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Our therapists offer help for LGBTQ+ issues in Westminster, CO

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686,000 people sought help with Thriveworks in the last year

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Good news! We have 19 therapists in Colorado available for an online or in-person session.

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 Westminster, CO 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 Westminster, CO 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?

Within recent years, the LGBTQ community has benefitted from many cultural and legal shifts that promote inclusion and acceptance. The 2018 Olympics have been just one of many examples. For the first time in history, an openly gay man won a medal at the Winter Olympics. Figure skater Adam Rippon used his medal and his platform to promote understanding and awareness. Many in the US were cheering Adam’s efforts, both on and off the ice. Hard fought legal battles for marriage equality have also prompted significant changes. TV shows such as Modern Family and Will and Grace have brought many of the challenges that those who identify as LGBTQ face to the forefront of people’s attention with winsome humor. As valuable as these legal and cultural advances are, there is still more to accomplish. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning community still faces unacceptable discrimination and marginalization. Consider these facts:

  • Many in the LGBTQ community live with constant “minority stress”—a heightened anxiety and stress level that results from experiencing abuse, family rejection, prejudice, social exclusion, and harassment.
  • Those within the LGBTQ community are diagnosed with mental illnesses (like PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, or Generalized Anxiety Disorder) at rates that are three times higher than the straight and cis-gendered population.
  • LGBTQ youth (ages 10-24) experience increased rates of hatred, bullying, and prejudice within their school and homes (as compared to their peers).
  • A leading cause of death for LGBTQ youth is suicide.
  • Thirty percent of those who identify at LGBTQ struggling with substance abuse while only 9 percent of the general population does.

Clearly, there is more work to be done so that LGBTQ individuals are known and accepted for who they are. The therapists, life coaches, and counselors at Thriveworks Westminster hope to contribute to that work. We offer LGBTQ competent mental health care and acknowledges and supports the unique burdens that our LGBTQ clients face.

Why LGBTQIA+ Competent Counseling?

More and more, therapists are offering LGBTQ competent care. Here are a few tips for seeking out a counselor:

  • During your first appointment, if you trust your therapist, let them know that LGBTQ competent therapy is important to you.
  • Ask about their experiences working with LGBTQ clients and request examples.
  • As you are comfortable, reveal any information you want to about your own gender and sexual identity.
  • As you are comfortable, speak about any mental health problems you are experiencing.
  • LGBTQ competent therapy may allow people to work through topics such as:
    • Gender and sexual identity
    • Safety concerns
    • Healthy communication
    • Dating and other relationships
    • Dealing with discrimination and non-acceptance
    • How and when to come out
    • Family concerns
    • Depression
    • Addiction
    • Eating disorders
    • Self-esteem issues
    • Anxiety and stress
    • Transcending gender roles
    • Past trauma and abuse

The Therapeutic Relationship and Trust

The professionals at Thriveworks Westminster understand the dual stigma that their LGBTQ clients are experiencing, and we work hard to close the gap between the care they need and the care they receive. We strive to offer each individual the personalized care they deserve and to build trust with each client. Everybody need a safe space where they are known—safety and trust are the bedrock of a therapeutic relationship. As trust is built and safety is established, therapists and clients can go deep. A few areas therapists and clients may explore together are

Book an Appointment with Thriveworks in Westminster, CO

Think for a moment about what is happening in your life right now. What is going on? What would it be like to have help? If you would like an ally, Thriveworks Westminster is ready to meet with you. We offer LGBTQIA-informed therapy, and we have appointments available. When you call our office, a real person will answer your call and help you make an appointment. We do not keep a waitlist, and we do not have a voicemail. We offer evening and weekend sessions. We also work with many insurance providers and accept many different insurance plans.

Your mental health is important: Let’s work together. Call Thriveworks in Westminster, CO today.

