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3,955 people sought LGBTQ+ counseling help in Massachusetts in the last year

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

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I have a wide range of experience with behavioral health disorders that include bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, and subst... I have a wide range of experience with behavioral health disorders that include bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, and substance use disorders, as well as various treatment modalities. Empathy and building a trusting relationship are essential in treatment. From there, we can make changes to help you get to a better place. Read more

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 Newton, MA 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 Newton, MA 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?

There’s no doubt that inclusivity toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or those still questioning their identity, is improving. That said, these individuals still experience adversity such as discrimination and bullying. And these adversities certainly and clearly take a toll, as those who belong to the LGBTQ community suffer from higher rates of mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, and addiction.

An important part of living well—of living both a happy and healthy life—is feeling comfortable in your own skin and embracing your one true identity. However, those in the LGBTQ community often feel like they have to tiptoe around who they are, which can have detrimental effects on their wellbeing.

If you’re part of the LGBTQ community, the counselors at Thriveworks in Newton, MA want to help you live your truth and overcome any adversity that stands in your way. They can assist you in understanding who you are—emotionally, physically, sexually, and spiritually—and embracing your true self. They will base your counseling experience on LGBTQ informed therapy, which is rooted in this self-discovery and self-love.

What Does LGBTQ Counseling Look Like?

The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Counseling in Newton, MA tailor each session to the nature, needs, and goals of each client. In LGBTQ, your counselor will seek to understand you and may ask questions that’ll give them a unique glance into your life. These questions might include:

  • How would you rate your life satisfaction right now?
  • Is there anything you want to change about your life?
  • Where do you hope to be in 5 years’ time?
  • What do you hope to accomplish in counseling?

These questions won’t just improve the counselor’s understanding of the client, but it will improve the client’s understanding of him or herself too. Self-discovery means exploring these important questions. It means setting goals, taking on new challenges, and always aiming for growth. Your counselor will accompany you on this journey. They’ll provide you with that safe place for building a solid foundation in life. This might involve discussing the following topics:

  • Self-esteem
  • Mental illness
  • “Coming out”
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Romantic interests
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Traumatic experiences

What Are the Benefits of Meeting With an LGBTQ-Informed Therapist?

While members of the LGBTQ deserve to be treated like anyone else, they do face unique challenges that can threaten their emotional and mental health. These challenges include…

  • Social rejection
  • Judgment by friends/family
  • Higher rates of suicide
  • Homophobia or transphobia

These issues can add to emotional stress and deep-rooted traumas. This begs the need for an LGBTQ-informed therapist who understands the unique challenges these individuals face and knows how to help them navigate these choppy waters.

Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Newton Today

The truth is that people in the LGBTQ community don’t always receive quality healthcare because their provider doesn’t properly understand or isn’t properly trained to help them with their unique situation. However, you can find this quality healthcare at Thriveworks in Newton, MA, as our providers are trained to meet the unique needs of those who belong to the LGBTQ community. They understand that you face many challenges specifically related to your sexual orientation or identity.

Our goal at Thriveworks is to help every single one of our clients live a happier, more successful life. We seek to inspire and empower; we seek to help you become your best self. If you’re looking to work with an LGBTQ-informed therapist, you’re in the right place. You can get started today—just give us a call at (617) 992-2827 to book a session or learn more about opportunities at Thriveworks. We can’t wait to get started!

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 Newton therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Newton
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 Newton reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
My husband and I worked with Emily for a few months and her guidance had really made a difference in our marriage. In fact, my husband was skeptical about couples counseling initially, but really came to value it after a few sessions; the only reason we stopped was because our insurance changed. Both of us found Emily to be a compassionate and fair listener who recommended concrete tools and practices for us that turned out to be quite helpful.
Read more My husband and I worked with Emily for a few months and her guidance had really made a difference in our marriage. In fact, my husband was skeptical about couples counseling initially, but really came to value it after a few sessions; the only reason we stopped was because our insurance changed. Both of us found Emily to be a compassionate and fair listener who recommended concrete tools and practices for us that turned out to be quite helpful.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
I admire her integrity, honesty and work ethic. She is easy to talk to and is a great listener. She has consistently demonstrated emotional fortitude and sound Judgement, and will add great value to your organization.
Read more I admire her integrity, honesty and work ethic. She is easy to talk to and is a great listener. She has consistently demonstrated emotional fortitude and sound Judgement, and will add great value to your organization.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is a competent, warm, and caring counselor.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Kelly is very caring and understanding towards others. I would definitely recommend her for therapy!
Read more Kelly is very caring and understanding towards others. I would definitely recommend her for therapy!
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is compassionate, empathic and an excellent listener. She poses questions and scenarios to truly help the individual reflect. This method of helping allows each person to define their own answers and gain their own success. Maureenʻs years of experience and intellect has prepared her to truly help others. Kudos to anyone lucky enough to work with her.
Read more Maureen is compassionate, empathic and an excellent listener. She poses questions and scenarios to truly help the individual reflect. This method of helping allows each person to define their own answers and gain their own success. Maureenʻs years of experience and intellect has prepared her to truly help others. Kudos to anyone lucky enough to work with her.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is wonderful and caring. I would recommend her services to anyone.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
I have had the opportunity to work alongside Maureen Sullivan, and I am so grateful she is a provider in the therapeutic world. She brings the highest level of experience, creativity, patience, and grit, while remaining open and resourceful. She is truly a gem who is trustworthy; the quintessential dynamic therapist.
Read more I have had the opportunity to work alongside Maureen Sullivan, and I am so grateful she is a provider in the therapeutic world. She brings the highest level of experience, creativity, patience, and grit, while remaining open and resourceful. She is truly a gem who is trustworthy; the quintessential dynamic therapist.
Newton Nov 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Newton is off of Boylston Street and Jackson Street. We share a building with Razelles Skin Care Salon. Down the road is a Life Time Fitness and Winston Flowers.

Phone number

(617) 380-4684

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • Greek
  • English
  • French
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm

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