Beverly Hills LGBTQ Counseling

LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy in Beverly Hills, MI—Counselors

Important strides have been made, advancing the human rights of those within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning community. Important strides still need to be made, advancing the human rights of those within the LGBTQ community. As with many issues, cultural change within the legal system and within community values takes times. It is important to enjoy the increased acceptance that has been won as well as the legal battles that have secured human rights. It is also important to acknowledge that those within the LGBTQ community experience high rates of discrimination and marginalization and that these people are paying a high cost. The rates of addiction, anxiety, and depression are higher among people who identify as LGBTQ, but they often have more difficulty finding affirmative mental health care.

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…
it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” ― Harvey Milk

Living with the freedom to be oneself is one of the most important principles of good mental health. People were born for freedom. They deserve the independence to express their own strengths and weaknesses, their likes and dislikes, their sexuality and gender. People who identify at LGBTQ often encounter more roadblocks to this freedom than others, and they also experience more harm from those roadblocks than others. The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Beverly Hills understand the unique challenges that the LGBTQ community faces, and our counselors and therapists are committed to providing affirmative and holistic care.

LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy

Just because living in the freedom of being one’s true self is important, it does not mean that it is easy. Sometimes, friends, family members, co-workers, and communities are not supportive of our freedom. At times, we can even be unsure of what our truth even is. That is why safety is foundational to any therapeutic relationship. When mental health care is a safe place, people often experience the right environment to question, remember, dream, speak, and plan without being shamed or without any judgment. Within such an environment, people’s sense of their true self often strengthens. They can draw upon their inner strength to make important but difficult changes because they know that it means to trust, speak truth, and experience self-acceptance. Often, people who identify at LGBTQ are facing a more difficult road to self-acceptance and need extra support for the journey.

What are some of those roadblocks that members of the LGBTQ community face? They experience more harassment, discrimination, and rejection than those in the general population experience, and this psychological and emotional abuse comes with a steep prices. The following is a small glance what how this plays out in daily life:

  • The substance abuse rate for the general population is 9 percent, but 30 percent of those within the LGBTQ community are fighting substance abuse.
  • The greater rates of social exclusion, family rejection, harassment, abuse, human rights violations, and prejudice that people who identify as LGBTQ experience often leads to experiencing an on-going and severe “minority stress” that causes both mental and physical health problems.
  • LGBTQ youth who are between 10-24 are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their cis-gendered or straight peers.
  • LGBTQ youth are also face higher rates of bullying, prejudice, fear, and hatred at home and at school.
  • Major mental disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder, are diagnosed within the LGBTQ community three times more than within other populations.

These statistics are sobering, but there is more. It is clear that many within the LGBTQ community need mental health care, but the mental health field has not always been a safe place for them. In 1973, the American Psychological Association stopped pathologizing homosexuality, but many practitioners continue in their bias. Thus, the LGBTQ community often experiences a “dual stigma:” they need mental health care but have extra difficulty finding it. Thriveworks Beverly Hills offers LGBTQ affirmative therapy because we hope to be part of the solution to this dual stigma, and more and more, people who identify as LGBTQ are finding the mental health care they need. Once our therapists and clients have developed a trusting therapeutic relationship, they often delve deep into an individual’s life. There is no set agenda for therapy, but many times, clients who identify as LGBTQ want to address topics such as:

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

Scheduling Appointments at Thriveworks Beverly Hills for LGBTQ Affirmative Counseling

What is happening in your life today? If you are experiencing rejection, discrimination, or abuse because of who you are, we are sorry, and we are ready to help. If you are ready to meet with a therapist, our professionals are ready to meet with you. When you call our office, a scheduling specialist will answer your call and help you make an appointment. New clients often meet with their therapist the following day. We also offer evening and weekend sessions. We know that dealing with life is hard enough—scheduling therapy should not be hard. We also accept many forms of insurance that may help offset the cost. Call Thriveworks Beverly Hills today.

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Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 14 5 1 14 reviews. See all reviews
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Great therapist

Andrea Golden is easy to talk with and goes or of her way to give a balanced perspective.
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Lindsey is great!

I had the honor of working with Lindsey at a previous job and she is one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. Lindsey listens intently to everyone and is open to people from all walks of life. Lindsey is knowledgeable and passionate about advocating for mental health. This makes Lindsey a great leader and counselor. I would refer anyone I know to Lindsey!
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I’ve known Tammy Wagstaff for quite some time. She was very helpful to me for finding my strengths and improving my working and personal relationships. She is a good listener and is able to “see” my point of view . I would highly recommend this counselor
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Review for Sandra Quigley

*****I have been a patient of Sandra's for nearly 2 years now and I really can't say enough good things about her work with me. She is a true Christian counselor and that was exactly the perspective I needed to guide me down the path God was trying to lead me. She definitely strengthened my faith and made many of life's big problems seem like small speed bumps when looking at the big picture!! I highly recommend Sandra Q. if you are looking for the someone who honestly cares about you and the journey you are on. Remember, there’s ultimately only one way to peace in your life, and that’s to walk daily with the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus!! *****
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I really enjoyed meeting Melissa.

