Treatment outcomes at LFTC show that clients tend to do very well in therapy, no matter who their therapist is. With this in mind, we encourage you to pick a clinician who you think is the best fit, regardless of his or her licensure status or years of experience.
Meet our LFTC Therapists
J. Gregory Briggs, Ph.D., LMFT
Areas of special clinical interest include: marriage and health, research informed clinical practice, work-life balance, corporate consulting, entertainment industry stressors, couple conflict, divorce, sexual and physical trauma, sex therapy, parenting issues, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Dr. Briggs practices an evidence-based approach to therapy that includes cognitive-behavioral and emotionally focused interventions.
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Chris Gonzalez, Ph.D., LMFT
Areas of research and special clinical interest include: couple therapy, pre-marital therapy, adolescents, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, spirituality issues, and parenting. Dr. Gonzalez practices an evidence-based approach to therapy that includes narrative therapy, solution focused, and client-directed and outcome-informed interventions.
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M. Hunter Stanfield, Ph.D., TLMFT
Areas of special clinical interest include: men’s mental health and relationships, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and addiction, grief and loss, separation and divorce, high conflict couples, and the experience of burnout and compassion fatigue in the corporate world and helping professions (e.g., teachers, medical professionals, pastors, etc.). Dr. Stanfield’s approach to therapy is informed by factors such as self-determination theory, family systems theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, common factors, and several other research- and feedback-informed methods.
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Meet our LFTC Interns
LFTC is a training facility for graduate students in Lipscomb University's master of marriage and family therapy (MFT) program. LFTC interns are being trained to diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and other mental health problems while also addressing relationship concerns such as couple conflict and parent-child issues. They provide care under the supervision of AAMFT Approved Supervisors, giving LFTC clients the advantage of working with a treatment team as opposed to an individual therapist.
All LFTC interns adhere to the highest standards in the field by tracking client data, collaborating with one another, and committing to daily attempts to grow their clinical skill set, resulting in significant improvements for the average LFTC client.
Contrary to what many would expect, research shows that therapist experience is not a strong predictor of treatment outcome (e.g., Goldberg et al., 2016). In other words, therapists with decades of experience don’t necessarily get better results than less experienced clinicians. What a therapist does in therapy matters more than how long the therapist has been doing it.