Black and African American Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Nahomie Guillaume
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95119  (Online Only)
I primarily serve the Christian Community, people of color community (Blacks/African-American/Haitians/Afro-Caribbean, Interracial/Mixed Race/Multi-ethnic), as well as Caucasians, immigrants, refugees, and multicultural/multi-ethnic and interfaith couples.
Are you overwhelmed? Stressed? Are you struggling with thoughts that you find disturbing? Are you in need of hope, healing, and support? If so, I can help. I will help you identify your life's purpose/meaning, develop healthy coping skills as you grow in your relationships. Beside my professional background, I know firsthand the joy and challenges of raising a family, juggling multiple demands; and have experienced the loss of a child through both miscarriage and stillbirth. If you are looking for someone whom you can connect with on an experiential level, I am that therapist. I look forward to assisting you in your life's journey.
I primarily serve the Christian Community, people of color community (Blacks/African-American/Haitians/Afro-Caribbean, Interracial/Mixed Race/Multi-ethnic), as well as Caucasians, immigrants, refugees, and multicultural/multi-ethnic and interfaith couples.
Are you overwhelmed? Stressed? Are you struggling with thoughts that you find disturbing? Are you in need of hope, healing, and support? If so, I can help. I will help you identify your life's purpose/meaning, develop healthy coping skills as you grow in your relationships. Beside my professional background, I know firsthand the joy and challenges of raising a family, juggling multiple demands; and have experienced the loss of a child through both miscarriage and stillbirth. If you are looking for someone whom you can connect with on an experiential level, I am that therapist. I look forward to assisting you in your life's journey.
(971) 292-3947 View (971) 292-3947
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Michelle Bozman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
As a black woman-- I can relate to & have experienced the challenges of navigating through a society that limits my identity, mobility & clouds my potentials. Viewed as a person of color in today's world comes with many layer-- you may find yourself feeling hopeless, isolated, misunderstood, disrespected & feel pressured to wear different masks to ensure other people feel comfortable. Life can be compiled of pain, fear, anxiety, injustice & also light, love & compassion-- how do we balance ourselves day-to-day? You are not alone, my approach to healing is to provide a safe, honest & supportive space to embrace your authentic-self.
As a black woman-- I can relate to & have experienced the challenges of navigating through a society that limits my identity, mobility & clouds my potentials. Viewed as a person of color in today's world comes with many layer-- you may find yourself feeling hopeless, isolated, misunderstood, disrespected & feel pressured to wear different masks to ensure other people feel comfortable. Life can be compiled of pain, fear, anxiety, injustice & also light, love & compassion-- how do we balance ourselves day-to-day? You are not alone, my approach to healing is to provide a safe, honest & supportive space to embrace your authentic-self.
(408) 688-5532 View (408) 688-5532
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Aleyna Mason
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126  (Online Only)
And as a Black woman, I know it can be hard to find understanding and intersectional spaces in which to rest and process.
You are the expert when it comes to your life. Your unique constellation of experiences - difficult and easeful - can provide profound personal insight. Yet sometimes it is challenging to hear ourselves, trust ourselves, and to follow through in honoring our own needs.
And as a Black woman, I know it can be hard to find understanding and intersectional spaces in which to rest and process.
You are the expert when it comes to your life. Your unique constellation of experiences - difficult and easeful - can provide profound personal insight. Yet sometimes it is challenging to hear ourselves, trust ourselves, and to follow through in honoring our own needs.
(408) 539-0576 View (408) 539-0576
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Guillaume Marriage and Family Counseling of CA
Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95119  (Online Only)
Our primary clients identify as people of color/minorities, Caucasian in a relationship with a person of color, Hispanic/Latino, mixed race, Multi-ethnic, Black; Caucasian, Asian, Middle Easterner/Arabs, Immigrants, Christians or Muslim.
Are you in need of premarital or marital counseling? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or past trauma? Are you currently pregnant, just gave birth, or just lost a child and in need of some support to deal with the various emotions you are experiencing? Are you a parent of a child with mental illness and need some support or therapy for yourself? Do you have a long history of mental health struggles and would like to break the cycle? If so, we can help! We work with moms, dads, wives, husbands and partners. We are culturally and spiritually minded in our work. We integrate your faith and culture in our work together.
Our primary clients identify as people of color/minorities, Caucasian in a relationship with a person of color, Hispanic/Latino, mixed race, Multi-ethnic, Black; Caucasian, Asian, Middle Easterner/Arabs, Immigrants, Christians or Muslim.
Are you in need of premarital or marital counseling? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or past trauma? Are you currently pregnant, just gave birth, or just lost a child and in need of some support to deal with the various emotions you are experiencing? Are you a parent of a child with mental illness and need some support or therapy for yourself? Do you have a long history of mental health struggles and would like to break the cycle? If so, we can help! We work with moms, dads, wives, husbands and partners. We are culturally and spiritually minded in our work. We integrate your faith and culture in our work together.
