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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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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 Chesapeake, 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 Chesapeake, 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 Olympics are usually a cultural phenomenon that promotes understanding and kindness, but the 2018 athletes who represented the USA took their mission to new heights. Two openly gay athletes competed, and Adam Rippon became the first openly gay man to win a medal at the winter Olympics. Adam and his good friend, Gus Kenworthy, were outspoken about the challenges of being a gay athlete and the need for more acceptance. Their voices are some of the highlights of recent advancements for the legal and cultural rights of those identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning. It is important to acknowledge the value of legal battles such as the legalization of gay marriage, but it is also important to acknowledge that more work is needed. LGBTQ individual continue to face marginalization and discrimination. They pay a steep mental health toll for inequality, and they suffer higher rates of mental health disorders because of it. Therapy that is informed and sensitive to the LGBTQ community’s particular needs is often an important part of healing.

“It pushed me to this place where I needed to come out and I’m so happy that I did. To take that step meant a lot for me and for my mental well-being.”
—Gus Kenworthy

A foundation of mental health is the importance of living one’s truth. People need to be known and accepted for who they are in every aspect of their identity. Living one’s truth often begins with self-acceptance, but the mental health field has not always offered this basic level of care to those in the LGBTQ community. The American Psychological Association used to pathologize homosexuality, and it only changed its position in 1973. Even though the definition was changed, attitudes did not always change. There are many therapists who do not offer LGBTQ individuals the care they deserve and need.

The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Chesapeake understand that their clients need to live their truth. Our life coaches, counselors, and therapists are sensitive to the unique challenges that individuals who identify as LGBTQ face, and we are committing to offering care that meets their needs.

What Does LGBTQ Competent Therapy Look Like?

People’s whole lives are important. Their physicality, intellect, emotions, spirituality, and sexuality are all facets of their identity, and they are all intertwined. People’s emotional life is connected to their sexuality. Their physical health is tied to their emotional health. Psychological health means all aspects of a person’s being are integrated, and yet, many people in the LGBTQ community are asked to separate their identity in a way that is harmful to themselves. That is why it is so important for mental health care to be personalized and also aware of unique challenges that those within the LGBTQ community may be facing.

LGBTQ competent therapy is first and foremost individualized. Every person is unique with their own experiences, challenges, and opportunities. Each professional at Thriveworks Chesapeake works hard to build trust with their clients. As a therapist and client grow to trust each other, people are often able to go deeper and deeper into their story. That means healing can go deeper and deeper as well. In order to establish that trust, therapists may ask questions like…

  • How did you decide to start therapy?
  • How is your living situation? Is it safe?
  • Is there were one thing you could change about your life, what would it be?
  • What are some of the exciting things happening in your life?
  • What do you want to be doing in a year? Five years? Ten? More?

Therapy is often about healing past wounds, but it is also about helping people create a happy life now. When people feel safe, they can speak openly about their fears, traumas, and challenges, but they can also speak openly about their hopes, loves, and opportunities. Therapy is often just as much about achieving dreams as it is about anything else. For some people, that looks like setting themselves up for a successful romantic relationship. For others, it looks like coming out to family and friends. There is no agenda or right path forward. Each client sets the trajectory and pace.

When trust is established and individualized care is offered, topics often arise that are unique to those in the LGBTQ community. The therapists at Thriveworks Chesapeake are committed to handling these topics with the care they deserve. A few examples include…

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

Appointments for LGBTQ Competent Therapy at Thriveworks Chesapeake

When you think about your life right now, are you ready to meet with a mental health professional? If you are, the therapists at Thriveworks Chesapeake are ready too. We offer LGBTQ sensitive therapy and we have appointments available. When you contact our office, you may be meeting with your counselor the following day. A scheduling specialist will answer your call and help you make an appointment. We do not have a voicemail, and we do not keep a waitlist. We do offer evening and weekend sessions. We also work with many difference insurance companies and accept many different insurance plans.

