Knoxville LGBTQ Counseling

You’re Welcome Here: Counseling and Therapy for Knoxville’s LGBTQ Community

“I literally cannot imagine a world in which I tell my family I like women. My mother and siblings would be fine, but the older generations of my family might actually refuse to speak to me. It’s hard to pretend, but I also don’t want to upset family gatherings, because we’re really close and see each other a lot.”
–Kacey

“I was lucky. Coming out to my parents was easy. What’s been unexpectedly difficult is dealing with everyday people who assume you’re straight unless you tell them otherwise. I’ve got coworkers trying to set me up with women, and I don’t know how many times I can explain that I’m not interested. It just gets kind of tiring. Gender is tough.”
–Leo

If you’re reading this, then congratulations: You’ve taken the first, most essential step in changing your life for the better — deciding to give counseling a try. Therapy is not “one size fits all,” however. It’s critical that you meet with a counselor who understands the unique challenges and experiences you face as someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning. At Thriveworks Knoxville Counseling, we have talented, affirming clinicians on staff who fit exactly that description, and their sole purpose is to help you realize a happier, more fulfilled life.

Thriveworks was founded on the belief that everyone can benefit from addressing their mental health concerns with a professional therapist, much in the same way that people benefit from visiting a medical doctor to address physical needs. We believe so much in the ability of counseling to impact your life for the better that we want to make that benefit as accessible to you as possible. There are no waiting lists to see a Thriveworks Knoxville counselor. No leaving awkward personal messages on an impersonal answering machine. Just caring, confidential help — as soon as you ask for it.

Reach out to us today and begin your path of relief, healing, and growth into a more realized and balanced version of yourself.

What Does LGBTQ Counseling Look Like?

Each counseling session will be different, because each person is different. While one person may be struggling with gender issues, another person may be struggling with depression. No matter the situation, struggling with LGBTQ issues alone can feel very painful and isolating.

As your therapist and ally, we want to address your life’s challenges within the context of your whole person — your physical, spiritual, emotional, social self. And as someone who identifies as LGBTQ in a society that has not always been so accepting of alternative lifestyles, your sexuality becomes a significant element of what makes you who you are. And who you are is a beautiful, brave individual with a host of personal issues — just like everyone else.

In many ways, LGBTQ counseling is similar to other types of counseling. We’re here to help you find your way to your best self. When you come in for your first appointment, we will build rapport with you and get to know as much about you as possible. What are you passionate about? What do you like to do? What do you want your life to be like in one, five, or 15 years? What are you most afraid of? Do you have any unaddressed past hurts?

Thriveworks Knoxville LGBTQ counseling — or counseling of any kind at Thriveworks Knoxville — is not about answering the question “What’s wrong with me,” but instead focuses on seeking and practicing a healthy, positive lifestyle. One way we do that is by identifying the unique strengths that you inhibit, and teaching you how to leverage them in such a way that they help to progressively improve your daily life.

You and your counselor will work together on setting short- and long-term goals, as well as identify the steps you can take to start making progress immediately, in a calm, comfortable environment where it’s safe for you to talk openly about your life — free from the fear of judgment.

Topics we commonly work with in LGBTQ counseling include:

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

Though it’s our priority to help you live a happy, healthy life, it’s up to you what that looks like. The most important thing is to be authentic to who you are. That may or may not involve a big “coming out” announcement; if it does, we’re here to help you develop a strategy for sharing your sexual identity with your chosen audience in a way that is as comfortable for you as possible. But, if the issues you are dealing with have more to do with healing past traumas or self-esteem issues, at Thriveworks Knoxville we are well-versed in helping patients cope with those issues. Many have sought help and successfully improved their mental health. We would be grateful to have the opportunity to work with you as well.

Seek Out the Best Life Offers

There are many counseling options available, but Thriveworks Knoxville counselors are experts in the field. We work regularly with LGBTQ patients, so we’re familiar with your unique situation. It’s important to us that you get the help you need, when you need it, so we don’t use a waiting list, and we can usually see you within 24 hours. If you’re in crisis, you’ll have access to your clinician via phone and email. Don’t hesitate to contact us—your mental health is our number one priority.

