Black and African American Therapists in Alabama

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Rev. Dr. Tommie Watkins Jr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LMSW, MDiv
Verified
Birmingham, AL 35209
Given I am black gay male clergy person, I am competent in working with those individuals with needs to address conflicting sexuality and sexual orientation issues-LGBTQIA+ Community Members.
My ideal client is one that perhaps is dealing with feelings of fear, anger, envy, uncertainty, depression, perhaps amplified by strong religious convictions and spiritual uncertainty. They are particularly uncomfortable with being vulnerable often negligent in discussing feelings and issues of religion and spirituality, but will allow a few conversations to explore what their particular and specific issues and beliefs may be, including past traumas and sexual abuse issues. This client would be open to exploring their spirituality (not religion) as a means of developing and improving coping skills and spiritual strategies.
Given I am black gay male clergy person, I am competent in working with those individuals with needs to address conflicting sexuality and sexual orientation issues-LGBTQIA+ Community Members.
My ideal client is one that perhaps is dealing with feelings of fear, anger, envy, uncertainty, depression, perhaps amplified by strong religious convictions and spiritual uncertainty. They are particularly uncomfortable with being vulnerable often negligent in discussing feelings and issues of religion and spirituality, but will allow a few conversations to explore what their particular and specific issues and beliefs may be, including past traumas and sexual abuse issues. This client would be open to exploring their spirituality (not religion) as a means of developing and improving coping skills and spiritual strategies.
(205) 772-8080 View (205) 772-8080
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Zack McClain
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Birmingham, AL 35226  (Online Only)
As an African American Studies scholar and social worker, I am an advocate for cultural compatibility and determining root causes.
As people, we all search for balance in this journey called life. I'm here for clients who look like I do because we've shared similar experiences and can relate as a result. I am here for clients who want to feel comfortable and seen before divulging information about their experiences but who are also ready to acknowledge their opportunities for personal growth and utilize them. Forward progression is a desire of many, but work will be required to achieve it. I am here to help others address childhood trauma, relationship struggles, grief, school/work life, and new environments or seasons of life.
As an African American Studies scholar and social worker, I am an advocate for cultural compatibility and determining root causes.
As people, we all search for balance in this journey called life. I'm here for clients who look like I do because we've shared similar experiences and can relate as a result. I am here for clients who want to feel comfortable and seen before divulging information about their experiences but who are also ready to acknowledge their opportunities for personal growth and utilize them. Forward progression is a desire of many, but work will be required to achieve it. I am here to help others address childhood trauma, relationship struggles, grief, school/work life, and new environments or seasons of life.
(205) 751-5346 View (205) 751-5346
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Dr. Dwayne White
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC, CCMHC
Verified
Birmingham, AL 35203  (Online Only)
While I provide counseling services to a wide range of individuals presenting with various concerns, including stress management, grief, anxiety, depression, and identity concerns, I specifically specialize in working with Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LGBTQ+ individuals within this community.
Seeking support for your emotional well-being in a compassionate and accepting environment? Tired of living under the weight of others' expectations? Partner with me to reclaim your power and take back your life. Life is an exhilarating roller coaster, full of highs, lows, and unexpected twists. I see myself as a passenger sitting next to you on this ride, working with you on how to ride this roller coaster in whatever way that best fits your individual needs and concerns. Remember, you're not alone on this roller coaster of life. Let's collaborate to ensure you savor every moment of the ride.
While I provide counseling services to a wide range of individuals presenting with various concerns, including stress management, grief, anxiety, depression, and identity concerns, I specifically specialize in working with Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LGBTQ+ individuals within this community.
Seeking support for your emotional well-being in a compassionate and accepting environment? Tired of living under the weight of others' expectations? Partner with me to reclaim your power and take back your life. Life is an exhilarating roller coaster, full of highs, lows, and unexpected twists. I see myself as a passenger sitting next to you on this ride, working with you on how to ride this roller coaster in whatever way that best fits your individual needs and concerns. Remember, you're not alone on this roller coaster of life. Let's collaborate to ensure you savor every moment of the ride.
(678) 374-6546 View (678) 374-6546
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CC Jean, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, SAP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham, AL 35201  (Online Only)
I have 22 years of clinical experience working with a variety of populations including women in crisis, couples, children and adolescents. I'm skilled in helping clients sort through a multitude of personal and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, adoption and infertility, substance use disorders, stage of life challenges, family conflicts, and other mood and personality disorders. I'm also proficient in helping clients navigate the trauma of childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. I happily serve clients from all backgrounds, yet have a specialized interest in the hearts and minds of Black women.
I have 22 years of clinical experience working with a variety of populations including women in crisis, couples, children and adolescents. I'm skilled in helping clients sort through a multitude of personal and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, adoption and infertility, substance use disorders, stage of life challenges, family conflicts, and other mood and personality disorders. I'm also proficient in helping clients navigate the trauma of childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. I happily serve clients from all backgrounds, yet have a specialized interest in the hearts and minds of Black women.
