Testimonials

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(Testimonials graciously provided are posted anonymously to preserve confidentiality)

 

“Chris came so highly recommended that it outweighed my hesitance to make my first appointment. I have found him to be a consummate professional, a welcoming gentle spirit who is intuitive and insightful. He is a man with a deeply held belief in the capacity of us humans to make positive changes. By helping me to identify and challenge the false beliefs and outdated behaviors that have been central to my adulthood struggles, his observations and inquiries have helped me regain a hopeful optimism I thought was irretrievably lost. I would wholeheartedly suggest him to anyone I knew who was struggling and seeking the supportive guidance of a mental health professional.”

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“I started working with Chris to gain some clarity with regard to my marriage and possible divorce. He was recommended by my husband’s therapist. Chris is wonderful- he is open-minded, accepting, and challenging when necessary, but always offers his compassion. Working with him truly feels like a collaborative effort and I feel he genuinely cares. I had one prior experience with therapy many years ago. Chris is on another level! Having someone neutral to speak with when you’re stuck is the greatest gift you can give yourself.”

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“I had never seen a therapist for an extended period of time before I started to see Chris Hancock. And I didn’t know just how important it was either. I came into it thinking he could help me out with my temporary relationship issues and I didn’t think too much past that. But, what I have experienced has been much more profound. I had no idea how much his help would affect me. Within the first year,I had a pretty serious shift in my thinking and how I dealt with issues with my family and long-term partner. He helped me sort out what felt like a million jumbled things in my brain, and from there I have been able to really truly grow as a person, as a man, and as a partner myself. I cannot say enough about how he has amazingly impacted my life and helped me figure out who I am in this crazy world.”

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“Chris has earned my respect; he genuinely cares about his clients and is a deft guide to discovering truth. For me, that discovery is the product of a compassionate, safe place to explore challenging ideas. My life is directly better as a result.”

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“My first instinct is to say that Chris has changed my life. Truly, though, he accomplishes something greater: He has helped me change my life for the better. After years of frustration with a medication-only approach to depression and anxiety, I elected to add psychotherapy to my treatment. By luck or providence, I found Chris. From our first session he employed a patient, reassuring, and informed approach that had me shelving self-critical terms like “lazy” for larger concepts like avoidance. Through our subsequent investigation of my learned behaviors and coping mechanisms, I discovered Chris doesn’t present himself as an oracle. Rather, he subtly ushers me through a comforting, safe and judgment-free framework in which we unveil a deeper understanding of me. It’s not all theoretical though. He offers practical coaching (scripts, role-playing) for specific situations. He cheers successes and cushions failures–prompting examination all the while–with an innate ability to know when to push and when to give space. For me, his steadying and reflective presence is directly responsible for my increasing capacity for self-awareness, healthy boundaries, and determination to risk more in order to stake a claim to the life I want.”

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“I knew what my problem was but I didn’t know how to solve it.  Chris helped me find the solution and pinpoint what I could do about it.  My life is changed for the better and something that felt so weighty has now been lifted off my shoulders.”

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“I have been going to Chris for therapy for 8 years (on & off). My initial reason for seeking therapy was to deal with the grief of losing my mom to cancer, but over the years Chris and I have worked on many aspects of my life. He has helped me with relationship issues, navigating a separation and divorce, and handling health and financial troubles. Chris is very easy to talk to, sympathetic, and supportive. He has been there for me during some of the darkest times of my life, and I am happy to say that now I am able to handle most, if not all, of my personal conflicts on my own using the methods I learned from him. I appreciate his progressive points of view, as well as his support of my spiritual side. I have recommended many people to Chris and will continue to do so. Most of all, Chris has helped me know myself better.”

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“Before I started working with Chris, I had a deep mistrust of the therapeutic process and worried that the job of the therapist was to reform rather than support or help me. When I was younger, I had a couple of bad experiences — with a grief counselor (who wanted to give me a meditation tape on our first meeting) and with a psychoanalyst (who wanted to give me pills on our first meeting). I felt as though they wanted to fix me rather than know or understand me. I feared how uncomfortable it would be for me to share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences with another person in an intimate one-on-one conversation. Underneath all of my fears, my instincts told me to trust Chris and stay with it, and I’m so deeply that glad that I have. Chris creates an environment where it is safe for me to share in ways that I didn’t know were possible for me. I trust Chris with these things because I know that he is present with me in our conversations — full of compassion and without judgment. I have experienced tremendous benefits from working with Chris over the years. He is a truly gifted guide.”

