Westminster LGBTQ Counseling

Therapy for Westminster’s LGBTQ Community—Counselors

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 LGBTQ Competent Counseling?

The mental health field has a history of poor and even abusive treatment offered to those in the LGBTQ community. The American Psychological Association used to pathologize homosexuality, and although it changed this position in 1973, many of the attitudes that support it lingered. In many ways, the mental health care field is like the general population: some therapists are affirming and others are not. This means that the LGBTQ community experiences higher rates of mental illness, but they have more difficulty finding mental health care. Many people call this “The Dual Stigma.” It is a significant problem, but many in the mental health field and within the LGBTQ community are working for change. 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 bedrocks 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…

  • How you came to the decision to start therapy?
  • What energizes and excites you?
  • How are your relationships? Married? Dating? Friends? Family?
  • Where are you living? How are the conditions? Are you safe?
  • What is happening in your career? What do you want to achieve professionally?
  • If there were one thing you could change in your life, what would it be?
  • Where do you see yourself in a year…two years…five years?

Setting Up an Appointment at Thriveworks Westminster for LGBTQ Informed Counseling

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 LGBTQ 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 Westminster today.

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This saved my life

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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.
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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.
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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.....
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Jakob Rosenthal is amazing

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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.
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Fantastic

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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.
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Grateful

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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.
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Outstanding Therapist

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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.
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Counselor

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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!
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With almost 20 years experience this is the most progressive counseling office I have ever had the pleasure to know. The Therapists are experienced and it is obvious that the management places the client experience above everything else.heduling is easy and can be done via email or text. I encourage anyone considering counseling to give Westminster a try. If you have a busy lifestyle this is the place for you.
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Peace and Comfort

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The more I go to Counseling, the more I recognize the peace and comfort available there. The waiting area (I have always been seen punctually) has warm, comfortable decor and a great offering of beverages. The choice of beverages is just one expression of the warmth and hospitality they offer. I actually look forward to going there! The office is conveniently located and easy to find. I've always enjoyed front row parking, thanks to the abundance of designated visitor's parking. The office is on the first floor just off the lobby. Several counselors have greeted me warmly, even when they know I'm not there to see them. I highly recommend Thriveworks. It's obvious that they are in the counseling profession for the right reasons.
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Good Place with kind people

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This counseling office is a breath of fresh air. Jacob has brought life back into my marriage. We had some deep issues, but I never felt judged and everyone is very kind. For the first time in a long time I feel like my relationship with my husband is on the right track. Thank You Thriveworks.
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