Dr. John Fite

Spotlight Specialty- Couples Therapy

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

If you are both interested in couple's therapy, Gottman Method Couple's Therapy addresses the core needs of couples including repair, coming to effective compromises and developing (or re-developing) a deep friendship. The science-based method of Gottman Therapy includes targeted assessments that enable the creation of an individualized treatment plan for your situation. Heart-rate monitoring during the session allows timely breaks to teach the skills of self- soothing to keep communication constructive. The goal of therapy is both restoration of harmony and a demonstrated self-sufficiency in caring effectively for your own relationship. I am one of three certified Gottman's therapists in the state of Tennessee and have special training in the areas of substance abuse, trauma and infidelity. 

Couples on the Brink

Discernment Counseling is a specialty program for couples on the edge of splitting up. Thirty percent of all couples come to therapy with a mixed agenda where one is "leaning in" to preserving the relationship and one is ambivalent or "leaning out." Unless the couple can clarify the agenda, traditional couple's therapy can be a waste of time and money. Discernment Counseling can help couples get on the same page about what to do next about the divide between them and move more smoothly in whichever direction they decide to head. Most importantly, if you can come out of it with both partners clearly committed to a significant couple's therapy program, then the chances for success can improve significantly. The program consists of up to five two hour sessions with each including individual components and couple's time dedicated to helping you sort out your options and explore your next step whether it be couple's counseling, keeping things the same for a while or ending the relationship. Currently, I am only of two therapists in the State of Tennessee, listed as trained in this method

Hopeful Spouse/Partner Counseling

This also is a specialty program of up to five sessions focused on the common but difficult situation where one person is interested in help and the other is not and refuses to become involved in any program including the Discernment Counseling program. The emphasis here is upon maximizing your possibilities for change and to make re-initiation in a joint process of change more likely, remembering, of course, that it is always impossible to control another person. What can be done to make the possibility re-engagement more likely and at the same time develop a deeper understanding of what happened in the first place? That is the purpose of this program. An important resource for this work is Michelle Winer-Davis's book, The Divorce Remedy.

Individual sessions available (specialities include accelerated recovery from breakups/divorce for teens and adults using the latest in rapid trauma techniques such as emdr, Brainspotting and hypnosis). Also specialized supportive therapy or coaching for a safer return to dating following a breakup/divorce. Singles support group also available. 

Pre-marital evaluations available. 

Day and evening hours/weekend availabile

Accepting new clients for the treatment of:

  • Relationship problems including infidelity, substance abuse, or "empty shell" marriages
  • Anxiety and Depression including panic disorder, ocd, excessive worry or phobias
  • Alcohol or drug abuse , compulsive gambling, eating disorders, etc.
  • Impulsive behavior (ADHD, adolescents, etc.)
  • Trauma treatment (childhood abuse, domestic violence, car accidents, betrayals, etc.)


Executive and life coaching are available for peak performance and life adjustment in areas such as peak executive performance, pre-retirement planning, and entrepreneurship as well and more personal areas such as substance abuse recovery, ADHD, relationship building and divorce adjustment.   See my coaching page https://www.drjohncoaching.com for more information.

Career Coaching (one-on-one guidance for first career decisions or for changing directions)

My approaches include both traditional psychotherapy and more rapid techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, and EMDR. I am certified in hypnosis by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), a group that only trains licensed healthcare professionals. I am Certified in Gottman Method therapy from the Gottman Institute for working with couples, a technique based on extensive scientific research about couples.

You can schedule an appointment right now by calling 615-337-6975.


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