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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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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 Rock Hill, 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 Rock Hill, 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.

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When you boil down much of the world’s beauty, you’re left with love. Love between family, friends, yourself, romantic interests, humanity- the root of many people’s happiness is love. The Greeks understood the diversity of love so well that they had 7 words to describe it- Eros (romantic), philia (friendship), ludos (playful, flirtatious), storge (family), philautia (self-love), pragma (committed, companion love), and agape (love for others). There are so many beautiful ways to love.

Wherever you place your love, and however you choose to love, should not be looked down upon and criticized. Yet for millions, how they choose to love can put them in physical, mental, and emotional danger.

Thriveworks Rock Hill counseling stands with the LGBTQ+ community and understands the many difficulties that you will have to overcome. It’s not fair, but there are ways to make the obstacles confronting you easier. Counseling is one such way. You deserve to live a life free from the expectations of society and the weight of a heteronormative society. Sometimes you can’t always get that acceptance, but you can always find freedom in yourself. 803-368-6499

What topics does LBGTQ+ Counseling address?

The obstacles members of the LGBTQ+ community are asked to overcome can range from questions of identity to mental illnesses. Know that there is never a reason too big or too small to see a counselor. Our LGBTQ+ specialized counselors will meet you where you’re at, wherever you’re at. Whether you’re just starting to embrace your true self or have been at ease with yourself for years and just want somebody who understand you to help you through an unrelated issue, the counselors at Rock Hill are excited to meet you.

It’s an unfortunate truth that members of the LGBTQ+ community are at higher risk for mental illness like depression, anxiety, drug use, and suicide. It is a statistic that Rock Hill counseling is fighting to push into existence. If you feel like there is no where else to turn, please give us a call. There is more to life, love, and you than the pain you’re feeling right now.

The LGBTQ+ counselors at Rock Hill don’t have a magic cure, but we can be supportive, nonjudgmental, empathetic, and can provide a space for you to work through whatever you are facing with a professional counselor by your side.

Some of the more common topics brought up in LGBTQ+ counseling in Rock Hill include:

  • Social anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Depression
  • Past abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Family concerns
  • Self esteem
  • Issues in School or work

The happy, fulfilling, fun life you’ve dreamed of is a possibility! You deserve the chance to chase that life as much as everyone else. While no one else can do that except you, Thriveworks Rock Hill LGTBQ+ counselors are here to give you the tools you need to succeed.

What does LGBTQ+ Counseling look like?

The core of counseling for LGBTQ+ individuals boils down to one idea: surviving and thriving are two different things, and we want you to thrive.

The LGBTQ+ counselors at Rock Hill will help you work through any current or past pains that are preventing you from thriving in the present, and then help you build the future that you’re excited to wake up to.

The process of finding yourself is never-ending. We change, and that’s okay! No one is ever fully confident of who they are, but there are some things that can help you stay grounded in who you are. Who you love, or want to love, can be one of those grounding truths to a lot of people. It is a part of you and deserves to be brought into the picture. Counseling for LGBTQ+ individuals offers the space needed to truly be yourself while working through whatever problems brought you through the doors.

In a counseling session, we might bring up:

  • what gets you up in the morning (passions and goals)
  • finding your strengths and learning how to use them
  • working on confidence
  • define your goals and work on a plan to accomplish them
  • Coming-out to friends and family
  • Overcoming social barriers as you pursued your career (anything from opening your own business to moving up in the corporate ladder)
  • Transitioning to a new home or phase of life (like going to college)

Before anything else, you are a human soul. You deserve to be treated like one, with respect, dignity, and love. LGBTQ+ counseling is mean to help you heal and grow. The possibilities are endless as far as where you will go. We accept most major insurance panels, offer discrete day, evening, and weekend appointments, and there’s never a waiting list – we can offer most appointments in 24-48 hours. Call to schedule an appointment today. 803-368-6499

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 Rock Hill therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • 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

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Self-pay costs at Rock Hill
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

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I have only had great appointments with Melissa. She CARES about her patients and LISTENS to my concerns and follows up at each appointment.
Read more I have only had great appointments with Melissa. She CARES about her patients and LISTENS to my concerns and follows up at each appointment.
Susan Feb 2024
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★★★★★
I have been having Having my counseling sessions with Melissa Pate for grief counseling. She has been fantastic helping me thru the grief process since my husbands passing. I never thought it would be so hard but with her help I am starting to make progress. She gives me advice on references, books, and gives encouragement. I am so grateful to have found Melissa and Thriveworks. Lesley
Read more I have been having Having my counseling sessions with Melissa Pate for grief counseling. She has been fantastic helping me thru the grief process since my husbands passing. I never thought it would be so hard but with her help I am starting to make progress. She gives me advice on references, books, and gives encouragement. I am so grateful to have found Melissa and Thriveworks. Lesley
Lesley Jan 2024
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★★★★★
Virtual visits are a life saver for me in many ways. I love my counselor and psychiatrist. Response from Customer Service has always been timely and concise. I really do not have any complaints.
Read more Virtual visits are a life saver for me in many ways. I love my counselor and psychiatrist. Response from Customer Service has always been timely and concise. I really do not have any complaints.
Rock Hill Sep 2022
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★★★★★
I've told my friends about Thriveworks. It's great to have a resource like this in our community.
Read more I've told my friends about Thriveworks. It's great to have a resource like this in our community.
Rock Hill Aug 2019
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★★★★★
Thriveworks is a wonderful place to get the support you need to improve your life!
Rock Hill Aug 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Rock Hill is located at 1030 Riverwalk Parkway Suite 203, Rock Hill, SC 29730. We’re near the Riverwalk YMCA and are next to Beam Endodontics.

Phone number

(803) 676-1276

Languages spoken by SC providers

  • English
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