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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +21 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, +12 more

As a clinician who has served in children, family, relationship, and adult services for over 20 years and clinical practice for over 13 years, I under... As a clinician who has served in children, family, relationship, and adult services for over 20 years and clinical practice for over 13 years, I understand the difficulty in trying to find balance and a sense of self. My goal is to empower and teach self-preservation in a world that is not always understanding. Read more

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +20 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, Life Transition, +4 more

I am passionate about partnering with others in their pursuit of mental wellness because of the peace I have found on my own journey, but I understand... I am passionate about partnering with others in their pursuit of mental wellness because of the peace I have found on my own journey, but I understand that each path is unique. Read more

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +22 more
Military / Veteran, Anger, Self Esteem, Stress, Relationships, +2 more

The issues that the client may be facing can be used as a motivating force to help them move forward.

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +20 more
Military / Veteran, Anger, Stress, Women’s Issues, Bipolar Disorder, +7 more

As a provider who believes that mental health care is not a one-size-fits-all approach, I understand the importance of providing person-centered and c... As a provider who believes that mental health care is not a one-size-fits-all approach, I understand the importance of providing person-centered and culturally-sensitive treatment. Read more

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Coping Skills, Life Transition, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

Change is a life-long journey requiring acceptance and commitment to motivate oneself towards change.

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +22 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, Stress, +4 more

This journey called life is filled with many adventures, some good and some bad. I am glad you chose me to help you navigate through your path.

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Stress, Borderline Personality, Trauma / PTSD

As part of this post-COVID world, I understand how things can be chaotic and challenging.

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +20 more
Military / Veteran, LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, +18 more

As a wife and mother of 3 adopted children, one who identifies with they/them pronouns and is in a same sex marriage, I have experience with diversity... As a wife and mother of 3 adopted children, one who identifies with they/them pronouns and is in a same sex marriage, I have experience with diversity. Read more

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +21 more
Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Anxiety, Depression

As a clinician with a background in multiple settings, I am able address a variety of clinical needs.

Laura Harris

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What is your go-to approach for counseling for Black men & women?

My go-to approach for counseling Black men & women is by promoting healthy racial identity, resiliency and empathy. I find the benefit in this because under and misrepresented groups can be vulnerable to distress. This can occur by internalizing negative narratives and/or the anticipation of real and perceived threats to the individual due to their skin color. By promoting a sense of racial identity it helps buffer discriminatory actions against one’s self esteem.

What tools do you teach in counseling for Black men & women?

I teach the following tools in counseling for Black men & women:

  • Resilience skills. This refers to techniques for successful adjustment to adversity
  • Self-Care practices. This refers to a set of personal care practices that an individual can accomplish without the help of anyone else.
  • Psycho-education. This refers to learning about mental health issues
  • Self-Acceptance. This refers to techniques that are used to increase an ability of abilities and limitations
  • Awareness of values and beliefs. This approach is used to increase awareness of priorities and other factors that influence motivation
  • Social Skills. Social skills refer to techniques to interact with people appropriately. This can include identifying supports and involving oneself in a community with similarly identified folks.
  • Coping Skills: Refers to techniques to deal with a negative or overwhelming issue
  • Assertiveness Skills: Refers to a respectful communication technique that promotes clear expression of feelings and needs

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in counseling for Black men & women?

I know a client is making meaningful progress in counseling for Black men & women when they are achieving measurable objectives in route to their goal. Therapists generally frame client’s goals using the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Limited) format. By doing so, we can specifically identify what needs to occur to know that a goal is being met and this is how we know if a client is making meaningful progress!

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement counseling for Black men & women?

Clients can supplement their time in counseling for Black men & women with practicing skills learned in counseling, ensuring that their therapeutic goals align with area of need, completing homework assignments, identifying and providing topics for session, identifying and disclosing meaningful events and if unsure simply asking.

What should someone do to prepare for starting counseling for Black men & women?

To prepare for your first counseling for Black men & women session, you can schedule your appointment at a time when you will not be interrupted. Prepare for your appointment by finishing paperwork in advance. Ensure that you have a stable connection and microphone and camera work. It is helpful to bring a notebook and pen for note taking. Plan to discuss your current issue, history and goals. Try to be as transparent when discussing intention and issues and ask questions on things you are unsure about.

Starting Therapy for Black men & women

What is therapy for Black men and women?

Therapy for the treatment of Black men and women is a person-centered, individualized type of psychotherapeutic care that takes into account the emotional and mental impact of being a black person of color in today’s society. Thriveworks Charlotte therapists use traditional therapy techniques implemented through an anti-racist lens, addressing issues like racism, colorism, toxic masculinity/misogyny, and others. This type of therapy is meant to create a safe space for black individuals to express their emotions and alleviate their stress in an environment that caters to their unique experiences.

