How Often Will I Meet With My Therapist?
Clients who see the best and fastest results meet weekly with their therapist for 2-3 months. Helping clients reach their goals (so they feel better faster!) has proven to be about frequency and consistency over the short term versus intermittently spaced sessions over a long period of time. (In other words – meet weekly for a short period of time rather than monthly for years!)
To ensure we are on track, we will check in monthly to see how the pace is going and how you are feeling so that we can make adjustments (or terminate if you have reached your goals).
Research consistently shows that clients who meet weekly make more progress and end up needing fewer overall sessions than clients who meet 2-4 times per month. (Check out the research articles ONE and TWO for more information.)
When will I see change?
Many people scour the internet for the best “5 quick tips” guide for improving their mental health, losing weight, or getting in shape. On one hand, we believe we can see immediate change when we start to put time and effort into making changes. However, long-lasting change is an evolution over time that unfolds as you consistently act in new, more purpose-driven ways. Together, we can overcome psychological hurdles that have been keeping you from starting or maintaining positive changes. We will also set attainable goals to keep you moving toward your best, ideal self. We are committed to helping you meet your goals as efficiently as possible so you can get on with your life.
How long will it take to make lasting improvements?
Our practice's average treatment length for psychotherapy is about 12 – 20 sessions. Our practice’s average medication management treatment length is 4 to 6 sessions during the first year, and then once a year after that for maintenance. However, we have clients we only meet with once or twice and others we have worked with for years. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of time it takes to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek a change in the first place. We are happy to talk with you about your therapy or coaching goals so we can decide whether that would fit within our scope of clinical practice.
What types of clients do you work with?
We work with clients throughout the lifespan – CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, ADULTS, and COUPLES of all backgrounds. Our specialties are improving self-worth, improving relationships, navigating life transitions with grace and growth, and living consistently healthier lives, healing from grief + loss, healing from divorce + infidelity, permanent healthy lifestyle change. We have been honored to work with highly motivated clients who are committed and invested in the work involved in their own personal growth.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior, and teach strategies to help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy or coaching.
I want to get the most out of therapy / coaching.
What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions! Your active participation and dedication are crucial to your success. After all, we (typically) only see each other for a session a week. We recommend that clients view therapy or group coaching as a short-term investment of time, money, and emotional energy. Setting the expectation that this is the time for you to really work to finally experience the changes you’re seeking can help you get the most out of each session. This mindset can also help you better apply the insights gained in the session to your regular life and shorten the sessions needed to experience lasting change.
What is the difference between individual/couples therapy and group coaching?
We offer both individual and couples therapy AND group coaching services. Our approach and goals with the client vary somewhat depending on our approach. In general, however, our therapy and coaching work involves meeting the client where they are, gaining insight into how they got there, and moving toward empowerment goals for a better future.
A therapy client is seeking help with the following:
- Emotional challenges (depression, anxiety, stress, overwhelm, perfectionism, grief)
- Relationship challenges (marriage / extended family / divorce / infidelity)
- Emotional and binge eating
- Low self-worth
A group coaching client is seeking help with:
- Weight loss and long-term maintenance
- Healthy lifestyle habits
- Psychological barriers to getting healthy (negative self-talk / all-or-nothing thinking)
- Getting through a divorce transition
- Recovering from a breakup or infidelity
It is common for a client to start working with us for therapy services, and once our goals are met, we switch to a group coaching focus (and vice versa). Each person has different issues and goals, and we tailor our therapeutic and group coaching approach to your specific needs.
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You deserve support in overcoming your symptoms. Our team of caring therapists can help equip you with the tools to cope with your symptoms and feel more at peace.
To start therapy with our Gallatin, TN-based therapy practice, please follow these steps:
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Other Services Offered with TN Mental Wellness
At TN Mental Wellness, we are happy to offer a variety of services in support of your mental health. Our team offers counseling for teens, art therapy, couples counseling, divorce recovery, postpartum treatment, and brainspotting. Other services offered include health coaching, LGBTQIA therapy, divorce support groups ,online courses and corporate seminars. Feel free to learn more by visiting our blog or FAQs page today