Summit Counseling to Offer New Group-Counseling Programs

By Calwell, Ben | The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV), February 20, 2013 | Go to article overview

Summit Counseling to Offer New Group-Counseling Programs


Calwell, Ben, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)


bcalwell@cnpapers.com 304-348-5188

As a retired paramedic, Kristina Wiley knows well of the stresses faced by emergency responders such as police officers and firefighters.

Now, in her post-paramedic career as a licensed professional counselor and certified trauma therapist, Wiley, owner of Summit Counseling in Cross Lanes, is starting a new group counseling session geared toward those on the front lines of emergencies.

The Trauma and Resiliency Group is one of three new group- counseling programs that Summit Counseling at 5509 Big Tyler Road will be starting in the coming weeks.

The others are a Women's Group and one geared toward teenagers titled Adolescent Life: What Parents May Not Know.

Wiley earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at West Virginia State University and a master's degree in counseling from Marshall University. She is also working on her doctorate in pyschology.

Wiley said Summit Counseling has offered group counseling in the past, including groups that address drug abuse, but these new group programs will focus on specific client populations.

"Groups are very beneficial for people; it gives them feedback from peers... and a knowledge that they're not doing it on their own - they're not alone and not the only ones going through depression or to have anxiety. It gives them a support system," Wiley said.

The Trauma and Resiliency Group, which will begin at a date to be announced, is for those who are on the front lines of trauma on a daily basis, including law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

As a retired paramedic, Wiley, a Nicholas County native, knows about the issues facing emergency responders and law enforcement personnel.

Helping emergency services personnel "is where my heart and my passion is. Sometimes in that profession, they get overlooked about taking care of themselves, because they're the ones who are the heroes, even though they don't consider themselves that. They do and do for other people, and these are things you don't take home with you and share with your family."

Another new group counseling program at Summit Counseling is designed for women. The new Women's Group will meet for six weeks from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, starting March 7 and ending April 11.

It will help women who find themselves "over-extended" in their lives.

"We juggle life, marriage, children, work - all the stresses that are put on top of us. Women get depressed, we have anxiety and we have different things going on in our lives that we can't talk about because we're supposed to be the strong ones," she said. …

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