Frances Purcell-Abbott

MS, Specialist, LPC, NCC

Frances Purcell-Abbott

MS, Specialist, LPC, NCC

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselo
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • FirstCarolinaCare
Fees: FREE: 15 minute phone consultation

FEE RANGE: from $110 to $130. I accept cash, check, and Paypal
I can provide documentation for you to submit for "out of network" coverage.

I am NOT a provider for Medicaid. Medicare is pending.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability


10 Parker Lane;
The Britt Building; Suite 2
Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374

My Approach to Helping

I offer an affordable counseling, educational and consulting service that provides assistance in coping with, and learning from, the crises and challenges we face in living. The counseling I offer is solution - focused and brief when possible, but I also am skilled in offering assistance to those who need assistance for a longer period of time. I believe that a client and a counselor have a working partnership. I want to help you define what you want to change in your life, and to help facilitate the work that you will do to bring about that change. Counseling, is in large part, an educational process: education is essential for any change to take place. I believe that each of us has, within us, the capacity to grow and heal. And so, I see my part as one who wants to help you find those resources within yourself. Please be aware that it is impossible to guarantee that you will reach all of your counseling goals. It is my guarantee that I will do everything within my power to see that you achieve as much as you can through our work together. Change is much more likely when you are actively involved in the process. To facilitate this process, I will often give assignments for you to complete between our visits together. And I always encourage my clients to do reading about their own particular problem or situation. It is likely that you will see some initial rapid improvement. Permanent change takes time and a continuing commitment to effort on your part. My approach is aimed at helping you begin to meet your goals in a brief period of time and my techniques are typically solution-oriented. Sometimes, problems are of such a nature that a longer process aimed at gaining insight into the behavior dynamics and their cause, is also needed. We will discuss what I propose, and come to an agreement as to what will be the best approach. Initially, I will listen and ask questions so that I may understand the nature of the current problem. I will also ask you some questions about your past, and gather other information about your current situation, so that I may get a more global sense of the problem. I will help you set some goals for our work together by the second or third time you see me. We will need to agree on the focus of our work together as well as any methods I choose to use. We will also estimate the time it should take to reach these goals so that you may be aware of the time as well as the cost involved. We will then come to an agreement on a plan to which we will both adhere. After an agreed number of sessions, we will evaluate our progress and make any needed modifications to our plan. Techniques that I typically employ include actively listening to what you have to say and checking my understanding of it as we go along. I commonly use strategies from a therapeutic approach known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. For counseling that is aimed at gaining a deeper insight, I use a variety of techniques from the psychodynamic school of thought, especially the theory of Carl Jung. When I see couples, I use strategies that are a combination derived from the work of Harville Hendrix (Imago Therapy) and John Gottman. For parents seeking help with parenting issues, I use an educative approach which draws on many sources. I may ask you to see a physician for a physical examination, so that we may be more certain that some physical ailment is not part of the problem. I encourage you to ask me any questions about my techniques that will help you understand and feel more comfortable.

More Info About My Practice

I am a nationally certified counselor with 30 years of experience. In addition, I hold a national certification in the area of sexuality. Counseling is provided in a confidential, safe, and comfortable atmosphere. I am INSURANCE REIMBURSABLE. I welcome a working liaison with physicians, not only when pharmacological treatment is necessary, but also to provide a more holistic service to the client. Workshops, and psychoeducational groups are offered in some of the following areas: a variety of women's issues, anxiety disorders, recovery from trauma, sex education and therapy (various populations issues), coping with loss illness, couples' communication enhancement; divorce recovery.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

Deciding to seek therapy is a hurdle for most people. I try to make that decision one that is rewarded not only by feeling understood and gaining self understanding, but also one that results in measurable change. I have been practicing psychotherapy since 1985. I have been very fortunate to have had a wide range of experience which has given me, not only training, but also confidence in treating disorders such as anxiety of all types, depression, the aftereffects of trauma, problems of a sexual nature as well as helping people face crisis that we face in living this life. Because of my experience in treating children with disorders, I also work frequently helping parents parent more productively. I now work with young adults, adults and the elderly. I am solution-oriented in my approach but also welcome the opportunity to assist someone in increasing insight into their own behavior.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Focusing
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Parent Work
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Possibility Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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