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1,296 people sought LGBTQ+ counseling help in South Carolina in the last year

Discover how starting LGBTQ+ counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Meet with a provider as soon as this week

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina Medicare Advantage, +19 more
Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Domestic Abuse, Anger, Coping Skills, +14 more

As a seasoned therapist, I want to use my experiences and skills to create a place of genuine warmth and understanding to help people the best way I k... As a seasoned therapist, I want to use my experiences and skills to create a place of genuine warmth and understanding to help people the best way I know how. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +14 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, +9 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +18 more
Military / Veteran, LGBTQIA+, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, +15 more

I treat others the way that I want to be treated. Focusing on meeting the client where they are and moving forward in progress to help you find your b... I treat others the way that I want to be treated. Focusing on meeting the client where they are and moving forward in progress to help you find your balance between mind, body, and soul. Read more

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 Columbia, SC 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 Columbia, SC 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?

So much of this world’s beauty is because of love. Sometimes it’s love between family members, friends, romantic interests, one’s own self, or the broader love of humanity, but there is no denying that happiness is linked to love.

With so many different ways to love, there should never be any condemnation for how someone loves or who they love. Yet for millions, this condemnation is hard to escape.

The physical, mental, and emotional scars placed on the LGBTQ+ community by society has gone on long enough. Thriveworks Columbia stands with the LGBTQ+ community. We understand the many injustices that may have been done to you and the obstacles you will still have to overcome. It’s not always easy, and it’s not always fair, but Columbia counseling for the LGBTQ+ community offers a way to make it all a little easier.

You deserve to live the life of your dreams without carrying the weight of society’s expectations. While you won’t always get that freedom, freedom in yourself can always be found. We want to help you get there. 803-477-3736.

What topics does LBGTQ+ Counseling address?

Members of the LGBTQ+ community might be struggling with everything from identity to mental illnesses to something completely unrelated to your gender or sexual orientation. All problems are valid, and none are too small or too big for the counselors in Columbia. Wherever you are and wherever you want to go, our Columbia LGBTQ+ counselors are excited to meet you.

Many revealing studies have shown that members of the LGBTQ+ community are at a higher risk for mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, drug use, and suicide. It is an unacceptable statistic that Columbia counselors are fighting to right. There is more to life and to you than the pain you’re feeling right now.

The LGBTQ+ counselors in Columbia, SC can’t magically make all your obstacles go away, but we can provide a supportive, nonjudgmental, empathetic space for you to come and work through all the bad to pursue the good.

Some of the more common topics brought up in LGBTQ+ counseling in Rock Hill include:

  • Social anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Depression
  • Past abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Family concerns
  • Self esteem
  • Issues in School or work

You can have a happy, fulfilling life. You can chase your dreams.  You can love who you love and be proud of it! No one else can chase the possibilities of your future except you, but Thriveworks Columbia LGBTQ+ counselors are here to walk beside you and give you the knowledge and tools you need to succeed.

What does LGBTQ+ Counseling look like?

Surviving and thriving are two completely different things, and at Columbia LGBTQ+ counseling, we want to help you thrive.

As such, our counselors have two main goals in an LGBTQ+ counseling session in Columbia: helping you work through any past and present pains and giving you the tools to pursue the future you’ve dreamed of.

No one is ever completely sure about who they are. We’re always changing, and that’s okay! There are some things that can help us all stay grounded though, and for some people, who you love is one of those grounding truths. It’s part of who you are and therefore should be part of your life and your counseling experience. Counseling for LGBTQ+ individuals are a safe place for you to truly be yourself while facing the battles ahead of you.

In a counseling session, we might bring up:

  • what gets you up in the morning (passions and goals)
  • finding your strengths and learning how to use them
  • working on confidence
  • define your goals and work on a plan to accomplish them
  • Coming-out to friends and family
  • Overcoming social barriers as you pursued your career (anything from opening your own business to moving up in the corporate ladder)
  • Transitioning to a new home or phase of life (like going to college)

After all, before anything else, you are a human soul, and you deserve to be treated like one. Counseling for members in the LGBTQ+ community in Columbia, SC is a place to heal and grow while celebrating who you are. The only question is, where will you grow?

Appointments are convenient and private, with day, evening, and weekend availability.  We accept most major insurance, and there’s never a waiting list for appointments.  In most cases, we can offer first appointments in 24-48 hours.  Call today! 803-477-3736.

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 Columbia therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • 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 Columbia
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

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4.5 Thriveworks Columbia reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
Read more Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
Anonymous Thriveworks Client
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Columbia is located on Executive Pointe Blvd off of Bush River Rd, just northwest of Interstate 20 on the north side of the Saluda River. Our building is neighbored by The Steele Law Firm; S.C. Press Association; and Thomas, Watson & Company. The closest bus stop is Bush Woodland WB. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Phone number

(803) 573-9453

Languages spoken by SC providers

  • English
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