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9,331 people sought LGBTQ+ counseling help in Virginia in the last year

Discover how starting LGBTQ+ counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting LGBTQ+ counseling

What is LGBTQ+ counseling?

LGBTQ+ counseling is a type of queer affirmative counseling dedicated to assisting individuals and couples in navigating the intricate intersections of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and mental health, with a primary goal of fostering well-being, self-acceptance, and affirming a client's life experiences as a queer individual. Although not all LGBTQ+ individuals seek specialized counseling, a substantial number discover vital support and empathy within these inclusive and affirming therapeutic settings.

How does LGBTQ+ counseling work?

Thriveworks LGBTQ+ counseling in Alexandria, VA typically begins with an initial assessment to understand your specific needs. LGBTQ+ counselors aim to create a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment for anyone within the LGBTQ+ community by encouraging self-acceptance and offering an understanding of your identity and experiences. The therapy addresses issues like coming out, discrimination, mental health challenges, and gender transition, and provides support for LGBTQ+ relationships.

Why is LGBTQ+ counseling important?

LGBTQ+ counseling is incredibly important because it can help queer individuals accept their identity, learn self-love, and give them important tools for facing the challenges of being a queer person in today's society, among many other benefits. LGBTQ+-affirming therapists can understand the unique perspective and experiences of queer individuals as they help them process past trauma, address family conflicts, treat issues with anxiety, and more.

Is LGBTQ+ counseling conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks LGBTQ+ counseling in Alexandria, VA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does LGBTQ+ counseling last?

The number of sessions for LGBTQ+ counseling depends on the specific needs and goals of the individual. It could encompass a relatively limited series of sessions or extend into a longer counseling plan. The precise quantity and duration of sessions typically emerge through collaborative discussion with the counselor, taking into account the client's progress and their therapeutic objectives.

Need more help deciding?

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.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Alexandria therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Alexandria
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.9 Learn about verified reviews
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I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Read more I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Marjorie Feb 2024
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★★★★★
At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Read more At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Horace Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Read more Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Horace Jan 2024
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★★★★
I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Read more I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Ed Jan 2024
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★★★★★
My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Read more My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Louisa Dec 2023
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★★★★
Love our therapist.
Heidi Dec 2023
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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.
Read more 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.
Alexandria Mar 2021
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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.
Read more 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.
Alexandria Jan 2021
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alexandria is located off of Franconia Rd., just behind Oak Tree Plaza. We share a building with MRM Associates. Right next door to us is a MakeSpace, and the closest bus stop is at Franconia Rd. & Beulah St.

Phone number

(703) 454-8246

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • Portuguese
  • English
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm

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