Therapy for LGBTQ Members in Alexandria, VA (Franconia)—Therapists and Counselors

Therapy for LGBTQ Members in Alexandria, VA (Franconia)—Therapists and Counselors

American culture is unquestioningly shifting toward inclusivity of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. Think about the attitude shifts that many celebrities have helped facilitate. Ellen brings sensitivity and kindness into many people’s homes every day. Will and Grace tackle LGBTQ challenges with endearing humor. Cam Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett portray a loving, honest couple, doing their best to raise their daughter. Think about the big legal wins that have been won for equality—in particular, marriage equality. However, as with any social progress, with every two steps forward, there is almost always a step backward. Many in the LGBTQ community still have daily marginalization and discrimination. Here are a few sobering statistics:

  • People who identify as LGBTQ are three times as likely than others to have a major mental health condition like generalized anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder.
  • Many people in the LGBTQ report dealing with “minority stress,” because of how they are treated differently than the majority population. Such treatment may include harassment, social exclusion, prejudice, denial of human rights, abuse, and family rejection.
  • While about 9 percent of the general population experiences substance abuse, as many as 30 percent of the LGBTQ communities does.
  • LGBTQ youth often face bullying, fear, hatred, and prejudice in their schools and homes.

Unfair and untrue social stigma still persist, and many in the LGBTQ community are suffering under their weight. The counselors, therapists, and life coaches at Thriveworks Alexandria, VA (Franconia) are sensitive and understanding of what their clients who identify as LGBTQ may be facing. Our professionals see each client for the individual who they are. We see their preferences, their strengths and weakness, their experiences, their challenges and opportunities. We know that that who they are physical, emotionally, and sexually matters, and we have helped many clients live in their truth.

What Is LGBTQ Sensitive Therapy?

Prioritizing one’s mental health often means prioritizing one’s truth and experiences. People need to be who they are, but it was just in the 1970s that the American Psychological Association stopped labeling homosexuality as a pathology. That is to say, as recently as the 1970s, the mental health field pathologized people for being who they are. It is a shame and stigma on the mental health community, and unfortunately, many therapists and counselors have still not come out of these antiquated and harmful labels. This dynamic has created a “dual stigma” for the LGBTQ community wherein they face greater mental health challenges, but they also have more difficulty finding a mental health professional who is sensitive to the unique issues they may face.

The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Alexandria understand the dual stigma. That is one of the reasons we offer sensitive and informed care to our clients who identify as LGBTQ. We know that every challenge has a context, and many in the LGBTQ community face a hostile and even abusive context. We work hard to build trust within the therapeutic relationship. Everyone needs a safe place. Everyone need somewhere to express their reality without being shamed. Your challenges are your challenges, and they should never be minimized.

This trust is often established as therapists and counselors listen. The beginning of a therapeutic relationship is often focused upon understanding. Therapists may inquire about…

  • What excites and energizes you?
  • The circumstances that brought you to counseling.
  • Are you in a relationship? Married? Dating?
  • How is your living situation?
  • Whether there is something you would like to change in your life.
  • Where you would like to be personally or professionally in a year…three years…five years?

When most people think of therapy, they may think about a person lying on a sofa, telling a stranger all their problems, setbacks, and shortcomings. Without a doubt, as has already be acknowledged, life’s difficulties are real and need to be processed, but therapy rarely focuses exclusively on the problem. It is often a much more positive process. Many times, people become more in touch with what they want in their personal and professional lives, and then they may learn how to achieve those goals.

LGBTQ sensitive therapy often addresses issues such as:

  • How and when to come out
  • Safety concerns
  • Dealing with discrimination and non-acceptance
  • Family concerns
  • Healthy communication
  • Depression
  • Dating and other relationships
  • Addiction
  • Gender and sexual identity
  • Eating disorders
  • Transcending gender roles
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Past trauma and abuse

Setting Up an Appointment at Thriveworks Alexandria for LGBTQ Therapy

Take a moment to consider what is going on in your life. Know that if you are experiencing discrimination, abuse, or marginalization because of who you are, we are sorry for what you are facing, and we are ready to stand by you. You do not have to navigate these challenges alone. The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Alexandria, VA (Franconia) are able and ready to give their support.

If you are ready to meet with a therapist who understands the myriad of challenges you are facing as an individual who identifies as LGBTQ, then, our therapists are ready to meet with you. When you call our office, a real person will answer (not an automated response). Your first appointment may be within 24 hours. There is no waitlist. We know you have a busy life, so we offer weekend and evening session. We also accept many forms of insurance.

You are worthy of inclusion and acceptance. Call Thriveworks Alexandria today.

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Great Experience

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My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
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A truly dedicated professional

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I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
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Excellent Experience

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Mary Alice was excellent to work with. I highly recommend!
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Mary Alice Fields

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Excellent and convenient help when you need it.
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Great place

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Not only does Mary Alice perform her duties in an exemplary manner following all protocols, she does so with empathy and caring.
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MaryAlice Fields

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MaryAlice is a talented counselor who helped me tremendously.
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Lolita is a very thoughtful therapist. She also has a good understanding of children as she worked with my son at the ages of 15 & 16. She was an advocate for him, and she was eager to work with him in goal-setting, which my husband and I appreciate very much. We may continue to seek our her assistance in the future should our needs change. Thank you for all of your help.
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Can’t thank you enough

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I was skeptical at first to open up to a complete stranger and express my problems and thoughts but Gelila made me feel completely comfortable within the first couple of sessions. She is very kind, a good listener, and extremely helpful. I have been talking to her for a couple of months and I feel instantly relieved of stress after our sessions. I can’t thank her enough for helping me out through tough times.
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Rebecca Fry is amazing

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Rebecca has been my therapist for almost a decade and I can not recommend her enough. She is thoughtful and caring, while also great at challenging and giving direct recommendations on how to deal with issues. She even stayed with me after I moved out of the area and worked to figure out a remote option. She has worked with me through many issues and remained a valuable resource I can rely on.
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Rebecca is incredible!

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I can't speak highly enough of Rebecca Fry - she is compassionate, patient, attentive, and encouraging. She is celebratory of growth and honest in her feedback without ever being critical or judgmental. For someone who was fearful of entering therapy, she embraced me with warmth and understanding. She has helped me tremendously by equipping me with practical coping mechanisms that are manageable and realistic but challenge unhealthy habits when necessary. On top of her professionalism - Rebecca is so easy to relate to and never makes me feel like I have anything to be ashamed of. She cares deeply for her patients and wants to help them lead healthier lives. She is an absolute treasure and I can't recommend her highly enough!!
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Highly Recommend Kayla Barnoski

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I would highly recommend Kayla Barnoski as a therapist. She is caring and knowledgeable. She listens and works with you to find a solution that works for your individual situation. She has experience with many age groups and is a hard worker. You will not be disappointed.
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Only one session so far, but it’s going well.

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Only one session so far, but it’s going well.
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I love Lisa Cornelius!

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I love my sessions with Lisa Cornelius! She helps me to work through issues and is just a fantastic listener!
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Lisa is great!

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Lisa is great! Easy to relate to and very helpful. I appreciate her flexibility as well.
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Loving my therapist!

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Loving my therapist!
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Great Counselor – Lisa Cornelius

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I'm so glad I found Lisa. She's an awesome therapist, and I really enjoy my visits with her!
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So far so good!!!!

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  • 6076 Franconia Rd Suite D,
    Alexandria, VA 22310

  • Mon-Fri:7AM-12AM
    Saturday:7AM-6PM
    Sunday:8AM-5PM

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