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500,000 people sought help at Thriveworks in the last year

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

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My goal is to help you explore and understand your unique existence, confront life's inherent challenges, and find meaning and purpose in your experie... My goal is to help you explore and understand your unique existence, confront life's inherent challenges, and find meaning and purpose in your experiences. Read more

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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 Maumelle, AR 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 Maumelle, AR 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.

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At the 2018 Olympics, team USA represented their country in ways it had never done previously. Two openly gay athletes competed, and Adam Ripon became the first openly gay man to win a medal at the winter Olympics. Many cheered him on the ice and off as he openly spoke about his experiences and about the importance of acceptance. More and more, cultural and legal battles are making equality a greater reality for those within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning community. And yet, there is so much more work to do. Those within the LGBTQ community still live with unacceptable stigmas and challenges. Consider these realities:

  • LGBTQ youth, ages 10-24, face more prejudice, bullying, fear, and hatred than their straight and cis-gendered peers.
  • A leading cause of death for LGBTQ youth is suicide.
  • People who identify as LGBTQ have higher rates of mental health disorders (for example, Major Depressive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder) than others.
  • The general population’s substance abuse rate is 9 percent. The substance abuse rate among LGBTQ people is 30 percent.
  • Many within the LGBTQ community experience daily “minority stress” as a result of experience higher rates of social exclusion, family rejection, harassment, prejudice, and abuse.

Marginalization and discrimination demands a high cost. The toll they take on an individual’s mental health is unacceptable, but the challenge goes even deeper. Many LGBTQ individuals have difficulty finding accepting and understanding mental health care because therapists are like the general population: some are understanding and includes while others are not.

“You can argue that it’s a different world now than the one when Matthew Shepard was killed, but there is a subtle difference between tolerance and acceptance. … It’s the chasm between being invited to a colleague’s wedding with your same-sex partner and being able to slow-dance without the other guests whispering.”
― Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

Thriveworks North Little Rock offers accepting and understanding therapy to our clients who are a part of the LGBTQ community. Our therapists understand the unique challenges they have, and we offer personalized care.

The Double Stigma

Much to its embarrassment, the mental health profession labeled homosexuality as a pathology until the 1970s. Even though the official definition has changed, cultural attitudes among therapists have lagged behind. Those within the LGBTQ community may understandably be skeptical of mental health care professionals. This is what many within the LGBTQ community and the mental health community call the double stigma: those who need mental health care the most may have a more difficult time finding the therapy they need.

Many, however, are working hard to close the gap between the need for and the access to quality mental health care. Therapists and leaders within the LGBTQ community are raising awareness. Thriveworks Maumelle aims to be a part of this positive movement. We offer sensitive and informed mental health care that accounts for unique needs that those in the LGBTQ community have.

Sensitive and Affirmative Therapy

Thriveworks Maumelle offers personalized and holistic care. Each individual has unique experiences, strengths, weaknesses, traumas, opportunities, desires, quirks, and more. Our therapists also know that whatever their clients are facing, they need a safe space. Everyone needs a place where they can be themselves. Living your truth and experiencing acceptance is powerful. Everyone needs to be able to name their reality and be affirmed in their truth. While therapists do not force an agenda for any client, certain themes often naturally arise within therapy for LGBTQ clients. For example, when they feel safe and trust has been established with their therapist, clients often work through issues such as…

  • How and when to come out
  • Depression
  • Dealing with discrimination and non-acceptance
  • Healthy communication
  • Dating and other relationships
  • Addiction
  • Gender and sexual identity
  • Transcending gender roles
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Family concerns
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Past trauma and abuse
  • Safety concerns

Thriveworks Maumelle understands that the foundation of any therapeutic relationship is trust. As therapists provide they are trustworthy, clients often free more freedom to share more and more of themselves. As clients share more of themselves, therapists are often able to guide them toward deeper healing. To establish trust, therapists often ask questions such as…

  • What are your relationships like? With your significant other? Family? Friends?
  • What are your living circumstances like? Do you feel safe there?
  • What energizes and excited you?
  • Where do you about for your life, professionally and personally?
  • How did you come to the decision to start therapy?
  • If you could change something about your circumstances, what would it be?

Therapy often addresses emotional and psychological wounds, builds up strategies for healing, and teaching coping skills. However, there is another side of mental health care: a positive side. Counselors often work with their clients to develop a clear vision of their identity, their dreams, and their hopes. Counseling is also about building the life people want and establishing the support structures they need to maintain that life.

LGBTQ Inclusive Counseling at Thriveworks Maumelle

Do you identify as LGBTQ and are you ready to start therapy? If so, know that the counselors at Thriveworks Maumelle are ready to work with you too. When you call our office, you may have your first appointment the following day. We also offer evening and weekend sessions. Many forms of insurance are accepted. Let’s work together. Call Thriveworks Maumelle today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Maumelle therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield | BCBS

  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicare Advantage

  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)