(228) 679-9738 View (228) 679-9738
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Renee' N. Smith
LMSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hoover, AL 35244
I'm a therapist who whole heartedly believes in therapy. I started a non profit organization called Yes, I Have A Therapist to destigmatize mental health especially in the black community. Therapy has given me the language needed to advocate for myself and others and my hope is that I can assist you in doing the same thing. I want to empower you to use the tools you already have to create the life you deserve.
I'm a therapist who whole heartedly believes in therapy. I started a non profit organization called Yes, I Have A Therapist to destigmatize mental health especially in the black community. Therapy has given me the language needed to advocate for myself and others and my hope is that I can assist you in doing the same thing. I want to empower you to use the tools you already have to create the life you deserve.
(205) 947-2789 View (205) 947-2789
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L.I.F.E. Counseling Services/ Articia Hunter
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Montgomery, AL 36117
Life deals us many different curve balls which leads to confusion, stress, and doubt. Trying to find a way to overcome these feelings could be difficult without a strong support system. In most cases people are ashamed by experiences they have had and don't want to share them with others (such as past or current trauma, health diagnosis, lifestyles, etc.). L.I.F.E. Counseling Services will assist you!
Life deals us many different curve balls which leads to confusion, stress, and doubt. Trying to find a way to overcome these feelings could be difficult without a strong support system. In most cases people are ashamed by experiences they have had and don't want to share them with others (such as past or current trauma, health diagnosis, lifestyles, etc.). L.I.F.E. Counseling Services will assist you!
(334) 384-8271 View (334) 384-8271
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Illuminated Expressions, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW-S, PIP, LCSW, BAC
Verified
Montgomery, AL 36116  (Online Only)
Providing virtual Clinical Social Work Supervision to Alabama and Louisiana Social Workers. Offering virtual counseling services to clients in AL., LA., & Fl. I know that it takes bravery to intentionally journey into the dark parts of our minds, hearts, & souls in the therapeutic process. But the rewards of taking that journey can lead to a lifetime of fulfillment. Utilizing 23 years of clinical experience, I love helping clients navigate through their dark night of the soul and help shine a light on those dark parts that were perhaps forgotten or pressed down. Helping lead you to greater self-awareness, self-esteem & self-love.
Providing virtual Clinical Social Work Supervision to Alabama and Louisiana Social Workers. Offering virtual counseling services to clients in AL., LA., & Fl. I know that it takes bravery to intentionally journey into the dark parts of our minds, hearts, & souls in the therapeutic process. But the rewards of taking that journey can lead to a lifetime of fulfillment. Utilizing 23 years of clinical experience, I love helping clients navigate through their dark night of the soul and help shine a light on those dark parts that were perhaps forgotten or pressed down. Helping lead you to greater self-awareness, self-esteem & self-love.
(334) 212-5711 View (334) 212-5711
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Renita Harrigan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Birmingham, AL 35215
Therapy is very effective when the client and therapist build a healthy rapport and create an environment where the client can be open, honest, and comfortable to share their deepest thoughts with no fear of judgment or guilt. Having the opportunity to listen to someone is one of the best gifts I could provide to them.
Therapy is very effective when the client and therapist build a healthy rapport and create an environment where the client can be open, honest, and comfortable to share their deepest thoughts with no fear of judgment or guilt. Having the opportunity to listen to someone is one of the best gifts I could provide to them.
(205) 273-5439 View (205) 273-5439
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Sabree Therapeutic Services, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, PIP
Verified
Montgomery, AL 36106
Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions or relationship issues? These are a few of the many issues our team of licensed therapists can assist you with. Our team believes in the power of therapy and would love to assist you on your path to healing.
Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions or relationship issues? These are a few of the many issues our team of licensed therapists can assist you with. Our team believes in the power of therapy and would love to assist you on your path to healing.
(334) 781-7883 x1 View (334) 781-7883 x1
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Aquanatte M Jackson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntsville, AL 35808  (Online Only)
Now Taking Telehealth (Video) Clients Only. I am a Licensed Therapist with over 18+ years of experience in therapy. It is one of my greatest desires to see people navigate through life's transitions and difficulties with confidence! I know that life can be difficult to handle at times. Sometimes we experience bouts of uncertainty and frustration with life's transitions. Many of us suffer with depression and anxiety in silence. I want you to know that you do not have to walk this journey alone. BOOK your appointment TODAY at aicounselingservices.org
Now Taking Telehealth (Video) Clients Only. I am a Licensed Therapist with over 18+ years of experience in therapy. It is one of my greatest desires to see people navigate through life's transitions and difficulties with confidence! I know that life can be difficult to handle at times. Sometimes we experience bouts of uncertainty and frustration with life's transitions. Many of us suffer with depression and anxiety in silence. I want you to know that you do not have to walk this journey alone. BOOK your appointment TODAY at aicounselingservices.org
(256) 448-3285 View (256) 448-3285
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Jarvis T Cleveland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Birmingham, AL 35233
I have spent the last three years working with various individuals who presented with primarily substance abuse issues. However, issues of depression, anxiety, sexuality, communication, and family dynamics were underneath the presenting problem as well. My clients all sought one thing: a different story than the one they had been currently starring in. Together we laid the groundwork to start changing that story. And together you and I can do the same.