I really enjoyed meeting Melissa. It was easy to converse with her. She was very professional but completely relatable too. I would definitely recommend Thriveworks!
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Moving with meaning

Much Gratitude Christine, You're helping me become the best version of myself. The self I've always pictured the vision is clear and I am ready to LIVE!!
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I wouldn’t recommend it – one of the worst therapists I’ve ever seen

The doctor (PhD) I saw for therapy decided, on the second session, to pay more attention to doing things on his phone than to listening to me. He thought he was hiding what he was doing behind his portfolio, but he was not. I could see the reflection of what he was doing, and he was looking down more than up. He was pretending to listen but didn't do a very good job of that, because when I stopped talking, he would incorrectly try to restate what I said or, make a comment on what I said which turned out to not be relevant because it was clear he wasn't listening. He did not seem to want to be there. It was a horrible experience. I called the next day to complain to the lady on the phone, and got a sincere "I'm sorry" and that's it. When I got the bill (very expensive, by the way), I have been attempting to call the office to pay it over the phone but I keep getting told that the people that do the billing are currently busy and that I should call back. It should not be that difficult for someone to take a credit card number and apply it to my bill, especially a bill I shouldn't have to pay due to horrible service. I hope the other therapists at Thriveworks are better than the one I selected, and actually have interest in helping their patients.
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Couldn’t be happier

We couldn't be happier with the staff and help we have received for our family at the practice. Christine has been particularly helpful in assisting myself and our family get back on track.
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Comfortable, private space for anyone and everyone in the family to get the personal time and space they need.
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She helped change my life

Dear Marcy, I can't thank you enough for recommending your therapist Dawn Gaden to me. She has helped change my life. I have always struggled with feeling misunderstood. But recently I fell into a deep depression; beyond something I could resolve myself. Therapy was required for my recovery. Since childhood I have been weary of therapists because I would talk through my problems but I didn't get tools and strategies to handle my problems better. Dawn has changed that. For the first time I leave each appointment not only relieved from having talked my issues through, but more importantly with tools to help me move forward. She has introduced me to methods I had considered silly, but now I could live without. I am proud of the person I am becoming and the journey I have chosen to take. Thank you for all you have done to change my life and my family's future.
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She Inspires Hope

I found Sandra Quigley on the web while searching for a Christian counselor. I was having a lot of anxiety about making a career change. She not only helped through the anxieties, she also helped me with concerns in my personal life. Sandra's non-judgmental and compassionate approach, made me feel comfortable and hopeful.
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Karen Waldrop

Ms. Waldrop is an active listener and excellent problem solver. She offers practical resolutions to everyday problems for those suffering with depression, life changes, anxiety, and stress. She provides empathy in a quiet manner with a gentle sense of humor. She is capable to offer a variety of tools for those seeking positive and lasting life changes. If you are seeking someone with whom you can discuss your deepest personal issues in a confidential manner I would highly recommend Ms. Karen Waldrop as your therapist.
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Everything I needed

I found Sandra Quigley in the back of a magazine (Psychology Today). I desperately needed someone to talk to. Newly retired with plenty of time to allow my mind to take over my life, I felt constantly anxious and very out of sorts. Enter Sandra Quigley- compassionate, non-judgmental, kind, and gentle. She is everything that I needed to heal myself. I had never talked to a therapist before, so this was a new venture. It was very important to me that I find someone with whom I could feel comfortable. Right away, I felt comfortable. I did have assignments; I never was prescribed a single drug. She went out of her way to help me specifically with my issues- finding me articles, books, telling stories. I never felt uncomfortable; I felt and still feel that my time with Sandra is valuable. With Sandra’s help, I have unearthed a much calmer, happier, together self that now wakes up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. We all have our baggage- I never once realized that I could unpack that bag and put my crap away. I now get to walk through life so much lighter!!
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So helpful!

I really love the helpful and peaceful approach at Thriveworks. I have known Marcy for a long time and her ability to work through tough spots and discuss personalities makes her a lot of fun for me. Time flies when we chat and that is a good thing for a guy like me who is always worried about time. I also love Dawn Gadens video blogs! insightful and easy to access. I don't see Dawn in counseling but if she is that good on video I have to believe she is great in person. Give a shot...I bet you will love them.
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  • 31000 Lahser Rd #5
    Beverly Hills, MI 48025

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