medication or need medication, our clinicians will be happy to collaborate with your medical team to coordinate care.

Is this practice a safe space?

Yes! Riverside Counseling Group is committed to being a safe space for all clients regardless of ethnicity, gender, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status or disability.

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Resources We Love


Huberman Lab by Dr. Andrew Huberman

Healing Circles Podcast by Kobe Campbell

The Allender Center Podcast by Dr. Dan Allender

Raising Boys and Girls by Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan

The Place We Find Ourselves by Adam Young, LCSW/MDiv


General Mental Health

  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature by Peter Scazzero

  • The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT by Russ Harris

  • No Bad Parts by Richard Shwartz, Ph.D.

  • Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Catherine M. Pittman and Elizabeth M. Karle

  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World by John Mark Comer


Relational Issues

  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – And Keep – Love by Amir Levine, M.D. and Rachel S.F. Heller, M.A.

  • Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson

  • Love Sense by Sue Johnson

  • The Relationship Cure by John M. Gottman, Ph.D.

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D. and Nan Silver

  • What Makes Love Last? By John Gottman Ph.D. and Nan Silver

  • The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

  • Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

  • Boundaries in Dating by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

  • Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents by Jane Isay

  • Created for Connection by Dr. Sue Johnson

  • Walking on Eggshells, Second Edition: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder by Paul T. Mason, MS and Randi Kreger

  • The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today’s Generation by Melanie Beattie



  • The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

  • No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

  • The Teenage Brain:  Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Adults by Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt

  • Raising Worry-Free Girls by Sissy Goff

  • Braver, Stronger, Smarter: A Girl’s Guide to Overcoming Worry and Anxiety by Sissy Goff

  • Modern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today’s Kids by Sissy Goff and Melissa Trevathan

  • Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach by Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan

  • Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James and David Thomas

  • All You Need To Know About Raising Girls by Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff

  • Intentional Parenting by Sissy Goff and Melissa Trevathan

  • The Back Door to Your Teen’s Heart: Learning What They Need and Helping Them Find It by Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff

  • Becoming a Dad: A Spiritual, Emotional, and Practical Guide by Stephen James and David Thomas



  • Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.

  • Getting Past Your Past by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. 

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. 

  • It Didnt Start With You by Mark Wolynn

  • Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma by Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

  • Suffering and the Heart of God by Diane Langberg

  • Redeeming Power Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church by Diane Langberg

  • The Spiritual Impact of Sexual Abuse by Diane Langberg



  • Bearing the Unbearable by Joanne Cacciatore, Ph.D.

  • Its Ok That You're Not Ok by Megan Devine and Mark Nepo

  • A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

  • Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament by Mark Vroegop and Joni Eareckson Tada


Loving and Understanding Those Who Suffer


  • Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald May

  • Darkness is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness by Kathryn Greene-McCreight

  • Talking to Depression: Simple Ways to Connect When Someone in Your Life is Depressed by Claudia J. Strauss and Martha Manning

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