Virginia Beach LGBTQ Counseling

LGBTQ Sensitive Counseling in Virginia Beach, VA—Therapists

Without a doubt, American attitudes and actions regarding people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning are changing for the better. Without a doubt, American attitudes and actions regarding people who identify as LGBTQ also has room for improvement. As with many types of social change, cultures often take two steps forward and then one step back. Yes, those in the LGBTQ community have experience significant gains in establishing their human rights. Culturally and legally, however, they still face many forms of discrimination and marginalization. These abuses take a steep toll. Studies have shown that members of the LGBTQ community suffer higher rates of mental health challenges such as anxiety, addiction, and depression than others. Many unfair and untrue stigmas still plague the LGBTQ community.

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…
it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” ― Harvey Milk

Experiencing the freedom to be oneself—live in one’s truth—is the bedrock of emotional health. This means being honest with oneself about likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, sexuality and gender, and more. On their path toward emotional health, there are significant roadblocks that people who identify as LGBTQ may face that others will not. The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Virginia Beach understand these obstacles and are ready to offer care and support. We understand that living one’s truth is important, but it can also be scary. When people live their story, others are not always supportive, even therapists and counselors.

At Thriveworks Virginia Beach, our staff’s goal is to build a therapeutic relationship built upon safety and trust, where each client can live their truth and be who they are. We have seen the positive change that can result from trust, truth, kindness, and acceptance.

LGBTQ Sensitive Therapy

The stigma that many people in the LGBTQ community face take an emotional and psychological toll. The stress of facing harassment, discrimination, rejection, and more has repercussions. The statistics tell the story:

  • Approximately 30 percent of people in the LGBTQ community struggle with substance abuse. Within the general population, 9 percent struggle.
  • LGBTQ individuals are three times more likely to have a mental illness like major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder than those who do not identify as LGBTQ.
  • LGBTQ youth, ages 10-24 are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers.
  • “Minority stress” plagues many in the LGBTQ community as they experience more harassment, prejudice, social exclusion, denial of human rights, family rejection, and abuse than the general population.
  • LGBTQ youth frequently experience bullying, hatred, fear, and prejudice in both their homes and schools.

These statistics are sobering, but there is more. The American Psychological Association removed homosexuality from its list of pathologies in 1973. That means, as recently as the 1970s, many people were pathologized for simply being themselves—a shame upon the mental health community. Many therapists and counselors today are still uninformed and insensitive, and thus, the LGBTQ community faces a “dual stigma.” It faces these severe mental health challenges with the added difficulty of finding a therapist who is informed, affirming, and sensitive.

The context of people’s problems matter, and this the context that many LGBTQ individuals face. Is there any wonder many are hesitant to reach out for help? At Thriveworks Virginia Beach, we understand the fear, and we would like to change these difficult realities. We offer therapy that is sensitive to the challenges that LGBTQ people may face. What does that mean?

The therapeutic relationship must be built upon trust. Everyone needs a place where they can tell their story and be honest about what is happening in their lives. When clients say they are facing harassment or discrimination, that abuse cannot be minimized. Instead, our therapists work hard to listen well and build trust so that clients can speak their experiences.

This also involves a positive element. A safe space often means clients can dream and explore and hope. They may set goals and achieve personal and professional goals they never thought possible.

Issues that frequently arise in LGBTQ sensitive counseling:

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

Scheduling an Appointment for LGBTQ Informed Therapy at Thriveworks Virginia Beach

Then about what is happening in your life at this time. Are you facing marginalization or discrimination? Are the effects of stress taking their toll? If you are, know that the staff at Thriveworks Virginia Beach is sorry you have experienced such abuse. If you are ready to meet with a therapist or counselor, but you are concerned that you will be treated with respect, know that we understand your fear. The professionals at Thriveworks Virginia Beach are working hard to earn your trust and give you the safety you need to heal and to live your truth.

When you contact our office, we hope you feel supported from the time you dial our number. When you call, you may have your first appointment within 24 hours. A real person will answer and help schedule your session. Weekend and evening appointments are available. We also accept many insurance plans.

You are worthy of love and respect and acceptance. Call Thriveworks Virginia Beach today.

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Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 34 5 1 34 reviews. See all reviews
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John Mcanulty& Thriveworks

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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.
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Counseling

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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.
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Don Costigan – Highly recommend!

