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857,310 people sought individual therapy help in Virginia in the last year

Discover how starting individual therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Women’s Issues, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, Depression

I meet my clients where they are and stay by their side through the challenges of a difficult time.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Anxiety, +1 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Stress, Women’s Issues, Divorce / Breakup, Addiction, Eating Disorder, +4 more

I want my clients to know that their story is important and give them empathy and hope that things can get better.

Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for individual therapy?

Rachel : Get to know them, and get to know their strengths. Build on those strengths! My clients amaze me constantly. They are smart, resourceful, and more capable than they can usually acknowledge. I want to shine the light on those parts of them that will help them work through and manage, heal, and transform what isn't working.

Gwendolyn: My go-to approach for helping people in individual therapy is CBT. I find that CBT allows you to have a one-on-one treatment allowing one to set personal goals, process past situations, learn about triggers, relapse/relapse prevention, and manage symptoms.

What tools do you teach in individual therapy?

Rachel : I teach clients to be aware of their values and how those values drive them — or if they aren't living by those values, how that may bring distress. I also teach them core values of connection, individual meaning, and purpose as a foundation upon which to build everything else.

Gwendolyn: I teach the following tools in individual therapy:

  • Grief and loss, how to process the death of a person(s)
  • Career planning
  • Resolving job conflict
  • Communication styles
  • Building self-esteem and self-awareness
  • Recognizing and changing certain behaviors to improve/increase optimal living

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

Rachel : I know a client is making progress in therapy when they start having those “aha!” moments — making connections in and outside of therapy. I also know progress is happening when they are able to make sense of their pain and maybe even give it a purpose.

Gwendolyn: I know a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy through self-report and when the client's goals are obtained.

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

Rachel : Clients can supplement individual therapy in two specific ways: first, by educating themselves through books, podcasts, or videos in regards to their particular challenges, how they originated, and how others have overcome similar challenges, and second, by focusing daily on “baby steps” — ask yourself, “How can I make a tiny bit of progress just for today?” and ask yourself that every day.

Gwendolyn: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy by implementing learned tools from sessions, journaling to see their progress, and mindfulness training.

What should someone do to prepare for starting individual therapy?

Rachel : To prepare for your first session, come as you are. It's not a performance or a place where you will be judged. Just bring yourself, and your problems. On that note, sometimes just starting therapy can feel like such a relief that you might momentarily feel “fixed.” Be aware of that and enjoy the feeling, but don't allow it to make a decision for you.

Gwendolyn: To prepare for your first individual therapy session, you can set realistic goals/objectives, choosing a secure place for therapy.

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 24 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)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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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

5.0 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
I really like my therapist Patricia Colby. She is so easy to talk to, and has a flexible schedule. She is understanding and really puts you at ease.
Read more I really like my therapist Patricia Colby. She is so easy to talk to, and has a flexible schedule. She is understanding and really puts you at ease.
Danielle Feb 2024
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★★★★★
John McAnulty is by far the best counselor that I have ever experienced. He is kind, compassionate and caring. He heard every word I would say and gave me so many tools that I use to this day to cope with my past struggles. He takes his time to not only listen, but to respond in the most caring way. I will forever be grateful for all he did for my family and I.
Read more John McAnulty is by far the best counselor that I have ever experienced. He is kind, compassionate and caring. He heard every word I would say and gave me so many tools that I use to this day to cope with my past struggles. He takes his time to not only listen, but to respond in the most caring way. I will forever be grateful for all he did for my family and I.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
John McAnulty is a compassionate and caring counselor. Very understanding. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Read more John McAnulty is a compassionate and caring counselor. Very understanding. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I’ve known John McAnulty for several years now. He is a compassionate man and is extremely skilled in putting you at ease in the very first meeting. He helped my husband (and myself) through a very rough time. I am forever grateful to him
Read more I’ve known John McAnulty for several years now. He is a compassionate man and is extremely skilled in putting you at ease in the very first meeting. He helped my husband (and myself) through a very rough time. I am forever grateful to him
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
John was so kind and compassionate . He thoroughly helped me walk through my grief issues in a sensitive and kind manner . I was so grateful for his caring a and compassion at such a very trying Time
Read more John was so kind and compassionate . He thoroughly helped me walk through my grief issues in a sensitive and kind manner . I was so grateful for his caring a and compassion at such a very trying Time
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
John has not only been my counselor for many years but a true friend. He has great empathy for others especially people suffering from substance abuse. I have had hundreds of hours of counseling over the years and John would be my unequivocal top pick.
Read more John has not only been my counselor for many years but a true friend. He has great empathy for others especially people suffering from substance abuse. I have had hundreds of hours of counseling over the years and John would be my unequivocal top pick.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
It is very easy communicating with John McAnulty. He is empathetic and nonjudgmental. His understanding nature allows a peaceful sense of gratification.
Read more It is very easy communicating with John McAnulty. He is empathetic and nonjudgmental. His understanding nature allows a peaceful sense of gratification.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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★★★★★
John McAnulty is extremely compassionate. I couldn't of asked for a better counselor. He really helped put my mind at ease. I just wanted to Thank him again.
Read more John McAnulty is extremely compassionate. I couldn't of asked for a better counselor. He really helped put my mind at ease. I just wanted to Thank him again.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Virginia Beach is located at the intersection of Old Great Neck Rd and Kenstock Dr. We currently share the building with Chesapeake Bay Realty and across the street you will find Dominion Insurance Group and the Animal Vision Center of Virginia.

Phone number

(757) 520-1312

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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