Hello, my name is Dr. J. Gregory Briggs and I would like to welcome you to my private practice at The Briggs Institute, Inc. The therapists, supervisors, and I are eager to serve you and we get excited every time our clients learn how to overcome their struggles and begin to enjoy healthier and happier lives.
We look forward to working with you.
Marriage and Family Therapy is a mental health profession similar to psychology, social work, and counseling. Marriage and family therapists diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and many other mental health problems while also addressing relationship concerns including couple conflict and parent-child issues.
Whereas other mental health professionals work mainly with individuals, marriage and family therapists treat individuals, couples, and families from a relationship-centered perspective, evaluating how clients’ interactions with family, friends, and coworkers affect their mental, social, and emotional health.
Most of our sessions at the Institute are individual therapy. In these one-on-one discussions, clients and their therapist talk about many aspects of the client’s life and work together to help the client reach his or her goals. Individual therapy is something that we greatly enjoy and we welcome the opportunity to work in this context.
About 20-30% of our sessions are couple therapy sessions. This means that Institute therapists see many more couples than the average clinician. Whether a couple is coming in for “communication issues” or something more specific, we love couple therapy work. Our work with couples often involves helping them learn to think and behave in ways that may come unnaturally at first but have been shown by researchers to lead to more satisfying relationships (here is an example of what this looks like).
If you are interested in making your relationship more satisfying, we encourage you to reach out and get into couple therapy.
As marriage and family therapists, Institute clinicians have extensive study of family dynamics and years of experience helping families learn to function better. When a family is functioning well, life becomes more manageable and satisfying. Please know that there is reason to hope that family life can improve whenever its members are willing to make changes and they are working with a competent clinician. We promise to do our best for you and your family should we have the opportunity to work together.
All therapists at the Institute practice an evidence-based approach to therapy. This means our treatment plans for you are significantly influenced by scientific theory and research. We will ask you to contribute to this process by inviting you to complete brief questionnaires that let us know how you feel about your life in general, your relationships with others, and your experience in therapy. We use this information to track your progress and to inform our decisions as we try to help you reach your goals. We look forward to finding out what therapy can help you accomplish.
The standard fee per 50-55 minute clinical hour is $150 with a licensed clinician and $95 with a pre-licensed clinical fellow. If finances are an issue, please ask about our sliding fee scale for services.
Intake Paperwork Instructions
Please read, complete, sign, and bring these forms with you to your first session.
Consent Form: Please read, initial, and sign this form. Be sure to notice that there is a separate page for parents to sign to give their consent for therapy with their child(ren).
Notice of Privacy Practices: Please read and sign this form. I (i.e., Dr. Briggs) recommend keeping a copy of this form for yourself for reference should you have questions about how we use and keep your personal information confidential and secure. I can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information I have about you. The new notice will be available online and upon request.
Client Intake: Providing as much information as you can on this form will help us to get to know you better. This form can be completed on your phone, tablet, or computer.