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Starting Goal-setting counseling

What is Goal-setting counseling?

Goal-setting counseling from a provider at Thriveworks in Boston, MA 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?

What does your calendar have listed for today’s activities? In some ways, people have infinite choices about where they spend their time and how they fill their calendar. In other ways, life can feel routine and scripted. The to-do list can easily dominate people’s schedules. Many people squeeze in activities they want to do when or if they have time. Image for a moment if that situation were reversed. What if your calendar were not mundane but filled you with excitement about the future? Through goal setting, many people are infusing more and more of what they want to be doing into their calendars. In many ways, small but significant changes today can make a big difference in people’s lives for the long-term.

“The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun,
in the short run. It seems to me, though, that
the people who get things done, who lead,
who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.”
—Seth Godin

Many studies have shown the power of setting goals—often high-achievers are also goal-setters. Despite the clear correlation, many people struggle to set goals and make significant changes in their lives. Seth Godin points to the heart of the challenge: setting goals is harder in the short-term but better in the long-term. There is no way to bypass the short-term sacrifice a worthy goal demands, but it is always okay to ask for help. In fact, many people are doing just that—they are turning to a counselor or a coach to help them overcome the sacrifice required for their long-term success.

The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Boston have helped many people add more of what they want to do into their calendar by picking strategic goals that align with what they care about most in their lives.

The Importance of Goal Setting

Every day, people are barraged with distractions that knock them off course from what they want to accomplish. Goals are often the antidote to these diversions. Well-set goals often help by…

  1. Aiming attention at what is most important each day.
  2. Stimulate difficult but effective behaviors.
  3. Coordinate people’s focus and their actions so that they work together, toward the same target.
  4. Boost incentives and interests so that motivation is sustained during setbacks.
  5. Strengthen self-control.

Goal Specifics: What to Give Your Time and Effort To

One of the keys to setting goals is to aim at a variety of targets. While goals will always involve some form of challenge and growth, aiming at different types of goals can make the process more interesting. A goal is simply an expression of what people value and the causes for which people are willing to give their time and effort. Therefore, goals can be set for anything. A few examples of the types of goals people can set include…

  • Financial: What role do you want to give money in your life? Do you want to prioritize earning? Spending? Giving? All three?
  • Pleasurable: Where do you feel refreshed and restored? Who puts a smile on your face? What activities energize you?
  • Career: How can your skills, passions, and talents be utilized in the professional world?
  • Familial: What relationships do you want to improve or cultivate within your family? What kind of a home life do you want to enjoy?
  • Educational: How can you grow, explore, or learn more? What formative relationships or expanding experiences can you pursue?
  • Artistic: Where does your creativity come alive? How can time for producing, supporting, or engaging art enrich your life?
  • Physical: What changes could strengthen your health? What areas of your health do you want to prioritize?
  • Attitude: Who do you want to be? What kind of character do you want to cultivate? Being more patient? Kind? Self-controlled?

People can set a goal for anything…to visit Fiji within the next five years…to find another job within the year…to write birthday cards to all their siblings this year. People who utilize goals within their lives often set big and small goals, professional and personal goals, serious and funny goals. Now, the specifics of a goal will vary, but the form should not. When goals take a certain form, they are often more powerful. Well-set goals are often…

  • Time-bound: Every target should have a time frame: a day, two weeks, three years…the amount of time should be reasonable but challenging. A deadline gives people a light at the end of the tunnel and often motivates.
  • Written: Goals should always be documented in some form. They can be hand-written or in an electronic document. Putting specific words to a goal often gives them power, and people can review written goals.
  • Specific: Details make all the difference when setting a goal. Specific goals allow people to know that they have succeeded and thus trigger a feeling of satisfaction. For example, “becoming stronger” is a vague goal, but “attending a strength class at the gym twice a week for a month” is a specific goal.
  • Shared: Asking for help is a normal part of the goal setting process. Let people who will support you know about your goal. Recruit them to be allies, and ask for tangible help when necessary.

Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Boston

Friends and family can certainly support people as they set life goals, but often times, people need more assistance. Many people are turning to life coaches or counselors to guide them as they set and achieve their life goals. At Thriveworks Boston, more and more clients are scheduling appointments for goal setting help.

