Black and African American Therapists in Jacksonville, FL

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Headed to Healing LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32217  (Online Only)
Trying to figure life out on your own is difficult, so why keep trying to do it alone? You deserve a safe space to process, heal, and think out loud! Whether you’re a millennial trying to manage your anxiety, a black man who needs to feel free to speak honestly and express yourself emotionally, a pregnant woman feeling anxious or scared during your pregnancy due to a previous miscarriage or infant loss, or someone needing more out of life, I’m your girl!
Trying to figure life out on your own is difficult, so why keep trying to do it alone? You deserve a safe space to process, heal, and think out loud! Whether you’re a millennial trying to manage your anxiety, a black man who needs to feel free to speak honestly and express yourself emotionally, a pregnant woman feeling anxious or scared during your pregnancy due to a previous miscarriage or infant loss, or someone needing more out of life, I’m your girl!
(904) 966-4925 View (904) 966-4925
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Married to Navy Counseling Services
Counselor, PhD, LMHC-QS, LPCC, LPC-S, NCC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218  (Online Only)
Dr. Black is accepting clients who are primarily interested in EMDR therapy with sprinkles of talk therapy. To experience our deepest recesses of joy and peace, we must first have the courage to face our fears. You've spent quite some time trying to redefine your life, but still falling short. You've committed so much of yourself to others, now it's time to commit to you! Whatever your situation, our goal is to help you find clarity, purpose, and strength.
Dr. Black is accepting clients who are primarily interested in EMDR therapy with sprinkles of talk therapy. To experience our deepest recesses of joy and peace, we must first have the courage to face our fears. You've spent quite some time trying to redefine your life, but still falling short. You've committed so much of yourself to others, now it's time to commit to you! Whatever your situation, our goal is to help you find clarity, purpose, and strength.
(904) 587-4806 View (904) 587-4806
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Dr. Amaris A. Avellan
Pre-Licensed Professional, PhD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Waitlist for new clients
My areas of focus include psychological assessment, counseling therapy with pediatric, adolescent and adult clients, and African American psychology for clients with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, blended families, and military or veteran related stressors.
Hi! In a world where so many of us regularly get the message that we are flawed, I think it is important to start by saying something that we might not hear so regularly, which is, that it is okay to be you. But if I’m being honest, being yourself is not always an easy thing to do. As a therapist, I place priority in creating a therapy environment where clients feel safe to share the most authentic versions of themselves without fear of judgement. In addition to a safe therapeutic space, my goal is to assist clients on their paths towards self-expression and self-acceptance no matter where they are in their journey.
My areas of focus include psychological assessment, counseling therapy with pediatric, adolescent and adult clients, and African American psychology for clients with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, blended families, and military or veteran related stressors.
Hi! In a world where so many of us regularly get the message that we are flawed, I think it is important to start by saying something that we might not hear so regularly, which is, that it is okay to be you. But if I’m being honest, being yourself is not always an easy thing to do. As a therapist, I place priority in creating a therapy environment where clients feel safe to share the most authentic versions of themselves without fear of judgement. In addition to a safe therapeutic space, my goal is to assist clients on their paths towards self-expression and self-acceptance no matter where they are in their journey.
(904) 780-2259 View (904) 780-2259
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BLK Haven Corp
Counselor, LPCC, LCSW, LMFT
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32099
BLK Haven is an online mental health platform connecting Black people to Black clinicians and empowering Black clinicians to launch and grow thriving private practices. Our company specializes in providing culturally competent counseling, therapy, psychiatry, and coaching to individuals who identify with the Black diaspora. We believe that targeted wellness, mental health, and entrepreneurship support are pivotal gateways to healing, prosperity, and freedom for Black people.
BLK Haven is an online mental health platform connecting Black people to Black clinicians and empowering Black clinicians to launch and grow thriving private practices. Our company specializes in providing culturally competent counseling, therapy, psychiatry, and coaching to individuals who identify with the Black diaspora. We believe that targeted wellness, mental health, and entrepreneurship support are pivotal gateways to healing, prosperity, and freedom for Black people.
(404) 738-5096 View (404) 738-5096
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A’Laina Newbold
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32246  (Online Only)
Are you ready to feel seen, understood and validated?! As a Minority Woman and Black Female Therapist, I understand the complexities of life that my clients face. As such, I am passionate about creating safe spaces which allows clients to unpack life in a nonjudgmental space. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida. In addition to providing Mental Health Therapy, and Mental Wellness Coaching, I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I am dedicated to destigmatizing the myth of mental illnesses and seeking therapy in communities of color, while creating the opportunity for open dialogue.
