My Approach to Helping
Hey there! My name is Katelyn Lover, LMFT. I deeply believe that whether we are actively pursuing wellness or not, the majority of us would choose it for ourselves if given the opportunity. We all want our quality of life to be full to the brim. I’ve made it my life’s work to help each of my clients map out their tailored journey toward wellness; no one’s wellness journey will be a carbon copy of another’s path. I use an integrative approach to therapy, combining elements of Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and EMDR to use evidence-based practices in our work together.
We each have a story. Research in neuroscience shows us how our stories shape who we are today - even physically! This means that any effort toward present wellness before reckoning with your story will be fleeting and incomplete. As the wise Dr. Brené Brown says, “If we deny our story, it defines us. If we own our story, we get to write a brave new ending.” Owning our story is tough to do without some outside help. Over my years of being in clinical practice, I have specialized in helping clients find, own, and reconcile with their stories. This allows them to face the present moment with both gratitude and courage, which in turn enhances their quality of life.
I encourage you to take a look at my website to get a good idea of my professional personality, therapy approach, and offered services to my clients!
More Info About My Practice
I am lucky enough to be housed within the offices of Tennessee Alternative Medicine, which is a group of practitioners dedicated to whole-person health as I am. TN Alt Med is home to chiropractic care, a nutritionist, an acupuncturist, an esthetician, and several other specialized mental health therapists!
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
There are several factors to consider in this search. You need to consider your budget, your location, and perhaps even the mode of therapy you would like. Most importantly - and this is backed up by research - you need to find a therapist you feel comfortable with. Your human-to-human relationship determines the effectiveness of therapy more than any other factor at play. Ask yourself this: To the degree that I expressed myself in this session, did I feel seen, heard, and understood by this person? If the answer is no, or you aren't sure, I would recommend you move along and keep looking. Hold out for the therapist who makes you think, "Okay, yes, they just get it." You will have more progress with that therapist than their counterparts you connected less with.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
This is different for every client. I see some clients for a few months, I see others for multiple years. Every client's story, needs, and processes are different, so therapy takes as long as it needs to take! In my practice, we will begin with weekly sessions. Over time that will turn into bi-weekly sessions, then monthly check-in sessions. From there, my clients "graduate" from therapy, and we celebrate that together!