Tiffany Wright is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 13 years of experience as a counselor across a diverse array of mental health settings, Tiffany is well-equipped to help clients navigate a variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, relationship challenges, and low self-esteem. She is also a Certified Grief and Loss Specialist with special expertise in helping clients process losses within their life. Regardless of presenting concern, however, Tiffany strives to empower her clients toward increased personal growth, fulfillment, and inner peace.
We asked Tiffany more about her work with clients and her guiding philosophies on therapy.
Tiffany’s background and personal life
How did you decide to become a therapist?
At just twelve years of age, I completed a school project where I discussed what I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew that I wanted to positively impact the lives of others by counseling them and repairing their family relationships as a therapist.
What was your previous work before going into private practice?
I have previously worked in an inpatient setting, on a crisis line, and as a care manager at an insurance company.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy traveling, working out, and spending time with loved ones.
Tiffany’s specialties and therapy philosophies
What guiding principles inform your work?
It’s my mission to create a safe, non-judgmental space where my clients can grow at their own pace and have an outlet that strengthens their emotional well-being. I help clients develop healthy habits that have a positive impact on their overall mental health.
What clientele do you work with most frequently?
The clientele that I serve are adults age 18 and older who are struggling with depression, anxiety, managing emotions, stress, trauma, familial issues, or relationship issues that negatively impact their daily life.
Can you tell us more about your specialties in depression and anxiety?
Clients I work with often deal with depression, which can often be the result of unresolved trauma and/or conflict within their relationships. Many clients also deal with issues of anxiety and have multiple symptoms that impact their daily functioning.
Can you tell us more about your specialty in helping clients navigate feelings of low self-worth?
I find that a lot of the issues my clients face stem from issues with self-worth. They often have the misconception that who they are and how they show up in the world isn’t enough, and this tends to impact every facet of their life
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
It’s truly a pleasure when a client allows me to be apart of their process, trusting that I will provide unconditional support and positive regard. The best feeling is watching them grow and evolve into their authentic self.
Therapy sessions with Tiffany
What will our first session together be like? What happens in ongoing sessions?
In the first session, we start with a short breathing exercise which allows clients to become present in the moment. I then reference the short questionnaire they completed prior to the session which allows us to review their history and current symptoms. We are then able to discuss what goals they have for therapy and what ways we can work to achieve them.
How long do clients typically see you for?
I believe that therapy is a journey. Most of my clients see me for months to years. Most clients come every two weeks, but there are some clients who are in crisis and opt to come weekly until the intensity of their symptoms decrease.
Are there any books you often recommend to clients?
The Dance with Anger by Harriett Lerner
Do you assign “homework” between sessions?
There are some sessions where we discuss topics that I like for the client to complete homework on in order to continue to process their issues. This could be in the form of a reading a book recommendation, creating a list of things they want to accomplish before the next session, or reflecting on where they are currently and how that could prevent from the goal they want to achieve.
How do you help ensure I'm making progress in therapy?
I believe it’s important to review each client's goals from time-to-time and be consistent with checking up on their homework and what they learned while doing it. Clients tend to see their habits shift as we continue our sessions.
How do I know that it’s time to start seeking therapy?
I believe it’s a good idea to start therapy if you’re having consistent depression or anxiety symptoms, if you want to process past trauma, if you’re wanting to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, or if you’re simply wanting a third party perspective with an issue you’re having.
How can I prepare for our first session?
The first thing I tell my clients to do before the first session is to complete the questionnaire I email to them. It gives me a sense of what they want to achieve and discuss in therapy, and it also allows us to jump in on the first session.
How will I know it’s time to end my time in therapy with you or reduce session frequency?
Most clients tell me when they are ready to come in biweekly or every three weeks instead of weekly. There has also been times when I will make a recommendation to check the temperature on if a client is ready to reduce the frequency of their sessions.
Why should I seek therapy, rather than turning to my partner, friends, or other loved ones?
Therapy gives you an opportunity to have an objective third party listen to what you are dealing with. Loved ones tend to have some sort of bias and may not be able to remain neutral when giving advice.
What advice would you share with therapy seekers?
Keep an open mind. Therapy is different for each individual, and there is not one way to heal. There are times where you will be stretched in therapy, and you won’t always feel happy when you leave after discussing something traumatic. You may need to continue to process it. Trust the process.
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