I have spent the last three years working with various individuals who presented with primarily substance abuse issues. However, issues of depression, anxiety, sexuality, communication, and family dynamics were underneath the presenting problem as well. My clients all sought one thing: a different story than the one they had been currently starring in. Together we laid the groundwork to start changing that story. And together you and I can do the same.
(205) 649-3183 View (205) 649-3183
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Mikala Pickens
Counselor, MS, ALC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hueytown, AL 35023
I have 9 years of experience working with adults, teens, and college students with a variety of mental health needs and life goals. My main goal is to truly see you as you are, free of judgment, and work with you to determine achievable goals that will lead to a better quality of life. I take into account all experiences and identities that you bring to the table and how they have affected you. My main function as a therapist is to provide you with a safe place to process these events and experiences and also give you some helpful skills and techniques to use throughout life’s journey.
I have 9 years of experience working with adults, teens, and college students with a variety of mental health needs and life goals. My main goal is to truly see you as you are, free of judgment, and work with you to determine achievable goals that will lead to a better quality of life. I take into account all experiences and identities that you bring to the table and how they have affected you. My main function as a therapist is to provide you with a safe place to process these events and experiences and also give you some helpful skills and techniques to use throughout life’s journey.
(205) 202-0549 View (205) 202-0549
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Storeyhouse Counseling (Johnetta Samuels)
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, ALC
Verified
Birmingham, AL 35206  (Online Only)
Welcome to the first step in your journey to a healthier you. My name Is Johnetta. I am an Associate Licensed Counselor with a Masters in Community Counseling from the University of South Alabama. I also received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while studying abroad in Europe. I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. I work with both individuals and families who may be struggling through difficult periods in their lives or have been setback by problems that are beyond their ability to control.
Welcome to the first step in your journey to a healthier you. My name Is Johnetta. I am an Associate Licensed Counselor with a Masters in Community Counseling from the University of South Alabama. I also received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while studying abroad in Europe. I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. I work with both individuals and families who may be struggling through difficult periods in their lives or have been setback by problems that are beyond their ability to control.
(205) 782-8440 View (205) 782-8440
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Marriah Monette
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA
Verified
Huntsville, AL 35808  (Online Only)
Most of my clients come to me at a point in their life where they no longer recognize themselves or their relationships. They've put much on the back-burner for so long that they loose their identity. They wake up to a life with little passion, little desire, and very little will. This issue is typically their subconscious letting them know that how they've been living is no longer conducive on their journey of growth and success. If you are having or have had this experience, then it is my goal to help you identify and remove those blocks to put you back on the course where you experience life and relationships to their fullest.
Most of my clients come to me at a point in their life where they no longer recognize themselves or their relationships. They've put much on the back-burner for so long that they loose their identity. They wake up to a life with little passion, little desire, and very little will. This issue is typically their subconscious letting them know that how they've been living is no longer conducive on their journey of growth and success. If you are having or have had this experience, then it is my goal to help you identify and remove those blocks to put you back on the course where you experience life and relationships to their fullest.
(256) 530-8664 View (256) 530-8664
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Healology LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Montgomery, AL 36106
I created Healology to offer a place of safety, support, care, respect and peace. As a client- centered therapist, I am committed to serving my client's mental health needs. I believe authenticity is best and fosters a natural connection between clinician and client and I am 100% myself and invite my clients to do the same. I have worked within numerous populations: children and adults with learning disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+, couples,families, adolescents and many more. I pride myself in being multicultural, flexible, and willing to learn. Life brings many challenges, and I am ready to take this journey of healing with you.
I created Healology to offer a place of safety, support, care, respect and peace. As a client- centered therapist, I am committed to serving my client's mental health needs. I believe authenticity is best and fosters a natural connection between clinician and client and I am 100% myself and invite my clients to do the same. I have worked within numerous populations: children and adults with learning disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+, couples,families, adolescents and many more. I pride myself in being multicultural, flexible, and willing to learn. Life brings many challenges, and I am ready to take this journey of healing with you.
