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Our Approach

Because everyone and every situation is very different, there are no one-size-fits-all steps or processes that fully explains how we help.  So, perhaps it is more accurate to explain that we see each person as unique and valuable, cloaked in God-given beauty and glory, frequently engaged in a battle for their heart and the hearts of their family.  We have the sacred privilege of being invited to lock arms with you and your loved ones in the middle of the struggle.

Practice Areas

The following are six areas of practice that are unique to The Pratt Clinic.

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Psychiatric Medicine

Karen Pratt, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC begins with an initial evaluation.  Karen is very thorough in her first visit and gathers a detailed history in order to really understand your needs and the direction that would be best for you.  It is important to be ready to discuss any history you may have had with psychotropic medication, including the dates and dosage of medicines taken (if known) and any other medicines that may effect mood and behavior.

After the initial visit, Karen would like to follow up with you at least monthly at first.  It is important to schedule BEFORE your prescription runs out in order to make sure there is no lapse in therapy. She routinely talks with people about: 

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Post-partum depression

     

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Stress Management

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues 

Beginning medications means you are responsible for scheduling the follow-up visit before you run out  of medication.  Karen always tells you when to come back in, so be sure to give your self adequate time in making the appointment since Karen may be booked several weeks out.  

In the event you are not able to come to an appointment in person, Karen often makes use of telehealth services which is kind of like FaceTime video communication, except it is HIPAA compliant.

Pepper Pratt, Ph.D. and Laura Freeman, MAMFT see individuals, couples and families in psychotherapy, couples therapy and family therapy.  Karen Pratt does not see people in counseling, but only medication management.  

While people come with a variety of concerns, Dr. Pepper Pratt specializes in work with people who have undergone trauma, depression, anxiety and addictions.  Adults, teens and children as young as age ten are target areas for Dr. Pratt.  Individual therapy begins with an hour long assessment and may continue weekly or every other week to accomplish the goals set out in the assessment phase.  

Laura Freeman, MAMFT specializes in working with children and teens and focuses on family therapy as a catalyst for change.  ​

For individual therapy, topics frequently discussed are:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Weight Loss

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Pain Management 

  • Stress Management

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Sexual addiction.

  • Spirituality

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues 

Couples Therapy

Dr. Pepper Pratt takes couples counseling very seriously. In addition to advanced training in trauma (Allender Center Levels I and II, EMDR), Pepper has completed Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  

 

An important part of effective couples therapy is proper assessment. Rather than just "diving-in", Dr. Pratt understands that relationships are complex and that there are many dynamics at work that may contribute to the problem that brings a couple in.  In order for the relationship to be restored to health, the assessment process is kind of like a relationship CT Scan or MRI.  

 

The Gottman Method, used by Dr. Pratt, is a scientific, research-driven and evidence-based way of discovering areas of strengths and a couple's places of vulnerability.  It is not just Pepper “hanging out with you”, but a precise method for addressing the root problems in the relationship.  Before we bring intervention, we want as much precision as possible.  

We believe that marriage is sacred and there are very few relationships that we have ever encountered that we felt were hopeless.  Most, we believe, can be improved and become life-giving.  However, a bad relationship did not get that way over night and it will take focused energy and work to make it better.. 

If you are considering couples counseling, please read the full description of how we do this at the button below.

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Intensives

Dr. Pepper Pratt has found that more gets done with intensives sooner than a traditional weekly counseling arrangement.  This is ideal with couples and individuals with addiction issues.

Three Day Couples Intensive

In Jackson, Memphis, or Nashville, TN, Dr. Pratt will meet for three days with a couple to address issues of disengagement, high conflict, affairs, pending divorce, or other forms of marital discord.

 

The three-day intensive is preceded by an initial 90 minute interview, followed by the couple competing a battery of questionnaires from the Gottman Institute that gives insight into the nature of the problems in the marriage as well as any areas of individual concern.  The initial interview and the questionnaires should be completed within one week of the scheduled intensive.  Payment in full is required before the intensive can begin.  

 

The cost of the intensive is $2,500 if held in Jackson, TN and $3,000 if in Memphis or Nashville.  

 

Included in the cost of the intensive:

90 minute interview in person or by telehealth. This helps Dr. Pratt to understand not only the problems that are bringing you in, but also the larger story of your relationship.

Questionnaire administration and interpretation from the Gottman Institute. 

3 Six Hour days of intervention and therapy.  You will rediscover attraction, friendship, fondness and begin to dream together again.  During this intensive, there may be a number of follow-up recommendations to make sure you keep moving in the right direction.  Dr. Pratt uses the Gottman Method in which has has completed Level I and Level II training.  This method is evidence based and scientifically proven to help couples move away from behaviors that lead to divorce or termination of the relationship and toward a sound relationship.  (Learn more at https://www.gottman.com).

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Groups
Men's Group

Men's Group is a ten-week group that offers professional counseling in a group setting that deals with issues common to men. Sex, sexual addiction, anger, entitlement, relationships, and making peace with your past are topics that are frequently addressed.  Men in this group will be asked to write and present a story about the present (why am I here?)  and a story about a past, "shaping moment" that may have been instrumental in forming our style of relating and internal decision making process.  Each group is about 90 minutes.  Space is limited.   The cost is $30 per group and $250 (for all ten groups) if payment is made in full at the beginning.  

Story Group

Once or twice a year, The Pratt Clinic offers a coed Story Group. This is for individuals is usually an eight-to-ten week group that revolves around a "shaping story" from your past.  If we don't tell our stories, our stories tell us...Dan Allender.  So, participants write a story from a time in the past and share the story in the group setting with other participants.  When time allows, a second story may be shared.  The group time consists of some teaching and offering care, as a group, to those who have shared their story.

Women's  Group

Women's group; is a ten-week group that offers professional counseling in a group setting that deals with issues common to women.  Relationships, finding your voice, making peace with your past and managing emotions are topics frequently expressed.  Women in this group will be asked to write and present a story about the present (why am I here?)  and a story about a past, "shaping moment" that may have been instrumental in forming our style of relating and internal decision making process.  Each group is about 90 minutes.  Space is limited.   The cost is $30 per group and $250 (for all ten groups) if payment is made in full at the beginning.  

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Family Therapy

Laura Freeman, MAMFT trained through Northcentral University, receiving the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.

The name Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) can be misleading and cause people to think we only work with families and couples. While traditional therapy focuses more on the individual, MFT examines how an individual’s behavior affects both the individual and their relationship as part of a couple or family. In other words, we believe an individual can be understood apart from the system from which they come, whether that be a family, community or cultural. 

 

The range of physical and psychological problems treated by MFT include marital and couple conflict, parent and child conflict, life transitions, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual dysfunction, grief, distress, eating disorders, weight issues, children’s behavior problems, depression and anxiety.

So, we see families and relationships as the catalysts for positive change!  Even when there is an "identified client" who may be an individual, Laura may want to fully utilize the family to help bring about type fo change that is lasting.