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1,434 people sought LGBTQ+ counseling help in New Jersey in the last year

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

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Good news! We have 54 therapists in New Jersey 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 Jersey City, NJ 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 Jersey City, NJ 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?

At Thriveworks, we know that what you want matters just as much as who you are. That’s why our mental health professionals make it a point to focus on your whole health and identity in LGBTQ+ issues.

When you’re ready to speak to a provider at Thriveworks in Jersey City, NJ, give us a call to get started.

What To Discuss With Your Counselor or Therapist

Our likes and dislikes, our experiences and missed adventures, our friends and our families — all of these things make us who we are. And while our personal experiences shape us, environmental factors can also influence our pains, trials, and challenges.

Some of the reasons clients choose to speak with a counselor or therapist include:

  • Gender identity and sexual orientation issues
  • Relationships and dating concerns
  • Family relationship conflicts
  • Stress and anger management issues
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Body acceptance issues
  • Career uncertainties
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Physical, mental, and emotional abuse
  • Homophobia and transphobia
  • Discrimination

Our mental health professionals are equipped to help guide you through a wide range of emotional and mental health needs. Therapy is a safe space for bringing up the things that are often left unsaid between friends, families, and partners.

Tips, Tools, and Techniques Used in LGBTQ+ Counseling

Meeting with a provider is your chance to discuss whatever’s been on your mind. Many people believe that psychiatrists, psychologists, and other providers only serve to address major depressive disorder, panic attacks, and thoughts of self-harm. But the primary role of a mental health provider is to listen objectively and carefully to your concerns, whatever they may be.

When you attend a session with a Thriveworks provider, they may ask a series of questions to get started and learn more about you. Some of the questions they ask could be about the following:

  • Your home life and your family
  • Your feelings of self-worth
  • Your future goals
  • Your motivations and demotivators
  • Your reasons for pursuing therapy

Treatments will move at your comfort level. Your provider knows that issues surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals can be difficult to broach, especially if you’re working on self-acceptance or the acceptance of close friends and family.

Depending on your specific concern, your therapist may suggest one or more forms of therapy, such as family therapy, interpersonal therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). They may also suggest mindfulness, meditation, exercise, and other self-care techniques to help you cope with whatever difficulties you may be facing.

Because of ongoing discrimination against the LGTBTQ+ community, we understand that opening up may be difficult. But therapy and counseling exist for you. It is meant to cater to your specific needs at a pace that’s comfortable for you. You can set up an appointment with us at Thriveworks in Jersey City, NJ when you’re ready.

Appointments Available for LGBTQ+ Counseling Sessions at Thriveworks in Jersey City, NJ

When you work with us at Thriveworks, you’re able to sign up for professional care online and in person. Our therapists, counselors, and other professionals are available for evening and weekend sessions in addition to standard weekday sessions.

Our flexible cancellation policy makes it easy to rebook your session for a different date. We accept insurance from a number of different providers and offer clients a range of perks.

To begin, simply give us a call at our office in Jersey City, NJ or schedule online 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 Jersey City therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • EmblemHealth

  • First Health Network

  • Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey | BCBS

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Self-pay costs at Jersey City
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 Thriveworks Jersey City reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Kory Langton is a grounded, mature and empathic person. She is kind, supportive and a great listener. These skills make her a great therapist!
Read more Kory Langton is a grounded, mature and empathic person. She is kind, supportive and a great listener. These skills make her a great therapist!
New Jersey Nov 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Jersey City is located at the intersection of Sip Ave and Bergen Ave. Behind the building is Hudson County Community College Park. We currently share the building with Capital One and Blink Fitness, among other businesses.

Phone number

(973) 529-8926

Languages spoken by NJ providers

  • German
  • English
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