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1,296 people sought LGBTQ+ counseling help in South Carolina 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 37 therapists in South Carolina 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 Mt Pleasant, SC 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 Mt Pleasant, SC 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?

Individuals within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning or Queer (LGBTQ+) community experience prejudice frequently as they strive to be true to themselves. This can cause high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression for individuals and, as a result, mental health conditions occur at much higher rates compared to other communities.

If societal norms and prejudices of a community are challenged by the way an individual lives, the fine balance of physical, emotional, mental, sexual, and spiritual health for that individual becomes skewed. They can feel lost, isolated, and severely stressed. Despite the individual living their normal life, some people within a community may feel as if the individual is not meeting social expectations, which can invoke judgment and additional stressors. These stressors and anxiety can manifest in many ways from substance abuse to withdrawal to thoughts of self-harm.

Thriveworks Mount Pleasant therapists can counsel individuals struggling with these challenges to find acceptance and clarity within themselves.

Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant therapists and counselors empathize and know that the biggest gains of self-awareness and self-acceptance occur with inward self-exploration. What is your sexuality? How do you manage emotions? How do you physically care for yourself? Are you suffering from a mental health diagnosis necessitating therapy? What supports your spirituality?

Services are accessible to anyone and everyone. You can set up your first appointment by calling 843-606-6223.

What Is LGBTQ+ Counseling? Is LGBTQ+ Therapy Right for Me?

Counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant strive to create safe and judgment-free environments. There is a focus on positivity and empowerment. Our therapists and counselors support the whole individual and recognize the delicate balance between sexual, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health that defines the identity of the individual. Many questions that are initially asked are inline with self-care goals.

  • What prompted you to seek counseling services?
  • What are your goals?
  • What makes you want to get up in the morning?
  • What are you excited about sharing with others?
  • Do you like your living situation and support system?
  • Do you want to make changes?
  • Where do you see yourself in 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

These questions often begin the more difficult discussions of self-exploration. What makes you truly happy and how can this be incorporated into your life? Topics that often come up include:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • “Coming out” concerns
  • Managing discrimination
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Transcending gender roles
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Relationships with families and partners
  • Sexual and gender identity
  • Communication
  • Eating disorders
  • Prior traumas

Our therapists strive to prevent self-isolation and management of any mental health diagnoses. By focusing on coping strategies and acceptance, we will work with you toward the goal of emotional well-being and happiness as your true self.

Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Mount Pleasant, SC

Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant provides exceptional care throughout your journey. Even if you don’t feel that you are suffering from a diagnosed mental health illness, we are here to talk and support your self-identity. We accept all clients with an interest in therapy.

We understand that it can be hard to reach out, but please call us at 843-606-6223, as we’re here to help! We are conveniently located adjacent to the Queensborough Shopping Center at 1131 Queensborough Blvd., #100, just across the bridge from Charleston in Mt. Pleasant.

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 Mt Pleasant therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Mt Pleasant
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 Learn about verified reviews
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My therapist at Thriveworks, Susan, is warm and and relatable. I am a late-diagnosed autistic woman. I am basically now learning what everyone else learned in kindergarten. I have a history of broken marriages and jobs I was invited to leave because I didn't fit in, to put it mildly. She has helped me in so many ways, and I can now see decisions I made that I thought were just what had happened to me. I feel much more capable and hopeful now. I wish I could have met her years ago. I have gone to many therapists over the years, but now I can see how I can feel hopeful about my life and my relationships with my daughters and my grandchildren.
Read more My therapist at Thriveworks, Susan, is warm and and relatable. I am a late-diagnosed autistic woman. I am basically now learning what everyone else learned in kindergarten. I have a history of broken marriages and jobs I was invited to leave because I didn't fit in, to put it mildly. She has helped me in so many ways, and I can now see decisions I made that I thought were just what had happened to me. I feel much more capable and hopeful now. I wish I could have met her years ago. I have gone to many therapists over the years, but now I can see how I can feel hopeful about my life and my relationships with my daughters and my grandchildren.
Linda Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
Susan is my Thriveworks therapist. She is helping me set boundaries and make better choices. I am learning a lot from her. Having Asperger's, I often can be quite blunt. I am gradually learning how to say less but make better connections. She
Read more Susan is my Thriveworks therapist. She is helping me set boundaries and make better choices. I am learning a lot from her. Having Asperger's, I often can be quite blunt. I am gradually learning how to say less but make better connections. She
Linda Jan 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Mt Pleasant is located off of Queensborough Blvd, right next to the Queensborough Shopping Center and just north of Highway 17. We're right across the street from Groucho's Deli, Beach Cowboy Fitness, and Hunan Chinese. The closest bus stop is Johnnie Dodds Blvd (Frontage Rd) / Queensborough Shopping Center.

Phone number

(843) 588-1846

Languages spoken by SC providers

  • English
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