Counseling

 

Navigate Life works with a variety of issues working with with both individuals and couples. The type of counseling we do is Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT means that we discuss your thoughts, actions, and how they relate to each other. The work in therapy is goal-oriented, meaning that we will work with small, measurable goals to achieve your desired results.  The types of issues we work on include Anger Management, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Pre-Marital, and Career Counseling

Anger Management

Do you find yourself feeling angry all the time? Do you sometimes get upset over even the smallest issues? Do you think you are making a good decision to get angry at the time, yet feel guilty afterward (such as a couple’s argument or road rage)? Anger management can help.

Anger management is not about getting rid of anger (that is unrealistic- anger is a normal emotion just like happiness and sadness), it is about taking a realistic look at the problems you are facing, the negative thoughts you think while problems are occurring and learning new steps to take to prevent problem behavior, thoughts, and issues in the future. Don’t let your emotions control your family, your work, or your life.

Let us help. Sometimes just beginning anger management is the biggest step. Our emphasis in anger management is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This means that we discuss your thoughts, actions, and how they relate to each other. The work in therapy is goal oriented, meaning that we will work with small, measurable goals to achieve your desired results.

If you’d like to work on your anger before beginning counseling, you can get a copy of my book, Navigate Anger, on Amazon or iBooks. It is available in paper, e-book, and audiobook formats.

Couples/Marriage Counseling

Are you suffering from problems in your relationship? Relationship counseling can help couples facing a variety of problems. Many couples go to counseling to help with issues such as consistent arguments, poor communication, difficulty in raising children, dissatisfaction with sex life, or maybe feeling distant from their partner (“they just feel like my roommate”).

Couples counseling could also be used as preventive medicine (to get tools for communication, expression of feelings, and problem-solving). Couples counseling is not for everyone. Some people would be better off getting separated or divorced. Marriage with one partner is not necessarily the best way to go in life. People change. Expectations change. Separation counseling assists couples to find the least painful way to disengage.

Sometimes one party is more reluctant to say “good-bye” than the other, and your counselor may assist the resistant partner to accept the changes that are occurring.

Let us help you with your relationship issues.

Anxiety

Do you have consistent feelings of anxiety or panic attacks? Do you get socially anxious,  have performance anxiety, or even trouble in engaging in day-to-day life because of anxiety? Anxiety is a cognitive, behavioral, and biological problem that is best described as excessive fear. That-fear can be due to specific reasons (such as a fear of heights), for general reasons (such as excess stress from work or life), or for no specified reason (such as the body responding to stimuli through generalized panic attacks).

Physical symptoms can occur such as hypertension, increased blood pressure, hot flashes, chest pains, tiredness, headaches, shortness of breath, and stomach problems (many people confuse their first anxiety attack with a heart attack). Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to be as effective as medication.

Depression

Do you feel depressed? Depression is different from “just feeling down or blue”. Depression can occur because of the circumstances that you find yourself in life or they may be biologically based. People who are depressed tend to ruminate on their problems (sometimes on the depression itself), they feel bad most of the day, lose interest in activities they used to enjoy, have a rapid change in sleep patterns, lose or gain weight suddenly without trying, have trouble concentrating, and can be preoccupied with thoughts of death or suicide.

You do NOT need to feel this way all the time. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to be as effective as medication. Get help for depression now.

Pre Marital

Is premarital counseling and education for you?

Most couples just don’t realize that good, skill-based premarital education can reduce the risk of divorce by up to thirty percent and lead to a significantly happier marriage, according to marriage research. It can also reduce the stress of the pre-wedding period.

The research shows that there is a window of opportunity during the year before the wedding and the six months or so after when couples get the optimum benefit from marriage preparation. Just a little effort now can make your odds a whole lot better over the long run.

Premarital counseling is based on the reality that it’s important to strengthen your relationship now while you have so much fresh, positive energy, and prepares constructively for future challenges and conflicts that everyone will inevitably face at some point in their marriage. Couples face more challenges now than ever before (two-career homes while trying to be active parents), yet may have less support.

Take charge of your relationship now, before problems arise. Navigate Life offers a non-religious (though we encourage religious premarital counseling as well), skills-based approach to relationship building.

Career Counseling

Are you dissatisfied with your job? Looking for something new, or maybe just looking to refresh your outlook at your current job? People are working longer hours at work, despite the fact that technology was supposed to reduce that amount and make us more efficient.

Job dissatisfaction is high, and people are feeling social pressures to perform well, perform for a long time, and still have energy and time to spend on other life issues (kids, family, and friends). Unlike the past, you will not likely work for the same company into retirement.

Companies are cutting back employees and benefits, while employee disloyalty rises. You spend 35% of your lifetime at work… shouldn’t it feel more rewarding to you? Career-counseling and coaching can help you with your work/life problems. We can help you with not just work issues, but all areas that your work life can affect.

Navigate Life provides professional counseling services in Franklin, TN and Nashville, TN. Our emphasis is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This means that we discuss your thoughts, actions, and how they relate to each other. The work in therapy is goal-oriented, meaning that we will work with small, measurable goals to achieve your desired results.