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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 Chesterfield are booked, but we have 94 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 Chesterfield, 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 Chesterfield, 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?

Over the past few decades, members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning community have seen a shift toward cultural and legal inclusion. Many celebrities have used their platforms to facilitated sensitivity and kindness. TV shows like Will and Grace have humanized those who identify as LGBTQ and brought challenges they face to everyone’s attention with charm and humor. Mitchell Pritchett and Cam Tucker, on Modern Family, depict a loving family. Then, there are the legal battles that have been fought and won for equality, especially marriage equality. And yet, there is still so much more work to do. Here is a small peek at some of the mental health challenges that those in the LGBTQ community face:

    Those who identify as LGBTQ experience mental illness at a rate that is three times higher than other populations (disorders like major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder).

  • They experience “minority stress,” resulting from the higher rates of prejudice, harassment, abuse, social exclusion, and family rejection they experience.
  • Youth ages 10-24 in the LGBTQ community experience higher rates of prejudice, hatred, and bullying in their homes and at school.
  • Suicide is one of the main causes of death for LGBTQ youth.
  • Approximately 9 percent of the general population struggles with substance abuse, but over 30 percent of those in the LGBTQ community struggle.

There is clearly more work to do. The counselors, life coaches, and therapists at Thriveworks Chesterfield are ready to be a part of that work. We offer mental health care that accounts for the unique burdens that those in the LGBTQ community carry while at the same time giving each client the individualized care that they deserve.

What Does LGBTQ Sensitive Therapy Offer?

One of the foundations of mental health is the importance of living one’s truth. Up until 1973, the American Psychological Association labeled homosexuality a pathological disorder. That means, people were stigmatized within the mental health care community for living their truth. It is a shame upon the profession that has cast a shadow on the care that people who identify as LGBTQ still feel today. In fact, many experience a widely-acknowledged dual stigma: those who identify as LGBTQ experience more mental health challenges and they have more difficulty finding sensitive mental health care. It is important to find a therapist who is sensitive to the unique challenges that those within the LGBTQ community. Here are a few tips for seeking out a counselor or therapist:

  • If you feel safe, let your counselor or therapist that treatment that is sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ individuals is important to you.
  • Directly ask about your counselor or therapist’s past experiences working with those who identify as LGBTQ.
  • If you are comfortable with those answers, disclose information about your gender identity and/or sexual identity.
  • Share about your experiences with anxiety, depression, suicide, fear, self-harm, et cetera.
  • LGBTQ sensitive therapy often allows people to work through topics such as:
    • Safety concerns
    • How and when to come out
    • Healthy communication
    • Dealing with discrimination and non-acceptance
    • Family concerns
    • Depression
    • Gender and sexual identity
    • Dating and other relationships
    • Addiction
    • Eating disorders
    • Self-esteem issues
    • Transcending gender roles
    • Anxiety and stress
    • Past trauma and abuse

Trust within the Therapeutic Relationship

The counselors at Thriveworks Chesterfield understand the dual stigma that LGBTQ people face. We offer mental health care that is informed and sensitive to their needs. Every client who walks into our office has particular needs, a particular context, and every client who walks through our office needs a safe place where they can be honest and speak without fear or shame. This means offering personalized care. When therapist see their clients for who they are, clients often feel safe to explore their lives on a deeper level. As therapists and clients get to know each other and build this trust, counselors may ask…

  • How did you come to the decision to start counseling?
  • What excites and energizes you?
  • Are you in a relationship? Married? Dating?
  • Where are you living? Are you safe?
  • If there were something you would like to change in your life, what would it be?
  • Where do you see yourself in a year…three years…five years?

Scheduling an Appointment at Thriveworks Chesterfield for LGBTQ Counseling

When you think about what is going on in your life, what would it be like to have an ally? What would it be like to have a place where you were known and accepted unconditionally? If you are ready to begin counseling, know that the professionals at Thriveworks Chesterfield are ready to meet with you. You are not alone. We offer therapy that is sensitive to the needs of those in the LGBTQ community, and we have appointments available.

When you contact our office, one of our scheduling specialists will answer your call. We do not have voicemail or an automated response system. Instead, a person will help you make an appointment. New clients often have their first appointment within 24 hours of their call to make an appointment. We offer evening and weekend sessions. However, we do not keep a waitlist. Instead, we want our clients to have the mental health care they deserve when they need it. We also accept many different insurance plans. Call Thriveworks Chesterfield today for an 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 Chesterfield therapists and counselors accept 25 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)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Chesterfield
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