(669) 202-2286 View (669) 202-2286
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Revolutionary Women's Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, Coach, Mentor, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95118  (Online Only)
As a black womanist, abolitionist, healer, mentor, educator, researcher, and your neighborhood hype-woman and Liberatory Care Coach, I am honored to co-conspire with you.
From the front line to the school pickup line, women have been at the forefront of every movement in society. We hold the world on our backs. Yet we face violence, oppression, and exclusion. We are told by family, culture, and society how our bodies should look, where our place is in the world, and who we are supposed to be. We are made to feel too much and never enough. We can never make anyone uncomfortable or take up too much space. We learn to shrink, hide the parts of ourselves that are unacceptable, and move through the world wearing a mask. But these beliefs and limitations feel like shackles. And you're ready to break free.
As a black womanist, abolitionist, healer, mentor, educator, researcher, and your neighborhood hype-woman and Liberatory Care Coach, I am honored to co-conspire with you.
From the front line to the school pickup line, women have been at the forefront of every movement in society. We hold the world on our backs. Yet we face violence, oppression, and exclusion. We are told by family, culture, and society how our bodies should look, where our place is in the world, and who we are supposed to be. We are made to feel too much and never enough. We can never make anyone uncomfortable or take up too much space. We learn to shrink, hide the parts of ourselves that are unacceptable, and move through the world wearing a mask. But these beliefs and limitations feel like shackles. And you're ready to break free.
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Jovantae Holloway
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95101  (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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Shawndell K. Clay
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126  (Online Only)
Black excellence is everything.
If you pour your best into showing up for others at work, at home, and in your relationships - but need an affirming space to show up for yourself - then I would love to speak with you. I am Dr. Shawndell, a therapist with The Black Girl Doctor, a completely virtual therapy practice specializing in the mental health of professional Black women. Our loved ones frequently encourage us to be strong, independent, and the ever-popular “resilient.” But I am betting you are already those things. I see you and want you to know that you do not have to be and do "all the things" by yourself. ​
Black excellence is everything.
If you pour your best into showing up for others at work, at home, and in your relationships - but need an affirming space to show up for yourself - then I would love to speak with you. I am Dr. Shawndell, a therapist with The Black Girl Doctor, a completely virtual therapy practice specializing in the mental health of professional Black women. Our loved ones frequently encourage us to be strong, independent, and the ever-popular “resilient.” But I am betting you are already those things. I see you and want you to know that you do not have to be and do "all the things" by yourself. ​
(408) 716-3822 View (408) 716-3822
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Dr. Nashin Joseph
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95110  (Online Only)
As a Black Clinician who immigrated from the Caribbean, my experiences of enculturation, and assimilation gives me a unique understanding on racial trauma and healing.
I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with you and explore any stressors that may be causing physical and emotional distress. I work with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, substance use, racial identity transformation, spiritual crisis, family conflict and stress
As a Black Clinician who immigrated from the Caribbean, my experiences of enculturation, and assimilation gives me a unique understanding on racial trauma and healing.
I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with you and explore any stressors that may be causing physical and emotional distress. I work with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, substance use, racial identity transformation, spiritual crisis, family conflict and stress
(925) 430-7574 View (925) 430-7574
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Melanie Lapeyrolerie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95122
I have worked with patients with diverse cultural backgrounds including Latino, African American, Asian, LGBTQi+, various patients from underserved, working class, and upper socioeconomic backgrounds.
My name is Melanie Lapeyrolerie and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Los Angeles, California, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults ages 18-65+ and specialize in anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, alcohol, and substance abuse disorders, and use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help my clients feel better and improve in their daily lives.
I have worked with patients with diverse cultural backgrounds including Latino, African American, Asian, LGBTQi+, various patients from underserved, working class, and upper socioeconomic backgrounds.
My name is Melanie Lapeyrolerie and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Los Angeles, California, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults ages 18-65+ and specialize in anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, alcohol, and substance abuse disorders, and use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help my clients feel better and improve in their daily lives.
(323) 433-6443 View (323) 433-6443
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Stephanie N. Williams
Psychologist, MA, MS, PhD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95110
Waitlist for new clients
Our staff are committed to supporting the therapeutic needs of Black, Indigenous, & Persons of Color (BIPOC) as well as Marginalized Genders (MaGes).
***** Dr. Williams is only accepting referrals for psychological assessment and evaluation***** Dr. Williams is the clinical director of Integrated Psychological Assessment Services (IPAS). She helps clients Improve their quality of life through insight-oriented and skill-building psychotherapy. Clinicians at IPAS value your unique experiences and your cultural identities. We focus on the connection between what you think, feel and do, and how changes can improve a persons life. While IPAS is a diverse practice, Dr. Williams' specializes in the change of life, work-life balance, and career transitions.
