Individual Counseling

Learn more about individual counseling in Hawaii, part of the comprehensive programming and addiction treatment services provided at Hawaii Island Recovery.

Participating in individual counseling is essential to recovery from addiction and mental health disorders. We were never meant to process painful past experiences and trauma that have led to maladaptive coping mechanisms, such as addiction, alone. Healing happens in relationships with one another; some of the most healing can be done within the bounds of a therapeutic relationship where you are met with unconditional positive regard, acceptance, and compassion. 

Counseling creates space for you to reconnect with the authentic you that lives within, waiting to be expressed underneath years of suffering and pain that are blocking your ability to thrive and feel healthy in the world. It also creates space for you to be real about whatever is happening to you, without being told you are wrong for it or that you should feel and be another way. That alone is a healing experience. 

Counseling Is a Different Kind of Helpful 

Although many of us have people in our lives who we can go to with our struggles, friends and family members are not our therapists. This is why there are people who have specific training and education that allow them to practice as therapists and counselors because we need them for evidence-based healing. Professional counselors offer support in a way that friends and family can’t. Relationship dynamics prevent those bonds from being healing in the same way a connection with a therapist is.

One of the most helpful parts of working with a counselor is having time dedicated to you, where you get to come as you are. Another helpful part of working with a counselor is the fact that you don’t have to worry about saying something wrong, hurting their feelings, or withholding information to keep the peace. Of course, if these patterns are normal in your current relationships, they may come up in therapy. In therapy, you are invited to share these parts of yourself and make peace with them through meeting them with acceptance, allowing them to be present, and getting curious about how they came to be. 

At Hawaii Island Recovery, we believe that there are many different facets to healing. This is why upon coming to Hawaii Island Recovery for treatment, we meet with individuals to create a customized and comprehensive treatment plan that includes individual counseling, among other offerings we have, such as group therapy and experiential, cultural programming. 

Individual Counseling Is a Catalyst for Growth

Working with a counselor is a catalyst to your growth and the goals that you have in a way that makes sense for you. Our counselor’s value is meeting you where you are as they invite you to lean into acceptance while simultaneously working toward your goals and desires. Without acceptance, there cannot be change. 

Through counseling, you are invited to be honest with yourself and your counselor without judgment so you can heal from limiting beliefs, past emotional experiences, trauma, and ways of being that are preventing you from recovery. Healing is not linear nor comfortable, and having a counselor who supports you no matter what kind of week you’ve had is an important part of recovery.

What to Expect from Individual Counseling in Rehab

In individual therapy sessions, you’ll meet one-on-one with a therapist who will help you overcome your struggle with addiction. Also, in the best-case scenarios, your therapist makes you comfortable enough to explore the underlying problems that contribute to your drug and alcohol dependency.

You should feel safe and support in this environment. In addition, most rehab facilities provide individual as well as group therapy. Each therapeutic method has its own set of unique benefits, and a well-rounded rehab program allows you to experience as many of them as possible. Along with individual and group counseling, some centers offer programs such as family therapy or psychotherapy.

What Can You Expect from Individual Counseling?

  • Confidentiality: Being able to open up about past trauma completely confidentially can give you the courage you need to be honest with yourself.
  • Unbiased viewpoint: You can freely talk about anything with your therapist and expect non-judgmental feedback.
  • Focus on your specific needs: During individual counseling, your therapist will only focus on issues that pertain to your individual needs.
  • Trust-building: As you gain trust-building skills in therapy, you’ll be able to use them after rehab.

Continued Counseling After Rehab

Therapy doesn’t need to end after rehab. Whether they take part in individual or group sessions, many people find it helpful to continue counseling as they progress through recovery.

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Additionally, ongoing therapy offers particular benefits in the early stages of recovery. For example, you might still struggle with cravings or certain triggers. However, a solid relapse prevention plan has the necessary tools to help you through a tough day.

You might find it helpful to call on a counselor for other issues as well, including anxiety about starting a new job, family troubles, or depression issues. Instead of feeling alone during stressful periods of life, you can count on your support system that includes loved ones, peer group meetings, and professional therapists.

Center for Individual and Family Counseling

Individual counseling in Hawaii is one part of the equation. Before you can make progress in other areas of your life you need to first address the struggles within yourself. As you start working on yourself and overcoming your inner blocks, healing other areas of your life becomes a possibility.

Family therapy is an important part of the addiction treatment process the following growth through individual counseling. Family members face some of the most intense effects of alcohol and drug addiction. They stand on the front lines as they watch you fight to stop using substances.

Your addiction probably took a toll on your relationships with your family members. It may feel impossible to mend the damage done over the years. Family counseling provides a neutral space for you and your family members to address and work through issues that arose both before and during your substance abuse. 

Family counseling is a vital part of the rebuilding process. Healing the relationships with your family members equips you with the tools to heal other relationships in your life. Many addiction treatment facilities offer family counseling as a core part of their programming.

Individual Counseling Near Me

If you’re wondering, “How can I find individual counseling near me?”, you can locate counseling services in a few different ways. There is a wide range of options available to anyone looking for individual counseling.


The best way to find individual counseling near you is to determine what you want to address. Most counselors and therapists specialize in working with individuals who have mental illness or other mental disorders. 

If you’re struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, this type of therapy may help some but it’s better to seek out specialized care. Individual counseling for addiction considers more than your mental health. Since substances are involved, you’ll need a more intensive approach to treatment to have lasting results.

Finding individual counseling near you for addiction is likely going to be at an addiction treatment facility. Individual therapy is part of most addiction treatment programs. Healing from addiction is much more than quitting substances, though; it requires healing from the inside out. Overcoming addiction is both a physical and mental battle. Individual counseling is one part of the comprehensive approach needed to overcome addiction.

Substance Use Treatment at Hawaii Island Recovery

If you or a loved one is looking to begin treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) or co-occurring mental health conditions, Hawaii Island Recovery offers premier treatment services on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our team values supporting individuals from the inside out, which is why we approach addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment through an evidence-based and holistic lens. Our methods lead to sustainable and long-lasting recovery. It can be difficult to reach out and take the first step toward recovery as it requires change, but without change, nothing will ever shift. 

It’s normal to feel ambivalent when it comes to change like your authentic self wants to experience healing, but the parts of you rooted in addiction want to stay the same or fear healing is not actually possible. This is a normal part of healing and an essential space to be in as it is part of the process. When you make the decision to come to Hawaii Island Recovery, you will be met where you are in your journey. Our group of professional and caring staff will work with you as a team to find a treatment plan that makes sense for you and the goals you have. With individual counseling and our other evidence-based methods, we can help you.

At Hawaii Island Recovery, individuals not only get to be supported in their healing journey but get to do so on the Big Island of Hawaii while connecting with nature and those also in treatment. We believe in the power of connection and its role in healing, which is why it’s important to us to also integrate healing through community and nature. Reaching out for help is challenging but could change your life. 

Recovery from substance use disorder requires treatment from a facility specializing in treating addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Individual counseling is always a part of this process and an experience that serves as a catalyst to your healing and resolving past trauma and emotional experiences that may have led to addiction and mental health conditions. At Hawaii Island Recovery, we are here to meet you where you are and support you unconditionally. To learn more about how you can begin treatment with Hawaii Island Recovery, call us today at (866) 390-5070.