Black and African American Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Valencia Harriott
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Compassionate by nature and by nurture, Val is a licensed clinical psychologist with a heart for people, a mind for science, and a welcoming sense of humor. Her training and experience is based in cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral medicine, with additional interests in positive psychology and Black women’s mental health. Val values a collaborative approach to therapy, and fosters an environment where clients feel seen and heard as they journey towards meeting their goals.
Compassionate by nature and by nurture, Val is a licensed clinical psychologist with a heart for people, a mind for science, and a welcoming sense of humor. Her training and experience is based in cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral medicine, with additional interests in positive psychology and Black women’s mental health. Val values a collaborative approach to therapy, and fosters an environment where clients feel seen and heard as they journey towards meeting their goals.
(213) 306-5582 View (213) 306-5582
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Malcolm Jay
LPC Intern, APCC, MCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Waitlist for new clients
As a Black queer trans man, my focus is on creating an affirming, compassionate, open, and explorative space that meets people where they are and only serves to assist them in getting themselves where they want to be.
I hold the belief that we grow and change through relationships and because of that my style is relational, trauma informed, collaborative and social justice centered. It is not my job or purpose to help create tools for capitalism. I believe there are no predetermined paths or timelines for healing, and that the best way to get where you want is to focus on what keeps you safe, allows you time to rest and helps you create the community you want and need to thrive.
As a Black queer trans man, my focus is on creating an affirming, compassionate, open, and explorative space that meets people where they are and only serves to assist them in getting themselves where they want to be.
I hold the belief that we grow and change through relationships and because of that my style is relational, trauma informed, collaborative and social justice centered. It is not my job or purpose to help create tools for capitalism. I believe there are no predetermined paths or timelines for healing, and that the best way to get where you want is to focus on what keeps you safe, allows you time to rest and helps you create the community you want and need to thrive.
(310) 715-8308 View (310) 715-8308
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Jovantae Holloway
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90027  (Online Only)
My therapies are informed by my perspective being mixed with Black and Vietnamese and growing up poor in L.
I specialize in working with people who struggle with people-pleasing, co-dependency, social anxiety, childhood trauma, and self-doubt. If you are having issues with intimacy, authenticity, and connection with friends, family, or lovers, I work to help you build the introspection and the communication skills to show up genuinely and feel enough as you are in your relationships.
My therapies are informed by my perspective being mixed with Black and Vietnamese and growing up poor in L.
I specialize in working with people who struggle with people-pleasing, co-dependency, social anxiety, childhood trauma, and self-doubt. If you are having issues with intimacy, authenticity, and connection with friends, family, or lovers, I work to help you build the introspection and the communication skills to show up genuinely and feel enough as you are in your relationships.
(424) 788-0167 View (424) 788-0167
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Quinney & Associates Inc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90043  (Online Only)
The target population are ages 12 to 65 Black and Latino men.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I have over 35 years in the field of Mental Health with the Los Angeles County. I have worked in the Juvenile hall systems as a Detention Offices primarily with adolescent boys age 10 thru 18 issues of gang, drugs and foster care. Later employed with King Drew Medical Center as a Clinical Social Worker in the 80's experiences with Cancer, AIDs, and emergency medication. Also worked at Augustus Hawkins providing Mental Health services for Crisis intervention. After retiring from Los Angeles I completed my PsyD and worked in the State Prison as a Unlicensed Psychologist for 3 years.
The target population are ages 12 to 65 Black and Latino men.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I have over 35 years in the field of Mental Health with the Los Angeles County. I have worked in the Juvenile hall systems as a Detention Offices primarily with adolescent boys age 10 thru 18 issues of gang, drugs and foster care. Later employed with King Drew Medical Center as a Clinical Social Worker in the 80's experiences with Cancer, AIDs, and emergency medication. Also worked at Augustus Hawkins providing Mental Health services for Crisis intervention. After retiring from Los Angeles I completed my PsyD and worked in the State Prison as a Unlicensed Psychologist for 3 years.
