Black Therapists in Toronto, ON

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Paméla Goutondji
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP (Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M3C  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients. Congratulations on finding your way to caring for yourself. As a Black therapist, my passion is to accompany women on their journey towards healing. I work with clients ready to do the work to understand more about themselves to better their relationships, manage their anxiety, and minimize stress. You may be dreaming of a more peaceful and fulfilling life, but aren't sure how to get there. I aim to help you discover the life you desire, through a comforting, authentic and safe environment. It's time you live the life you want, and I hope to help you get there.
Currently accepting new clients. Congratulations on finding your way to caring for yourself. As a Black therapist, my passion is to accompany women on their journey towards healing. I work with clients ready to do the work to understand more about themselves to better their relationships, manage their anxiety, and minimize stress. You may be dreaming of a more peaceful and fulfilling life, but aren't sure how to get there. I aim to help you discover the life you desire, through a comforting, authentic and safe environment. It's time you live the life you want, and I hope to help you get there.
(437) 291-8528 View (437) 291-8528
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Larae Harbour
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4E
Are you looking for a therapist who will celebrate you for you as you explore connecting to your truths and healing? Would you like to feel seen, have your voice heard, and get active support when going through a life transition? I offer a kind and gentle approach to address the impacts of trauma, anxiety, depression, and complex stressors. As a therapist who is black, trans, and queer, I bring my whole authentic self to create a safer container for the therapist and client relationship. Together we can process trauma or complex situations, and develop tools for advocating and supporting you.
Are you looking for a therapist who will celebrate you for you as you explore connecting to your truths and healing? Would you like to feel seen, have your voice heard, and get active support when going through a life transition? I offer a kind and gentle approach to address the impacts of trauma, anxiety, depression, and complex stressors. As a therapist who is black, trans, and queer, I bring my whole authentic self to create a safer container for the therapist and client relationship. Together we can process trauma or complex situations, and develop tools for advocating and supporting you.
(289) 806-3049 View (289) 806-3049
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Omaina Ozako - Bri Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5V
I am a Master's level Social worker who is passionate, dedicated and caring in my work with supporting individuals with life challenges. I compassionately support individuals with substance misuse, addictions, anxiety, depression, relationships, and mental health concerns using a strengths-based, anti-oppressive, feminist approach. I specialize in working with Black and racialized women and young adults.I have been providing client-centered and culturally safe support to help racialized and Black individuals become more resilient and resourceful as they navigate mental health challenges and systems.
I am a Master's level Social worker who is passionate, dedicated and caring in my work with supporting individuals with life challenges. I compassionately support individuals with substance misuse, addictions, anxiety, depression, relationships, and mental health concerns using a strengths-based, anti-oppressive, feminist approach. I specialize in working with Black and racialized women and young adults.I have been providing client-centered and culturally safe support to help racialized and Black individuals become more resilient and resourceful as they navigate mental health challenges and systems.
(437) 524-2232 View (437) 524-2232
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Hani Osman
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP (Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M3C  (Online Only)
Healing can be so messy, hard but so beautiful. On this path, I hope to guide you through the high and lows that come with being human. As a Black, muslim therapist, I use my own experiences coupled with my passion to predominantly provide support for folks struggling with depression and/or anxiety and those who are struggling with an eating disorder. My goal is to work with you in creating effective goals to get to the root of your problems to then reduce the symptoms you are experiencing, so you can live the life you want. I aim to create a positive and open space for you to safely navigate through your experiences.
Healing can be so messy, hard but so beautiful. On this path, I hope to guide you through the high and lows that come with being human. As a Black, muslim therapist, I use my own experiences coupled with my passion to predominantly provide support for folks struggling with depression and/or anxiety and those who are struggling with an eating disorder. My goal is to work with you in creating effective goals to get to the root of your problems to then reduce the symptoms you are experiencing, so you can live the life you want. I aim to create a positive and open space for you to safely navigate through your experiences.
(647) 363-7445 View (647) 363-7445
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Susan Bascillo
Registered Psychotherapist, BSW, MSW, RSW, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4K
Congratulations! You have made one of the most important decisions for your well-being. Seeking therapy can be very challenging and overwhelming. As a Black therapist, I understand the shame, negative stigma and connotations that come with seeking therapy. I will like to assure you; you have made the right choice to take care of you! I provide trauma inform and LGBTQ friendly counselling to individuals, family, couples and youths 16 + in the areas of • Workplace & School Stress • Stress Management • Shame and Guilt • Feeling Stuck • Anger Management • Depression and Anxiety • Generational Trauma • Relationship Conflict
Congratulations! You have made one of the most important decisions for your well-being. Seeking therapy can be very challenging and overwhelming. As a Black therapist, I understand the shame, negative stigma and connotations that come with seeking therapy. I will like to assure you; you have made the right choice to take care of you! I provide trauma inform and LGBTQ friendly counselling to individuals, family, couples and youths 16 + in the areas of • Workplace & School Stress • Stress Management • Shame and Guilt • Feeling Stuck • Anger Management • Depression and Anxiety • Generational Trauma • Relationship Conflict
