Our Approach

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Since 1994, our team of therapists at Personal Growth Counseling Center has prided ourselves in maintaining a safe, compassionate, inviting and respectful environment. Our primary goal is to empower individuals, children, teens, families and couples by helping them develop the coping skills, increased self-awareness and improved self-confidence needed to better their lives. One of the most important lessons we continually pass along is how to be resilient. It’s not about how many times we get knocked down in life. What’s important is how many times we get back up.

We usually start sessions by addressing your immediate concerns. Our highly individualized approach prioritizes alleviating emotional pain quickly. Once we get to know you better, we can dig deeper and learn more about underlying emotional triggers that may be blocking you from enjoying your life and obtaining mental, emotional, relationship and professional success. Some of our more in depth treatment methods include:

– Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
– Clinical Hypnosis
– Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT)
– Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
– Mindfulness Therapy
– Therapy with Essential Oils (Aromatherapy)
– Mediation
– Crisis Therapy
– Critical Incident Debriefing
– An Employee Assistance Program
– Sleep Graphs
– Life Coaching
– Personality Testing
– Play Therapy (for children and teens)
– Evaluations for children who have been abused
– Bonding assessments

We also offer four group therapy sessions:

– Dialectical Behavior Group Therapy (DBT)
– Trauma and abuse recovery group for professional women
– Self-esteem building group
– Healthy eating group

While our expert staff has a diverse set of specialties, we all have a Master’s or doctorate degrees. We also all participate in continuing education in order to provide the most up-to-date techniques during therapy sessions. Some of our specialists who provide unique care include:

– A psychologist/neurologist (who is also our medical director)
– An ADHD and autism spectrum disorder specialist
– Two nurse practitioners who can help evaluate medication needs
– Expert witnesses who can testify in Court

In addition to the top-notch care we provide in sessions throughout your therapy process, we are also committed to connecting you with external resources. Often, we will recommend books, articles and movies. We also provide useful handouts and other documents that can help you remember techniques from sessions. Lastly, we can connect you with supports and resources in the community.

Our philosophy at Personal Growth Counseling Center is to respect your right to lead a peaceful and effective life. We aim to help you recognize your strengths, meet goals, assume responsibility – as well as pay it forward in your family, community and the world.

When you walk through our office doors, our caring, professional support staff will immediately greet you. Our staff members work diligently to find ideal times for sessions and can help you with insurance paperwork and/or explore a payment plan.

In sessions, you will work with an expert therapist who will attentively listen, offer support, guidance and insights and provide you with valuable skill and tools. You’ll be treated with courtesy and compassion – honored for the valuable person you are. All of our therapists are dedicated to providing positive results for our clients. Throughout the process, we will continually evaluate the progress of your therapy. And, even after you complete treatment, we always leave the door open. If you need to check back in and follow up, we are happy to help.

Many features of our practice set us apart from other therapy options. Our extensive knowledge of trauma treatment, including specialties like EMDR and RRT, is unrivaled in our community. In addition, we use essential oils during many therapy sessions – a unique practice that we have found to be profoundly useful. As a group practice, our clients are offered the added benefit of choosing the therapist who is the best fit.

We are conveniently located across the street from Cookeville Regional Medical Center. We take all personal insurance and are a part of the TN Cares program. Some services are available on a sliding scale with verification of income. In addition to regular business hours, we are also open extended hours two nights a week and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Find Happiness, Peace And Resilience

If you, your child or family is struggling in any area of life, we invite you to call us for a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your needs and how our practice can help you create positive change.