(323) 538-2040 View (323) 538-2040
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Uche Okolie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017  (Online Only)
At Onetara Counseling, I specialize in culturally sensitive therapy for the Black community and those navigating multicultural identities.
In my practice at Onetara Counseling, I unite cultural empathy with clinical expertise to support individuals grappling with identity stress, cultural transitions, and trauma. I help clients reconcile their multicultural narratives, enabling them to thrive authentically. Join me in crafting a path to wellness that honors your unique life story.
At Onetara Counseling, I specialize in culturally sensitive therapy for the Black community and those navigating multicultural identities.
In my practice at Onetara Counseling, I unite cultural empathy with clinical expertise to support individuals grappling with identity stress, cultural transitions, and trauma. I help clients reconcile their multicultural narratives, enabling them to thrive authentically. Join me in crafting a path to wellness that honors your unique life story.
(818) 806-9851 View (818) 806-9851
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Camille Tenerife
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90004
As a black therapist in Los Angeles, I understand what it is like to navigate both the beauty and challenges of being a POC. I help those who want to unpack their racial/cultural experiences and are looking for a culturally competent therapist. I guide BIPOC professionals in their careers, helping you find fulfillment and work-life balance. If you want to find solace and understanding, I’m here to help. In addition, I support interracial couples in navigating challenges in communication and bridging the gap between each of your experiences.
As a black therapist in Los Angeles, I understand what it is like to navigate both the beauty and challenges of being a POC. I help those who want to unpack their racial/cultural experiences and are looking for a culturally competent therapist. I guide BIPOC professionals in their careers, helping you find fulfillment and work-life balance. If you want to find solace and understanding, I’m here to help. In addition, I support interracial couples in navigating challenges in communication and bridging the gap between each of your experiences.
(424) 396-5044 View (424) 396-5044
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Zachary L Hollis
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Being biracial of African American & Mexican decent along with my training and experiences has fostered me to approach every situation with an open mind, to be mindful and present while being flexible and empathetic. After graduating with a BA degree in Media Studies Communications from University of Tampa and prior to pursuing a career as a psychotherapist, I spent several years playing professional basketball overseas. I am also an active SAG-AFTRA member in the film and television industry. My diverse background is what I bring to the therapeutic space so together we can form healthy ways to cope with challenges without limits.
Being biracial of African American & Mexican decent along with my training and experiences has fostered me to approach every situation with an open mind, to be mindful and present while being flexible and empathetic. After graduating with a BA degree in Media Studies Communications from University of Tampa and prior to pursuing a career as a psychotherapist, I spent several years playing professional basketball overseas. I am also an active SAG-AFTRA member in the film and television industry. My diverse background is what I bring to the therapeutic space so together we can form healthy ways to cope with challenges without limits.
(310) 881-8717 View (310) 881-8717
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Eric Michael Katende
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004  (Online Only)
As a Black Straight LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapist who promotes sex positivity and body positivity, I believe in highlighting and affirming all of the intersecting identities we may hold.
Reaching out for help is one of the most humbling experiences we can go through in life. In a world that is constantly pushing narratives on us based on race, gender, sexuality and/or dominant cultural beliefs, it is life-affirming to engage preferred narratives that support and empower our own values. In difficult times it is easy to feel misunderstood or lost, longing to reconnect with our own resources. My work aims for those reconnections. My approach is collaborative, working from a place of respectful curiosity. I am not the expert on your lived experience. You are.
As a Black Straight LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapist who promotes sex positivity and body positivity, I believe in highlighting and affirming all of the intersecting identities we may hold.
Reaching out for help is one of the most humbling experiences we can go through in life. In a world that is constantly pushing narratives on us based on race, gender, sexuality and/or dominant cultural beliefs, it is life-affirming to engage preferred narratives that support and empower our own values. In difficult times it is easy to feel misunderstood or lost, longing to reconnect with our own resources. My work aims for those reconnections. My approach is collaborative, working from a place of respectful curiosity. I am not the expert on your lived experience. You are.