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“I continue to do my deepest work in therapy with Chris. His willingness to meet you where you are in your journey is a beautiful gift. He is an accepting, caring, empathetic and genuine person whom I wholeheartedly recommend.”

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“I began therapy with Chris one year after my husband passed away, suddenly, at a young age. After surviving the first year of shock on my own with the help of family and friends, I knew I wanted (and needed) a therapist to help me manage the many deep layers of grief I was beginning to feel and was terrified to experience alone. I am so thankful a therapist friend of mine referred me to Chris. I felt like he understood the magnitude of my pain, let me share things at my own pace, and his compassion and patience have helped me to be patient with myself throughout my journey. It has been particularly helpful for me to have a male therapist to work on my grief, as well as other challenging areas for me. Chris’s professionalism and ethics have helped me to feel comfortable exploring topics I wasn’t sure I would be able to talk about with a man. I have now worked with him for a few years and he has been a steadfast support for me as I figure out what changes I want to make in my life, encouraging me to listen to myself and take chances that feel right.”

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“Chris has worked with me for more than a year. He has helped me find my Inner Voice/Guidance, and he has helped me implement and work through very difficult decisions and circumstances. Chris has great wisdom and intuition.”

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“My work with Chris began many years ago when he was running a men’s early recovery group at a treatment center in NYC.  After that, I went on to work with a couple other therapists through that center, which was my first exposure to individual therapy.  Years later our paths crossed again when we both moved to Nashville, and I have been working with him again since 2007.  I’ve done individual and group therapy with Chris, both of which have been very beneficial.  Chris has been an important part of my recovery and life on and off for close to 15 years now, and it would be hard to explain all the ways in which he has helped me.  I think if I had to sum it up I would say that: Chris has helped me find my own truth and answers.  While I’ve wanted him to “give me the answers” at times (especially during the tough times), he instead encourages me to continue to do my own work while he guides and supports me in that process.  I can’t recommend him enough, and I could go on- but I think I’ll stop there and let you find out for yourself.”

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“I came to Chris very reluctant to participate in therapy. That was eight years ago. Working with Chris has changed my life.”

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“I found Chris through his website and immediately sensed his authenticity, intelligence and lovely sense of humor. I was nervous making the fist call reaching out for help but my emotional chaos and feelings of profound emptiness just simply couldn’t go on. I was terrified that I was so deep in darkness that it would be impossible to climb out, even with therapy. But I couldn’t stuff it down any longer. Slowly, at my own pace, through Chris’s very beautiful, experienced compassionate and highly knowledgeable therapy, I learned to shine a light in that darkness and look around. I became embodied. I love the Internal Family Systems work. The imagery really connected me with my natural intuition touching the deepest parts of my being; the truth of who I am. He showed me how to access my innate courage and then, by my own choice and pace, to go together to places that frighten me. There is something very special that happens when thoughts and feelings, such as shame, anger, addictions, controlling behaviors, etc are witnessed by someone entirely safe and supportive. It releases the burden and allows these experiences to blossom into wisdom, compassion, grace and unconditional love. Chris taught me how to feel, know, and practice unconditional love for myself. With this comes beautiful surrender, forgiveness, acceptance, and therefore, healing. The inner peace I now know and feel as my truth is so pure, ineffable, unbelievable, divine, indescribable, boundless, limitless. And, of course, this is evident in all areas of my life- my friendships, health, excitement about living, passions, and my life purpose. I now realize that my darkest days are the biggest gifts. Once unburdened, they catapult my spiritual growth to another level. I feel I have blossomed in a whole new world. Chris is a human spiritual guide, especially with the big topics, such as my boundaries, my true self, what is “out there” and “in here” being the same, my soul, and so on. Anything is open for discussion in his office and the very comfy couch is a beautiful place for conversation. I am eternally thankful he is alongside me on my journey.”

CHRIS HANCOCK, LCSW

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