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

Discover how starting therapy for black men & women therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage, +21 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Stress, +5 more

As someone who has worked on understanding my own identity and personal challenges with mental health, I understand the importance of seeking support ... As someone who has worked on understanding my own identity and personal challenges with mental health, I understand the importance of seeking support to help better one's quality of life. Read more

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, Cigna | Evernorth, +3 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Life Transition, Anxiety, +2 more

As a clinician, I understand that individuals have different backgrounds and experiences that make them unique.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, Cigna | Evernorth, +3 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, ADHD, Life Transition, +4 more

As an immigrant who has navigated the complexities of adapting to a new culture, I have a deep understanding of the challenges and strengths that this... As an immigrant who has navigated the complexities of adapting to a new culture, I have a deep understanding of the challenges and strengths that this experience can bring. Read more

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +19 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Life Transition, +3 more

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage, +20 more
Stress, ADHD, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Sleep / Insomnia, Anxiety, +2 more

Having 26 years of nursing experience has allowed me the opportunity to care for people from diverse backgrounds. Despite having differences in cultur... Having 26 years of nursing experience has allowed me the opportunity to care for people from diverse backgrounds. Despite having differences in culture, socioeconomic situations, age, and health status, I understand that my clients all have a common desire to voice their concerns and be heard. Read more

Starting Therapy for Black men & women

What is Therapy for Black men and women?

Therapy for the treatment of Black men and women is a person-centered, individualized type of psychotherapeutic care that takes into account the emotional and mental impact of being a black person of color in today’s society. Thriveworks Richmond therapists use traditional therapy techniques implemented through an anti-racist lens, addressing issues like racism, colorism, toxic masculinity/misogyny, and others. This type of therapy is meant to create a safe space for black individuals to express their emotions and alleviate their stress in an environment that caters to their unique experiences.

How does Therapy for Black men and women work?

Therapy for Black men and women is much like standard psychotherapy in that Thriveworks Richmond therapists will use a variety of approaches depending on each client’s needs. However, it will also heavily incorporate person-centered therapy, which means that every client’s individual experiences, goals, and needs will be at the forefront of treatment.

Is Therapy for Black men and women conducted in person or online?

Therapy for Black men and women at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Therapy for Black men and women last?

Therapy for Black women and men will last as long as necessary to achieve the client’s therapeutic goals, whether that be a few months or years. Generally, though, true progress will often take at least five months. Thriveworks therapists in Richmond, VA will continue to provide care for as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

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When she was in high school, Jinneh’s mother died, and she developed a deep depression. Jinneh went to counseling, but when her therapist prescribed an antidepressant, she never filled it. Jinneh’s friends and family members were not sure the therapist had Jinneh’s best interest in mind, and they convinced her to stop treatment. Several years later, she was still depressed when her college roommate convinced her to start treatment again. This time, Jinneh filled her prescription, continued with her treatment, and recovered from the depression. She now dedicates her life to educating others about mental health issues. Jinneh is not alone. Distrust, inadequate care, and inaccessible treatment has kept many African Americans from receiving the mental health care they needed, but times are changing according to The Washington Post story, “Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness.” Many African Americans are going to therapy and finding the treatment they deserve.

Thriveworks Richmond understands that many roadblocks hold people back from getting therapy and that African Americans often experience more of those roadblocks than others. Our office hopes to remove as many barriers as possible, and we offer therapy that is culturally sensitive to the needs of our African American clients.

Therapy and Trust

Even though they experience the same rates of mental illness, African Americans receive therapy at half the rate as Caucasian Americans do, according a study conducted in 2010. Many reasons account for this inequality, but two big factors are inadequate and inaccessible care. In a 2012 NPR interview, Psychiatrist, Dr. William Lawson, explained, “Dr. Satcher in his surgeon general’s report noted that there was less accessibility of mental health services for people of color for a variety of reasons. Part of it is that many of the systems simply aren’t located proximity to where people of color are. Part of it is that many professionals simply don’t know how to diagnose properly African-Americans.” The distrust that many African Americans feel is certainly grounded and understandable, and yet, many within the African American community and many within the mental health community are working hard to rebuild trust.

What does it look like for a therapist to build trust with an African American client? At Thriveworks Richmond we work hard to offer individualized care that also accounts for a client’s cultural context.

Some therapists talk about a “colorblind” approach to therapy, but Thriveworks Richmond believes ignoring or downplaying race is not the best way to build trust. Instead, our therapists believe that a client’s context is important. Their race and ethnicity contribute to their identity. Instead of trying to be colorblind, we aim to be understanding and empathic. We want our clients to speak openly about anything and everything—including how race has shaped their experiences and their mental health. Our therapists work hard to understand a client’s perspective.

