Frequently Asked Questions

1.       Do you work with couples together or separately?

Both. Mostly I work with both spouses together in the session.  On rare occasions I work with a couple primarily through individual sessions with each. On occasion I supplement couples counseling with an individual session with one or both partners.

2.       What kind of couples do you primarily work with?

Most couples come to me at a crossroads in their relationship where the need is to restore intimacy or rebuild trust or both. So there is a measure of healing that needs to take place. Many couples come to me because of a conflict issue or a conflict style of relating to one another.  Some couples just need the equivalent of a chiropractic adjustment while some couples need surgery. The common denominator is that both couples have at least one partner declaring that just maintaining the status quo is no longer an option. Something must change. And both couples are saying we need help getting unstuck.

3.       My spouse is resistant to counseling right now?  Do you still recommend counseling and will you see me?

Yes. One of the things many clients have found helpful is my assisting them in engaging and responding to a resistant spouse. One of the tough issues we tackle is how to deal with a partner who is emotionally detached or even hostile, will not acknowledge shared ownership of the relationship problem, or who seems set against change.

4. While I do have a relationship issue, I want to come to counseling alone for right now. Is that okay?

Yes, I certainly respect that.

5.       Do you counsel with children?

I counsel exclusively with adults.  As a marriage therapist I often counsel with parents who have child/parenting concerns as a part of their relationship stress.   But when the need is for counseling directly with a child or teens I make referrals to skilled and caring counselors who specialize with that population.

6.       I know you mostly do relationship counseling but I heard from a friend of mine that you also do a lot of counseling with individuals, especially people struggling with depression.

That’s true. On the home page of this website you’ll see my areas of specialization in working with couples as well as individuals. I’ve written books about some of the areas listed there. One of the key books is about depression, which happens to contain some of my journal entries from my own personal battle with the monster several years ago.  I know what it feels like to suffer and I know what the journey of recovery looks like and requires.

7.       How long will counseling last?

That really depends on your goals for counseling. My training is in short-term solution-based therapy.  I’m available for as long as you genuinely need guidance, but I don’t believe in dragging out counseling and searching for more to discuss when you are satisfied with your progress and growth.

8.       How often are sessions?

Weekly sessions are the norm, but I have many clients who come every other week. Factors which may influence appointment scheduling are the nature of the client’s issue or concern, sense of urgency, motivation, work schedule, and yes their budget. I’m flexible about scheduling because I understand there are a number of factors that influence a client’s availability.

9.       Since you mentioned budget, this is probably a good place to ask how much you charge.

My fee is $160 for a full one-hour session.

10.   Would it offend you if I asked what the going rate for counselors is?

Not at all. Whether it is counseling or getting your roof repaired I think you should know what comparable rates are in your area. You’ll find I’m in the mid-range of cost for professional counselors. I think it is very important to view working with any counselor as an investment, not just as expense.  I think you have to ask yourself what a healed heart or a restored marriage is worth, not just what an hour of counseling is worth. To be really frank, you are not paying for a counselor’s time, you are buying results–a changed life, peace of mind, a transformed marriage.

11.   What payment options are available? Do you take insurance?

Clients pay at the time of session by check or cash. I’m sorry but I do not take insurance.

12.   What are your office hours?

I offer appointments Monday through Thursday with the first session beginning at 7:30 AM and the last session beginning at 4:30 PM. (If the need is for sessions later than 4:30 I have a colleague in the office who takes a limited number of evening sessions.)

13.    Can you tell us something about your background and maybe your family?

I grew up in North Carolina and knew since I was a junior in high school that I wanted to be a therapist. I graduated from Wake Forest University as a psychology major and completed my Master’s degree in counseling at Florida State University and later my Doctoral degree in counseling from Newburgh Seminary.   I am a licensed marriage & family therapist (TN license #1006) and I have been a clinically certified marriage & family therapist (AAMFT) since 1987. I’m a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. In addition to private practice I have served as a counselor and assistant pastor in large churches in NC, SC, Florida, and Tennessee. In NC I had the privilege of working alongside and learning from Dr. Gary Chapman with whom I later wrote three books. My wife, Dorrie, and I have been married for 26 years and we have two teenage sons.

14.   What if I have other questions?

Please don’t hesitate to ask. You may call me or e-mail your question to me

at ramonpresson@gmail.com

The Most Published Practicing Therapist in Tennessee

Ramon is the creator and co-author with Dr. Gary Chapman of Love Talks for Couples and Love Talks for Families.

He is also the author of five Serendipity House/LifeWay books:

Vital Pursuits: Developing My Spiritual Life;

Intentional Choices: Discovering Contentment in Stressful Times

Recovering From Divorce: Overcoming the Death of A Dream;

Radical Reconciliation: The Journey of Forgiveness

Beyond the Shadows: Hope for Overcoming Depression.

He is co-author of The Secret Seductress: Breaking the Destructive Cycle of Pornography

Ramon’s newest book "When Will My Life Not Suck? Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned" was released in 2011.

A weekly newspaper columnist, Presson has written feature articles for Marriage Partnership, Discipleship Journal, Christian Single, and Single Adult Ministry Journal.

Magazine Articles

Travels With Louise & Clark: Helping Couples Become Explorers Again
(Marriage Partnership)

Mission Trips Without Guilt Trips
(Discipleship Journal)

The Dating Speedway
(Published in Christian Single)

Newspaper Columns

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