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1,182 people sought LGBTQ+ counseling help in Maryland in the last year

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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 Annapolis, MD 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 Annapolis, MD 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?

Everyone deserves to feel safe and loved. However, this can be more difficult to achieve for people in the LGBTQ+ community. Many people in the LGBTQ+ community face adversity, discrimination, and violence from the people around them.

Unfortunately, adversity from society leads to a higher rate of mental health issues for people in the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression and have a higher rate of self-harm and substance abuse. The social stigmas experienced by people in the LGBTQ+ community can be challenging to navigate. Having someone to talk to about the issues you face can be so helpful for your mental health — we want you to know that support is available.

Having the space to discuss the issues in your life can help you overcome your challenges. Our mental health professionals are informed of the problems of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or individuals of any gender identity.

Whether you’re struggling with mental health issues, your sexual orientation, or just want someone to talk to, we think that support should be available to all. Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Annapolis, MD to set up your first appointment with a mental health professional. One of our team members can help you schedule your first session.

When Can a Counselor or Therapist Help?

There are many challenges that are unique to the LGBTQ+ community, like managing a gender transition or truly understanding your sexual identity. Working with a counselor or therapist that understands LGBTQ+ issues can help you overcome the problems you’re facing in life.

People visit a counselor or therapist for a wide variety of reasons. Some of the things our LGBTQ+ clients discuss during their sessions include:

  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Deciding how or when to come out
  • Family conflicts
  • Managing anger
  • Improving communication skills
  • Transcending gender roles
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse

Maybe you’re dealing with something else entirely — that’s ok. Our counselors and therapists have the skills and knowledge to help people with a wide variety of mental health issues and LBGTQ+ issues.

Working with a compassionate, sympathetic mental health professional can help you overcome the problems you’re facing in life. If you want to schedule an appointment with a therapist or counselor, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Annapolis, MD.

LGBTQ+ Counseling: What To Expect

Counseling can help everyone take the time to discuss their lives and learn how to move forward. However, many members of the LGBTQ+ community have unique needs that deserve to be handled in a more informed, compassionate way.

Our mental health professionals create a personalized experience for each of their clients. Your provider will get to know you, your situation, and your goals before creating an individualized treatment plan that makes sense for you. The things you’ll learn from your sessions will be unique to you and your needs.

For example, someone who is questioning their sexuality might want to discuss their past and how to move forward. Transgender individuals might want to discuss how they present themselves to the world and manage a gender transition. Someone dealing with strained family relationships might want to discuss how to solve problems and improve their family ties.

You’re in the driver’s seat throughout the therapeutic process. You’ll decide what to discuss during each session, and your provider will help you make valuable insights and overcome the obstacles you’re facing. Each session will go at your pace with your provider behind you every step of the way.

Working with a compassionate LGBTQ+ therapist or counselor can provide support for the problems you’re facing and help you live your best life. Contact us today to get started.

Schedule Your First Session at Thriveworks in Annapolis, MD

Do you want to work with one of our LGBTQ+ informed mental health professionals? Consider calling our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Annapolis, MD. You’ll speak with one of our scheduling specialists who can help you set up your first appointment.

Finding time for sessions can be difficult, but we provide many flexible options to help you schedule an appointment. We offer weekday, evening, and weekend appointment options. Our mental health professionals also provide online sessions via phone call or video chat.

Our providers are ready to help you deal with your problems. We’ll never put you on a waitlist, and most of our clients can have their first session very quickly — sometimes within just a day or two after calling.

Before you call, check to see if your health insurance coverage includes mental health care. We accept most major insurance plans to make our treatment more affordable and accessible.

We want to help you take control of whatever issues you’re facing in life. Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Annapolis, MD to start working with one of our qualified LGBTQ+ counselors.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Annapolis therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS PPO

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Annapolis is near General Highway and Housley Road. We share a building with The Councourse Group, and are near a Trusit Bank and Fedex Drop Off.

Phone number

(410) 498-6595

Languages spoken by MD providers

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