As trust is built and as clients feel free to share more about their lives, our therapists offer individualized care. Everyone needs a safe place where they can openly speak about their fears and struggles, traumas and triumphs, dreams and hopes, opportunities and challenges. Our therapists work hard to make counseling that safe space where clients can open up without fear or shame. Clients often set the pace for therapy and delve into issues as they are ready. No list could ever contain all the topics a client might address in therapy, but examples of issues that African American clients often raise include…

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

Dr. Jeffrey Gardere is a psychologist who runs a practice in New York City. He has observed trust being built between African Americans and therapists. He explained how he has “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.” Dr. Gardere’s practice has seen 20-25 percent more African American clients in the past few years.

Scheduling a Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks Richmond

Have you considered therapy, but something is holding you back? We understand that there are many roadblocks to seeking out mental health care, but we want to remove as many as those barriers as possible. If you think that therapy is the right next step for you, know that Thriveworks Richmond is ready to help. We have appointments available.

When you contact our office to schedule a therapy appointment, here are a few things we have done to make that process as easy as we could…

  1. A real person answers our phones and helps our clients schedule their appointments.
  2. We do not have a voicemail or an automated response system.
  3. New clients often meet with their counselor within 24 hours of their call to make an appointment.
  4. Weekend and evening sessions are offered.
  5. We do not keep a wait list so you will never be put on one.
  6. Our office works with many different insurance companies, and many different insurance plans are accepted.

If you are ready to meet with a therapist, the professionals at Thriveworks Richmond are ready to meet with you. We offer culturally sensitive therapy, and we have appointments available. Call 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 Richmond therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Richmond
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

4.7 Learn about verified reviews
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I have looked so long for a new counselor and finally found a wonderful therapist through thrive works… Rhiannon Price has been working with me and has helped me so much
Read more I have looked so long for a new counselor and finally found a wonderful therapist through thrive works… Rhiannon Price has been working with me and has helped me so much
Michelle Feb 2024
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My experience has been somewhat less desiring. My ongoing sessions with the counselor is not as expected. It’s not engaging and oftentimes we are sitting in silence. I even asked if there was an ending game plan so we know where we are working towards and I didn’t get an answer.
Read more My experience has been somewhat less desiring. My ongoing sessions with the counselor is not as expected. It’s not engaging and oftentimes we are sitting in silence. I even asked if there was an ending game plan so we know where we are working towards and I didn’t get an answer.
Chris Jan 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
I have known Scott Beach personally and professionally for almost 15 years. He is a caring and compassionate individual and an outstanding clinician. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking to engage with an ethical and skilled counselor who will meet you where you are without judgment and work with you to achieve your counseling goals!
Read more I have known Scott Beach personally and professionally for almost 15 years. He is a caring and compassionate individual and an outstanding clinician. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking to engage with an ethical and skilled counselor who will meet you where you are without judgment and work with you to achieve your counseling goals!
Richmond Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Ashley Crouch has been been a blessing to me over the past year. I cannot begin to thank her enough for how she has impacted my life. She is very effective, professional, and respectful. My quality of life has improved by leaps and bounds and I'm forever grateful. I live in a rural area with few counseling options, so online counseling was a Godsend, and so was Ashley!
Read more Ashley Crouch has been been a blessing to me over the past year. I cannot begin to thank her enough for how she has impacted my life. She is very effective, professional, and respectful. My quality of life has improved by leaps and bounds and I'm forever grateful. I live in a rural area with few counseling options, so online counseling was a Godsend, and so was Ashley!
Richmond Dec 2019
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★★★★★
Exceptional service.
Richmond Jan 2019
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I’ve been seeing Ashley for about a month now at Thriveworks and I couldn’t be happier. She really helped me get back to person I use to be. I’ve had a rough couple years and she has me well on my way to a better me.
Read more I’ve been seeing Ashley for about a month now at Thriveworks and I couldn’t be happier. She really helped me get back to person I use to be. I’ve had a rough couple years and she has me well on my way to a better me.
Richmond Jan 2019
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★★★★★
Great scheduling service. Emma Denat is fantastic as a counselor. Highly recommend this practice.
Read more Great scheduling service. Emma Denat is fantastic as a counselor. Highly recommend this practice.
Richmond Jan 2019
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★★★★★
So far, everything with Thriveworks has been great - easy to schedule, easy to meet, and really finding great help all around.
Read more So far, everything with Thriveworks has been great - easy to schedule, easy to meet, and really finding great help all around.
Richmond Jan 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Richmond is located off of Markel Rd, just south of Libbie Place Shopping Center. Our building is across the street from the Faison Center and next to Pandora’s Lashes and Coates and Davenport, P.C. Our office is in the Enterprise Center, which we share with Liquid Talent Agency and SIL Insurance, among other businesses.

Phone number

(804) 312-5498

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • Polish
  • English
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Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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