Black and African American Therapists in Miami, FL

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Sara Elysée
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, CCTP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33179  (Online Only)
Specializing in trauma and anxiety, particularly for Black women, we'll address past fears, set goals, celebrate wins, and cultivate a resilient mindset that nurtures your future self.
I'm truly happy to join you on your journey toward discovering your most joyful, healthy, and fulfilled self. Navigating through life can sometimes feel like a steep, uphill trek, with the weight of the world on our shoulders. You are the epitome of that woman—the 'go-to' woman who is a pillar of strength for her family, friends, and colleagues. You've achieved a lot, but there are times when you feel like you're fighting a silent battle within, desperately trying to hold it all together. I see you. I appreciate you. And I'm here to tell you that investing in your mental health is not a luxury, it's a necessity.
Specializing in trauma and anxiety, particularly for Black women, we'll address past fears, set goals, celebrate wins, and cultivate a resilient mindset that nurtures your future self.
I'm truly happy to join you on your journey toward discovering your most joyful, healthy, and fulfilled self. Navigating through life can sometimes feel like a steep, uphill trek, with the weight of the world on our shoulders. You are the epitome of that woman—the 'go-to' woman who is a pillar of strength for her family, friends, and colleagues. You've achieved a lot, but there are times when you feel like you're fighting a silent battle within, desperately trying to hold it all together. I see you. I appreciate you. And I'm here to tell you that investing in your mental health is not a luxury, it's a necessity.
(786) 477-6036 View (786) 477-6036
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Raina Edwards
Counselor, LMHC, CGFS
Verified
Miami, FL 33160  (Online Only)
As the founder and CEO of Encompassing You Counseling my goal is to create an open and affirming space for Black bodies, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those creating healthy non-traditional relationships. If you are going through life and do not feel you have the sense of control you wanted, this is the time for us to connect. Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and trauma are common issues that can impact your day to day lives and relationships. If you want to know more about how to naviate these, or other issues, let's connect for a consultation and discuss further.
As the founder and CEO of Encompassing You Counseling my goal is to create an open and affirming space for Black bodies, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those creating healthy non-traditional relationships. If you are going through life and do not feel you have the sense of control you wanted, this is the time for us to connect. Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and trauma are common issues that can impact your day to day lives and relationships. If you want to know more about how to naviate these, or other issues, let's connect for a consultation and discuss further.
(786) 882-5047 View (786) 882-5047
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Parker S Forte
MS, LPC-S, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33131
Recognizing that something is off is the first step to mental wellness. We could not do our jobs of restoring mental well-being without the acceptance, cooperation and work our clients give. We treat a number of disorders and provide a neutral ground of counseling to individuals, families, and couples. At Fortified Counseling our focus is aiding Black and Brown minorities by providing the tools, support and guidance they need in an unequal healthcare system.
Recognizing that something is off is the first step to mental wellness. We could not do our jobs of restoring mental well-being without the acceptance, cooperation and work our clients give. We treat a number of disorders and provide a neutral ground of counseling to individuals, families, and couples. At Fortified Counseling our focus is aiding Black and Brown minorities by providing the tools, support and guidance they need in an unequal healthcare system.
(305) 871-9639 View (305) 871-9639
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Natika Johnson | Black Female Therapist Texas And Florida
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCDC, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33187  (Online Only)
Feeling emotionally drained? Anxious? Exhausted? Consumed with self-doubt? Stuck? It's no coincidence that you found me. Hey there! I'm Natika Johnson, owner and lead therapist of Higher Vibrations Counseling Services - the premiere online therapy practice in TX & FL empowering high-achieving Black women to get unstuck and accomplish their goals. As a relationship expert, my passion extends to helping couples navigate through difficulties, transform their relationships, rebuild, and ultimately experience healing together. Ready to change your life? I am here for YOU! Click "my website" to complete my New Client Inquiry Form.
Feeling emotionally drained? Anxious? Exhausted? Consumed with self-doubt? Stuck? It's no coincidence that you found me. Hey there! I'm Natika Johnson, owner and lead therapist of Higher Vibrations Counseling Services - the premiere online therapy practice in TX & FL empowering high-achieving Black women to get unstuck and accomplish their goals. As a relationship expert, my passion extends to helping couples navigate through difficulties, transform their relationships, rebuild, and ultimately experience healing together. Ready to change your life? I am here for YOU! Click "my website" to complete my New Client Inquiry Form.
(281) 609-3737 View (281) 609-3737
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Valerie Carmel Therapy LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP, CCATP, CTMH
Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33185  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Valerie Carmel and I am the owner and lead therapist at Valerie Carmel Therapy, LLC. We are a virtual therapy practice in Florida and Nevada. We pride ourselves in supporting Black female entrepreneurs and leaders in managing and beating the burnout of being the BOSS. Our areas of expertise include anxiety, trauma, depression, and stress management. Our approach is built on my Mental Wellness formula that prioritizes self-care, self-awareness and self-growth. The goal is to teach you the tools to overcome the obstacles which impact your business and life goals.