(334) 276-8867 View (334) 276-8867
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WellSpace Play Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Madison, AL 35758
Navigating parenthood can be challenging and having support is needed. If you are a parent struggling to support your child that is currently experiencing anxiety, depression, worry, tantrums, and other big emotions, WellSpace is the right place for you. WellSpace Play Therapy believes children need a warm and inviting space to uncover and process difficult emotions and thoughts. WellSpace therapists have experience working with children of all ages and providing parental support. We are passionate about working with children and their families, helping the child use their unique superpower to heal and grow.!
Navigating parenthood can be challenging and having support is needed. If you are a parent struggling to support your child that is currently experiencing anxiety, depression, worry, tantrums, and other big emotions, WellSpace is the right place for you. WellSpace Play Therapy believes children need a warm and inviting space to uncover and process difficult emotions and thoughts. WellSpace therapists have experience working with children of all ages and providing parental support. We are passionate about working with children and their families, helping the child use their unique superpower to heal and grow.!
(256) 798-0932 View (256) 798-0932
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Caring Solutions
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Chelsea, AL 35043  (Online Only)
I see myself as a change agent, challenging clients to discover their best self through understanding the relationship between cognitive patterns, emotions, and behaviors. As clients gain insight, they are empowered to make substantial changes and experience the Inner healing and a new sense of self.
I see myself as a change agent, challenging clients to discover their best self through understanding the relationship between cognitive patterns, emotions, and behaviors. As clients gain insight, they are empowered to make substantial changes and experience the Inner healing and a new sense of self.
(205) 896-3021 View (205) 896-3021
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Chardonney L Washington
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CAIP
Verified
Gadsden, AL 35904
Waitlist for new clients
Seeking help can be a BIG Step! Just the thought of revealing your vulnerability probably makes you CRINGE and close your browser. And what about having to work full-time and then find someone to provide a safe space on YOUR time. Do you want to receive counseling services, but work during traditional hours? Do you feel stuck and unsure of your next moved? Got anxiety, depression, anger, or life stress? Struggling with self-identity or life's purpose? Are you grieving a loss? What about mood swings and negative thoughts? I bet you're ready to make some positive changes but you just need a partner on your journey, huh?
Seeking help can be a BIG Step! Just the thought of revealing your vulnerability probably makes you CRINGE and close your browser. And what about having to work full-time and then find someone to provide a safe space on YOUR time. Do you want to receive counseling services, but work during traditional hours? Do you feel stuck and unsure of your next moved? Got anxiety, depression, anger, or life stress? Struggling with self-identity or life's purpose? Are you grieving a loss? What about mood swings and negative thoughts? I bet you're ready to make some positive changes but you just need a partner on your journey, huh?
(205) 964-8678 View (205) 964-8678
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Shadora Smith
MS, ALC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, AL 35756  (Online Only)
Hi, I am glad you took the first step to your better tomorrow. Life has been unpredictable all of 2020. You have experienced/witnessed loss, hurt, lack, & hate on top of all the other things that life casually brings along. It has been hard to sit with yourself by yourself, but you made it! This is the year that you stop the cycle of "living an emotionally depleted life"! Today you will begin the process of creating a mental space that allows you to live free, purposed, guilty-free, hopeful, and fulfilled. I look forward to assisting you in creating a better tomorrow starting today.
Hi, I am glad you took the first step to your better tomorrow. Life has been unpredictable all of 2020. You have experienced/witnessed loss, hurt, lack, & hate on top of all the other things that life casually brings along. It has been hard to sit with yourself by yourself, but you made it! This is the year that you stop the cycle of "living an emotionally depleted life"! Today you will begin the process of creating a mental space that allows you to live free, purposed, guilty-free, hopeful, and fulfilled. I look forward to assisting you in creating a better tomorrow starting today.
(256) 464-1245 View (256) 464-1245
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Tyana D Alexander
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Birmingham, AL 35209
Waitlist for new clients
Make a choice.....create a change. I enjoy working with adults, couples and families with a variety of concerns. Depression, grief and compulsive behaviors can impact our relationships with others. I will spend time with you, increasing your awareness about unhealthy behaviors and to help identify new, more beneficial behaviors to improve your relationships. I have a special interest in working with clients who wish to explore forgiveness as a means to improve their connections with others.
Make a choice.....create a change. I enjoy working with adults, couples and families with a variety of concerns. Depression, grief and compulsive behaviors can impact our relationships with others. I will spend time with you, increasing your awareness about unhealthy behaviors and to help identify new, more beneficial behaviors to improve your relationships. I have a special interest in working with clients who wish to explore forgiveness as a means to improve their connections with others.
(205) 319-7016 View (205) 319-7016

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Black and African American Therapists

As an African American, why might I wish to see a therapist who is African American?

African American clients may seek out African American 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 African American clients?

Clients can ask therapists directly about their experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds, including with African American 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 African American 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, recognizing 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.