How does therapy for Black men and women work?

Therapy for Black men and women is much like standard psychotherapy in that Thriveworks Charlotte therapists will use a variety of approaches depending on each client’s needs. However, it will also heavily incorporate person-centered therapy, which means that every client’s individual experiences, goals, and needs will be at the forefront of treatment.

Is therapy for Black men and women conducted in person or online?

Therapy for Black men and women at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does therapy for Black men and women last?

Therapy for Black women and men will last as long as necessary to achieve the client’s therapeutic goals, whether that be a few months or years. Generally, though, true progress will often take at least five months. Thriveworks therapists in Charlotte, NC will continue to provide care for as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

Need more help deciding?

Unfortunately, a negative social stigma can make seeking mental health therapy more difficult than it should be, but not all people feel that stigma equally. Some bear the weight more acutely. A 2008 study of African Americans who participate in mental health therapy showed that one third believed that their social circles would view anxiety or depression as being “crazy” and that they could not talk about those struggles with their family members. Many African Americans have seen mental health counseling as airing dirty laundry with outsiders, and they see counselors and therapists at lower rates than other ethnic groups. A 2010 study showed that White Americans receive mental health care at nearly double the rate as Black Americans. But studies are also showing that this stigma may be shifting. African Americans are seeking mental health care at increasingly greater rates.

A 2013 Washington Post article entitled, “Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness,” chronicles Jinneh’s story. After losing her mother as a teen and while struggling with depression, Jinneh was prescribed an antidepressant, but her community talked her out of taking the medication. Four years later, Jinneh was still struggling with depression when her college roommate urged her to get the help she needed. The article sees Jinneh as one story within a larger trend. “I’ve seen an increasing number of African Americans who feel increasingly less stigmatized about coming in and seeking therapy and who also recognize the healing power of therapy,” said psychologist Jeffrey Gardere in the article.

The positive trend is fueled by several factors—things like increased awareness of mental health and greater access to care. Thriveworks Charlotte is committed to offering therapy that is culturally sensitive, including therapy for African Americans.

Building Up Trust

Part of the stigma that surrounds mental health care stems from distrust of a process that is unfamiliar. As people become more familiar with the process that mental health involves, they often drop their stereotypes. At Thriveworks Charlotte, each client receives individualized care, but here is an idea of what therapy can look like…

First and foremost, any therapeutic relationship is built upon trust. Clients often set the pace and goals for counseling. When people first begin therapy, there is often a time where the therapist and the client get to know each other. A key to healing is establishing therapy as a place where each client feels safe—where they can share hopes and dreams, challenges and setbacks, difficult experiences and successes without fear or shame.

The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Charlotte understand that a big aspect of building trust is showing cultural sensitivity to a client’s race. For many African Americans, their cultural background and race will play a big part in therapy. Some people advocate for a “colorblind” approach that does not acknowledge race at all, but people are whole beings. Their race matters, and our therapists are sensitive to how people experience the world through their community, culture, and race. Our therapists are ready to examine their own perspective and build mutual respect through empathy.

As trust is built, therapy can address any topic that a client wants to address. For example, many African Americans seek out a therapist’s help for the following…

  • Discrimination
  • Grief counseling
  • Career advancement
  • Racial trauma
  • Child therapy
  • Anger management
  • Divorce
  • Substance Use
  • Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Suspected abuse of a child
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Job loss
  • Executive coaching
  • Infidelity
  • Couples and marriage counseling
  • Psychiatric testing
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sexual identity issues

Respecting Community and Religious Support

Another aspect of the stigma that can surround mental health care is that many perceive therapy in opposition to the support they receive from their religion or their community. At Thriveworks Charlotte, we understand that an individual can receive amazing encouragement and assistance from their family, their friends, and their religious leaders. Our counselors and therapists do not see their work as a replacement for these important aspects of an individual’s life. Instead, the professionals at Thriveworks see their work as another form of support within an individual’s life.

When people face serious mental illness, their support networks play a key role in healing. Pastors, friends, and family members can carry a portion of the burden, and so can therapists and counselors. Some aspects of healing are best addressed among friends, but others are best addressed with a mental health professional. A key example is when an individual needs medication. When people need care that their community cannot provide, it may be time to see a mental health professional.

Scheduling Therapy at Thriveworks Charlotte

If you are African American and you are considering therapy, know that the therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Charlotte understand the difficult decision you are making. We respect your desire to reach out for help, and we respect your ethnicity. When you are ready to make the call, we are ready to meet with you. It takes courage to start therapy, and we have done our best to be supportive from the moment you first dial our office.

