Counseling for LGBTQ Issues in Franklin, MA—LGBTQ Counselors and Therapists

Counseling for LGBTQ Issues in Franklin, MA—LGBTQ Counselors and Therapists

The world is constantly changing. We change too, sometimes in ways similar to the world and sometimes in ways opposing it. Each change that takes you a step closer to your true, authentic self is a beautiful step of courage and strength. However, sometimes that step is in the opposite direction of the trend of society.

For many people, identifying with the LGBTQ community means going against some preconceived societal norms. It can bring distress, opposition, and even mental health concerns. LGBTQ rights have come a long way in the last few years, but it still has a long way to go. If you have experienced pain as a member of the LGBTQ community, Thriveworks Franklin is here to help you fight your battles and grow into your true self. We can’t make your decisions or take the steps for you, but we can walk this path with you and provide education and support as you build the foundation for a great future.  Call Thriveworks Franklin today at (617) 360-7210 to get the support you deserve.

What Topics Are Discussed in LBGTQ Counseling?

Counseling is as wide as the questions, pains, and issues it addresses. Counseling for those in the LGBTQ community is no different. Thriveworks Franklin is accepting of anything you bring into the counselling session. We serve to bring you closer to a happier, fulfilling life; that path will look a little differently for everyone.

It is a true but tragic fact that people who identify as LGBTQ have higher rates of depression, anxiety, and drug use. This is of no fault of your own, but an outcome of the opposing ideals in society today. Thriveworks Franklin has seen the hurt and scars living can bring, and we have seen people walk through some of the hardest times in their life. It might feel impossible right now, but there is always a way out. Thriveworks Franklin is here to help you get there.

Importantly, there is no issue that is too big or too small for Thriveworks Franklin counseling. Whatever you are dealing with, you deserve to find comfort and safety. We aren’t meant to walk through our battles alone, and Thriveworks Franklin is here to make sure you won’t have to.

Counseling for LGBTQ issues might include:

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

Thriveworks Franklin is looking forward to helping you heal and grow.

What Does LGBTQ Counseling Look Like?

There are two important phases of counseling- helping you survive, and helping you thrive. Survive goes beyond the basic human needs (although it does include that) and includes the basic emotional and mental rights of happiness and safety. Thriving, however, means giving you the room and strength to chase after your dreams. Thriveworks Franklin wants to help you do both.

There is a lot that goes into questioning your gender and/or sexuality, accepting it as part of who you are, building your life to reflect it, continuing to add to your identity, and then interacting with the world as your authentic self. There is no end to this cycle, as we are constantly growing beings, but sometimes it is more exhausting than others.

When you’re figuring out who you are and dealing with all the turmoil and inevitable pain that comes from that, it can feel like everything is spinning out of control. Even if you are rooted in your gender and sexuality, you’re still a human being and that means you’ll face challenges. Being a member of the LGBTQI community might mean you have to face more than the average person. Thriveworks Franklin is here to help you find the calm when everything feels like chaos.

In a counseling session, we might bring up:

  • The aforementioned mental health concerns
  • Passions and goals
  • How to implement your strengths
  • Where you find confidence and how to harness it
  • Develop a plan to accomplish goals
  • Coming-out to friends, family, and the world
  • Overcoming any challenges that occur as you pursue your career
  • Life transitions

Thriveworks Franklin believes in this quote:

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”

Counseling will always be rooted in nurturing the human soul. Sometimes that means working through a trauma or dealing with chronic depression. Other times, it means learning how to start a small business as a member of the LGBTQ community or how to come out to your friends at school.

Yes, this life is hard. And yes, identifying in the LGBTQ community can make it harder. But it can also make it more beautiful, more fulfilling, and more exciting Thriveworks Franklin is excited to help you take steps to your authentic self and overcome any barriers in your way of that. Please call us today at (617) 360-7210 and schedule an appointment with us.

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Insight and Support

★★★★★
I was pleased with the quick and easy access to services through the Thriveworks website. My own HMO had a long process and wait list during these times of Covid. I chose Jane Eagles to work with because I wanted a mature therapist with lots of experience. She was able to tune right into my situation and my goals for the sessions. She raised great questions for me to consider and always took time to reiterate the main takeaways of our time together. I appreciated her wisdom and clarity as well as her sense of humor.
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Opened a New World of Healing

★★★★★
I can't speak any more highly of Thriveworks. Mikkah has truly been such an important person in my life since I started coming to therapy. I was skeptical at first, knowing that "the first therapist you see may not be the right 'fit' for you," but I was lucky enough to have immediately clicked with Mikkah. It took a bit of time for me to really open up and start to dig deep in my own emotion, but Mikkah was so patient and made me feel so comfortable. She truly has helped me identify a lot of different things I was feeling, but couldn't understand why. I originally came to therapy for adult ADD, recommended by my PCP, but I used therapy as a healthy outlet to start talking about things I have experienced that has caused my mental clarity to fog. Mikkah has truly been such a savior in my life and I can't express my gratitude I have for her. She is extremely professional but makes me feel so comfortable talking about literally anything - almost like we've been best friends for years, even though I just met her a few short months ago. I am so happy with how my therapy is going and I always leave a session feeling better than how I went in. Thank you Thriveworks and thank you especially to Mikkah! You are incredible!!
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★★★★★
Greg has made a difference in my life , he’s very understanding of what I’ve be through, makes suggestions to help me deal with my anxiety and depression. We are very blessed , to have him as our counselor, these past few years .
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Dr Jane Eagles