(647) 697-7609 View (647) 697-7609
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Rene Titre
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6A
As a Black Caribbean male therapist, I specialize in working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, and depression.
Whether you are struggling with personal challenges such as anxiety, depression, or relationship difficulties, navigating the complexities of racial identity, or processing your experiences of racial trauma, therapy with me involves the joint creation of a safe and empathetic space where you can freely explore your emotions, thoughts, and experiences without fear of judgment. As a Black therapist with lived experience, I know first-hand the comfort derived from accessing a therapist who understands.
As a Black Caribbean male therapist, I specialize in working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, and depression.
Whether you are struggling with personal challenges such as anxiety, depression, or relationship difficulties, navigating the complexities of racial identity, or processing your experiences of racial trauma, therapy with me involves the joint creation of a safe and empathetic space where you can freely explore your emotions, thoughts, and experiences without fear of judgment. As a Black therapist with lived experience, I know first-hand the comfort derived from accessing a therapist who understands.
(437) 663-7363 View (437) 663-7363
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Rohan A Thompson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M8V
Are you ready to take the first step? BreakThrough Counselling Services provides individualized, customized supports to meet your unique needs and help you achieve your goals. Whether you need support with anger management, anxiety, depression, stress, guilt, shame and coping skills, I know you are ready to start living your best life again. At Breakthrough we support and serve all persons but we specialize in serving African, Caribbean and Black communities. At Breakthrough it is our core belief that the answers you need are within you and our role is to walk along side you on your journey.
Are you ready to take the first step? BreakThrough Counselling Services provides individualized, customized supports to meet your unique needs and help you achieve your goals. Whether you need support with anger management, anxiety, depression, stress, guilt, shame and coping skills, I know you are ready to start living your best life again. At Breakthrough we support and serve all persons but we specialize in serving African, Caribbean and Black communities. At Breakthrough it is our core belief that the answers you need are within you and our role is to walk along side you on your journey.
(647) 370-3927 View (647) 370-3927
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Natalie Guimond
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M3C
We might be a good fit if it is important to you that your therapist holds anti-racist, anti-oppressive values, is trauma-informed and goes at your own pace, has lived experience (of Black-mixed race identity, being a child of an immigrant/Caribbean parent, mental health challenges, gender-based trauma, queerness), and has a good sense of humour!.
As a human being on my own healing and wellness journey, I believe we all have the capacity to heal from and grow through whatever life challenges we may be facing, have faced in the past, or will encounter in the future. But we're not meant to do it alone. As your therapist, sharing a genuine (not clinical feeling) connection is important to me. My aim is to create a warm, affirming and non-judgemental space to share, learn, grow and heal.
We might be a good fit if it is important to you that your therapist holds anti-racist, anti-oppressive values, is trauma-informed and goes at your own pace, has lived experience (of Black-mixed race identity, being a child of an immigrant/Caribbean parent, mental health challenges, gender-based trauma, queerness), and has a good sense of humour!.
As a human being on my own healing and wellness journey, I believe we all have the capacity to heal from and grow through whatever life challenges we may be facing, have faced in the past, or will encounter in the future. But we're not meant to do it alone. As your therapist, sharing a genuine (not clinical feeling) connection is important to me. My aim is to create a warm, affirming and non-judgemental space to share, learn, grow and heal.
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Stacian (Staci) Watts
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
I am also passionate about supporting people with healing from the effects of systemic oppression and anti-black racism.
"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge." Audre Lorde. Using various evidence-based therapeutic modalities, I'm here to help you trust and listen to yourself more deeply and with self-compassion, while guiding you to apply the tools you need to lead a life in alignment with your values, dreams and goals. From an anti-oppressive lens we explore and make meaning of your unique story within your cultural and relational contexts. I am committed to ensuring my clients feel heard and respected in our sessions and will meet you where you are and move at the pace that feels right for you.
I am also passionate about supporting people with healing from the effects of systemic oppression and anti-black racism.
"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge." Audre Lorde. Using various evidence-based therapeutic modalities, I'm here to help you trust and listen to yourself more deeply and with self-compassion, while guiding you to apply the tools you need to lead a life in alignment with your values, dreams and goals. From an anti-oppressive lens we explore and make meaning of your unique story within your cultural and relational contexts. I am committed to ensuring my clients feel heard and respected in our sessions and will meet you where you are and move at the pace that feels right for you.
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Carine M. Diverlus - Pieces to Peace Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MEd
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M3C  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients. Welcome to Pieces to Peace, a therapy practice that aims to transform the mental health and well-being of Black women and girls. As the primary practitioner, I help high achieving Black women and femmes dissatisfied with their lives, move past self-sacrificing, generational survival habits to discover what a life of peace means for them. Through this therapeutic relationship, we focus primarily on self-discovery, life transitions, and building healthier relationships.