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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.
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Great session,fair priced and mr. Costigan is very friendly and knowledgable. Great help
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Review for Mandy Donnelly

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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.
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Don Costigan

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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.
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Amazing

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Dr. Turon's passion for working with couples and families is far-reaching! Having worked with him in many capacities, I can say with all clarity, Dr. Turon is genuine and presents his most authentic self, in and out of the therapy room.
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Felt complete

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I had the pleasure of meeting Juan 7 years ago during a very difficult time in my life as well as my kids . Very professional made us feel very comfortable,he helped my kids and myself. I couldn’t be more thankful .
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NG

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I've worked with J Turon for several years and can account for the positive impact he has had with so many of our clients. Mr. Turon has a natural way of relating to others, ensuring they understand what he is sharing and then implementing changes that are reflected in behavior, attitude and approach. I would recommend Mr. Turon to anyone or any family seeking answers as well as a guide to a well balanced and healthy approach to mental health.
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It was a great experience

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It was a great experience
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I love everything about Thriveworks!

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I love everything about thriveworks! The first time I called I was able to get an appointment the same day with a great therapist, Shuan Salzman. I was diagnosed with FND and on of the treatments is cognitive behavioral therapy. My daughter also goes here and sees Jeanie. She is workingwonderful with teenagers. My daughter was very hesitant in going but she has open up. Both therapists are perfect very professional. I would recommend thriveworks to any of my family members, friends, and coworkers.
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Very helpful

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Very helpful
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I love Donna

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Pretty good i love donna
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My sessions have been very helpful

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My sessions have been very helpful.
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Digusted

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I cancelled my daughter's appointment due to illness (she was throwing up) and was charged a $99 fee! The fact that you would rather me bring my child throwing up to your office instead of allowing me to cancel is disgusting. It is bad enough having a sick child at home, now I have to incur a $99 fee for having a sick child and doing the right thing by keeping her home. Gross. Shame on you.
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Personable and professional.

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Personable and professional.
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Look Forward to our next

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Only had one appointment so far but we liked the session and look forward to our next
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You’re doing well!

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You’re doing well!
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I would like to continue with Donna

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I felt it was good, donna listened, understood our feeling ,even those which i could not put words to. I would like to continue with her.
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Pete is great

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Going great so far. Pete is great, knowledgeable and relatable.
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Pete was amazing and answered my questions

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Pete was amazing and answered my questions
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So far therapy is great

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So far therapy is great, this is going on my 3rd session in my entire life! and im starting to notice some changes already
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I really look forward to my visits.

★★★★★
I really look forward to my visits. I feel comfortable and I love the office set up down town.
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The staff are very professional and punctual

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The staff are very professional and punctual and my therapist is extremely knowledgeable, hands on, relatable, and exudes genuine interest in helping me overcome my issues.
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My 1st session was interesting

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My 1st session was interesting looking forward to my next session
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The session was good.

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The session was good. I feel like I got a lot accomplished and obtained a lot of tools.
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My first session and I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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My first session and I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m as hard headed as they come and I have to admit, therapy works!
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We’re both looking forward to our next session.

★★★★★
We’ve only had one session but I felt Dr. Love really understood what I was trying to relay to my partner. We’re both looking forward to our next session.
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Dr. Love is going to save our relationship!

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Dr. Love is going to save our relationship! Thank you for listening and giving advice !
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Appointment went well

★★★★★
Very please with how easy to set up appointment & first Appointment went well. I left feeling very comfortable which is the first to learning how to deal with some challenges that I am having to deal with and more to come.
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Donna immediately made me feel comfortable

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Donna immediately made me feel comfortable about her being my daughter’s therapist. She has a true understanding of what she is going through. When I call to make appointments, I am met with a friendly voice.
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Monthly Administrators Fee

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It is unfortunate that my therapist of many years Dr. Amanda Trent started working for Thrive. Thrive charges a MONTHLY Administration plus your copay which is ridiculous. To my knowledge noone charges a monthly fee other than Thrive. In my opinion their goal is to gain money not assist patients in need.. If you need help , i recommend locating a facility that does not charge a monthly fee.
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No appt available

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Your website advertises appointments available within 24 hours, but I just called to schedule with a NP and was told you have no new patient availability.
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Impressed

★★★★★
I'm repeatedly impressed by Ebonie's insights and knowledge. She is a great counselor
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    Virginia Beach, VA 23452

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