About Us

Our Mission

Lifestyle Therapy & Coaching mission is to help you achieve Total Health & Well Being. Our desire is to get you where you want to be.

We offer Marriage & Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy. Our goal is for you to gain the healing God expressed his desire for you to experience in 3 John 1:2. We all have challenges that sometimes are very difficult to get through. An astute assessment with wise counsel can make a world of difference in your life. It is important that we seek out the advice of others who have the wisdom and knowledge we need to make good decisions. Research indicates there are numerous benefits in seeking professional assistance when dealing with many common issues faced by families and individuals. Hopefully we can become your resource for insight and intervention.

Marriage & Family Therapists

Marriage and Family therapists are mental health professionals with a minimum of a master’s degree and two years supervised clinical experience. Marriage and Family therapists (commonly referred to as MFTs or family therapists) are trained and licensed to independently diagnose and treat mental health and substance abuse problems. Marriage and family therapy is one of the core mental health disciplines and is based on the research and theory that mental illness and family problems are best treated in a family context. Trained in psychotherapy and family systems, marriage and family therapists focus on understanding their clients’ symptoms and interaction patterns within their existing environment. MFTs treat predominantly individuals, but also provide couples, family and group therapy. Whomever the client, Family Therapists treat from a relationship perspective that incorporates family systems.


Proper use of food is essential for our health and well-being. Dietitians are experts in dietetics; that is, human nutrition and the regulation of diet. A dietitian advises people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or to achieve a specific health-related goal. Clinical dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy for patients in institutions such as hospitals and nursing care facilities. They assess patients’ nutritional needs, develop and implement nutrition programs, and evaluate and report the results. They confer with doctors and other healthcare professionals in order to coordinate medical and dietary needs. Claudia Follette is available to provide your health and nutrition treatment.

Our Plan is to help you achieve Total Health & Well Being.

Our Purpose is to allow God to use our education, talents and abilities to help support and maintain strong marriages and families.

Our Premise is to provide all clients with effective professional services.

Our Promise is to:

  • Utilize the systems model along with other treatment theories and methodologies to provide effective treatment
  • Maintain strict confidentiality for all clients.
  • Respect the wishes of all clients.
  • Help maintain, restore, and support health and well-being in our community.

Our Philosophy and Method:

  • Our philosophy is that effective treatment produces change that is measurable. We include assessment, Psycho-education and therapy in our treatment to reinforce the development of beliefs that support emotional and relational health. Assessment will give you and the therapist insight into your thoughts and beliefs that might be causing you problems. Psycho-education gives you an opportunity to modify conceptualizations of past painful experiences with new healthy beliefs. Therapy provides interaction with a skilled listener who will redirect your mind along pathways that will help you reach your goals. Therapist led group therapy helps you create a new normal through interaction with others who provide valuable feedback, powerful examples and loving support. Weekly throughout treatment your recovery is assessed to ensure you are progressing toward your goals. READ MORE


Our Practitioners

Joseph L Follette Jr

Joseph L. Follette, Jr., M.Div., M.S., LMFT-CEO

Joseph L. Follette, Jr. , owner of Lifestyle Therapy and Coaching and author of forthcoming book, “Return to Love and Get the Sizzle Back in Your Marriage”, is an ordained minister and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with many years experience addressing issues in marriage, parenting, relationships, depression, anxiety, anger, communication, premarital, etc.  Joe is a positive upbeat individual with a warm and friendly personality. He enjoys laughter and loves to see the spark of life return in his clients. He specializes in helping couples return to love and achieve Sizzling Hot Marriages especially after growing up in dysfunctional homes. He accepts speaking opportunities, offers family life seminars and retreats.

Joe earned a Master’s of Divinity from Andrews University, Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from The University of Southern Mississippi and has studied toward his PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy at Amridge University. More about Joe.

Claudia Follette, Dietetic

Claudia Follette, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.

Claudia Follette is a Licensed Registered Dietitian with expertise in Medical Nutrition Therapy and Health Coaching. Claudia has over 20 years of experience as a Nutrition Therapists working with patients with renal disease, HIV/AIDS, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure. As our Nutrition & Wellness Therapist she will help you reach your health goals and provide treatment for cholesterol and blood pressure management, weight control, blood sugar management, emotional and compulsive eating, metabolic syndrome, healthy digestive system functioning, and family nutrition. 

Claudia’s Website

John Paul Ruffin, B.S., M.S., LPC

John Paul Ruffin is a Licensed Profession Counselor with the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (License #3353). He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology. Mr. Ruffin has been working in the field of Psychology since 2001. His experience ranges from program development, individual counseling, home assessments, group therapy, couples counseling, teaching, substance abuse counselor, family therapy, seminars on many different topics, and much more.

John Paul Ruffin has a passion for families and the home. He believes that anyone seeking help can find it, they just need someone to help them gain insight and perspective while providing tools that will assist those individual in achieving mental health. He believes a well-trained counselor doesn’t give advice but challenges his client to see the full picture and range of choices. They also give tools that will assist the client in reaching their goals and full potential.

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