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I am passionate about aiding those in difficult situations to focus on their strengths and build on them.

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As a queer-identified non-binary person, I am interested in helping you explore how we make meaning of our identities to live a full life.

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Stress, Life Transition, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, Depression

As a woman of color I seek to provide a space where all are welcome to be themselves regardless of color or gender identity.

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As a young mom with a blended family, I understand the issues and pressures of parenthood, coparenting, marital relationships, and all the stresses th... As a young mom with a blended family, I understand the issues and pressures of parenthood, coparenting, marital relationships, and all the stresses that come along with day-to-day life. Read more

Anthony Vecchio

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What is your go-to approach for individual therapy?

My primary approach in individual therapy revolves around fostering a trusting therapeutic relationship while integrating evidence-based techniques, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Trust is foundational in my practice, as it creates a safe space for clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.I rely on CBT's proven effectiveness to help clients identify and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviors. By collaboratively examining these patterns, clients gain insight into their emotional experiences and develop practical coping strategies. Additionally, I incorporate mindfulness and acceptance-based techniques to enhance self-awareness and resilience.By combining these approaches within a trusting therapeutic alliance, I empower clients to navigate challenges, foster personal growth, and achieve their therapeutic goals.

What tools do you teach in individual therapy?

I utilize:

  • Cognitive restructuring: Identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and replacing them with more balanced and realistic thoughts.
  • Behavioral activation: Encouraging clients to engage in activities that bring them a sense of pleasure or accomplishment to combat feelings of depression or low motivation.
  • Mindfulness meditation: Teaching clients mindfulness techniques to increase awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations, promoting self-regulation and stress reduction.
  • Relaxation techniques: Teaching clients various relaxation exercises such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery to manage anxiety and stress.
  • Communication skills: Providing guidance on effective communication strategies, including active listening, assertiveness, and conflict resolution, to improve interpersonal relationships.
  • Problem-solving skills: Assisting clients in developing practical problem-solving strategies to address life challenges and make informed decisions.
  • Emotional regulation: Helping clients identify and regulate their emotions through techniques such as emotion labeling, grounding exercises, and distress tolerance skills.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy?

I know a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy when I observe the following signs:

  • Increased self-awareness: The client demonstrates a deeper understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and shows an ability to reflect on their experiences with greater insight.
  • Improved coping skills: The client utilizes newly acquired coping strategies and tools to effectively manage stress, regulate emotions, and navigate challenges in their daily life.
  • Positive behavioral changes: The client demonstrates observable changes in behavior, such as engaging in healthier habits, setting boundaries, or implementing problem-solving techniques to address issues.
  • Enhanced relationships: The client reports improvements in their interpersonal relationships, including better communication, increased empathy, and healthier boundaries.
  • Achievement of goals: The client makes progress towards achieving their therapy goals, whether it be reducing symptoms of anxiety or depression, improving self-esteem, or enhancing overall well-being.
  • Increased engagement in therapy: The client demonstrates active participation and commitment to the therapeutic process, attending sessions regularly, completing homework assignments, and expressing openness to feedback and guidance.
These indicators, along with ongoing assessment and feedback from the client, help me gauge the effectiveness of therapy and determine when meaningful progress is being made toward the client's desired outcomes.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement individual therapy?

Clients can:

  • Increase self-awareness: Seeking a deeper understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and showing an ability to reflect on their experiences with greater insight.
  • Improve coping skills: Utilizing newly acquired coping strategies and tools to effectively manage stress, regulate emotions, and navigate challenges in their daily life.
  • Make positive behavioral changes: Demonstrating observable changes in behavior, such as engaging in healthier habits, setting boundaries, or implementing problem-solving techniques to address issues.
  • Enhance relationships: Improving their interpersonal relationships, including using better communication, increasing empathy, and having healthier boundaries.
  • Work toward achieving their goals: Making progress toward achieving their therapy goals, whether it be reducing symptoms of anxiety or depression, improving self-esteem, or enhancing overall well-being.
  • Increasing engagement in therapy: Demonstrating active participation and commitment to the therapeutic process, attending sessions regularly, completing homework assignments, and expressing openness to feedback and guidance.

What should someone do to prepare for starting individual therapy?

