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Our counselors in The Woodlands, TX offer goal-setting counseling services

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500,000 people sought help at Thriveworks in the last year

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Our therapists in The Woodlands are booked, but we have 37 other therapists in TX available for an online or in-person session.

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What is Goal-setting counseling?

Goal-setting counseling from a provider at Thriveworks in The Woodlands, TX 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?

2020 was a year of extreme unpredictability for all. Now in the new year, setting goals is a useful and commonly used method to achieve the things in life that you can control.

Change and growth are common desires for clients like you who seek mental health support. When thinking about your life and your desire for change, there are many helpful avenues towards insight and progress. As this momentum begins, it is important to know that beyond the happenstance of luck, your strength and will-power are the key factors that will move you through the obstacles and opportunities of life. Working to set intentional plans in place can help to instill a new set of strengths for your future.

Movement from a perspective of letting life happen, can aid in ownership and control over current and future life events. Setting goals is a great way to begin this cultivation of change. Making space for you to try out activities meant to reduce the stress-inducing instability that can come from a lack of deliberate plans. Intentionality also allowing space for observation, planning, implementation and evaluation are all necessary components to goal setting during counseling.

In counseling, setting goals and intentions is a positive strategy used to help clients gain confidence as well as the development of a positive frame of thought. Setting intentions is the act of stating your desired outcome. Like a goal, intentions allow both clients and counselors to understand your focus and destination as set points throughout the therapeutic relationship.

Some supplies that can be used to begin your journey towards intention and goal setting are:

  • A journal or paper
  • A pen
  • A quiet space
  • A desire for change

These simple yet effective tools can help to initiate a solution-focused strategy. Developing goals also requires an important prerequisite which is, a focus on self. Goals that are contingent on self over the influence of others have a much higher chance for achievement. This means, working with your counselor to help you understand your role in the change process is critical. Viewing your clinician as an accountability partner rather than the main source of discipline is a key factor in the mental health process.

Your counselor is your partner in the journey towards healing; helping to ensure that you reach the goals set out to achieve. This is a great example of self-discipline which can help clients who may struggle with symptoms related to depression, trauma, anxiety, PTSD and other mental and emotional challenges.

Once a client and clinician work together to observe your needs and intentions for therapy, planning and goal setting can be initiated. This is an important piece of the counseling puzzle because this is your space to dream. Dreaming of a better future is not only for clients who struggle with difficult diagnoses, but also applicable to everyday opportunities for learning and growth. Remaining disciplined while maintaining realistic expectations can provide additional sources of healing.

Realistic goals can be co-created with your counselor by ensuring that they meet S.M.A.R.T standards. Plans for your future that meet these S.M.A.R.T standards must be

S- Specific

M- Measurable

A- Attainable

R- Relevant

T- Time-Bound

Goals that meet these standards are more likely to provide you with a greater sense of time, realistic expectations of self, and opportunities for change. For example, a SMART goal in counseling may look like, “I will meditate for 5 minutes every morning, for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to getting back onto social media”. This goal specifies a desire to begin meditation. It also includes an attainable amount of 5 minutes per day related to social media and provides a realistic checkpoint of two weeks.

Goal setting is not a to-do list. Beyond a list of reminders for daily activities, goal setting in counseling should be viewed as a contract with self that enhances your opportunities for growth, advancement and self-actualization. Contracting for change as described by Kottler (2000) is the process of remaining accountable to one’s self throughout the counseling relationship.

Goals are not intended to be anxiety inducing. They are intended to help you remain on a course of expansion. Understanding your control over your behavior, thoughts and emotions can also aid in your journey. Working simultaneously to adjust your beliefs about yourself can aid in attaining the goals that you are set out to achieve.

Having a vision for yourself, whether an emotional change, career change or even a change in relationship status, is a great strategy that keeps you focused on growth. This does not mitigate the work needed throughout the counseling process but should be viewed as a tool to enhance your work. Your vision for self should not feel like a stagnant dream. This is a contract with yourself, enabling you to experience joy set forth by realistic and S.M.A.R.T goals.

If you are ready to work with a clinician to begin the development of your vision for change, Thriveworks in The Woodlands is a local, regional, and national partner, ready to work alongside you. Call 281-667-9790 and one of our scheduling specialists will assist you. We look forward to helping you begin your journey!

Written by Krystal Grimes, MS, LPC-Associate.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our The Woodlands therapists and counselors accept 41 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Exchange

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

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Self-pay costs at The Woodlands
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

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Love thrive works. Works great with my schedule. And they’re so flexible
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Fast and friendly help to start . WARNING they have a strict 48 hours cancellation policy things do happen sometimes 24 hours before instead you can’t cancel and will get charged $135 anded It’s hard someone about it. Love my counselor thats it
Read more Fast and friendly help to start . WARNING they have a strict 48 hours cancellation policy things do happen sometimes 24 hours before instead you can’t cancel and will get charged $135 anded It’s hard someone about it. Love my counselor thats it
Alicia Dec 2023
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I’ve worked with Tawnie in the community and school settings and she is a pleasure to consult and work with. Her positive approach to relationships and perspective on how to work with clients help others to feel heard, validated, and acknowledged.
Read more I’ve worked with Tawnie in the community and school settings and she is a pleasure to consult and work with. Her positive approach to relationships and perspective on how to work with clients help others to feel heard, validated, and acknowledged.
The Woodlands May 2022
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Woodlands is located off Woodlands Parkway close to The Cheesecake Factory and Barnes and Noble. There is a 3 story garage behind those two stores and the closest place to park. Leave the garage and head to the back entrance of The Pottery Barn where there is a hallway with stairs and an elevator to the 2nd floor. Come through the glass doors and Thriveworks is the first office on the right!

Phone number

(281) 984-6849

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • English
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