Our staff are committed to supporting the therapeutic needs of Black, Indigenous, & Persons of Color (BIPOC) as well as Marginalized Genders (MaGes).
***** Dr. Williams is only accepting referrals for psychological assessment and evaluation***** Dr. Williams is the clinical director of Integrated Psychological Assessment Services (IPAS). She helps clients Improve their quality of life through insight-oriented and skill-building psychotherapy. Clinicians at IPAS value your unique experiences and your cultural identities. We focus on the connection between what you think, feel and do, and how changes can improve a persons life. While IPAS is a diverse practice, Dr. Williams' specializes in the change of life, work-life balance, and career transitions.
(408) 317-0687 View (408) 317-0687
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Christina Carter
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
As a faith-based counselor, I deeply wish for you to feel truly SEEN, especially during life's most trying moments when you might feel lost, numb, or overwhelmed. Despite your best efforts, you may encounter various internal and external obstacles, making it difficult to find balance. In this nurturing and judgment-free space, I'm here to accompany you on your journey toward healing and growth. Together, we'll identify the roadblocks and work on practical strategies to help you achieve your goals. My approach is all about offering you the truth you need, even when it's tough to hear.
As a faith-based counselor, I deeply wish for you to feel truly SEEN, especially during life's most trying moments when you might feel lost, numb, or overwhelmed. Despite your best efforts, you may encounter various internal and external obstacles, making it difficult to find balance. In this nurturing and judgment-free space, I'm here to accompany you on your journey toward healing and growth. Together, we'll identify the roadblocks and work on practical strategies to help you achieve your goals. My approach is all about offering you the truth you need, even when it's tough to hear.
(669) 305-6281 View (669) 305-6281
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Moneisa Carson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95125
Each of us carry a light within that makes it possible for us to find our way home. If you’re reading this, you’ve already taken your first step. A step towards deep exploration to uncover your true self, needs, desires and strengths.
Each of us carry a light within that makes it possible for us to find our way home. If you’re reading this, you’ve already taken your first step. A step towards deep exploration to uncover your true self, needs, desires and strengths.
(408) 583-6926 View (408) 583-6926
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Stacey Simpson (Formerly Pinneke)
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, APCC, NCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128
Therapy is essential to healing from crisis-related trauma, however it does not always have to be crisis responsive. You may want to change self-defeating behaviors or develop or improve your sense of purpose. While the influence of life experience from infancy through adulthood is undeniable, I specialize in using person-centered therapy that focuses on the present with strengths-based, solutions-oriented emphasis and holistic and mindfulness practices that nurture self- awareness.
Therapy is essential to healing from crisis-related trauma, however it does not always have to be crisis responsive. You may want to change self-defeating behaviors or develop or improve your sense of purpose. While the influence of life experience from infancy through adulthood is undeniable, I specialize in using person-centered therapy that focuses on the present with strengths-based, solutions-oriented emphasis and holistic and mindfulness practices that nurture self- awareness.
(408) 418-2593 View (408) 418-2593
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Leonna Rae Chodos
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95117  (Online Only)
Are you a parent, couple, or individual struggling with your relationships? Are you having difficulty communicating your feelings, needs, and wants? Or, when you do, it comes out as frustration, anger, and resentment? Struggling with these issues can feel overwhelming and disheartening. I work in-depth with my clients to help bridge the communication gap, increase effective communication skills, reduce combative and reactionary conversations in order to build trust, respect and collaboration in relationships.
Are you a parent, couple, or individual struggling with your relationships? Are you having difficulty communicating your feelings, needs, and wants? Or, when you do, it comes out as frustration, anger, and resentment? Struggling with these issues can feel overwhelming and disheartening. I work in-depth with my clients to help bridge the communication gap, increase effective communication skills, reduce combative and reactionary conversations in order to build trust, respect and collaboration in relationships.
(408) 512-3606 View (408) 512-3606
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Alyssa Thompson Tolosa @ Thorough Talk Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95113  (Online Only)
Are you stuck between, "this isn't working for me" & "I don't know what else to do? No matter how hard you try, your emotions control you. Pushing them down and pretending they’re not there has only worked for so long. You feel it in your body- the tension, the stomach flips, the pressure in your chest. You have a fairly constant simmer of self-critical thoughts that boil over from time to time with the message that you’re unworthy. Your sadness tells you to stay in bed, & you do. Your anxiety tells you to avoid that person, conversation, presentation, event etc, & your shame tells you that you can’t, so you don’t even try.
