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Thrive Counseling Center
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): LGBTQ+ Counseling Services

How can we help you?

At Thrive Counseling Center we strive to be transparent about the process of counseling.

We know that counseling is something that a lot of people feel hesitant to talk about, and resistant to share their experiences, which can lead to confusion and a lot of unknowns about the process. Especially if this is your first time considering working with a therapist.

Our goal is to demystify the counseling process and help you understand how counseling works.  

Below are some of the most common questions we are asked and some answers to get you started.  If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us by email, or give us a call. 

LGBTQ+ Counseling Services

Thrive Counseling Center offers couples counseling and LGBTQIA therapy in Federal Way, Kent, and Des Moines. We welcome LGBTQ+ couples to seek our couples therapist if you want to discuss different aspects of your relationship with a professional therapist.

Relationship Counseling

There is no one way to approach a relationship or relationship counseling, and our experienced and caring counselors are here to help you and your partner in your relationship dynamic. Our counselors offer support and guidance for various topics and challenges people in relationships and LGBTQ relationships face, including but not limited to:

  • Communication
  • Intimacy and trust
  • Unsupportive family members or loved ones 
  • Parenting and family
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Sex and physical affection
  • Financial challenges
  • Work-life balance 

Our counselors act as neutral mediators who create a nurturing, supportive, and safe environment. Whatever your relationship needs may be, we are here to help you and your partner thrive.

LGBTQ+ Couples Counseling in Federal Way

Thrive Counseling Center has experienced and compassionate LGBTQ+ counselors who offer individual and couples counseling in Federal Way. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call to arrange a consultation or return session with one of our experienced counselors.

We look forward to welcoming you to Thrive Counseling Center!

This is one of the most common questions we are asked. Your goals will primarily determine the length or number of sessions of counseling in Federal Way. Some goals take longer than others to achieve. 

Let’s see if we can break it down for you a little more…

The patterns or dynamics you are struggling with now didn’t happen overnight. Chances are you have been feeling this way for some time, or have struggled with a challenge for a while.

Profile of man staring off into distanceIt doesn’t take as long to discover new options and heal as it took to get to where you are now, but we can’t change everything in a week or two. 

Number of Counseling Sessions in Federal Way

Typically, we will recommend a minimum investment of 6-8 sessions to really make headway with what you are struggling with. After that, we continue for as long as counseling at our Federal Way office feels useful in helping you meet your goals.  

Contact Our Federal Way Counseling Office Today

Have more questions about if counseling might be helpful for you? Please give us a call at 206-567-7267, or send us an email. We are always happy and determined to help you reach your goals, and we welcome any questions you may have. 

Are you ready to begin?

Thrive Counseling Center offers affirmative therapy to advocate for and validate those with minority identities around gender expression, gender identity, sexuality, and more. Of course, LGBTQ+ individuals and couples attend therapy for different reasons, just like everyone else, but their experiences are often shaped by their identities.

a woman and her female partner smilingOur LGTBTQ+ therapy allows you and your partner to explore and discuss all aspects of your life and relationships. There are many benefits of seeing an experienced LGBTQ+ therapist as it enables people to explore different aspects of their lives, relationships, and needs––mental, sexual, emotional, and spiritual.

We create a safe and welcoming space where people can talk about whatever is on their minds, including receiving support for sexual identity challenges and gender dysphoria. As you create a therapeutic alliance with your counselor, it can become easier to discuss deeper issues that influence you or your relationship as a couple. 

LGBTQ Counseling in Federal Way and Tacoma

Thrive Counseling Center offers LGBTQ+ counseling for individuals and couples in Federal Way, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas. Our experienced therapists can help you on your journey to a more confident and empowered you!

Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our LGBTQ+ counselors in Federal Way. 

At Thrive Counseling, we offer in-person and online LGBTQ+ counseling sessions where you’ll speak with a board-certified therapist with expertise in supporting people of diverse sexualities and genders. Our goal is to work with you on whatever concerns you’d like to address, help you gain insight, and help you lead an emotionally healthier life.

LGBTQ+ counseling can help people explore their gender expression, identity, or sexual orientation; think about “coming out”; identify and manage anxiety, depression, and gender dysphoria; and deal with bullying and discrimination. 

What to Expect During an LGBTQ+ Counseling Session

During an LGBTQ+ session, you can speak confidentially with a licensed therapist familiar with gender and sexuality diversity concerns. You are free and safe to discuss any concerns you may have, whether they’re specific to your gender identity or not. Your counselor can also assist you with various topics, such as relationships, parenting matters, sexual problems, self-esteem, and addiction. 

At your first session, your counselor will ask you questions to better understand your difficulties and your goals for counseling. We will then recommend a therapy treatment plan tailored to your unique goals and needs. 

LGBTQ+ Therapy in Federal Way 

If you identify as LGBTQ+ or are exploring your gender orientation or identity, your caring and highly experienced counselors can offer you the support you need. Our licensed therapists have particular expertise in gender and sexual diversity, and we look forward to supporting you. 

Call us today to learn more or schedule your consultation


During an LGBTQ+ counseling session, you can speak confidentially with a therapist familiar with issues specific to people of diverse sexualities and genders. We want our clients to feel comfortable talking with us about their concerns, whether they’re specific to one’s sexual orientation or gender identity or not. There are no limits to what topics we can explore and discuss together. 

woman smiling in fieldOur LGBTQ+ counseling can help clients explore their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression; thinking of coming out; identify and manage gender dysphoria, depression, or anxiety; and deal with bullying or discrimination. Your LGBTQ+ counselor can also help you with sexual problems, relationship issues, addiction, or parenting matters. 

LGBTQ+ Counseling in Federal Way

Do you identify as LGBTQ+, or are you exploring your identity/orientation? Are you seeking support? Our LGBTQ+ therapists with expertise in gender and sexual diversity are here to help you.

At Thrive Counseling Center, we support our LGBTQ+ clients as they work through unique problems, and we do this by getting to know them and their present issues. We value each client as an individual with unique issues and goals, and we are here to help you thrive and live your best life.

Once we get to know you, we can design a specific treatment to address your concerns and meet your therapy goals. 

Please feel free to give us a call today to schedule your consultation with one of our LGBTQ+ counselors in Federal Way. 

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