To prepare for the first session, clients can:

  • Reflect on your goals: Take some time to think about what you hope to achieve through therapy. Reflect on specific areas of your life where you would like to see improvement or change.
  • Identify your concerns: Consider the issues or challenges you are currently facing and any emotions or thoughts associated with them. Identifying your concerns can help you communicate effectively with your therapist from the start.
  • Research therapists: If you haven't already chosen a therapist, research potential options and consider factors such as their expertise, therapeutic approach, and compatibility with your needs and preferences.
  • Prepare questions: Write down any questions or concerns you have about therapy or the therapeutic process. This can help you feel more informed and confident going into your first session.
  • Find a quiet space: Choose a quiet and comfortable space where you can participate in therapy sessions without interruptions or distractions.
Open mindset: Approach therapy with an open mindset and willingness to engage in self-reflection and exploration. Be prepared to share openly and honestly with your therapist, as this will facilitate a more productive therapeutic relationship.

Starting Individual therapy

What is individual therapy?

Individual therapy, also known as individual-counseling, allows people to engage in private sessions with a skilled therapist, counselor, or psychologist. The core objective of individual therapy is to establish a secure and confidential setting where they can openly discuss whatever emotional, psychological, or behavioral challenges you face. Through these one-on-one sessions, the client and therapist work together to delve into, comprehend, and ultimately find solutions for the issues at hand in their life.

How does individual therapy work?

Individual therapy unfolds in a structured process, commencing with an initial assessment in which the therapist gathers essential information about your history, concerns, and objectives. Together, you and your therapist collaboratively establish specific, attainable goals for your sessions, which can encompass symptom alleviation, personal development, or finding solutions to particular challenges.

Can individual therapy help me?

Yes, individual therapy, also known as individual-counseling, at Thriveworks can help you to improve your mental health and overall quality of life.

Is individual therapy conducted in person or online?

Individual therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does individual therapy last?

The duration of your individual therapy sessions will vary. The decision on the number and frequency of sessions is typically collaboratively determined by the client and therapist.

How much does individual therapy cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

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 Virginia Beach therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Virginia Beach
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 Thriveworks Virginia Beach reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have been seeing Sharyn Ingrum for a couple months now, she is very kind and welcoming and has helped me so much. I have seen great improvement in myself since seeing her. 10/10 recommend her, she makes therapy engaging and you can feel that she truly cares about her patients.
Read more I have been seeing Sharyn Ingrum for a couple months now, she is very kind and welcoming and has helped me so much. I have seen great improvement in myself since seeing her. 10/10 recommend her, she makes therapy engaging and you can feel that she truly cares about her patients.
Virginia Beach Dec 2021
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★★★★★
I’ve known John McAnulty for a few years, and I have to say he’s the most compassionate counselor I’ve encountered so far! He helped my husband and I through a very rough time and I’m eternally grateful. His skills and empathy for his clients is evident!
Read more I’ve known John McAnulty for a few years, and I have to say he’s the most compassionate counselor I’ve encountered so far! He helped my husband and I through a very rough time and I’m eternally grateful. His skills and empathy for his clients is evident!
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I would definitely recommend Thriveworks. Rarely can you reach for a counselor online and be able to take practical and progressive steps to work toward personal goals, growth and healing. John McAnulty Is a consummate professional, lending compassionate attention and assistance to clients as they navigate the path to well-being. I could not be more appreciative of his service.
Read more I would definitely recommend Thriveworks. Rarely can you reach for a counselor online and be able to take practical and progressive steps to work toward personal goals, growth and healing. John McAnulty Is a consummate professional, lending compassionate attention and assistance to clients as they navigate the path to well-being. I could not be more appreciative of his service.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Nikol is top tier when it comes to professional counselors. She has the ability to connect with individuals while providing sound therapy. I have interacted with Nikol personally and professionally, and would most definitely trust my loved ones and friends in her care.
Read more Nikol is top tier when it comes to professional counselors. She has the ability to connect with individuals while providing sound therapy. I have interacted with Nikol personally and professionally, and would most definitely trust my loved ones and friends in her care.
Virginia Beach Jun 2021
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★★★★★
Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
Read more Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
Virginia Beach Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Great session,fair priced and mr. Costigan is very friendly and knowledgable. Great help
Virginia Beach May 2020
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★★★★★
This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
Read more This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
Virginia Beach Apr 2020
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★★★★★
I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
Read more I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
Virginia Beach Sep 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Virginia Beach is located off of S Independence Blvd, in a shopping center right by Lake Trashmore. As you enter this shopping center, you’ll pass Making a Difference Foundation, Inc. on your right. We currently share a building with Interm Healthcare of Virginia Beach, VA, and Bug-Masters.

Phone number

(757) 520-0827

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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