Currently accepting new clients. Welcome to Pieces to Peace, a therapy practice that aims to transform the mental health and well-being of Black women and girls. As the primary practitioner, I help high achieving Black women and femmes dissatisfied with their lives, move past self-sacrificing, generational survival habits to discover what a life of peace means for them. Through this therapeutic relationship, we focus primarily on self-discovery, life transitions, and building healthier relationships.
(437) 747-5962 View (437) 747-5962
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Claudette Brown
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4L  (Online Only)
I am a dedicated Social Worker with seven years of experience in the field, For me, cultural competency is an important part of all effective therapeutic relationships, and I am passionately committed to providing much-needed and deserved support services for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities who have been under-served. As a Sex Educator, I am also dedicated to expanding knowledge and destigmatizing the taboo subject of sex education within communities. I also strive not only to meet the diverse needs of my clients but also to ensure that all clients are comfortable in therapy.
I am a dedicated Social Worker with seven years of experience in the field, For me, cultural competency is an important part of all effective therapeutic relationships, and I am passionately committed to providing much-needed and deserved support services for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities who have been under-served. As a Sex Educator, I am also dedicated to expanding knowledge and destigmatizing the taboo subject of sex education within communities. I also strive not only to meet the diverse needs of my clients but also to ensure that all clients are comfortable in therapy.
(289) 210-5927 View (289) 210-5927
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Kat Dearham
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6N  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Kat and I work with queer, trans, and racialized folks in all our messy glory. Anyone who is exposed to systemic oppression on top of navigating the everyday challenges of capitalism is bound to feel the weight of it all. Together we will work to process the trauma that is all too common in our communities; get curious about befriending your body, mind and nervous system; and support you to tap into personal and ancestral wisdom. My work is informed by my experiences as a queer non-binary mixed Black person, and my background in community organizing. I work with both youth (16+) and adults.
Welcome! My name is Kat and I work with queer, trans, and racialized folks in all our messy glory. Anyone who is exposed to systemic oppression on top of navigating the everyday challenges of capitalism is bound to feel the weight of it all. Together we will work to process the trauma that is all too common in our communities; get curious about befriending your body, mind and nervous system; and support you to tap into personal and ancestral wisdom. My work is informed by my experiences as a queer non-binary mixed Black person, and my background in community organizing. I work with both youth (16+) and adults.
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Tessenie Mowatt
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Black, queer, fat, Jamaican immigrant woman and my intersecting identities inform a large part of my work.
It's not true, you do not have to face the hard stuff alone, so I honour your bravery in reaching out for help in a capitalistic, ableist society that favours individualism. I am so excited for you to lean into the support of a therapeutic relationship which is the foundational element to our work together. I focus on centering your individual experience with consideration for systemic, cultural, and political factors that influence your quality of life and relationships.
I am a Black, queer, fat, Jamaican immigrant woman and my intersecting identities inform a large part of my work.
It's not true, you do not have to face the hard stuff alone, so I honour your bravery in reaching out for help in a capitalistic, ableist society that favours individualism. I am so excited for you to lean into the support of a therapeutic relationship which is the foundational element to our work together. I focus on centering your individual experience with consideration for systemic, cultural, and political factors that influence your quality of life and relationships.
(437) 747-5674 View (437) 747-5674
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Shonnaugh Thomson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6J
Hello! I have a passion for working with individuals struggling to find their way to a more peaceful and centred life, be it due to turbulent relationships, depression, anxiety or anything else life throws our way. I centre my practice on an understanding that people are more than their problems and that we have the ability to create space for possibility and change. I also have a specific interest in supporting Black and Afro-Caribbean people as I know first-hand the comfort derived from accessing a therapist with lived experience of anti-black racism.
Hello! I have a passion for working with individuals struggling to find their way to a more peaceful and centred life, be it due to turbulent relationships, depression, anxiety or anything else life throws our way. I centre my practice on an understanding that people are more than their problems and that we have the ability to create space for possibility and change. I also have a specific interest in supporting Black and Afro-Caribbean people as I know first-hand the comfort derived from accessing a therapist with lived experience of anti-black racism.
(437) 747-6426 View (437) 747-6426
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Kyle Schmalenberg
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4P  (Online Only)
I know that we are all vastly complicated social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical beings. As a therapist, I am trained to be someone who helps others when challenges, questions, and difficulties in life need to be understood and resolved. I am a cis-gendered, heterosexual male with mixed ethnicity (Black and White) as well as a mixed cultural identity (Bermudian, Canadian, raised in China). My strengths include my ability to create a safe-feeling space, empathetic listening, compassionate speaking, strong intuitive understanding, and acuity at picking up non-verbal clues and connecting dots.
I know that we are all vastly complicated social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical beings. As a therapist, I am trained to be someone who helps others when challenges, questions, and difficulties in life need to be understood and resolved. I am a cis-gendered, heterosexual male with mixed ethnicity (Black and White) as well as a mixed cultural identity (Bermudian, Canadian, raised in China). My strengths include my ability to create a safe-feeling space, empathetic listening, compassionate speaking, strong intuitive understanding, and acuity at picking up non-verbal clues and connecting dots.
