Dr. Johnny O. Trail, D.Min, MFT

October 22, 2013Posted by Johnny Trail


Dr.  Johnny O. Trail is the sole proprietor and therapist for Christian Counseling Services (CCS).  Dr. Trail is married, and he has been blessed to have had three children.  He was born and raised in Manchester, Tennessee where he played football and ran track for the local high school team.  After this, he attended college at MTSU where he obtained a B.S. in Political Science while minoring in History and English.  Upon graduation in 1994, he went to Freed-Hardeman University where he completed a Master’s Degree in Ministry.  In 1995 he enrolled in Lipscomb University, and graduated a few years later with a Master of Divinity degree.  In 2012, Dr. Trail graduated magna cum laude with a Doctor of Ministry degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amridge University.  While at Amridge, Dr. Trail was awarded the Winnie Hohn Christian Counseling Award and named to Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Trail’s dissertation was over grief recovery, and the first chapter of the dissertation describes his own experiences with synergistic grief after losing his mother and father within thirty-seven days of one another.  His personal experiences with grief have allowed him to connect with people who are experiencing bereavement over the death of a loved one.
Services Provided.  Dr. Trail has received training in various disciplines regarding marriage and family therapy. As mentioned earlier, one area of concentration has been grief counseling, but his years of experience and collegiate instruction have allowed him to help people in a variety of situations.  He counsels with couples who have been impacted with matters such as marital infidelity, communication problems, discontentment, sexuality, and other counseling issues.

What to Expect.  Upon your first visit to the counseling office, you will be asked to fill out forms (if not already done electronically) regarding your contact information, confidentiality, problems, and expectations from counseling. After reviewing the files, we will discuss the issues causing stress in a safe, caring environment.  During the sessions, Dr. Trail will take a few brief notes to aid him in the therapeutic process.  Sessions last for approximately fifty minutes and the length of time spent in counseling will depend upon the progress made by the clients and the severity of the presenting problem.

Every effort will be made to help a client in the therapeutic alliance.  Ultimately, the success or failure of therapy will depend upon the dedication of those seeking help.  The therapist can make suggestions for change and offer ideas to help, but each person must be dedicated to do whatever is necessary to alleviate the problems that are faced by couples or individuals seeking counseling.  If adequate progress is not made, every effort shall be made to refer the client to a competent professional equipped to deal with the presenting problems.

Therapeutic Models.  Dr. Trail has been trained to use several different therapeutic models in the counseling process.  Suffice it to say his models might include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Strategic Therapy, and Bowenian Therapeutic Models.  Other theories of therapy might be used if the case or the patient makes it apparent that a different model is needed.  Sometimes portions of other therapeutic models might be incorporated into the sessions to bring about positive results in what might be termed a “mixed methodology.”  

Confidentiality.  Christians Counseling Services (CCS) makes every effort to protect the confidentiality of every client.  All marriage and family therapists are bound by the laws of the state wherein they practice and the ethical standards of the AAMFT.  In addition to locking all documents in a filing cabinet, each file is coded so no person may obtain any information relating to a patient’s personal or counseling information.  Moreover, the staff that serves patients in connection with CCS has been instructed regarding the importance of protecting the privacy of those who come to our offices seeking counseling.  The only exceptions to confidentiality might include the sexual abuse of a minor, the threat of harm to another person or persons, the subpoena of any materials for legal proceedings, or patient signed releases allowing third parties access to files.
The computers used in the counseling offices are password protected and are updated annually with internet protection.  Even so, the client is strongly cautioned against sharing personal or sensitive information via electronic devices.

Contact Information.  Dr. Trail has two offices in the Middle Tennessee area.  One is located in the Ashland City area near Pleasant View Tennessee at 2699 Old Clarksville Pike, Ashland City, TN  37015.  The other office is located at the Walter Hill church of Christ at 7277 Lebanon Road, Murfreesboro, TN  37129-7935.  Appointments can be obtained by emailing Dr. Trail at christiancounselingservices@charter.net.  Please leave your name, phone number, and contact information so that we can call you back or send an email with further information.  Do not include any sensitive information in the email.

Upon contacting via email, the client(s) will be sent the intake information so that all of the paperwork can be done prior to the first session.  If preferable, the information can be completed upon arrival for the first session of therapy.

We look forward to helping you!  If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.