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1,055 people sought LGBTQ+ counseling help at Charlotte in the last year

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Carelon, +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 Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +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.

Laura Harris

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What is your go-to approach for LGBTQ+ counseling?

My go-to approach for helping people in LGBTQ+ counseling is to validate and normalize diverse expressions of identity. 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’s diverse expression of their identity within the inclusive term used to represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning.

What tools do you teach in LGBTQ+ counseling?

I teach the following tools in LGBTQ+ counseling:

  • 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 LGBTQ+ counseling?

I know a client is making meaningful progress in LGBTQ+ counseling when they are achieving measurable objectives in route to their goal. Therapists generally rely on SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Limited) goals. When we can specifically identify what needs to occur to know that a goal is being met then we are better able to measure progress!

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement LGBTQ+ counseling?

Clients can supplement their time in LBTQ+ counseling 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 LGBTQ+ counseling?

To prepare for your first LGBTQ+ 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 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 Charlotte, NC 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 Charlotte, NC 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?

Without a doubt, the culture is shifting toward being more inclusive of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or queer, but also without a doubt, there are many challenges that the LGBTQ community faces. Progress often comes with two steps forward, one step backward. Great gains have been made legally and culturally, and yet, many LGBTQ individuals face discrimination and marginalization on a daily basis. Rates of anxiety, addiction, depression, and relational difficulties are often higher within the LGBTQ community as many still bear the weight of an unfair and untrue social stigma.

One important principle of mental health is living in one’s truth. It is vital for people to be who they are, especially regarding their sexuality and gender. At Thriveworks Charlotte, we understand that not all therapists are inclusive and affirming. It was only in 1973 that the American Psychological Association stopped pathologizing homosexuality. Some call it a “dual stigma”—members of the LGBTQ community face many mental health challenges, but they may also have difficulty finding a therapist who is affirming and informed.

The therapists, counselors, and life coaches at Thriveworks Charlotte understand that one of the most powerful changes people can make within their lives is acknowledging who they are to themselves and to the world. This means being honest about what they like and dislike, about how they are strong and weak, where they experience happiness and discontent, and of course, about who they are—emotionally, physically, spiritually, and sexually.

Living life with honesty takes courage and probably a little support along the way. That is why Thriveworks Charlotte offers LGBTQ informed therapy. No one should have to navigate issues regarding their sexuality and their mental health alone. We are here for you.

What Could LGBTQ Therapy Look Like?

The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Charlotte try to address life’s issues within their proper context. People are whole beings. Their sexuality is not separate from their biology. Their psychological well-being is not separate from their social life. Their physical health is not separate from their spirituality. Yes, who people are sexually, physically, psychologically, and socially are interconnected. This reality is true for everyone, but people who identify as LGBTQ may feel this more sharply. When cultures label one lifestyle “normal,” those who do not fit the mold often feel the weight of these expectations, even though their experiences are just as normal as anyone else’s.

While sexuality is not the entirety of who people are, it is a major factor in forming one’s identity—what makes you who you are. You are a unique individual. Your story is unlike anyone else’s. The challenges you face are your challenges. The opportunities you have are your opportunities. When you begin therapy at Thriveworks Charlotte, your time will likely begin by building trust as you get to know your counselor, and your counselor gets to know you too. You may discuss what brought you to schedule therapy. Therapist may ask questions such as…

  • What is exciting in your life right now?
  • What is your living situation like?
  • Is there something about your life you would change if you could?
  • Where do you see yourself in a year? Three years? Five? More?
  • How did you come to decision to seek out a counselor?

Many cultural representations of therapy focus upon problems and difficulties and shortcomings. While hardships are real, therapy is much more focused upon the positive. What are your strengths? Where do you feel comfortable? What opportunities do you want to pursue and how can you do that? Many times, people need to learn relational and emotional skills that help them succeed in achieving what they want out of life.

Therapy is often a process of self-discovering, where you can learn about your strengths and weaknesses and where you can learn what you need and how to get it. For example, what would it look like to pursue a romantic relationship that is satisfying and healthy for you? What would it look like to let loved ones know your truth?

Counseling sessions often focus upon creating a judgment-free, safe space where these issues can be explored without shame. In therapy, clients often feel free to speak openly and honestly—to name and explore ideas they otherwise would not dare discuss.

Topics that come up in LGBTQ therapy:

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

Scheduling an Appointment at Thriveworks Charlotte

What is happening in your life right now? If you are facing discrimination or marginalization, know that we are sorry for what you are experiencing. There is no shame in who you are. If you are navigating additional difficulties because of your sexuality and who you are, know that you are not alone. The professionals at Thriveworks Charlotte are ready to stand with you and for you.

When you contact our office, a person will answer. Our scheduling specialists will help you schedule an appointment. Many new clients have their first appointment within 24 hours of their first call. We also accept many forms of insurance as well as offer evening and weekend appointments.

Let’s work together for more acceptance and inclusion. Contact Thriveworks Charlotte today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Charlotte therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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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

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