(647) 250-0134 View (647) 250-0134
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Nadiatou Fagbemi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M3C  (Online Only)
Leveraging on my experience as a Black woman and first-generation immigrant, I offer a culturally aware and person-centred space.
Have others' expectations shaped how your life is? Do you feel stuck and not able to be who you want to be? Do you feel anxious or uncertain about your relationships? Do you frequently feel sad? Has a recent event created a sense of imbalance in your life? As a psychotherapist, I aim to use my own lived experiences and education to accompany you on the path to reclaiming and living the life that you want.
Leveraging on my experience as a Black woman and first-generation immigrant, I offer a culturally aware and person-centred space.
Have others' expectations shaped how your life is? Do you feel stuck and not able to be who you want to be? Do you feel anxious or uncertain about your relationships? Do you frequently feel sad? Has a recent event created a sense of imbalance in your life? As a psychotherapist, I aim to use my own lived experiences and education to accompany you on the path to reclaiming and living the life that you want.
(437) 747-8344 View (437) 747-8344
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Deshawna Dookie
Registered Social Worker, RSW, RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5N  (Online Only)
I am a Trauma-Informed Social Worker, Therapist and Yoga Instructor based in Toronto, Ontario. For over ten years I have been working towards mental health awareness within Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) communities. Through culturally informed counselling, my clients are able to address generational trauma, attachment based relationship issues, and improving self-esteem, just to name a few possibilities. In sessions, we will work together to understand the root causes that bring you to counselling, and how we can empower you with the tools to overcome them.
I am a Trauma-Informed Social Worker, Therapist and Yoga Instructor based in Toronto, Ontario. For over ten years I have been working towards mental health awareness within Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) communities. Through culturally informed counselling, my clients are able to address generational trauma, attachment based relationship issues, and improving self-esteem, just to name a few possibilities. In sessions, we will work together to understand the root causes that bring you to counselling, and how we can empower you with the tools to overcome them.
(647) 250-0327 View (647) 250-0327
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R. Maveneka Social Work Professional Corp
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5V  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm Raei (ray) of Sunshine, Black-identified and African. As a client, you realize there is more to life and come ready to do the work of expanding into the Being you really are. As your Psychotherapist, I create a safe space to explore You whilst navigating challenges that impact your Mental Wellness such as, daily stressors, past and current traumas, habits and relationships that no longer serve your highest good, and anything else impressed upon you. I’ll meet you where you are at, and take you to where you want to be. (Mental Wellness; Black Community Mental Health; Law of Attraction; Mindfulness)
Welcome! I'm Raei (ray) of Sunshine, Black-identified and African. As a client, you realize there is more to life and come ready to do the work of expanding into the Being you really are. As your Psychotherapist, I create a safe space to explore You whilst navigating challenges that impact your Mental Wellness such as, daily stressors, past and current traumas, habits and relationships that no longer serve your highest good, and anything else impressed upon you. I’ll meet you where you are at, and take you to where you want to be. (Mental Wellness; Black Community Mental Health; Law of Attraction; Mindfulness)
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Dynamic Change Counselling & Consulting Services
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5B
Tony Black is a Registered Social Worker who has worked in the field of Addictions and Mental Health for 25 years. Tony has developed expertise in working with individuals around issues of housing, life redevelopment and overcoming barriers in the justice system. He has worked with youth and adults living with substance use issues, mental health diagnoses, PTSD and other emotional issues. Tony is a gay, black, cis-gendered man who provides services to individuals seeking to explore how issue related to their identities impact their mental and emotional health and also to all those seeking to address their histories of trauma.
Tony Black is a Registered Social Worker who has worked in the field of Addictions and Mental Health for 25 years. Tony has developed expertise in working with individuals around issues of housing, life redevelopment and overcoming barriers in the justice system. He has worked with youth and adults living with substance use issues, mental health diagnoses, PTSD and other emotional issues. Tony is a gay, black, cis-gendered man who provides services to individuals seeking to explore how issue related to their identities impact their mental and emotional health and also to all those seeking to address their histories of trauma.
(647) 699-0663 View (647) 699-0663
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Gail Wilson Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M9A  (Online Only)
I have over 12 years of professional experience working against institutional racism as it pertains to Anti-black racism and discriminatory practices at varying system levels.
****CURRENTLY, TAKING NEW CLIENTS****My practice method is client centered which offers individualized support for a variety of psycho-social and emotional challenges, for example, anxiety, depression, Behavioural issues, relationship challenges or life transitions. I offer system navigation tools and resources to better support you through life's challenges and hurdles.
I have over 12 years of professional experience working against institutional racism as it pertains to Anti-black racism and discriminatory practices at varying system levels.
****CURRENTLY, TAKING NEW CLIENTS****My practice method is client centered which offers individualized support for a variety of psycho-social and emotional challenges, for example, anxiety, depression, Behavioural issues, relationship challenges or life transitions. I offer system navigation tools and resources to better support you through life's challenges and hurdles.
(647) 492-8192 View (647) 492-8192