Welcome! My name is Valerie Carmel and I am the owner and lead therapist at Valerie Carmel Therapy, LLC. We are a virtual therapy practice in Florida and Nevada. We pride ourselves in supporting Black female entrepreneurs and leaders in managing and beating the burnout of being the BOSS. Our areas of expertise include anxiety, trauma, depression, and stress management. Our approach is built on my Mental Wellness formula that prioritizes self-care, self-awareness and self-growth. The goal is to teach you the tools to overcome the obstacles which impact your business and life goals.
(407) 214-4523 View (407) 214-4523
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Rev. Dr. Tommie Watkins Jr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LMSW, MDiv
Verified
Miami, FL 33139
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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Akinlana Burrowes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33101
Waitlist for new clients
As a Black therapist to high-achieving executive women of color both in corporate America and Entertainment, I see you juggling roles as a boss, wife, mom, caregiver, or future retiree. You may feel stretched thin and the weight of responsibilities burdensome. Let's work together to leverage your load, rediscover your identity, navigate life transitions, and find inner peace. I'm passionate about helping you redefine your purpose, solidify your worth, and tap into your resilience. Let's embark on an empowering journey to create the life and outcomes you deserve.
As a Black therapist to high-achieving executive women of color both in corporate America and Entertainment, I see you juggling roles as a boss, wife, mom, caregiver, or future retiree. You may feel stretched thin and the weight of responsibilities burdensome. Let's work together to leverage your load, rediscover your identity, navigate life transitions, and find inner peace. I'm passionate about helping you redefine your purpose, solidify your worth, and tap into your resilience. Let's embark on an empowering journey to create the life and outcomes you deserve.
(704) 851-5583 View (704) 851-5583
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Jasmine Jenkins
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
I am the 1st Black DBT-Linehan Board Certified therapist in the state of Texas (and I practice in 40+ states), and I conduct DBT training through the Treatment Implementation Collaborative (TIC).
Hi! I’m Dr. Jasmine Jenkins, but my clients usually call me Jasmine, Doc, or Dr. J. I am a multiculturally focused licensed psychologist and the founder of Rejuvenate! I specialize in group treatment for people of color who want to heal, learn new skills, and build a life of wellness. In individual therapy, I work with people who: 1) “just need a person/professional to talk to,” 2) Desire help with mild mental health symptoms, 3) Struggle with emotion regulation and/or want to find a reason to stay alive. → these individuals usually benefit from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
I am the 1st Black DBT-Linehan Board Certified therapist in the state of Texas (and I practice in 40+ states), and I conduct DBT training through the Treatment Implementation Collaborative (TIC).
Hi! I’m Dr. Jasmine Jenkins, but my clients usually call me Jasmine, Doc, or Dr. J. I am a multiculturally focused licensed psychologist and the founder of Rejuvenate! I specialize in group treatment for people of color who want to heal, learn new skills, and build a life of wellness. In individual therapy, I work with people who: 1) “just need a person/professional to talk to,” 2) Desire help with mild mental health symptoms, 3) Struggle with emotion regulation and/or want to find a reason to stay alive. → these individuals usually benefit from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
(512) 607-7894 View (512) 607-7894
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Shenee Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
Struggling to conceive? Difficult pregnancy? Fear of the Black Maternal Health Statistics? Hard transition to parenthood? Grieving infant loss? Sad about a planned or unplanned abortion? Postpartum body image issues? We wish you wellness, it's time.
Life has been hell since your baby was born. You’re honored to be a mother, a parent, but resent all that is required from you. The only fun you get is vibbin’ to Gracie’s Corner. You get anxious just sitting down and thinking about all that you have to do. Your needs and wants aren't a thing, it’s all about the baby. Having balance sounds cute, but how? Your partner tries to help but all the responsibility seems to fall on you. Having a tribe sounds nice yet seems out of reach. Your resentment is just growing more and more. You're drowning and no one sees you. Tired is not even the word...
Struggling to conceive? Difficult pregnancy? Fear of the Black Maternal Health Statistics? Hard transition to parenthood? Grieving infant loss? Sad about a planned or unplanned abortion? Postpartum body image issues? We wish you wellness, it's time.
Life has been hell since your baby was born. You’re honored to be a mother, a parent, but resent all that is required from you. The only fun you get is vibbin’ to Gracie’s Corner. You get anxious just sitting down and thinking about all that you have to do. Your needs and wants aren't a thing, it’s all about the baby. Having balance sounds cute, but how? Your partner tries to help but all the responsibility seems to fall on you. Having a tribe sounds nice yet seems out of reach. Your resentment is just growing more and more. You're drowning and no one sees you. Tired is not even the word...
