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Our counselors in Abingdon, VA offer goal-setting counseling services

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What is goal-setting counseling?

Goal-setting counseling from a provider at Thriveworks in Abingdon, VA helps individuals clarify goals, develop action plans, and navigate challenges along the way. Goal-setting counselors employ effective communication and active listening to assist clients in overcoming obstacles, unlocking their potential, and achieving personal growth for a more fulfilling life.

How does goal-setting counseling work?

In goal-setting counseling, our counselors utilize diverse therapeutic techniques that are tailored to individuals, including Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), mindfulness, and positive psychology approaches. They also utilize active listening and empathetic communication to provide a supportive space for you to explore and achieve personal goals and overcome challenges, fostering personal growth and clarity.

Is goal-setting counseling conducted in person or online?

Goal-setting counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does goal-setting counseling last?

The number of goal-setting counseling sessions someone attends can differ based on the counselor and the client. How many sessions are needed and how often they occur often hinges on the client’s objectives and the complexity of their concerns. Some clients might opt for a few sessions to tackle particular goals or issues, while others may decide on ongoing sessions to work on personal growth and life enhancement over a more extended period of time.

Need more help deciding?

Many research studies have shown the power of goal setting, but despite its known benefits, many people still struggle with setting and following through on their goals. Seth Godin identifies one of the biggest reasons people struggle: achieving anything worthwhile almost always involves a short-term sacrifice for a long-term benefit. While there are no shortcuts in goal setting, there is help and support in the process. Many people are turning to mental health professionals for help setting and achieving their goals.

Thriveworks Bristol offers appointments for goal-setting help. Our life coaches, therapists, and counselors know how to help people focus upon what really matters to them.

Why Set Goals?

If accomplishing a life dream were easy, everyone would do it. However, a lot of people know what it is like to come up short—to want to achieve but fail. Whenever people set out to conquer a challenge, they also need a game-plan. Setting a good goal can offset many of the distractions working against people and their achievement.

Setting goals, especially the right kind of goals, can help by…

  1. Focusing people’s attention upon what is important to them.
  2. Spurring actions.
  3. Bringing people’s focus and behavior into alignment.
  4. Sustaining momentum through challenges and setbacks.
  5. Triggering self-control.

Aim at Different Targets

When most people heard the words, “goal setting,” they likely think of some task they know they should do but do not want to: eating vegetables, making the bed, flossing teeth, and so on. However, there are many different kinds of goals to set, and one of the keys to high achievement, is prioritizing fun as well.

The point of setting a goal is not to be miserable; it is to keep what people value, love, and enjoy at the forefront of their attention.

A few examples of goals that people might set include:

  • Career: What kind of job do you want to do?
  • Financial: What do you want to earn and what kind of life do you want to sustain?
  • Pleasurable: What do you enjoy in life? What is fun for you?
  • Educational: Is there something you want to learn or explore?
  • Familial: What kind of familial relationships do you want to cultivate? With your parents, siblings, spouse, children, extended family, et cetera?
  • Artistic: Is there an artistic or musical skill you want to learn or practice?
  • Attitude: What kind of person you want to be? More patient? More caring? More self-assured?
  • Physical: What level of health would you like to enjoy?

Tips to Setting Goals

The reality is that most people can set a goal of a making an NBA roster, but the vast majority will never and can never achieve that goal. What is the key to setting goals that work in real life? Mental health professionals have many tools to help people discover themselves, their priorities, and their skills. The best goals come from within—they align with people’s values and talents.

The details of the goal are always deeply personal, but the form is not. In general, the following are characteristics of well-set goals:

  • Written: When people write their goals down, they become more serious about them. People are also able to review written goals.
  • Specific: The more detailed the goal is, the better. For example, “I want to watch TV for 1 hour each day” is a better goal than “I want to watch less TV.”
  • Timed-bound: Give goals a realistic deadline. This motivates, but it also allows people to feel reward when they reach the goal.
  • Shared: Everyone needs support when they are going after an achievement. Sharing one’s goal with others who are supportive is a great way to establish accountability and encouragement.

Goal Setting Help with Thriveworks Bristol, VA

When you call our office to schedule an appointment, you may be meeting with your therapists the following day. Many first-time clients have their first appointment within a week of first calling. We also offer evening and weekend sessions. I

Our professionals accept many different types of insurance plans. The first step toward your goals may be calling Thriveworks Bristol.

Let’s get started. Call today or book online to begin.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Virginia therapists and counselors accept 31 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield DC | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

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Self-pay costs at Abingdon
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Abingdon reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I highly recommend Trish! She is very helpful, kind, compassionate and excellent at getting down to the roots of the problem. I have made more progress with her than I have with multiple therapists in several different cities. P.S--EMDR therapy sounds totally crazy, but it has significantly helped me. Give it a try!
Read more I highly recommend Trish! She is very helpful, kind, compassionate and excellent at getting down to the roots of the problem. I have made more progress with her than I have with multiple therapists in several different cities. P.S--EMDR therapy sounds totally crazy, but it has significantly helped me. Give it a try!
Bristol Mar 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Dr Mike Pilcher took me under his wing and coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life...opening a new business. At one point...well more than once...I felt like pulling my hair out and his calm demeanor and no BS approach really helped me get focused and confident. I was able to really pour on the steam and my business is doing well as a result. Dr. P is a great counselor and a man I respect. Call him...I still do to this day.
Read more Dr Mike Pilcher took me under his wing and coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life...opening a new business. At one point...well more than once...I felt like pulling my hair out and his calm demeanor and no BS approach really helped me get focused and confident. I was able to really pour on the steam and my business is doing well as a result. Dr. P is a great counselor and a man I respect. Call him...I still do to this day.
Bristol Mar 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Abingdon is located in the same building as Caris Healthcare. Across Russell Road NW is Empire Ford Used Car & Truck Center 2, and A Step Ahead salon, as well as All Things Custom and Sunshine Sewing & Screen Printing. Down the road is Figaredo’s restaurant and Northgate Pharmacy. We are located right near Porterfield Highway and Route 19, as well as Route 58.

Phone number

(423) 556-3873

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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