Are you ready to feel seen, understood and validated?! As a Minority Woman and Black Female Therapist, I understand the complexities of life that my clients face. As such, I am passionate about creating safe spaces which allows clients to unpack life in a nonjudgmental space. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida. In addition to providing Mental Health Therapy, and Mental Wellness Coaching, I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I am dedicated to destigmatizing the myth of mental illnesses and seeking therapy in communities of color, while creating the opportunity for open dialogue.
(850) 601-9184 View (850) 601-9184
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Dominique Blanchette
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32206  (Online Only)
I believe having clarity about the WHY you do, say, and think the way you do begins with denying the narrative that you are too “booked and busy” to peel back those layers of your identity hidden from the world. These are the parts of us that both consciously and unconsciously influence our daily interactions, and keep us conditioned to believe we have to negotiate space rather than command it! Your joy, dreams, and purpose matter, so less pouring from an empty cup and more claiming the life you deserve! I'm Dr. Dominique, a Licensed Psychologist at The Black Girl Doctor, and if any of this resonates with you I'd love to connect!
I believe having clarity about the WHY you do, say, and think the way you do begins with denying the narrative that you are too “booked and busy” to peel back those layers of your identity hidden from the world. These are the parts of us that both consciously and unconsciously influence our daily interactions, and keep us conditioned to believe we have to negotiate space rather than command it! Your joy, dreams, and purpose matter, so less pouring from an empty cup and more claiming the life you deserve! I'm Dr. Dominique, a Licensed Psychologist at The Black Girl Doctor, and if any of this resonates with you I'd love to connect!
(786) 751-5696 View (786) 751-5696
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Shakendra Lucas
Mental Health Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32211  (Online Only)
As a black therapist, my aim is to offer representation in a space where it's needed the most.
*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* Imagine a life where it wasn't a struggle to get out of bed. A life where you feel confident in your own skin. You trust and love yourself for who you are, not who others want you to be. Your relationships are working and you are capable of setting healthy boundaries. Right now, life may not look anything like that. You may feel depressed, anxious, worthless, lost, or even stuck. I'm Kendra, a Licensed Therapist, and I help women who struggle with boundary setting, self-love and relationship issues.
As a black therapist, my aim is to offer representation in a space where it's needed the most.
*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* Imagine a life where it wasn't a struggle to get out of bed. A life where you feel confident in your own skin. You trust and love yourself for who you are, not who others want you to be. Your relationships are working and you are capable of setting healthy boundaries. Right now, life may not look anything like that. You may feel depressed, anxious, worthless, lost, or even stuck. I'm Kendra, a Licensed Therapist, and I help women who struggle with boundary setting, self-love and relationship issues.
(904) 842-3004 View (904) 842-3004
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Dominique Harmon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32099  (Online Only)
I offer communal holistic health & wellness gatherings for Black women addressing gender and race-based stress & trauma.
I support my clients in getting to the root cause of distress, unhealthy lifestyle practices, and ineffective patterns of behavior. This often includes addressing chronic and complex trauma and stressors, and identifying core beliefs and societal pressures that have come to influence their behavior and lifestyle choices. With increased awareness, strategies and skills, I support my clients in aligning their actions with their personal passions, desires, and values. I integrate holistic health and wellness strategies, to assist my clients in developing healthy lifestyle practices that support their optimal mental health.
I offer communal holistic health & wellness gatherings for Black women addressing gender and race-based stress & trauma.
I support my clients in getting to the root cause of distress, unhealthy lifestyle practices, and ineffective patterns of behavior. This often includes addressing chronic and complex trauma and stressors, and identifying core beliefs and societal pressures that have come to influence their behavior and lifestyle choices. With increased awareness, strategies and skills, I support my clients in aligning their actions with their personal passions, desires, and values. I integrate holistic health and wellness strategies, to assist my clients in developing healthy lifestyle practices that support their optimal mental health.
(404) 800-3864 View (404) 800-3864
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Brittney Wright
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32202  (Online Only)
Are you a Black woman seeking to heal from past trauma, let go of pain, and embrace a life of confidence and presence? Welcome to your transformative journey! I understand the unique challenges that Black women face, and my mission is to provide a safe and nurturing space for you to embark on an empowering voyage of healing and growth. If you find yourself feeling fragmented because of past trauma, grief, struggling with self-esteem, trying to be every woman/superwoman, or seeking personal growth, I invite you to work with me. You will be met with warmth, acceptance, compassion, and no judgment.
