Common Referral Reasons


  • Psychotherapy may be provided to individuals, couples, parents, and to families.
  • Ages served include children aged 8 and older, teenagers, and adults.
  • Psychological Testing is available for:
    • Clinical diagnostic evaluation
    • Treatment planning, progress, & medication response;
    • Admissions to residential treatment
    • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and executive functioning assessments
    • Evaluation of cognitive functioning, screening for learning disabilities, and educational needs
    • Assessment for eligibility for accommodations and interventions through disability services

Divorce-Related Services

  • Participation in Collaborative Divorce process as Divorce Coach or as Neutral Child Specialist
  • Co-Parenting Facilitation and Collaborative Parent Coaching
  • Court-ordered mental health psychological evaluations

Coaching and Consultation

  • Consultation & support for parents and students at IEP/504 conferences
  • Supervision or training of clinicians in therapy and assessment
  • Consultations to physicians, attorneys, judges, parent coordinators, GAL’s, etc.
  • Coaching and non-clinical services for marital enrichment, career exploration, personal growth

Problems, Symptoms, Disorders

Dr. Whiteside is NC certified as a Health Services Provider and licensed as a Psychologist. He is qualified under his licensing and through his training and experience to diagnose and treat Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disabilities, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive disorder, and behavior disorders. He is experienced in helping people with stress, chronic pain, marital and divorce-related conflict, interpersonal and parenting issues, and academic or vocational difficulties. Following are the most common reasons he is given for referrals and requests for his services.

Frequent complaints by adults include:

  • General unhappiness and stress; Anxiety, worry, tension, sleep disturbance
  • Marital and interpersonal dissatisfaction or conflict
  • Anger and frustration; emotional reactivity, impulsivity, moodiness
  • Career dissatisfaction, career and other life transitions
  • Difficulty making decisions; Procrastination, perfectionism, OCD
  • Interpersonal difficulties, shyness, lack of interests or friendships
  • Self-defeating behaviors and compulsive behaviors
  • Grief, loss, aging, caring for one’s children and own parents

Parents most often call seeking to:

  • Help their child be less anxious and worried
  • Understand why their child is struggling academically or socially
  • Screen for difficulties such as ADHD and LD, identify need for accommodations
  • Dealing with child-rearing, behavior management, and adolescent adjustment
  • Eligibility or placement for school, work place, or testing accommodations

People considering or experiencing separation, divorce, or remarriage often ask for help:

  • Reducing marital and post-divorce conflict and complications
  • Establishing effective co-parenting or dealing
  • Alienation, Reconciliation or reunification (between parent and child)

Goals frequently include:

  • Improved interpersonal effectiveness and communication, marital happiness
  • Improved focus, organization, time management, and freedom from distractibility
  • To learn skills for relaxation and mindfulness; manage chronic medical conditions and pain
  • Develop deeper self-understanding, insights into family-of-origin experiences

Services that are not provided:

  • Comprehensive Child Custody Evaluations
  • Court-appointed Parent Coordination
  • Services paid by Medicaid or Medicare (Dr. Whiteside “opts out of Medicare”)
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Medication prescription; however, Dr. Whiteside collaborates with physicians when needed
  • Specialized assessment or interventions for moderate to severe disorders on Autism Spectrum
  • Services delivered in the home or hospital
  • Treatment when the primary presenting problem is a serious substance or alcohol use disorder
  • Treatment of uncontrolled psychosis, bipolar, eating disorder, hoarding, violence, etc.
  • Psychological testing of children under age eight (though family therapy is provided)
  • Urgent, crisis-based appointments, e.g. hospital referrals for NEW patients not previously seen
  • For unusual issues that may involve highly specialized training, please inquire prior to scheduling