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Black Counsellors

As a Black Canadian, why might I wish to see a therapist who is Black Canadian?

Black Canadian clients may seek out Black Canadian therapists for several reasons, foremost being a sense of cultural understanding and the possibility of shared experiences. Cultural sensitivity and context on the part of the therapist may make it easier to form a therapeutic alliance and to focus on the work of therapy without the need to explain or educate a therapist on cultural matters. It may also be empowering to work with a therapist who shares one’s racial or ethnic background. It is important to note that a therapist who demonstrates cultural sensitivity can be highly effective even if they do not share a client’s background or race.

Can clients benefit from working with a therapist who shares their race or ethnicity?

Yes, having a therapist who shares a client’s race or ethnicity is often valuable, especially if it fosters a strong therapeutic alliance between the two. While training, qualifications, and experience are always important, a strong alliance between client and therapist is a major contributor to therapeutic effectiveness. An alliance is likely to be strengthened with a therapist who has an understanding of a client’s background and perhaps also shared life experiences. It should be noted that many clients form a strong bond with their therapist regardless of their race or ethnicity. This is a personal decision, and it depends on the therapist, the client, and the connection between the two.

How might I inquire about a therapist’s experience working with Black Canadian clients?

Clients can ask therapists directly about their experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds, including with Black Canadian individuals. You may wish to inquire whether a therapist has undertaken training in cultural competence broadly, and how specifically they would ensure that their approach is sensitive to the needs of Black Canadian clients. Therapy involves honesty and trust, so it’s best for clients to share concerns about their therapist’s cultural competence at the outset. And a good clinician who is nonetheless not the right fit for you is often happy to make referrals based on the concerns you articulate.

Why is it important for a therapist to be culturally sensitive?

It’s important for a therapist to be culturally sensitive because everyone comes to therapy with a unique background and set of experiences. Being aware of culture and cultural differences between people is important for understanding clients, as is coming to therapy with an open mind, recognising that the therapist doesn’t necessarily understand everything and that the client can help guide the way.

Who is included in Psychology Today's directory of Black therapists?

The directory of Black therapists includes therapists who have self-identified their ethnicity in their profiles. Psychology Today uses this information to assist clients in finding a therapist who can provide a cultural match. However, not all therapists choose to disclose their ethnicity in their profile, and they may not appear in search results for this reason. In situations where the number of therapists who have identified as Black is limited, the directory will also show therapists who have undergone specific multicultural training or have extensive experience working with clients from relevant cultural backgrounds.