(213) 212-7852 View (213) 212-7852
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Marion Shavonn West
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90008  (Online Only)
Marion S. West LMFT with specialty in African American Family Studies. Has a background in Christian Faith based Counseling, practicing in California with 10 years of professional work experience. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Be transformed & renew your mind.
Marion S. West LMFT with specialty in African American Family Studies. Has a background in Christian Faith based Counseling, practicing in California with 10 years of professional work experience. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Be transformed & renew your mind.
(323) 990-7078 View (323) 990-7078
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Fox Eros | The Polyamory Therapist Queer Life And Love
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90010  (Online Only)
Fun Facts: I’m pansexual, polyamorous, Black Girl Magic, multi-racial and hella tight with the ancestors.
My name is Fox, aka The Polyamory Therapist, and I am an inclusive, queer, 2slgbtqia+ affirmative Therapist. I’m a loving incandescent BIPOC femme and my nature is deeply empathetic and passionately curious - and still... I will gently challenge you with questions that have kept you stuck. I have a deep passion for working with people on trauma, identity, intimacy, loss, communication, self-worth, shame, sex, life stress and gender discovery. I’m Certified in both Sex Therapy and CNM / ENM and trauma informed. I work with all relationships: monogamy, opening up, open relationships, consensual non-monogamy; polyamory and kink / BDSM.
Fun Facts: I’m pansexual, polyamorous, Black Girl Magic, multi-racial and hella tight with the ancestors.
My name is Fox, aka The Polyamory Therapist, and I am an inclusive, queer, 2slgbtqia+ affirmative Therapist. I’m a loving incandescent BIPOC femme and my nature is deeply empathetic and passionately curious - and still... I will gently challenge you with questions that have kept you stuck. I have a deep passion for working with people on trauma, identity, intimacy, loss, communication, self-worth, shame, sex, life stress and gender discovery. I’m Certified in both Sex Therapy and CNM / ENM and trauma informed. I work with all relationships: monogamy, opening up, open relationships, consensual non-monogamy; polyamory and kink / BDSM.
(310) 933-4091 View (310) 933-4091
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Diamond Lee
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90016  (Online Only)
My name is Diamond and I am an associate therapist who specializes in helping Black women navigate issues related to relationships, perinatal mental health, self-esteem, career, race-based stress, depression, and anxiety. I am on a mission to guide my clients from repression to liberation and authenticity. Drawing inspiration from my own transformative journey, my goal is to create a comfortable, non-judgmental, empathetic environment where I collaborate with my clients to create the space for change through problem-solving, growth, and introspection.
My name is Diamond and I am an associate therapist who specializes in helping Black women navigate issues related to relationships, perinatal mental health, self-esteem, career, race-based stress, depression, and anxiety. I am on a mission to guide my clients from repression to liberation and authenticity. Drawing inspiration from my own transformative journey, my goal is to create a comfortable, non-judgmental, empathetic environment where I collaborate with my clients to create the space for change through problem-solving, growth, and introspection.
(424) 321-8437 View (424) 321-8437
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Ashley Merriman
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90002
As an inclusive and affirming clinician, I partner with clients to identify strengths and address barriers to achieving their goals and develop a path towards healing and overall wellness. I work with individuals and couples of every gender expression and sexual orientation who are dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, and stress. I am passionate about social justice and incorporate an anti-oppression and PIC abolitionist lens into my work, particularly in supporting Black, Indigenous, & people of color and LGBTQIA+ folks with issues of identity, racial trauma, difficult life transitions, parenting, and interpersonal struggles.
As an inclusive and affirming clinician, I partner with clients to identify strengths and address barriers to achieving their goals and develop a path towards healing and overall wellness. I work with individuals and couples of every gender expression and sexual orientation who are dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, and stress. I am passionate about social justice and incorporate an anti-oppression and PIC abolitionist lens into my work, particularly in supporting Black, Indigenous, & people of color and LGBTQIA+ folks with issues of identity, racial trauma, difficult life transitions, parenting, and interpersonal struggles.
