Manassas VA African American Therapy

Manassas, VA—Counseling for the African American Community

Making the decision to go to therapy is often the right choice, but certain social stigmas can hold people back. Even more, certain people feel the weight of those stigmas more heavily. In particular, African Americans often face a heavier stigma when they decide to reach out for mental health care. In fact, a 2010 research study found that Caucasians receive mental health care twice as often as African Americans, even though they both experience the same rates of mental illness. There are many reasons for this stigma. One reasons is that African Americans often do not have adequate access to mental health care. Another reason is that the mental health profession has not adequately addressed the concerns and needs of the African American community. In a radio interview entitled, “Behind Mental Health Stigmas in Black Communities,” Psychiatrist William Lawson recounts how he was taught in medical school that African Americans cannot become depressed—a gross falsehood. “Part of it is that many professionals simply don’t know how to diagnose properly African-Americans,” said Dr. Lawson. A shift is occurring, however, and more recent data shows that African Americans are receiving mental health care at increasing rates.

A 2013 Washington Post article entitled, “Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness,” explains the shift through Jinneh’s story. In high school, Jinneh’s mother passed away, and she experienced a deep depression. Her therapist prescribed an antidepressant, but Jinneh decided not to fill it after her friends and family members encouraged her not to take it. Years later, while in college, Jinneh was depressed when a roommate encouraged her to start therapy again. Jinneh recovered, with the help of antidepressants and her therapist. Jinneh’s journey reflects a growing trend that Dr. Jeffrey Gardere identifies, “I’ve seen an increasing number of African Americans who feel increasingly less stigmatized about coming in and seeking therapy and who also recognize the healing power of therapy.” His mental health practice in New York has had an increase of 20-25 percent of African American clients in the past few years.

The professionals at Thriveworks Manassas hope to contribute positively to this trend of increasing access to quality mental health care within the African American community.

A Unified, Supportive Community

African Americans often enjoy a community that deeply values family, faith, and friendship. Mental Health professionals have not always acknowledged the richness of these connections, and even worse, they may have put themselves in opposition to this supportive community. In the past decade, mental health therapists are coming to understand the harm this has caused. In contrast, they are beginning to work with a client’s community support network—not against it.

A unified, supportive community looks like religious leaders, family members, and friends caring for individuals in ways that counselors and therapists cannot. It also looks like mental health professionals offering care that community members cannot. In both cases, the individual’s best interest is the focus, and everyone is pulling in the same direction—working together.

The Therapeutic Relationship and Trust

Successful mental health care is built upon trust. Each client at Thriveworks Manassas receives unique, individualized care for the unique individual they are. Every client has particular hopes and dreams, challenges and traumas, opportunities and hardships. Clients often take the lead in setting goals and pacing for therapy. Counselors are not dictators—they are guides. The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Manassas work to comprehend the unique experiences and circumstances that their clients face and create a safe space where clients can share freely, without fear of judgment or fear.

Such a safe space means taking each client’s ethnicity and culture into account. Some mental health professionals take a “colorblind” approach that ultimately downplays people’s important cultural and racial experiences. The therapists at Thriveworks Manassas know, however, that context matters. Our own cultural context matters as does our client’s. Our goal is to handle issues regarding ethnicity and race with understanding, respect, and empathy.

As clients grow to trust their therapists, many African Americans begin to address their mental health concerns. Just a few of the issues our clients have addressed during their therapy sessions include…

  • Career advancement
  • Discrimination
  • Grief counseling
  • Racial trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Divorce
  • Child therapy
  • Sexual identity issues
  • Substance use
  • Depression
  • Infidelity
  • Anger management
  • Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Suspected abuse of a child
  • Job loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychiatric testing
  • Addiction
  • Executive coaching
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Couples and marriage counseling

Setting Up Counseling at Thriveworks Manassas

Take a moment to think about what is happening in your life right now. Is it time to reach out for help? Is it time to meet with a mental health professional? If counseling is the right next step, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Manassas. Our counselors offer culturally aware therapy, and we have appointments available.

