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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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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 Somerville, 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 Somerville, 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?

The Olympics has always been an event where the world comes together in understanding and acceptance, but new ground was broken at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Adam Rippon competed in figure skating and medaled. He is the first openly gay athlete to win a medal at any winter Olympics, and he was not the only athlete to promote understanding and acceptance for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Questioning community. Adam was joined by USA teammate and snowboarder Gus Kenworthy as athletes who competed out of the closet. Kenworthy had competed in the previous Olympics in the closet. He reflected upon that experience, saying, “It pushed me to this place where I needed to come out and I’m so happy that I did. To take that step meant a lot for me and for my mental well-being.” As great strides have been made, both in the Olympics and elsewhere, for LGBTQ people, the Olympics also illustrate how much work needs to be done. Kenworthy and Rippon told of how other athletes and coaches privately came out to them, but these athletes feared coming out publicly, knowing they would face abuse and discrimination. Much progress has been made, but much work needs to be done. Think about these realities:

  • Rates of mental illness are three times higher in the LGBTQ community than they are in cis-gendered and straight populations.
  • The substance abuse rate is also three times higher in the LGBTQ community: 30 percent as compared to 9 percent in the general population.
  • At home and at school, LGBTQ youth (ages 10-24) face more bullying, hatred, prejudice and fear than straight and cis-gendered youth.
  • A leading cause of death for LGBTQ youth is suicide.
  • LGBTQ frequently report experiencing “minority stress.” They often feel a constant and acute anxiety that is a result of facing harassment, abuse, family rejection, social exclusion, and/or prejudice.

The world is all too often a hostile place to the LGBTQ community, and many LGBTQ people are living with the effects of increased mental illness. It is important that therapists understand the unique challenges that their LGBTQ clients may be experiencing and offer LGBTQ competent care. Thriveworks Counseling in Somerville, MA has helped many LGBTQ clients find the mental health care they need and deserve.

The Dual Stigma and LGBTQ Mental Health Care

Deciding to start therapy can be a difficult decision in and of itself, but some people face added difficulties. The mental health community has not always been a safe place for LGBTQ people to heal. Before 1973, the American Psychological Association officially labeled homosexuality a mental illness. Their official stance may have changed, but some therapists have not made the adjustment in their care. Some therapists see gender or sexual orientation as an issue to fix instead of promoting self-acceptance. Thus, a community that needs mental health care the most may also have the hardest time finding competent care. This dynamic occurs frequently enough to have a name: the dual stigma. Many, however, are working to raise awareness so that those in the LGBTQ community can receive competent mental health care.

Sensitive and Affirmative Therapy

“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

An important principle in mental health care is self-acceptance. Each individual who pursues therapy is a unique person, but everyone has something in common: the need for a safe place to grow in self-awareness and self-acceptance. Each person has their own experience and stories, opportunities and challenges, traumas and triumphs, weaknesses and strengths. When therapy is a healthy process, clients will feel safe enough to live their truth—acknowledge and accept their reality. As trust and safety grow in the therapeutic relationship, clients are often able to delve into difficult topics. There is no right or wrong topic to address in therapy, but many LGBTQ clients discuss…

  • How and when to come out
  • Healthy communication
  • Dating and other relationships
  • Safety concerns
  • Depression
  • Dealing with discrimination and non-acceptance
  • Gender and sexual identity
  • Past trauma and abuse
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Addiction
  • Transcending gender roles
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Family concerns

Therapy often has a past and a future element. Healing can look like delving into the past, identifying wounds, and working toward healing. Healing can also look like anticipating the future. Therapy is often the place where people identify their dreams and build a life they love.

Scheduling Counseling at Thriveworks in Somerville for LGBTQ Competent Care

Are you considering therapy? If so, know that you are not alone. The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Counseling in Somerville are ready to walk with you on your healing journey. We have worked with many LGBTQ clients. We understand the unique challenges you may be facing as an LGBTQ individual, and we are committed to offering quality mental health care.

When you contact our office, know you may be meeting with your therapist the following day. Our scheduling specialists answer our phones and help our clients make their appointments. Weekend and evening sessions are offered, but we do not put our clients on a waitlist. Instead, we want to offer accessible care. We also accept many different forms of insurance. 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 Somerville therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Connecticut | BCBS

  • 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

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Somerville is located on Elm St in Davis Square. We’re sandwiched between The Burren and Martsa on Elm. The closest parking lot is Grove Street Lots, which is right around the corner on Grove St.

Phone number

(857) 214-2782

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
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