Individual Counseling with Country Counseling

Individual counseling and therapy are one-on-one sessions with a member of our accredited staff. The services we provide are designed to address whatever is keeping you from leading the life you want to live.

Individual therapy is an organic and naturally unfolding process. The therapist and client collaborate to define the goals of the therapy and the means to achieve those goals. Each therapist-client relationship is unique in and of itself. Much of the change that occurs in individual therapy is a result of this unique blend.

Pain Management with Country Counseling

Country Counseling is skilled at helping people cope with the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that can come with chronic pain. Living a full and active life, however, may seem impossible. When working with a counselor, you can expect to discuss your physical and emotional health. Chronic pain can be made much worse by environmental and psychological factors. Having a comprehensive understanding of your concerns will help us begin to develop a treatment plan.

People with chronic pain are often reluctant to explore the possibility that their pain has an emotional root. Individuals with an emotionally rooted chronic pain do experience real pain. Reluctance to admit to the emotional roots of pain may also stem from the belief that emotion-based chronic pain is less likely to have a medical cure. Confronting these deep emotions can seem like a daunting task. However, confronting those emotions and achieving catharsis—a release of pent-up emotions—may provide both short- and long-term relief. Relief may not be permanent as emotions held for a long time in the body can transform to primarily physical symptoms, and they may not be relieved by emotional release in all cases. In this case, therapy may be more effective when combined with another form of treatment.

Many patients find they can better manage their pain after just a few sessions with a counselor. Together with your counselor, you will determine how long treatment should last. The goal is to help you develop skills to cope with your pain and live a full life. We’re here to help.

Trauma Management with Country Counseling

Trauma can be a single event or a series of traumatic events that are repeated over time resulting in an individual to becoming overwhelmed with painful or frightening emotions. Over the last few years, the definition of psychological trauma has been broadened to include traumatic experiences such as physical, sexual, and verbal abuse.

Trauma survivors may have experienced emotional trauma in the form of an abusive parent or loved one. This type of abusive trauma may take the form of demanding, demeaning verbal attacks, or it could be in the form of physical or sexual abuse.

Just as two people may not experience an event in the same way, no two people react to a stressful, traumatic event in the same way. While one person may find the ability to cope with a traumatic event, another may be unable to deal with the trauma by themselves in a productive manner.

What are the effects of trauma?

When a person is unable to deal with traumatic events, he or she will often feel alone and struggle with recurring feelings of worry, fear and worthlessness. People with unresolved trauma often have difficulty in relationships and in dealing with emotional challenges, such as low self-esteem resulting from the traumatic experience and feelings associated with the trauma.

People with significant traumatic experiences are haunted by memories that feel completely real and can cause them to become silent sufferers who believe that their lives are destined to repeat past events. Experiences in a person’s life can trigger a recurring experience of the original trauma, which makes healing from the original trauma an extremely important goal. Many trauma sufferers choose to deal with their feelings alone, instead of seeking appropriate professional treatment. These people may turn to substance abuse to dull the feelings associated with the trauma and the pain that comes with those feelings. It is common for trauma survivors to also have issues with drug addiction, alcohol addiction or other addictions as they attempt to cope with the original issue. Addictions and self-medicating delay recovery from the original trauma.

Leia Hughey, Ph.D. has helped many individuals work through debilitating experiences. Some techniques include symbolic resolution, gestalt therapy, and the reduction or eliminations of nightmares and intrusive images through reconstructive processes with dreaming to ease Post Traumatic Stress symptoms.