Are you a Black woman seeking to heal from past trauma, let go of pain, and embrace a life of confidence and presence? Welcome to your transformative journey! I understand the unique challenges that Black women face, and my mission is to provide a safe and nurturing space for you to embark on an empowering voyage of healing and growth. If you find yourself feeling fragmented because of past trauma, grief, struggling with self-esteem, trying to be every woman/superwoman, or seeking personal growth, I invite you to work with me. You will be met with warmth, acceptance, compassion, and no judgment.
(970) 318-4591 View (970) 318-4591
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Shamara Nichols-McMillian
Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, MSW, RCSWI
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32225  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My ideal client is someone who enters therapy with an open heart, ready to delve into their inner world and unpack their boxes. They come to each session as their true selves, even if they deem their thoughts and emotions complex or challenging. They embrace that therapy is a collaborative journey and are committed to putting in the effort for positive change. Through a blend of mindfulness, firm compassion, honesty, and a shared dedication to growth, we can cultivate an environment where healing and personal development occur organically.
My ideal client is someone who enters therapy with an open heart, ready to delve into their inner world and unpack their boxes. They come to each session as their true selves, even if they deem their thoughts and emotions complex or challenging. They embrace that therapy is a collaborative journey and are committed to putting in the effort for positive change. Through a blend of mindfulness, firm compassion, honesty, and a shared dedication to growth, we can cultivate an environment where healing and personal development occur organically.
(904) 682-9815 View (904) 682-9815
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Dr. Ne'shaun J Borden
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, QS
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218  (Online Only)
Does it feel like it has been a while since someone listened and understood you? If your answer is yes to these questions, then counseling might be for you. There is a misconception that counseling is only for wealthy individuals or severe mental illness, but this could not be further from the truth. Counseling is preventative, supportive and for everyone. If you are struggling with family issues, anxiety, depression, trauma and in need of support, then as a counselor I would like to work with you.
Does it feel like it has been a while since someone listened and understood you? If your answer is yes to these questions, then counseling might be for you. There is a misconception that counseling is only for wealthy individuals or severe mental illness, but this could not be further from the truth. Counseling is preventative, supportive and for everyone. If you are struggling with family issues, anxiety, depression, trauma and in need of support, then as a counselor I would like to work with you.
(904) 906-4656 View (904) 906-4656
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Yolla Baddour
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, MFT, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32222  (Online Only)
Most people seek someone on the outside looking in, someone to truly listen with no judgement. Someone that is able to hold space, while we process our darkest and our brightness; where we bare it all and come to a space, where we find solace in our core with the tools needed for our daily struggles.
Most people seek someone on the outside looking in, someone to truly listen with no judgement. Someone that is able to hold space, while we process our darkest and our brightness; where we bare it all and come to a space, where we find solace in our core with the tools needed for our daily struggles.
(904) 842-3106 View (904) 842-3106
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Walter McClinton RMHCI
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, MS, RMHCI
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
Ideally, I want the client to be willing to peel back those layers of pain through understanding, believing truly in themselves along with what they are looking to work towards. Painting a better version of themselves and their plans to accomplish it.
Ideally, I want the client to be willing to peel back those layers of pain through understanding, believing truly in themselves along with what they are looking to work towards. Painting a better version of themselves and their plans to accomplish it.
(904) 966-4707 View (904) 966-4707
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Soraya Carr
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Have you faced adversity head-on & are ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing? Do you desire to reclaim control over your life and shape a future that aligns with your authentic self? Your motivation lies in a profound yearning for positive change, a commitment to breaking free from the shackles of past challenges, and a genuine belief in the transformative power of self-improvement. Together, we work towards building resilience and fostering a sense of empowerment for a brighter, more fulfilling future.
Have you faced adversity head-on & are ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing? Do you desire to reclaim control over your life and shape a future that aligns with your authentic self? Your motivation lies in a profound yearning for positive change, a commitment to breaking free from the shackles of past challenges, and a genuine belief in the transformative power of self-improvement. Together, we work towards building resilience and fostering a sense of empowerment for a brighter, more fulfilling future.
(904) 785-8282 View (904) 785-8282
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NuVision Counseling & Coaching Solutions
MA, CPLC, CTC
Jacksonville, FL 32216  (Online Only)
A lot of people are against counseling, because they do not really understand what it means. At times, society attaches a stigma to those seeking a support system because life challenges you to make more conscious and intentional choices. Give me 90 days; I am confident, and I guarantee your life will never be the same. I'm trained in the clinical & spiritual aspect, and it is my pleasure to serve you. My experience includes using a collaborative and integrated approach to work with issues such as relational conflict, anger management, anxiety, stress management, and even strengthening professional & professional development.