If you are ready to meet with a Thriveworks Boston professional, know that our office accepts most forms of insurance. We offer evening and weekend appointments, and most new clients have their first session within 24 hours of their first call to our office. If you are ready to set a goal, we are ready to help. Contact Thriveworks Boston for more information.

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 Boston therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Boston
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

4.7 Learn about verified reviews
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For the past year my mental, emotional and physical health has been restored. By God's providence, I connected with a psychiatric nurse practitioner at your agency. She skillfully assessed my situation and quickly prescribed much needed medication. I was at an all time low. Because of her expertise, compassion, and support, my life was renewed. So incredibly grateful to have my life back again.
Read more For the past year my mental, emotional and physical health has been restored. By God's providence, I connected with a psychiatric nurse practitioner at your agency. She skillfully assessed my situation and quickly prescribed much needed medication. I was at an all time low. Because of her expertise, compassion, and support, my life was renewed. So incredibly grateful to have my life back again.
Lillian Feb 2024
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★★★★★
I have had a wonderful experience using Thriveworks. The website is easy to use and getting into the Zoom meeting is seamless
Read more I have had a wonderful experience using Thriveworks. The website is easy to use and getting into the Zoom meeting is seamless
Erynn Feb 2024
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★★★☆☆
It was very difficult getting my account up. I believe that happens because when we initially signed up i made the account but it’s under my spouse insurance. After fixing the problem my not his account reflects our current therapy sessions. We get emails and text but when we sign into the thrivework accounts we can’t see the billing cycle to pay or see out upcoming session. Neither one of our accounts display update and current account information. And we have called a few times to get it right and it’s not working . My therapist and agency is splendid
Read more It was very difficult getting my account up. I believe that happens because when we initially signed up i made the account but it’s under my spouse insurance. After fixing the problem my not his account reflects our current therapy sessions. We get emails and text but when we sign into the thrivework accounts we can’t see the billing cycle to pay or see out upcoming session. Neither one of our accounts display update and current account information. And we have called a few times to get it right and it’s not working . My therapist and agency is splendid
Isoke Feb 2024
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★★★★★
My limited time speaking with Marissa has been very help full. She has been very attentive to my needs.
Read more My limited time speaking with Marissa has been very help full. She has been very attentive to my needs.
Gary Dec 2023
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★★★★★
I had the pleasure of working with Francesca about a year ago. Francesca is a versatile, and imaginative clinician. She takes an individual approach to every client and their situation. Her commitment to your growth and healing is of paramount importance to her. You'll be in great hands with her!
Read more I had the pleasure of working with Francesca about a year ago. Francesca is a versatile, and imaginative clinician. She takes an individual approach to every client and their situation. Her commitment to your growth and healing is of paramount importance to her. You'll be in great hands with her!
Boston Jan 2020
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★★★★★
As a former colleague of Francesca Bjork's, when we worked together as educators of young children, I can highly recommend her as an insightful, caring, and knowledgeable counselor. She always seems able to pinpoint the crux of a matter, and help her clients (and coworkers) find the best path. In more than a few instances, when I was faced with a difficult situation, she was always willing to help in any way she could, whether as an ear to listen, an advocate, or a problem-solver. I am glad that she has found a base at Thriveworks, and is able to use her talent to help others.
Read more As a former colleague of Francesca Bjork's, when we worked together as educators of young children, I can highly recommend her as an insightful, caring, and knowledgeable counselor. She always seems able to pinpoint the crux of a matter, and help her clients (and coworkers) find the best path. In more than a few instances, when I was faced with a difficult situation, she was always willing to help in any way she could, whether as an ear to listen, an advocate, or a problem-solver. I am glad that she has found a base at Thriveworks, and is able to use her talent to help others.
Boston Nov 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Boston is located at the corner of Emerson Place and Blossom Street, inside the Emerson Place Apartments building. We are located on the opposite side of Route 3 from the Charles River and Lederman Park. Across the street, on the opposite side of Blossom Street, you will find the Mass General Hospital complex.

Phone number

(617) 397-3951

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • Urdu
  • English
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