(213) 296-0260 View (213) 296-0260
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Kimani Norrington-Sands
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
As a Black woman who is often seen as "having it all together," it may be challenging to admit that you are having a difficult time. You may automatically say that you are "good" or "well" when people ask how you are doing but know deep down that this is a mask of how you are really feeling. Recognizing and admitting to yourself about the mask is the first courageous step to getting support. Even though many of us have been told to not let our guard down by showing others that we do not have it all together or that only "crazy" people who do not look like us go for therapy (not true!), you know what you need for yourself.
As a Black woman who is often seen as "having it all together," it may be challenging to admit that you are having a difficult time. You may automatically say that you are "good" or "well" when people ask how you are doing but know deep down that this is a mask of how you are really feeling. Recognizing and admitting to yourself about the mask is the first courageous step to getting support. Even though many of us have been told to not let our guard down by showing others that we do not have it all together or that only "crazy" people who do not look like us go for therapy (not true!), you know what you need for yourself.
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Joy Pate
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90034  (Online Only)
I help millennial Black, Indigenous and POC women get to the root of problematic thinking, behaviors, habits and patterns to create a healthier, happier relationship with themselves.
Do you find yourself stuck in unhealthy patterns that are causing you to show up as less than who you want to be? Are you frustrated with feeling like you have to keep it all together? Does your inability to say “no” keep you overwhelmed and out of balance? Perhaps, you are experiencing excessive worry about the future and question whether you’re on the right path or are doing enough. In cases like this, fear has taken a disruptive hold on your life and talking with friends and family, journaling and meditating just isn’t enough.
I help millennial Black, Indigenous and POC women get to the root of problematic thinking, behaviors, habits and patterns to create a healthier, happier relationship with themselves.
Do you find yourself stuck in unhealthy patterns that are causing you to show up as less than who you want to be? Are you frustrated with feeling like you have to keep it all together? Does your inability to say “no” keep you overwhelmed and out of balance? Perhaps, you are experiencing excessive worry about the future and question whether you’re on the right path or are doing enough. In cases like this, fear has taken a disruptive hold on your life and talking with friends and family, journaling and meditating just isn’t enough.
(310) 736-2799 View (310) 736-2799
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Charnise Howcroft-Chapple
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90069  (Online Only)
My approach is rooted in all the intersections of my own identity as a Black lesbian woman & a Veteran. In my practice I specialize in working with LGBTQ+, women, POC, military/veterans, & couples. Focusing on empowerment, strength, & enlightenment. I practice Integrative therapy, influenced by post-modern feminist therapy, LGBT+ Affirmative therapy, Intersectional, & social justice frameworks.
My approach is rooted in all the intersections of my own identity as a Black lesbian woman & a Veteran. In my practice I specialize in working with LGBTQ+, women, POC, military/veterans, & couples. Focusing on empowerment, strength, & enlightenment. I practice Integrative therapy, influenced by post-modern feminist therapy, LGBT+ Affirmative therapy, Intersectional, & social justice frameworks.
(424) 500-3017 View (424) 500-3017
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Geoffrey E Sherrell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90066
My heart is for couples and supporting black men and women through the changing courses of society.
My name is Geoffrey Sherrell, M.A., LMFT. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, providing online and in-person counseling services. Often, individuals are overwhelmed with emotions and feelings that cause their lives to be out of balance psychologically and spiritually. My goals for the individuals, families, and groups I serve are to restore balance and homeostasis within their personal lives, family systems and social interactions.
My heart is for couples and supporting black men and women through the changing courses of society.
My name is Geoffrey Sherrell, M.A., LMFT. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, providing online and in-person counseling services. Often, individuals are overwhelmed with emotions and feelings that cause their lives to be out of balance psychologically and spiritually. My goals for the individuals, families, and groups I serve are to restore balance and homeostasis within their personal lives, family systems and social interactions.
