Choosing a Therapist
The relationship between clients and their therapist is one of the strongest predictors of therapy outcome. If clients like their therapist and trust their work, they tend to do better in treatment. Because of this, we encourage you to be selective when deciding who to work with in therapy.
Therapists at the Institute can be contacted directly via their phone number or email address listed below.
For general questions about therapy at the Institute, call 615-593-3999.
To see our sliding fee scale, click here.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) are fully-qualified clinical professionals who are trained to 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.
Areas of special clinical interest include: marriage and health, research informed clinical practice, work-life balance, corporate consulting, couple conflict, divorce, sexual and physical trauma, sex therapy, parenting issues, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Dr. Briggs practices an evidence-based approach to therapy that includes cognitive-behavioral and emotionally focused interventions.
Pre-Licensed Clinical Fellows
After graduating with a master's degree, all therapists seeking licensure in Tennessee are required to spend at least two years gaining post-graduate clinical experience and ongoing supervision. This stage of therapists' careers is similar to when medical doctors graduate and spend several years in a residency program. Pre-licensed clinical fellows at The Briggs Institute, Inc. have taken this step in their careers and are currently earning the post-graduate experience required for independent licensure.
All pre-licensed clinical fellows at the Institute provide mental health and relationship care services under the supervision of AAMFT Approved Supervisors. This designation signifies that these supervisors have "...attained the educational, experiential and supervisory training required for the competent supervision of marriage and family therapists and trainees." This places these therapists at the Institute under the mentoring of clinicians who have earned the highest supervision designation in the mental health field. To learn more about the supervisors at the Institute, click here.