  • Arkansas Health and Wellness - Ambetter

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Maumelle
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 Maumelle reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I cannot say enough good about this place. They honestly do strive to get you in to see a practitioner quickly. And the importance of being seen soon to someone who is at a bad psychological point cannot be understated. It can, literally, mean the difference between life and death. After years of no longer being able to trust mental health providers due to so much misdiagnosis I reached out to Thriveworks. I asked for a particular practitioner, and they had me in to see her the following day. Kristy's approach was welcoming, empathetic, friendly, and down-to-earth. She did not speak down to me as a patient, but she made a comfortable effort to connect from the beginning. Gaining my trust over several weeks she was able to start showing me some things no one ever took the time to extract. She found me at the precipice of a terrible situation and worked me back from the ledge. Her input to Zack, along with his personable and empathetic personality, finally got me on medications that actually have improved my situation more than I could have ever imagined. The combination of her therapy and the medications have me, for the first time in decades, recognizing a hope for the future. All I can say is if you are that person who has lost hope and feels as though you have no purpose, let the Thriveworks team have a chance to show you a you even you didn't know existed. Without hyperbole I can honestly say I owe my life going forward to Kristy and Zack.
Read more I cannot say enough good about this place. They honestly do strive to get you in to see a practitioner quickly. And the importance of being seen soon to someone who is at a bad psychological point cannot be understated. It can, literally, mean the difference between life and death. After years of no longer being able to trust mental health providers due to so much misdiagnosis I reached out to Thriveworks. I asked for a particular practitioner, and they had me in to see her the following day. Kristy's approach was welcoming, empathetic, friendly, and down-to-earth. She did not speak down to me as a patient, but she made a comfortable effort to connect from the beginning. Gaining my trust over several weeks she was able to start showing me some things no one ever took the time to extract. She found me at the precipice of a terrible situation and worked me back from the ledge. Her input to Zack, along with his personable and empathetic personality, finally got me on medications that actually have improved my situation more than I could have ever imagined. The combination of her therapy and the medications have me, for the first time in decades, recognizing a hope for the future. All I can say is if you are that person who has lost hope and feels as though you have no purpose, let the Thriveworks team have a chance to show you a you even you didn't know existed. Without hyperbole I can honestly say I owe my life going forward to Kristy and Zack.
Maumelle Oct 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
After working with Zack for a year I would say that he is very dependable and does show concern for his patients. There is never any problem with following hospital policy. Always a good man to have on your team.
Read more After working with Zack for a year I would say that he is very dependable and does show concern for his patients. There is never any problem with following hospital policy. Always a good man to have on your team.
Maumelle Aug 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Zacks a wonderful guy to see. He really listens to all your concerns and explains your treatment options in detail. Anyone that sees him is going to feel comfortable talking to him and not have that feeling as if your talking to a stranger.
Read more Zacks a wonderful guy to see. He really listens to all your concerns and explains your treatment options in detail. Anyone that sees him is going to feel comfortable talking to him and not have that feeling as if your talking to a stranger.
Maumelle Aug 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I've dealt with severe anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember, and have seen multiple providers to try and get control of my emotions. I thought I was a lost cause until I found Zack. He was the first "medicine guy" that I met with that actually got me! He has a calming demeanor and had me very comfortable from the very first appointment. He's easy to work with and actually cares about how I'm feeling! Seeing Zack was the best decision I could have made. Now I'm feeling much better and finally feel like I can breathe. Thank you Zack and Thriveworks for all you do!
Read more I've dealt with severe anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember, and have seen multiple providers to try and get control of my emotions. I thought I was a lost cause until I found Zack. He was the first "medicine guy" that I met with that actually got me! He has a calming demeanor and had me very comfortable from the very first appointment. He's easy to work with and actually cares about how I'm feeling! Seeing Zack was the best decision I could have made. Now I'm feeling much better and finally feel like I can breathe. Thank you Zack and Thriveworks for all you do!
Maumelle Aug 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I would like to thank you for helping out a family member in need. North Little Rock isn't far away and that made everything easy for a depression/anxiety patient. Office was easy to get to.
Read more I would like to thank you for helping out a family member in need. North Little Rock isn't far away and that made everything easy for a depression/anxiety patient. Office was easy to get to.
Maumelle Aug 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Curtiss Robinson gave an excellent presentation at the Senior Services Network meeting this month. He was very engaging with the group and we all learned something to improve our relationships.
Read more Curtiss Robinson gave an excellent presentation at the Senior Services Network meeting this month. He was very engaging with the group and we all learned something to improve our relationships.
Maumelle Feb 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
We had the privilege of having Curtiss Robinson speak at our Senior Services Network lunch, he did a great job. Excellent speaker, kept everyone engaged, his message on building relationships was timely and practical.
Read more We had the privilege of having Curtiss Robinson speak at our Senior Services Network lunch, he did a great job. Excellent speaker, kept everyone engaged, his message on building relationships was timely and practical.
Maumelle Feb 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Ms. Tenethrea Buffington is the best! I went in telling her that I didn't believe in coaching/therapy, well I was wrong. She help me in my difficult situation and I could not be more happy with where I stand with it.
Read more Ms. Tenethrea Buffington is the best! I went in telling her that I didn't believe in coaching/therapy, well I was wrong. She help me in my difficult situation and I could not be more happy with where I stand with it.
Maumelle Mar 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Maumelle is located at the intersection of Country Club Pkwy and Maumelle Road, across the street from Regions Bank. We currently share the building with David’s Burgers and are next door to the Childcare Network daycare center.

Phone number

(501) 381-1913

Languages spoken by AR providers

  • English
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