Are you stuck between, "this isn't working for me" & "I don't know what else to do? No matter how hard you try, your emotions control you. Pushing them down and pretending they’re not there has only worked for so long. You feel it in your body- the tension, the stomach flips, the pressure in your chest. You have a fairly constant simmer of self-critical thoughts that boil over from time to time with the message that you’re unworthy. Your sadness tells you to stay in bed, & you do. Your anxiety tells you to avoid that person, conversation, presentation, event etc, & your shame tells you that you can’t, so you don’t even try.
(408) 542-0752 View (408) 542-0752
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Jackey Wilson
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
Accepting NEW clients! I am deeply motivated to contribute to the underrepresented number of male therapists available to support men and men of color. As an Associated Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of community-based experience, I have dedicated myself to working with at-risk children/teens and system-impacted families in underserved communities. I firmly believe that with the right attitude, willingness, and a seed of faith, we can effectively navigate our trials. My approach to therapy is deeply personalized and rooted in integrity and human connection.
Accepting NEW clients! I am deeply motivated to contribute to the underrepresented number of male therapists available to support men and men of color. As an Associated Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of community-based experience, I have dedicated myself to working with at-risk children/teens and system-impacted families in underserved communities. I firmly believe that with the right attitude, willingness, and a seed of faith, we can effectively navigate our trials. My approach to therapy is deeply personalized and rooted in integrity and human connection.
(408) 549-7845 View (408) 549-7845
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Theresa Samuel Boko
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
I grew up witnessing the effects of social injustice, conflict, and violence on individuals and communities that simply strive for peace and connection. I have spent decades of my life walking alongside survivors whose basic rights were stripped and who sought to identify a path towards healing and belonging.
I grew up witnessing the effects of social injustice, conflict, and violence on individuals and communities that simply strive for peace and connection. I have spent decades of my life walking alongside survivors whose basic rights were stripped and who sought to identify a path towards healing and belonging.
(669) 400-0224 View (669) 400-0224
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Selam Kidane
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95159  (Online Only)
In world full current events that the ways we coexist as human beings, we lack safe spaces to be vulnerable. Most often the struggles, whether with depression, anxiety, concentration, toxic workplaces, trauma, experiences with racism, among other stressors are not openly discussed, creating deeply rooted feelings of loneliness and isolation. Most often the hardest thing is asking for help, confiding in someone, talking about how you feel. The beauty of therapy is that it provides this safe space to work through and discuss these issues, recognize how they affect different parts of your life and work to address them.
In world full current events that the ways we coexist as human beings, we lack safe spaces to be vulnerable. Most often the struggles, whether with depression, anxiety, concentration, toxic workplaces, trauma, experiences with racism, among other stressors are not openly discussed, creating deeply rooted feelings of loneliness and isolation. Most often the hardest thing is asking for help, confiding in someone, talking about how you feel. The beauty of therapy is that it provides this safe space to work through and discuss these issues, recognize how they affect different parts of your life and work to address them.
(408) 217-2708 View (408) 217-2708
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Sharlisa L Byrd
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, TITC-CT, SEPi, CPC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95136  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
It's finally your time to heal. Sharlisa has experience in both the mind and the body providing unique and effective approaches to counseling. Sharlisa is known for providing clients with nurturing tailored therapeutic services that can be integrated into their daily lives. She views herself as a manufacturer of hope and healing. She provides culturally competent, holistic, and wellness focused services that promote transformative healing through transformative change by optimizing a client centered approach that utilizes knowledge, early interventions, open communication, somatic experiencing & increased awareness. It's your time.
It's finally your time to heal. Sharlisa has experience in both the mind and the body providing unique and effective approaches to counseling. Sharlisa is known for providing clients with nurturing tailored therapeutic services that can be integrated into their daily lives. She views herself as a manufacturer of hope and healing. She provides culturally competent, holistic, and wellness focused services that promote transformative healing through transformative change by optimizing a client centered approach that utilizes knowledge, early interventions, open communication, somatic experiencing & increased awareness. It's your time.
(408) 359-1814 View (408) 359-1814
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Dr. Chyneitha Cook | California Teletherapy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95103  (Online Only)
Are you worried, frustrated, or just plain disappointed with certain situations in your life? Perhaps your issues are current, or maybe they have been resurfacing, with no resolution. Seeking help is a big step, but it's a step in the right direction. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and depression. My clients learn to consider all aspects of their functioning as human beings (biological, psychological, spiritual, etc.). I will assist you with developing a plan for working through the past or current situations that are hindering your progress in life, so that you can begin to function more effectively, and thrive.
Are you worried, frustrated, or just plain disappointed with certain situations in your life? Perhaps your issues are current, or maybe they have been resurfacing, with no resolution. Seeking help is a big step, but it's a step in the right direction. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and depression. My clients learn to consider all aspects of their functioning as human beings (biological, psychological, spiritual, etc.). I will assist you with developing a plan for working through the past or current situations that are hindering your progress in life, so that you can begin to function more effectively, and thrive.
(858) 203-2260 View (858) 203-2260
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.