★★★★★
As a close professional colleague for 20 years I have seen Jane Eagles assist many children, adolescents, and families with a variety of life challenges achieve improved health and well being. Dr Jane Eagles is insightful, knowledgable, kind, patient, and helpful. I highly recommend her.
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Dr. Jane Eagles

★★★★★
Jane is a highly skilled and experienced clinician who has worked with people of all ages. Combined with her empathy, dedication, and respect for those with whom she works, Jane has proven to be extremely effective in helping others work on and achieve their goals. Her professionalism is undisputed and I recommend Jane without any reservation.
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Jane Eagles

★★★★★
Jane is an experienced, dedicated counselor who has worked with all age groups. Her commitment to whomever she is assisting is exemplary. Her professionalism is of the highest quality; compassion, confidentiality and respect are at the forefront. A wonderful counselor who has my personal and professional admiration.
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Jim Gardner helped me immensely

★★★★★
Jim helped me get through a rough patch in my life. He has a lot of wisdom from his past and his experience as a gay man. I came to him crying everyday and mopey, and by the end I had really seen a huge change in my overall mental health. I was not in the area for very long and he was excellent at making sure I got as much as possible from my limited number of sessions. I would absolutely recommend him to people in their early twenties struggling with their transition into adulthood as well as anyone struggling with general anxiety and depression. jó, én hiányozni fogom!
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Honest & Supportive

★★★★★
Jim Gardner helped me through the darkest time in my life. He was direct & honest while being compassionate and supportive. It’s like talking to a life long friend. I felt like I could talk openly without judgement. So thankful for you Jim!
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Patient

★★☆☆☆
I wanted to chat to ask a question regarding insurance, a simple one I thought. The chat time said 2 minutes I waited longer and no response. A little discouraged now on getting a therapist.
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Comfort

★★★★★
Having the pleasure of working with Ralphi, the first word that comes to my mind is comfort. When I think of Ralphi, my heart smiles. She is a talented and experienced therapist who makes every person that comes through her door feel hopeful. I have observed her in action with her clientele, collaborated with her on family therapy, and admire her immense knowledge of the human condition and difficulties. There is always a hopeful path to take in Ralphi's approach to life. Lucky are the clients who have her as their therapist!
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Reviews

★★★★★
I have been seeing JIM Gardner for quite some time. He is a wonderful counselor who listens and cares. He has been a great help to me with many of my family problems and anxiety.
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Todd Letitia is a great clinician!

★★★★★
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Letitia for over 10 years. He is a skilled clinician and offers his patients support and encouragement. He is a dedicated professional who has many years of experience in the field.
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Todd

★★★★★
I've had the pleasure of having Todd as a clinical supervisor and he was great!! He's very knowledgeable, insightful and most importantly he loves what he does. He has always been professional and ethical. Wonderful person to work with.
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Todd Letitia

★★★★★
I found Todd to be empathetic, understanding and receptive. He creates an environment where you can confide in someone without the fear of being judged.
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Todd Letitia

★★★★★
Todd Letitia is an amazing clinician. He is extremely easy to talk to and makes you feel welcomed from day one.
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Dr. Greg Handel

★★★★★
I have experienced Dr. Greg Handel to be a uniquely empathic and sensitive psychologist who brings clarity and hope for the challenges we face in our life journeys. The warmth and confidence that he exemplifies in his interactions distinguish him as a remarkable mental health clinician. All of these positive attributes contribute to the inspiration that allows one to believe that facing challenges and changes is doable. I may not like the thought of changes, but I can see them as less intimidating when reminded of my own strengths and capabilities. Dr. Handel reminds me that although I may need to sharpen them from time to time, I own these tools for success and joy in my life.
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Dr. Gregory Handel

★★★★★
Dr. Gregory Handel exemplifies the dignity and insight into human behavior that is required to provide caring and lasting help for others. His ability to listen and respond, to disstill often complex problems, and to offer a way forward is a welcome and refreshing approach. It can seem daunting today in our fast paced world to cut through the noise and listen to ourselves and our family and friends. Dr. Handel is someone I trust and I've always appreciated the feedback and support he provides.
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Dr. Handel – Exceptional Character

★★★★★
Dr. Gregory Handel is not only an exceptional psychologist but is an exceptional human being as well. Always going above and beyond to provide support, care, and love for those in need. This man exemplifies all the right qualities of a counselor, he is patient, listens intently, and is honest, always. No matter what struggle or conflict you may have endure or are enduring, Dr. Greg Handel will always do everything in his power to help you through it. Filled with compassion, empathy, and wisdom, there is no one in the therapeutic industry better qualified.
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