(855) 952-2279 View (855) 952-2279
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Taronda Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90008  (Online Only)
As an African American clinician, I specialize in understanding the needs of people of color and can relate to their experiences.
Are you looking for someone to help you navigate through difficult times? Do you find yourself feeling alone with no one to help you find solutions to your problems? Are you a coupIe struggling to have a healthy relationship? I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California, Oregon and Washington providing hope and encouragement to those in need. I have over 9 years' experience as a psychotherapist and have worked with all ages, from early childhood to the aged adult.
As an African American clinician, I specialize in understanding the needs of people of color and can relate to their experiences.
Are you looking for someone to help you navigate through difficult times? Do you find yourself feeling alone with no one to help you find solutions to your problems? Are you a coupIe struggling to have a healthy relationship? I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California, Oregon and Washington providing hope and encouragement to those in need. I have over 9 years' experience as a psychotherapist and have worked with all ages, from early childhood to the aged adult.
(323) 347-3314 View (323) 347-3314
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Bradlisia Dixon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Are you a black woman who's checked many of the boxes of societal standards of success, but have found yourself in a less than ideal relationship? One day it’s all good, and for the next week it's all bad. You feel alone, isolated…like you can’t talk to anyone about what’s going on. You might feel embarrassed or what’s happening might just feel indescribable? You wish you could talk to your partner about it, but his mood is so unpredictable, you’re not sure if that’s even safe. Not to mention, sharing your experience with family or friends could mean having to face their judgment and receive unhelpful advice to "just leave."
Are you a black woman who's checked many of the boxes of societal standards of success, but have found yourself in a less than ideal relationship? One day it’s all good, and for the next week it's all bad. You feel alone, isolated…like you can’t talk to anyone about what’s going on. You might feel embarrassed or what’s happening might just feel indescribable? You wish you could talk to your partner about it, but his mood is so unpredictable, you’re not sure if that’s even safe. Not to mention, sharing your experience with family or friends could mean having to face their judgment and receive unhelpful advice to "just leave."
(424) 414-0292 View (424) 414-0292
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GWhitlock- New Leaf Counseling and Psychotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
Welcome: I see you juggling work, family, relationships, and cultural identity while your self care has been placed on the back burner. As a woman of color, you may find yourself working twice as hard yet often getting half as much for your trouble. You want to live a full juicy life yet find yourself feeling stuck. I see you and I've got your back. It is my passion to support and encourage women (and a few sensitive men) who are ready to move past surviving to thriving. I work with women of all races and I am especially passionate in supporting Black Women and WOC who are desiring to be seen and heard.
Welcome: I see you juggling work, family, relationships, and cultural identity while your self care has been placed on the back burner. As a woman of color, you may find yourself working twice as hard yet often getting half as much for your trouble. You want to live a full juicy life yet find yourself feeling stuck. I see you and I've got your back. It is my passion to support and encourage women (and a few sensitive men) who are ready to move past surviving to thriving. I work with women of all races and I am especially passionate in supporting Black Women and WOC who are desiring to be seen and heard.
(707) 785-8526 View (707) 785-8526
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Breea Wainwright
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PMH-C, IFMHS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90008  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in perinatal mental health and family psychotherapy. My passion is working with black women who are having a challenging time during their pregnancy or after giving birth (pre/postpartum). Bringing a child into this world is both an exciting and yet life changing experience that is filled with many different emotions such as joy, sadness, anger, hurt, anxiety..etc. I also have experience working with adults with a wide range of concerns including perinatal/postpartum, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, parenting issues, separation, and grief/loss.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in perinatal mental health and family psychotherapy. My passion is working with black women who are having a challenging time during their pregnancy or after giving birth (pre/postpartum). Bringing a child into this world is both an exciting and yet life changing experience that is filled with many different emotions such as joy, sadness, anger, hurt, anxiety..etc. I also have experience working with adults with a wide range of concerns including perinatal/postpartum, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, parenting issues, separation, and grief/loss.
(415) 965-7568 View (415) 965-7568


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.