When you contact our office, here are a few things that may be helpful to know…

  • Our scheduling specialist answer our phones—there is no automated response system or voicemail.
  • New clients often have their first appointment within 24 hours of their first call. When you are ready to get started, so are we.
  • Weekend and evening sessions are offered because we know that not everyone can make an appointment during business hours.
  • Our therapists and counselors are credentialed on many insurance panels, so that means we can accept many forms of insurance.

Let’s work together. Call Thriveworks Manassas today.

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Depression

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I believe my depression is coming from the lack of education, I have and the loss of so many jobs. It's finding but hard to keep a job. I'm embarrassed it has been hindering me for many years now I can't stand it I've been trying to get help for a while now and don't know where to go I am on suppression medication. I see a doctor every two weeks I have talked to him about this and until u was blacking the blue in the face. I think he sees it now. Thank good
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Great first experience

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So far I’m having a great first experience with Therapy.
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Lisa

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I started with Thriveworks and Lisa 3-4 months ago and I was nervous about telling a "stranger" my deepest issues and things I'm not always comfortable admitting myself. I have to say she has been amazing through an really tough relationship break and other things I was or am going through in life. She makes you feel comfortable and truly listens, providing support and options for situations which allow me to be able to look at situations differently. She has made an incredible improvement on my life and I always look forward to meeting with her. It has become a breath of fresh air for me. She is amazing and I consider her a friend. You can't go wrong.
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So far I am liking my sessions and my counselor

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So far I am liking my sessions and my counselor
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My counselor is great

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My counselor is great
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Lisa Cornelius- My wonderful experience with her.

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I worked with Lisa Cornelius for more than 6 months and she really is amazing. She helped me through my struggles by giving me strategies that could help me involve my well being. She is honest and she will connect with your situation by putting herself in your shoes. I've never connected with a therapist like I have with her. She really knows what she is doing. I highly recommend her!
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Counseling appreciation

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A note of thanks to my counselor Lisa Cornelius. I have seen her for 2 years now and through our sessions an finding that I am a good person who has needs and a future that I never knew at 72 I coukd look forward to. Our lives go full circle sometimes and after bad things happen we start to think we have no right to try to be anyone but who others think we should be....not true! Hopefully Lisa and I can continue this journey and I can learn to relax in the real me and be content and happy with myself...thank you Lisa ....
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Ms. Lisa

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Ms. Lisa is a very amazing counselor. She helps you understand and can relate to you, which makes you feel better. Her way of counseling is different from past counselor. It was more dull with my past counselor, but with Ms. Lisa it is different. It is better to me. I definitely recommend Ms. Lisa because everytime I leave I feel lighter and a little bit better. 😊
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Shannon Oesch

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Shannon Oesch is an excellent therapist and friend. I met Shannon years ago in Hawaii where I worked at a domestic violence shelter. Shannon came and facilitated a weekly support group and made a huge impact on many lives. Shannon is easy to talk to and a great listener!
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Shannon Oesch LCSW

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Shannon was very supportive as a Clinical Supervisor and extremely knowledgeable and experienced in her field. She has helped me develop my clinical skills and competencies throughout my Social Work career.
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It was an excellent experience.

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It was an excellent experience. I have been suffering from high anxiety and was skeptical about talking with someone who didn’t know me. After my first session I could finally see light at the end of the tunnel. I cannot wait for my next appointments so that I can learn how to take my life back.
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So far, so good!

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So far, so good!
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Had a very pleasant conversation with Mary

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Had a very pleasant conversation with Mary. It’s difficult to tell if she’s the one for me. Went as inspected .
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Thriveworks is amazing.

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Thriveworks is amazing. It is such a relief to feel you are connecting with someone who truly understands the root of your problems and gives you hope that you can work through them. I am very thankful for this place.
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Comfortable, compassionate and welcoming staff.

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Comfortable, compassionate and welcoming staff. My daughter and I have been impressed with every aspect of our experience with Thriveworks. High five!
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Good sessions

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Good sessions
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Yes!

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I've taken a tour of this counseling practice, and met some of the staff. This practice is way above par, for sure.
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    Manassas, VA 20109

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    Saturday:7AM-6PM
    Sunday:8AM-5PM

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