LGBTQ+ Therapy in Amherst, MA—Help for LGBTQ+ Issues

LGBTQ+ Therapy in Amherst, MA—Help for LGBTQ+ Issues

Most people would agree with us that there are more than two colors in the world. It’s obvious that there are thousands of colors, shades, and hues. The wide variety is part of what makes the world so beautiful and unique. Unfortunately, many people are still at odds with the spectrum of gender and sexuality. Although LGBTQ+ rights have come a long way, there is still too much pain and stress inflicted on the people who identify with the LGBTQ+ community.

If you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and are feeling alone, distressed, or trapped, Thriveworks Amherst is here to help you through this dark spot and into the life you deserve to have. We can’t make decisions for you or fight your battles, but our Thriveworks Amherst therapists and counselors will be your biggest supporters and guide you through this stage of your life.

With the weight of internal questions and social expectations and norms, it can be hard to know where you’re going, much less take steps to get there. Thriveworks Amherst has the tools and knowledge to help you work through the questions and pain and build the foundation for a great future. If you are tired of going it alone and want support in building your future, please give Thriveworks Amherst a call at (413) 634-4805.

What Topics Does LBGTQ+ Therapy Address?

People come to counseling for a never-ending list of questions, pains, and issues. And counseling for LGBTQ+ issues at Thriveworks Amherst is open to all of them. It’s a tragic fact that proportionally, LGBTQ+ persons will struggle with more depression, anxiety, and drug use than heterosexuals. The society we live in can often force hurt and fear onto these members. If you have been there, know that you aren’t alone. Thriveworks Amherst has seen people through some of the hardest times in their life, and although it seems impossible right now, you do have the strength to walk out of it.

A life where you are comfortable with yourself and environment is possible. You deserve to choose the path you walk down freely, and Thriveworks Amherst can be a steppingstone to help you get there.

There is never a too-big or too-small problem for counseling, and you should never be expected to handle something on your own. As humans, we aren’t meant to walk through life alone, and having someone in your corner can help hugely.

A few of the common topics brought up in LGBTQ+ counseling at Thriveworks Amherst include:

  • Social anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Depression
  • Past abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Family concerns
  • Self esteem
  • Issues in School or work

Thriveworks Amherst is looking forward to meeting you so we can start planning our way towards the life you’re excited about.

What Does LGBTQ+ Therapy Look Like?

At Thriveworks Amherst, our counselors will help you to both survive and thrive. We will walk with you through any previous pain you’ve experienced and help you build the life you’re excited to wake up to every day.

After we have a solid, healthy mental and emotional base to build off of, we can begin to grow. A lot goes into questioning your gender and/or sexuality, accepting it, remolding your life to reflect it, continuing to add to the image of who you are, and then putting yourself out there for the world to see. (Although no one’s life is completely put together, it shouldn’t have to be!)

You’re human, so you will always be exploring and adding pieces of yourself, even if they aren’t related to your gender or sexuality. A Thriveworks Amherst counselor’s goal is to ground you when everything is too much and feels like it’s getting out of control.

In a counseling session, we might bring up:

  • What your passions and goals are
  • What your strengths are and how to use them
  • How to find and harness your confidence
  • Defining your goals and working on a plan to accomplish them
  • Coming-out to friends and family
  • Overcoming social barriers as you pursue your career (anything from opening up your own business to moving up in the corporate ladder)
  • Transitioning to a new home or phase of life (like going to college)
  • And of course, working through the previously mentioned hardships that can come from the hardships of living.

There’s a quote that sums up LGBTQ+ therapy nicely: “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”

Schedule LGBTQ+ Therapy at Thriveworks Amherst

Counseling is first and foremost the nurturement of the human soul. Sometimes, that might mean recovering from a trauma or working through depression. Other times, that means learning how to talk to your parents about your gender and sexuality or how to start a business as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Whatever you are facing, Thriveworks Amherst’s LGBTQ+ therapy looks forward to overcoming it with you. Please call us today at (413) 634-4805 so we can start the journey with you.

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Rosemary Sheola

Rosemary Sheola is a warm and caring person. She is a good listener and helped me through a difficult period in my life. In her role as a Crisis Clinician, Rosemary has provided critical support to many people in mental health crisis. She brings that extensive experience and knowledge to her counseling practice.
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Yvette Cooper

I have had the privilege of working with, and knowing Yvette Cooper for the last 3 years. Her compassion, caring nature, and knowledge she brings is second to none. Her dedication to her client’s and their well being is something anyone looking for therapeutic services would be happy to find in her. I can’t recommend Yvette enough!
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Kristen Kocot: empathy and integrity in counseling

I've had the privilege of knowing and working with Kristen Kocot, a counselor in Amherst, since January 2019. We met in person after she heard my appearance on SiriusXM's Karen Hunter Show. Since then, we have co-created and presented continuing education material at conferences in Massachusetts. As a traumatic brain injury survivor, I value Kristen's approach to therapy perhaps more than the average person. Her dedication to the whole recovery - immediate release from hospital/clinic, adjustment and acclimation to what life now is, facing the roller coaster that can fuel life post-trauma, pairing the clinical with the personal - sets her apart from many of the therapists I have known. I wholeheartedly recommend Kristen Kocot and sessions with her.
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Dr. Gregory Handel

Dr. Gregory Handel is not only an exceptional psychologist but is an exceptional human being as well. Always going above and beyond to provide support, care, and love for those in need. This man exemplifies all the right qualities of a counselor, he is patient, listens intently, and is honest, always. No matter what struggle or conflict you may have endure or are enduring, Dr. Greg Handel will always do everything in his power to help you through it. Filled with compassion, empathy, and wisdom, there is no one in the therapeutic industry better qualified.
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Sarah Hoxie

Sarah is a strong clinician who responds to clients and families with genuine compassion, sound clinical judgment, and an accessible, caring personality. I trust Sarah implicitly and would recommend her without hesitation.
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Dave Zellmer

I was fortunate to work with Dave for several years in supporting the success of clients. He brings a wealth of experience and training in providing high quality therapy. Dave is one of the most positive, trusted and competent therapists I've known. All would agree that Dave is a delight to work with!
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Dave Zellmer

I was fortunate to work with Dave for several years in supporting the success of clients. He brings his wealth of experience, and training in providing high quality therapy. Dave is one of the most positive, trusted and competent therapists I've known. All would agree that Dave is a delight to work with!
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clinician character endorsement

Sarah H. has shown to have extensive clinical knowledge. She illustrates sound clinical judgement and extraordinary people skills. Sarah is very passionate about her work and she is always compassionate and empathetic toward her clients and colleagues. Sarah brings a warm, calming presence and it is a great privilege to work alongside her.
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Kindness and Compassion

Sarah Hoxie is a highly skilled clinician who takes the time to get to know each patient and the greater family system. Her compassion, patience, and kindness help patients feel at ease and safe to share their stories. She is dedicated to find the right treatment approach and intervention for each unique case.
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Authentic Support

My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed Greg's guidance and support in our marriage. He has been knowledgeable and authentic in his counsel.
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Superb crisis intervention

Our family has benefited numerous times from Greg Handel's wisdom & insight when dealing with anger issues, frustration, disappointment and anxiety!
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