Maumelle LGBTQ Counseling

Informed Therapists—Counselors for the LGBTQ Community in Maumelle, AR (North Little Rock)

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.

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Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 16 5 1 16 reviews. See all reviews
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Better than I imagined!!!

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.
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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.
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Zack’s Great

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.
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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!
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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.
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Speaking engagement

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.
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Senior Network

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.
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Ms. Buffington Works

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.
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Curt robinson

Curt was very helpful when helping me cope with my problems. During our sessions he helped me gain my confidence back and not only helped me with my codependency especially but also helped keep my head up while trying to find employment
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Outstanding! Curtiss helped me navigate my way through a challenging career melt down. He taught me how to create a successful positive out of a negative situation...a valuable life skill...I can't than him enough for all he did to help me find my inner calling .
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New location

extremely excited the new location is opening this week.
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Most Talented Coach in America

I have worked closely with Curtiss as my Coach for 2 months. Curtiss is the most talented individual I have ever met. He has the skills, employs them in his life, and knows how to transfer his skills and abilities to make it relevant and fun. The administrative aspects of Thriveworks, such asheduling is excellent, efficient and accessible. Anyone is privileged to be able to work with Curtiss and his staff. I consider myself most fortunate to be working with Curtiss.
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Healthcare Media Specialist

My experience with was excellent! I had a neighbor that was in desperate need of assistance. We brought her to and they were able to get this lady pointed in the right direction very quickly. I have also recommended to some of my co workers for family and life coaching. This company really cares and I would recommend them to anyone. Great Job Thriveworks.
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really cares!

One of the things that stands out to me about is how much they care about their clients. Being able to book an appointment within 24 hours is exceptional service. I'm so glad they opened up a new office in Maumelle.
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Business Coaching

Curtiss Robinson and his staff at are very professional and treat me with courtesy and respect each time I go for an appointment. I have used many times for business coaching sessions, and their personalized plan not only grew my business, but also helped with time management in other areas of my life.
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One of the most important factors when searching for counseling is finding counselors who are genuine and who truly care. The team has always been dedicated to each clients fullest potential in improving their outlook on their every day life. Each client is treated with utmost respect and hospitality. Each coach/counselor works with each client to build personal, multiple step, processes to reach each goal set into place. You will not find a more dedicated team to assist with anything and everything that you may be experiencing.
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    Maumelle, AR 72113

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