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Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 19 5 1 19 reviews. See all reviews
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Justin Hall was great

★★★★★
I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
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Anxiety

★★★★★
I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
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Cannot Recommend Enough

★★★★★
Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
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Dr Neal is amazing!!

★★★★★
Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
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Justin Hall

★★★★★
Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
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Amanda Gilliam

★★★★★
Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
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Mrs. Amanda

★★★★★
My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
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Justin Hall

★★★★★
I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
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Karen Trotter

★★★★★
Karen has been so AWESOME in assisting with my daughter’s healing process. It’s been a blessing having so many diverse avenues for myself & my daughter to communicate with Karen & her immediate responses 😘. I tried to rate Karen as 5 + but it wouldn’t let me 😁
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Not the place for me

★☆☆☆☆
I have attended one session alone and a second session with my then girlfriend at her urging me to seek couples therapy, in this session I was basically felt like all the relationship issues were my fault and as I was pressured more and more about my issues I walked out of the session to collect my thoughts as I was being bombarded by both my girlfriend and my therapist. Apparently after I stepped out the therapist told my girlfriend that I was worse than an addict and she was sorry but didn’t feel I was worth attending counseling with, this resulted in the end of that relationship before We even left the office. I have other issues and have realized that I am suffering from depression due to other issues and this has added to my depression. At this point I have no intention of returning to see this counselor or any other counselor there as they have added to my problems leaving me feeling like I am not good enough. Honestly if this is how they make their clients feel then as far as I’m concerned this office shouldn’t even exist. I need to find out how I can be refunded at Least a portion of the money I’ve “wasted” on this experience and hope I can find someone else who is willing to help me work through my issues and not feel persecuted.
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Makes Getting Better Easy

★★★★★
I can't thank Amanda Brooks enough. She's an amazing person and is an amazing place. After calling about 15 therapists and getting immediately turned away, returned my call within the hour and Amanda was hand-picked for me and my situation. I got an appointmentheduled that day. There's ALWAYS time for me andheduling/canceling is never a hassle. There's a therapist on call 24/7 and Amanda always makes time for me when I need it. The office is a lovely, calming place and I always feel comfortable and welcome. It makes getting better easy.
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Amanda genuinely cares

★★★★★
Amanda helped/helps me is so so many ways. No matter what I come into the office with she helps me problem solve and always genuinely cares about what I have to say or about how I feel. I feel like I can come to her with anything and there will be no judgement. She always welcomes me with a smile and helps me dig deep in every session and I couldn't ask for a better support.
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Perfect Therapist for My Child

★★★★★
Amanda Brooks has been a wonderful and supportive therapist for my child who was suffering from depression and anxiety. My child is very picky about who she trusts and Amanda has been the perfect therapist; she immediately put my child at ease and has been there for emotional support whenever we needed her help.
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Definitely Recommend

★★★★★
I have been very pleased with my experience at Thriveworks. Amanda has helped my children and I learn to deal with some major life issues. She has provided us with a listening ear and helpfulsolutions. She has helped us all develop skills to deal with life's ups and downs in a productive, positive way. I highly recommend her!
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Shocked

★☆☆☆☆
Justin was very rude to us when he was the one who didn't listen and made aheduling error. He was inappropriate to me in front of my son. Wouldn't recommend.
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Peace Keeper

★★★★★
Amanda Brooks has been such an excellent help to me throughout the past 2 1/2 years I've had her as my therapist. Ive been able to speak to her like I haven't even my closest friends. She's helped me to work through & over come many different obstacles, as well as past trauma in my lifetime & continues to help me find peace with my past, present & future. She's been my peace keeper through it all.
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Life Changing

★★★★★
Justin Hall has changed my life and the way that I approach it. He has a way of helping one redirect behaviors and ideas in order to improve overall quality of life. I would recommend him to anyone who wants positive change in thinking.
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Helped me out in a bad situation.

★★★★★
My work environment had become extremely difficult over the last 5 years. Justin helped me deal with a very dysfunctional system. Nothing has changes as far as circumstance, but my approach and thinking has changed. Things are much better. Very practical. Would recommend Justin to anyone looking for help.
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Excellent

★★★★★
My experience with Dr. Williams has been more than helpful. I initially came to her for couples counseling, but ended up seeing her one on one and finding my sanity again. My experience has been more than helpful. I highly recommend her.
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    Knoxville, TN 37922

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