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$1

Ongoing sessions

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Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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I have not felt great after two days on the medication prescribed for me on Saturday. But, my psychologist is amazing she listens and is friendly. Had amazing experience and advice to give out to me.
Read more I have not felt great after two days on the medication prescribed for me on Saturday. But, my psychologist is amazing she listens and is friendly. Had amazing experience and advice to give out to me.
Hannah Jan 2024
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★★★★★
I was so nervous about going to therapy being that I’ve never foresaw a reason or need to go… I had encountered a very traumatic accident at work and it left me confused and depressed about my career path! I can honestly say if it weren’t for Ariane I’d still be left battling confusion and and depression from my accident. I’ve suffered anxiety and panic attacks from the incident but Ari has given me helpful tips to get through my tough times when I’m experiencing those attacks. I’m just so grateful to have encountered a very experienced and understanding counselor who genuinely has my best interest at a full recovery at heart!
Read more I was so nervous about going to therapy being that I’ve never foresaw a reason or need to go… I had encountered a very traumatic accident at work and it left me confused and depressed about my career path! I can honestly say if it weren’t for Ariane I’d still be left battling confusion and and depression from my accident. I’ve suffered anxiety and panic attacks from the incident but Ari has given me helpful tips to get through my tough times when I’m experiencing those attacks. I’m just so grateful to have encountered a very experienced and understanding counselor who genuinely has my best interest at a full recovery at heart!
Chesterfield Nov 2021
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★★★★★
This was my first therapy experience. I was in desperate need for help. Jenee was my therapist for a year and I can’t overstate how incredibly helpful she has been. She met me where I was mentally and helped me to find myself and healthy/productive ways of dealing with my everyday struggles. I’m a completely different and happier person thanks to her hard work.
Read more This was my first therapy experience. I was in desperate need for help. Jenee was my therapist for a year and I can’t overstate how incredibly helpful she has been. She met me where I was mentally and helped me to find myself and healthy/productive ways of dealing with my everyday struggles. I’m a completely different and happier person thanks to her hard work.
Chesterfield Feb 2021
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★★★★★
Ramona Peters at Thriveworks is the most empathetic person and amazing social worker. She is prompt, considerate, compassionate and so insightful. Her love for people and her ability to connect truly shine through in my encounters with her. She has real life experience and such a truthful yet kind and humanitarian way of helping people look at and solve dilemas and overcome day to day obstacles in life. Would highly recommend!
Read more Ramona Peters at Thriveworks is the most empathetic person and amazing social worker. She is prompt, considerate, compassionate and so insightful. Her love for people and her ability to connect truly shine through in my encounters with her. She has real life experience and such a truthful yet kind and humanitarian way of helping people look at and solve dilemas and overcome day to day obstacles in life. Would highly recommend!
Chesterfield Oct 2020
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★★★★★
Dr. Lottie Ampy is an excellent therapist and psychologist, who has served in the counseling and psychology field for many years. I have had the opportunity to work with her in the community and have seen her skills in action first hand, whether for crisis situations or generalized therapy for individuals or families. She has many talents and skills, but especially excels helping others to reach their personalized goals when in midst of going through difficult times. She is an excellent clinician and is also aware of local and regional resources. She delivers caring, compassionate services and is a clinician/psychologist who can work with you, right where you are. She is an asset to the Thriveworks team. Dr. Ampy renders 5*+ services to all she encounters.
Read more Dr. Lottie Ampy is an excellent therapist and psychologist, who has served in the counseling and psychology field for many years. I have had the opportunity to work with her in the community and have seen her skills in action first hand, whether for crisis situations or generalized therapy for individuals or families. She has many talents and skills, but especially excels helping others to reach their personalized goals when in midst of going through difficult times. She is an excellent clinician and is also aware of local and regional resources. She delivers caring, compassionate services and is a clinician/psychologist who can work with you, right where you are. She is an asset to the Thriveworks team. Dr. Ampy renders 5*+ services to all she encounters.
Chesterfield Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Ramona is a wonderful social worker with a calming presence. She makes you feel heard and respected, while also helping you reflect and move forward.
Read more Ramona is a wonderful social worker with a calming presence. She makes you feel heard and respected, while also helping you reflect and move forward.
Chesterfield Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Ms. Stefanie is an absolute therapy guru! She helped me tremendously with communicating more effectively in my relationships. She is unbiased, a great listener, and was very thorough in explaining the different techniques that I could use to maximize my efforts in communicating better. The guidance I received from Ms. Stefanie truly influenced a major part of my personal growth.
Read more Ms. Stefanie is an absolute therapy guru! She helped me tremendously with communicating more effectively in my relationships. She is unbiased, a great listener, and was very thorough in explaining the different techniques that I could use to maximize my efforts in communicating better. The guidance I received from Ms. Stefanie truly influenced a major part of my personal growth.
Chesterfield Jun 2020
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★★★★★
Dr. Allison Jackson is a compassionate and highly-skilled professional. Her education and vast experience allow her to meet the needs of her clients in a cooperative and dynamic manner. Specializing in trauma and in transforming lives, Dr. Jackson listens to your needs and supports you in finding a better future. Couples and families will find she listens to all perspectives in reaching healthy, unified goals. When engaging with her for therapy, you will receive outstanding service.
Read more Dr. Allison Jackson is a compassionate and highly-skilled professional. Her education and vast experience allow her to meet the needs of her clients in a cooperative and dynamic manner. Specializing in trauma and in transforming lives, Dr. Jackson listens to your needs and supports you in finding a better future. Couples and families will find she listens to all perspectives in reaching healthy, unified goals. When engaging with her for therapy, you will receive outstanding service.
Chesterfield Jun 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Across the street is Simple Intervention and Huff Poole & Mahoney PC legal services. Next door is Branches of Life and the office of dentist Sasala Albert. There is also a Starbucks in the parking lot, as well as First Watch restaurant and TowneBank.

Phone number

(804) 375-5195

Languages spoken by VA providers

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