How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, & enhanced emotional expression strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues, & creative blocks. Many people also find that Therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, & the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process & put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, & values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Learning new ways to move through stress & anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, & other emotional pressures
Improving communications & listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns & developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem & boosting self-confidence
How much does therapy cost?
Our standard fees range from $150-$300. Any add-ons to your session fee that occur will require your prior consent, & we offer a good faith estimate (see below) so there are no surprises. We believe that the quality of your care should not be outside your reach. Some of our clinicians offer sliding scale pricing, ranging from $60-$110. If you have financial needs, please talk to your clinician & we will do our best to help meet the need you have, while helping you through your healing journey.
Do you accept insurance?
Our clinicians at Wellness & Relational Institute do not accept insurance. However, we accept HSA cards as forms of payment &/or we can provide you with a superbill of services for you to submit to your insurance company to request reimbursement.
Do you offer a free consultation phone call prior to our first session?
Your first point of contact will be our Administrative Manager, Kim. She will schedule a phone call with you to determine best clinician fit & will arrange for you to have a phone consultation with that clinician prior to your first session if that initial warm hand-off is helpful.
Can I do online therapy?
Yes! Our therapists can provide telehealth therapy to you if you live in the state of Tennessee. If you choose to utilize telehealth, you will receive a link to our HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform prior to your scheduled session.
What is a therapist intern?
You may have noticed that some of our therapists are listed as MMFT-I. This means that these therapists are master's level interns, currently under the supervision of our founder & AAMFT approved supervisor, Tonya Robbins, LMFT, MBA. Offering sliding scale pricing, our interns are incredibly invested & devoted to your healing & therapeutic process. To learn more about why you should consider working with a therapist intern, click here.
About Our Logo, the Unalome with Lotus:
Why the unalome?
The ancient unalome symbol represents overcoming suffering & embracing one’s unique life journey. The unalome is a symbol represented within many religions &, while we honor the sacred traditions & paths of these various religions, our focus is more on the message that each experience is for our greater good. Within this series of loops, curves, straight lines, & dots are held a philosophy of human existence. The universal truths held within are that we are each on our own path, yet part of the same/collective path. Each person’s path is uniquely beautiful & the experiences of life are meant to bring us to a greater understanding of what it means to be human & the impermanence of all things – we are intended to experience, notice, & grow. We are all presented with daily decisions – some are met with resistance/obstacles & some flow more freely. We are reminded that the path is not always straightforward…sometimes we are presented with curves & detours, the other side is not always recognized or known.
So, what does the symbol itself mean?
Breaking down the components begins with the base spiral. Our paths begin in a curving upward, winding tangle of confusion, which we seek to better understand as our life’s meaning or purpose – how we will use our unique gifts & talents to serve the greater good of humanity. This, like your therapy journey, is the beginning point of self-discovery. Often, we can become lost in the spiral – seduced by societal norms & expectations, we are distracted from finding our core self.
Next, we have the beautiful lines that curl & loop toward the center. This represents the obstacles & challenges within one’s journey, becoming more refined with each milestone we achieve as we heal, learn, & grow. As with societal norms, we can often become enamored with instant gratification (an easier path). The loops serve as a reminder to work toward being present & to press on toward your goals, even when they are challenging or seem impossible.
The straight line represents an overarching goal to alignment between oneself & their purpose. When the line begins to straighten, you have worked diligently to separate yourself from the trappings of an external locus of control & shift inward. It represents the disentanglement of those challenges you have overcome & is representative of hope & celebration.
The final element of the unalome itself (we have chosen to integrate the lotus & will go into that in a bit) is the 3 dots, symbolizing enlightenment. Each dot represents reaching your goals & finding ultimate meaning to your journey. design of the unalome includes three dots that symbolize enlightenment. These dots depict a reaching of your goals & finding an ultimate meaning to one’s journey. The meaning of the 3 dots is not to symbolize the end, rather it is intended to symbolize the growth & ability to find meaning & purpose in all things as you move toward each of your goals.
With our logo, the inclusion of the lotus flower is essential. A lotus flower symbolizes strength & beauty. The lotus plant grows in murky, muddy water, often hidden from the sun. When the lotus flower emerges, it pushes itself through the obstacles which would drag it down into the dark, rising above to blossom – petal by petal, each emerges beautifully from the murk. Its protective coating repels the dark to aide the bloom in becoming the beauty within. Not only does the lotus flower emerge triumphant each day during its blooming season, but it gently closes each night to awaken renewed each day, reminding us that we do not have a finite number of chances to move along our path. We take steps toward our goals each day & our past, though sometimes heavy with darkness, does not keep us held there. Rather, it gives hope for the next day, hope for the next step toward healing, hope for the next step toward supporting ourselves & others, hope for each next step.
We are honored to be part of your journey!
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