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Our therapists offer help for LGBTQ+ issues in Abingdon, VA

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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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Our therapists in Abingdon are booked, but we have 110 other therapists in VA available for an online or in-person session.

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 Abingdon, 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 Abingdon, 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?

The first, most important step in changing your life for the better is acknowledging the truth of where you are today. Are you as happy as you want to be? Do you find that you’re constantly growing as a person? If you’re not honest with yourself (at least) about your current circumstances, it’s incredibly difficult for things to improve.

But, since you’re taking the time to look into counseling, it’s clear that you’re not completely satisfied with life as it is, and you want to be better — you’re off to an excellent start.

Therapy is not a “one size fits all” solution, however. Everyone is different. As individuals, counselors are no different. Some are well equipped to help one person with their challenges, while the next person that comes in might be better served with a recommendation to a more appropriate clinician. That’s why it’s so important that you find a counselor who understands YOU and what you’re going through (as someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning).

At Thriveworks Bristol Counseling, we have a team of experienced and caring mental health professionals on staff who fit that description, and they are available to meet with you this week — if not within the next 24 hours.

The reason we aim to be as available as possible is simply because so many offices operate off a waiting list, and leave people waiting weeks (if not months) before they’re able to start talking to someone about what’s bothering them. From our perspective, your mental health is just as important to your overall wellbeing as your physical health and should be addressed with the same level of immediacy. So when you call us, we’ll answer (no awkward voicemails) and get you set up with the confidential care you’re looking for.

Call us today at 423-822-5099, and learn how you can truly thrive in life, love and work.

What Does LGBTQ Therapy Look Like?

At Thriveworks Bristol, we believe it’s important to address whatever you’re going through within the context of your overall being. Who you are biologically, spiritually, psychologically and socially are not separate. It’s all interconnected — especially for someone who identifies as LGBTQ in a culture that has not always been so kind or understanding toward people with lifestyles that deviate from the so-called “norm.”

Your sexuality isn’t the entirety of who you are, but it’s certainly a major part of what makes you, you. And who you are is a one-of-a-kind human with ups and downs, opportunities and obstacles — just like everyone else.

When you come to our office for your first few sessions, we will get to know and trust one another while we start unpacking why you came to us in the first place. What most excites you? What is your ideal career/living situation? What do you most want to change? Where do you see yourself in the future? What keeps you up at night? What do you fear? Are you still dealing with past hurts and trials?

LGBTQ therapy — or counseling of any kind at Thriveworks Bristol — is not about answering the question, “Why am I so messed up?” but instead focuses on introducing healthy, positive practices into your daily life.

One way we will do that is by zeroing in on your strengths, and processing how those strengths can actually be used for your personal benefit. For example, as someone with a more open view of human sexuality, how does your unique understanding of gender roles improve your viability as a romantic partner? How can you muster the same courage you used to “come out” to your loved ones to enact positive change around you?

Our sessions together are centered around creating an environment where you feel safe to speak candidly and without fear of judgment. We will also discuss short- and long-term goals (personal and professional), and what you can do NOW to start making working on them.

Topics we commonly work with in LGBTQ therapy include:

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

Expect the Best in Life — Then Go Find It!

Thriveworks Bristol comes with the experience and support of a national community of mental health professionals — some of the best in the business. Many of our providers have been featured in trusted media outlets, including Prevention, Counseling Today, NBC, CNN, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and others.

When you become a Thriveworks subscriber, you get immediate access to that network, including the phone and email contact information of your therapist, more available session times and a more lenient cancellation policy.

Your life is what it is today for many reasons, but there’s only one thing that determines what happens from this point forward: Your decision to thrive. Contact us today. Let us help.

We look forward to getting to know you! Call 423-822-5099 today to schedule your first appointment.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Virginia therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (DC) | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Abingdon
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

5.0 Thriveworks Abingdon reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I highly recommend Trish! She is very helpful, kind, compassionate and excellent at getting down to the roots of the problem. I have made more progress with her than I have with multiple therapists in several different cities. P.S--EMDR therapy sounds totally crazy, but it has significantly helped me. Give it a try!
Read more I highly recommend Trish! She is very helpful, kind, compassionate and excellent at getting down to the roots of the problem. I have made more progress with her than I have with multiple therapists in several different cities. P.S--EMDR therapy sounds totally crazy, but it has significantly helped me. Give it a try!
Bristol Mar 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Dr Mike Pilcher took me under his wing and coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life...opening a new business. At one point...well more than once...I felt like pulling my hair out and his calm demeanor and no BS approach really helped me get focused and confident. I was able to really pour on the steam and my business is doing well as a result. Dr. P is a great counselor and a man I respect. Call him...I still do to this day.
Read more Dr Mike Pilcher took me under his wing and coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life...opening a new business. At one point...well more than once...I felt like pulling my hair out and his calm demeanor and no BS approach really helped me get focused and confident. I was able to really pour on the steam and my business is doing well as a result. Dr. P is a great counselor and a man I respect. Call him...I still do to this day.
Bristol Mar 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Abingdon is located in the same building as Caris Healthcare. Across Russell Road NW is Empire Ford Used Car & Truck Center 2, and A Step Ahead salon, as well as All Things Custom and Sunshine Sewing & Screen Printing. Down the road is Figaredo’s restaurant and Northgate Pharmacy. We are located right near Porterfield Highway and Route 19, as well as Route 58.

Phone number

(423) 556-3873

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