A lot of people are against counseling, because they do not really understand what it means. At times, society attaches a stigma to those seeking a support system because life challenges you to make more conscious and intentional choices. Give me 90 days; I am confident, and I guarantee your life will never be the same. I'm trained in the clinical & spiritual aspect, and it is my pleasure to serve you. My experience includes using a collaborative and integrated approach to work with issues such as relational conflict, anger management, anxiety, stress management, and even strengthening professional & professional development.
(904) 329-7514 View (904) 329-7514
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Kathy Manns
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC, MCAP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32225
I have an extensive background working with children (ages 4 and up) and adolescents related to behavioral issues, anger, and mood disorders. Also many years working with adults, veterans, families, and couples. Goal is to strengthen individuals and families with strategies to develop effective relationships, communication, life and social skills.
I have an extensive background working with children (ages 4 and up) and adolescents related to behavioral issues, anger, and mood disorders. Also many years working with adults, veterans, families, and couples. Goal is to strengthen individuals and families with strategies to develop effective relationships, communication, life and social skills.
(904) 842-3938 View (904) 842-3938
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Melissa Brown
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Have you been wondering what it would be like to have a life where it is not difficult to get through your day? A life where you are able to get out of bed easily each morning, have healthy personal and professional relationships, and manage any negative thoughts, feelings or behaviors? Your current mental health issues may be making all of that seem impossible, but by working on those same issues within the safe and judgement free environment I create for all of my clients, you can find that this becomes more and more of your reality each day.
Have you been wondering what it would be like to have a life where it is not difficult to get through your day? A life where you are able to get out of bed easily each morning, have healthy personal and professional relationships, and manage any negative thoughts, feelings or behaviors? Your current mental health issues may be making all of that seem impossible, but by working on those same issues within the safe and judgement free environment I create for all of my clients, you can find that this becomes more and more of your reality each day.
(904) 454-8452 View (904) 454-8452
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Evonne Nelson-Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218
I am licensed in the state of Georgia and have worked in the mental health field for 20 years. Seven of those years I have worked as a therapist/counselor. Some of my experience includes working in a residential treatment center, in an outpatient community mental health clinic, private practice, as well as in school settings. I have worked with those from all different ethnic backgrounds with great outcomes. I enjoy helping adolescents and adults live happier, healthier lives, by improving their mental health and education. Based on the initial session, treatment will be tailored to the needs of each individual.
I am licensed in the state of Georgia and have worked in the mental health field for 20 years. Seven of those years I have worked as a therapist/counselor. Some of my experience includes working in a residential treatment center, in an outpatient community mental health clinic, private practice, as well as in school settings. I have worked with those from all different ethnic backgrounds with great outcomes. I enjoy helping adolescents and adults live happier, healthier lives, by improving their mental health and education. Based on the initial session, treatment will be tailored to the needs of each individual.
(904) 395-4966 View (904) 395-4966
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Adrianna N Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD, CCTP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218  (Online Only)
You have to be strong. All. The. Damn. Time. And that’s just become too much. Even for you. You have BIG feelings and may even cry when you’re alone, but hide them so the world can’t use them against you. You’re exhausted. But you can’t slow down for fear of what may happen if painful memories overwhelm you. Your internal voice is relentlessly mean and you want to shut it up, but you don’t even know if it’s possible to truly accept yourself. You know far too many people have too much access to your physical space or emotional energy, but you learned this is how to keep people around and saying “no” leaves you alone or rejected.
You have to be strong. All. The. Damn. Time. And that’s just become too much. Even for you. You have BIG feelings and may even cry when you’re alone, but hide them so the world can’t use them against you. You’re exhausted. But you can’t slow down for fear of what may happen if painful memories overwhelm you. Your internal voice is relentlessly mean and you want to shut it up, but you don’t even know if it’s possible to truly accept yourself. You know far too many people have too much access to your physical space or emotional energy, but you learned this is how to keep people around and saying “no” leaves you alone or rejected.
(904) 395-4872 View (904) 395-4872
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Michael James
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32227  (Online Only)
One afternoon I told my wife that after another tour, I would be leaving the U.S. Coast Guard for a very different career. Serving my country and the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard is one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life. After serving for nine years I knew that directly assisting and serving people is the life-giving work of my heart. I became a Social Worker and therapist because it is my greatest joy and pleasure to support you as you unify all your strengths and gifts to release your Faith, Hope, and Love into society.
One afternoon I told my wife that after another tour, I would be leaving the U.S. Coast Guard for a very different career. Serving my country and the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard is one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life. After serving for nine years I knew that directly assisting and serving people is the life-giving work of my heart. I became a Social Worker and therapist because it is my greatest joy and pleasure to support you as you unify all your strengths and gifts to release your Faith, Hope, and Love into society.
(904) 601-0187 View (904) 601-0187

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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.