 

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 Westminster therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado 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 Westminster
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 Westminster reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Chris at Thrive Works saved my life. I started at the beginning of the pandemic, by phone, and I didn’t think therapy by phone would have the impact that it did. But I tried for my kids, my marriage, and myself. I can’t say enough good things about Chris. Thank you for everything, and for literally saving my life. I wouldn’t be alive without his counsel.
Read more Chris at Thrive Works saved my life. I started at the beginning of the pandemic, by phone, and I didn’t think therapy by phone would have the impact that it did. But I tried for my kids, my marriage, and myself. I can’t say enough good things about Chris. Thank you for everything, and for literally saving my life. I wouldn’t be alive without his counsel.
Westminster Mar 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Can't say enough positive things about Thriveworks Counseling and specifically my therapist, Chris. Deeply grateful for this space to work through challenging life situations that I recently went through.
Read more Can't say enough positive things about Thriveworks Counseling and specifically my therapist, Chris. Deeply grateful for this space to work through challenging life situations that I recently went through.
Westminster Apr 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I am so pleased to find such a skilled an knowledgeable counselor. I have worked in the field for over 25 years and struggle to find such qualified and effective counselor as Jacob. I highly recommend this man for his sage wisdom and warmth.....
Read more I am so pleased to find such a skilled an knowledgeable counselor. I have worked in the field for over 25 years and struggle to find such qualified and effective counselor as Jacob. I highly recommend this man for his sage wisdom and warmth.....
Westminster Apr 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Jakob Rosenthal is the best therapist I've ever encountered! He gets to the bottom line quickly and kindly, and helps me to understand as well as helps me to have healthy coping mechanisms. I am a better person for having seen him.
Read more Jakob Rosenthal is the best therapist I've ever encountered! He gets to the bottom line quickly and kindly, and helps me to understand as well as helps me to have healthy coping mechanisms. I am a better person for having seen him.
Westminster Mar 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Initially I saw Jacob for my intake appointment and felt he was really great. I was placed with Kate Kelly and overall she is fabulous. She has helped me live to my full potential. She has helped me sort out my PTSD with childhood and adult trauma, as well as being a great resource for addiction counseling. She was also extremely helpful to point me in the right direction on how to deal with (or escape from) toxic family members. She was also a really great help to me during grief and loss of a loved one. I feel so much better than I did before going to Thriveworks. I'm in a great place now and will be back in the future. I can't thank you enough.
Read more Initially I saw Jacob for my intake appointment and felt he was really great. I was placed with Kate Kelly and overall she is fabulous. She has helped me live to my full potential. She has helped me sort out my PTSD with childhood and adult trauma, as well as being a great resource for addiction counseling. She was also extremely helpful to point me in the right direction on how to deal with (or escape from) toxic family members. She was also a really great help to me during grief and loss of a loved one. I feel so much better than I did before going to Thriveworks. I'm in a great place now and will be back in the future. I can't thank you enough.
Westminster Mar 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I found them to be very helpful from the first call, visit and therapy. It’s a very warm and inviting office with a great staff.
Read more I found them to be very helpful from the first call, visit and therapy. It’s a very warm and inviting office with a great staff.
Westminster Feb 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Jacob has helped me much more than any therapist I've ever seen. His skill, insight, and kindness are truly outstanding. Jacob has helped me change my life so that my depression is no longer in charge. His approach is very direct - which may not be for everyone but was perfect for me - but he always acts and speaks with sincere compassion. Thank you, Jacob, you have helped heal me at a level I thought was impossible. Also, Jennifer has always been super wonderful and responsive withheduling and questions. She goes above and beyond to be helpful and kind. Thanks Jennifer! You're awesome.
Read more Jacob has helped me much more than any therapist I've ever seen. His skill, insight, and kindness are truly outstanding. Jacob has helped me change my life so that my depression is no longer in charge. His approach is very direct - which may not be for everyone but was perfect for me - but he always acts and speaks with sincere compassion. Thank you, Jacob, you have helped heal me at a level I thought was impossible. Also, Jennifer has always been super wonderful and responsive withheduling and questions. She goes above and beyond to be helpful and kind. Thanks Jennifer! You're awesome.
Westminster Mar 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Chris Saxon is a respected colleague who genuinely cares about his clients. He combines his education, vast experience, and authentic caring nature to create a safe environment where peolplecan learn, heal, and grow. I've even recommended Chris to my own family member!
Read more Chris Saxon is a respected colleague who genuinely cares about his clients. He combines his education, vast experience, and authentic caring nature to create a safe environment where peolplecan learn, heal, and grow. I've even recommended Chris to my own family member!
Westminster Mar 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Westminster is located in the Federal Heights area off of Bryant St. We share a building with Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center, and there is a parking lot just behind us. Next door to us is a larger building that houses St. Anthony North Family Medicine 84th.

Phone number

(302) 253-7942

Languages spoken by CO providers

  • English
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
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Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm

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