Let’s work together for your mental health. Call Thriveworks Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Chesapeake
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 Learn about verified reviews
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Sarah Hawkins is a very compassionate person. She always encouraged me to try my hardest to solved my problems using her advise. I am bless for having her as my therapist.
Read more Sarah Hawkins is a very compassionate person. She always encouraged me to try my hardest to solved my problems using her advise. I am bless for having her as my therapist.
Sarah Feb 2024
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★★★★★
I find the sessions to be quite beneficial. I feel that I am progressing alone nicely.
Eugene Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Andrea Stephen is a kind and compassionate counselor. She listens to her clients intently, because she genuinely cares. Her passion to help those who are hurting is what motivates her. She is an asset to the Mental Health industry.
Read more Andrea Stephen is a kind and compassionate counselor. She listens to her clients intently, because she genuinely cares. Her passion to help those who are hurting is what motivates her. She is an asset to the Mental Health industry.
Chesapeake Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I would like to sing the praises of Andrea Stephen and give her a big shout-out for a job well done!!! I have had the pleasure of studying with her in multiple classes, as a fellow student in the counseling program. Later on, we serendipitously worked alongside each other in the field. Andrea is a genuine listener, faithful encourager, and a beacon of hope. She is a counselor who truly cares about her clients and wants to see them thrive.
Read more I would like to sing the praises of Andrea Stephen and give her a big shout-out for a job well done!!! I have had the pleasure of studying with her in multiple classes, as a fellow student in the counseling program. Later on, we serendipitously worked alongside each other in the field. Andrea is a genuine listener, faithful encourager, and a beacon of hope. She is a counselor who truly cares about her clients and wants to see them thrive.
Chesapeake Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I've had the pleasure of working with Tammy Boone for about 5 months now and it has been a wonderful journey. She has challenged me to do the work and express myself in ways I never thought was possible. She provides ways to cope with difficult situations without being judgmental. I couldn't have asked for a better clinician!
Read more I've had the pleasure of working with Tammy Boone for about 5 months now and it has been a wonderful journey. She has challenged me to do the work and express myself in ways I never thought was possible. She provides ways to cope with difficult situations without being judgmental. I couldn't have asked for a better clinician!
Chesapeake Feb 2021
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★★★★★
Dr. P. Jones, I can only say that she is simply the best!!! I found Dr. Jones in a rush, she had authentic concern for the situation, she went over and WELL ABOVE assisting us with our needs. She was our angel during this process!!!
Read more Dr. P. Jones, I can only say that she is simply the best!!! I found Dr. Jones in a rush, she had authentic concern for the situation, she went over and WELL ABOVE assisting us with our needs. She was our angel during this process!!!
Chesapeake Jan 2021
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★★★★★
I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jones for the past 9 months. She is incredibly genuine and easy to confide in, even over our online sessions. She was able to help me through a difficult time and I will truly miss my sessions with her. I highly recommend her services. Thank you Dr. Jones!
Read more I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jones for the past 9 months. She is incredibly genuine and easy to confide in, even over our online sessions. She was able to help me through a difficult time and I will truly miss my sessions with her. I highly recommend her services. Thank you Dr. Jones!
Chesapeake Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Close out review with Dr. Patricia Jones. Outstanding service and was extremely helpful in giving me several techniques that I can use. Having video sessions was very convenient and effective. Highly recommend Dr. Jones just for her listening skills and the ability to relate to what you are going through. Very passionate about her job and you will not be disappointed when selecting her as your counselor!
Read more Close out review with Dr. Patricia Jones. Outstanding service and was extremely helpful in giving me several techniques that I can use. Having video sessions was very convenient and effective. Highly recommend Dr. Jones just for her listening skills and the ability to relate to what you are going through. Very passionate about her job and you will not be disappointed when selecting her as your counselor!
Chesapeake Sep 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Chesapeake is near Zero’s Subs, and shares an office building with Pamela Smith MD. We off of Poplar Hill Road, and across from Bedei Compounding Pharmacy Services.

Phone number

(757) 210-9381

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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