When you contact Thriveworks Charlotte, a person will answer your call—not a voicemail or automated response. You may also have your first appointment within 24 hours. There is no waitlist, so you will never be put on one. We accept most forms of insurance, and we offer evening and weekend sessions.

Let’s work together. Call Thriveworks Charlotte today.

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 Charlotte therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Charlotte
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

4.7 Learn about verified reviews
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I have been seeing Terryn Maher for a couple of months now and she is awesome!! Very knowledgeable, attentive, thorough, thoughtful, caring, etc. I could go on for awhile. I’ve been in counseling with another therapist for about 14 years but I already feel like I’m getting so much more from working with Terryn. Thriveworks on a whole has been great to work with as well. They are easy to work with and schedule appointments with. I was nervous about working with a company over directly with just the therapist but it has actually worked out well. I highly recommend them!
Read more I have been seeing Terryn Maher for a couple of months now and she is awesome!! Very knowledgeable, attentive, thorough, thoughtful, caring, etc. I could go on for awhile. I’ve been in counseling with another therapist for about 14 years but I already feel like I’m getting so much more from working with Terryn. Thriveworks on a whole has been great to work with as well. They are easy to work with and schedule appointments with. I was nervous about working with a company over directly with just the therapist but it has actually worked out well. I highly recommend them!
Jennifer Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Clarissa is a true professional and I love working with her!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
Dr Patricia shows her professionalism by having a positive attitude, using time effectively, and providing excellent service. Dr. Patricia's communication is wonderful when showing her active listening skills. Dr. Patricia shows compassion because she is passionate about what she brings to this field.
Read more Dr Patricia shows her professionalism by having a positive attitude, using time effectively, and providing excellent service. Dr. Patricia's communication is wonderful when showing her active listening skills. Dr. Patricia shows compassion because she is passionate about what she brings to this field.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
Gabrielle is an amazing therapist. She is very empathetic to her clients and their needs. She can help you through what ever you are going through. Schedule with her! You will not be disappointed.
Read more Gabrielle is an amazing therapist. She is very empathetic to her clients and their needs. She can help you through what ever you are going through. Schedule with her! You will not be disappointed.
Charlotte Feb 2022
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I have had the pleasure of working with Clair Crow professionally and can attest to what an incredible therapist she is! She has a calm demeanor and creates safety with her clients. She balances that safety and care with clear boundaries. I highly recommend her and have often referred clients to her for her expertise.
Read more I have had the pleasure of working with Clair Crow professionally and can attest to what an incredible therapist she is! She has a calm demeanor and creates safety with her clients. She balances that safety and care with clear boundaries. I highly recommend her and have often referred clients to her for her expertise.
Charlotte Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I've worked with Mrs. Matson for close to a year now and I can say with certainty that she's a great counselor to go to for help with emotional regulation and understanding, grief management, and processing trauma in healthy and beneficial ways. Her use of meditation techniques to get to the root of my emotions and habits have helped me understand so much about myself and why I operate the way I do. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out looking for a good counselor, or anyone looking for a friendly empathetic professional who listens well and draws from a wealth of information to provide really quality services.
Read more I've worked with Mrs. Matson for close to a year now and I can say with certainty that she's a great counselor to go to for help with emotional regulation and understanding, grief management, and processing trauma in healthy and beneficial ways. Her use of meditation techniques to get to the root of my emotions and habits have helped me understand so much about myself and why I operate the way I do. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out looking for a good counselor, or anyone looking for a friendly empathetic professional who listens well and draws from a wealth of information to provide really quality services.
Charlotte Feb 2021
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★★★★★
I have seen Dr. Daniel Stillwell for a year for individual and couples counseling and I trust him immensely. He is a skilled, authentic, and highly competent professional. I’ve also referred him to others and they described the same. Thriveworks staff have been very helpful with insurance and appointments.
Read more I have seen Dr. Daniel Stillwell for a year for individual and couples counseling and I trust him immensely. He is a skilled, authentic, and highly competent professional. I’ve also referred him to others and they described the same. Thriveworks staff have been very helpful with insurance and appointments.
Charlotte Jan 2021
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★★★★★
Adriana Blanco is wonderful. I never felt any judgement from her during our sessions. She is compassionate, firm and extremely knowledgeable. I could not see myself opening up as much with another counselor, thank you for putting her in my path.
Read more Adriana Blanco is wonderful. I never felt any judgement from her during our sessions. She is compassionate, firm and extremely knowledgeable. I could not see myself opening up as much with another counselor, thank you for putting her in my path.
Charlotte Apr 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Charlotte is near the corner of Park Road and Woodlawn Road. We are across the street from Starbucks and Exxon. Sharonview Federal Credit Union is the building next to our office.

Phone number

(980) 217-6901

Languages spoken by NC providers

  • English
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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