(678) 551-7097 View (678) 551-7097
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Dr. Reuben Faloughi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Miami, FL 33122  (Online Only)
Dr. Reuben, a renown clinical and liberation psychologist, uses an integrative therapeutic style (i.e. "whatever is most helpful") to treat anxiety, depression, and trauma. His clients are high achievers and performers (leaders, executives, and athletes) and people from marginalized communities (womyn, Black people/POC, etc.). To increase access to these groups, Dr. Reuben is now licensed to offer virtual therapy services in the following states: AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DE, DC, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH,NJ, NC, ND, OH,OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY.
Dr. Reuben, a renown clinical and liberation psychologist, uses an integrative therapeutic style (i.e. "whatever is most helpful") to treat anxiety, depression, and trauma. His clients are high achievers and performers (leaders, executives, and athletes) and people from marginalized communities (womyn, Black people/POC, etc.). To increase access to these groups, Dr. Reuben is now licensed to offer virtual therapy services in the following states: AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DE, DC, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH,NJ, NC, ND, OH,OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY.
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Bianca Williams - Therapist | Coach | Speaker
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CMHC
Verified
Miami, FL 33162  (Online Only)
New client special! Save on your first 3 sessions. Schedule a consultation at bianca-williams.clientsecure.me/request/service. I support high achieving black adults and couples, who are navigating day to day life changes such as family/friend relationships, stress management, and childhood trauma that still affects you. You deserve to heal, have healthy relationships and have inner peace. Therapy is a collaborative journey that you do not have to navigate alone. I offer therapy, speaking, trainings, self-paced programs, and a signature group program for black women. To learn more go to www.biancawilliamslpc.com/links
New client special! Save on your first 3 sessions. Schedule a consultation at bianca-williams.clientsecure.me/request/service. I support high achieving black adults and couples, who are navigating day to day life changes such as family/friend relationships, stress management, and childhood trauma that still affects you. You deserve to heal, have healthy relationships and have inner peace. Therapy is a collaborative journey that you do not have to navigate alone. I offer therapy, speaking, trainings, self-paced programs, and a signature group program for black women. To learn more go to www.biancawilliamslpc.com/links
(615) 802-5730 View (615) 802-5730
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Janice Griffin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Miami, FL 33131  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Janice. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Palm Beach County. I was born and raised in a traditional African-American family in Southeast Florida. My parents were hard-working people and promoted values of responsibility, honesty, and the ability to care for others. I enjoy listening to smooth jazz and am an avid reader, mostly of spiritual and life-enhancing material. I have 11 years of experience in the mental/behavioral health field; received both a B.A. in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. In a prior life, I worked as a Licensed Mortgage Broker.
Hello! My name is Janice. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Palm Beach County. I was born and raised in a traditional African-American family in Southeast Florida. My parents were hard-working people and promoted values of responsibility, honesty, and the ability to care for others. I enjoy listening to smooth jazz and am an avid reader, mostly of spiritual and life-enhancing material. I have 11 years of experience in the mental/behavioral health field; received both a B.A. in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. In a prior life, I worked as a Licensed Mortgage Broker.
(786) 891-5026 View (786) 891-5026
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Monique Zellars
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33137  (Online Only)
Monique received a bachelor’s in History and African American Studies from The University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work from Tulane University. Prior to joining Rivia, Monique has worked in private practice, university settings and intensive outpatient programs. Monique uses a nonjudgemental approach to helping clients assess behaviors and develop goals for their life. By coupling building tangible skills with introspection, Monique is able to help clients develop a full view of their diagnosis without being stifled by ineffective shame or guilt.
Monique received a bachelor’s in History and African American Studies from The University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work from Tulane University. Prior to joining Rivia, Monique has worked in private practice, university settings and intensive outpatient programs. Monique uses a nonjudgemental approach to helping clients assess behaviors and develop goals for their life. By coupling building tangible skills with introspection, Monique is able to help clients develop a full view of their diagnosis without being stifled by ineffective shame or guilt.
(646) 430-8695 View (646) 430-8695
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Cecily Moore
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Miami, FL 33130  (Online Only)
I have also conducted a research study and developed and framework for working with Black professional women in treatment.
Hello, my name is Dr. Moore. I am passionate about mental health and I specialize in treating depression, race based trauma, and helping folks with career related concerns.
I have also conducted a research study and developed and framework for working with Black professional women in treatment.
Hello, my name is Dr. Moore. I am passionate about mental health and I specialize in treating depression, race based trauma, and helping folks with career related concerns.
(786) 765-5302 View (786) 765-5302
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Be Curious Therapy, Jean Pappalardo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Miami, FL 33131  (Online Only)
I work with clients in CA and FL. I provide individual (not couples) therapy to curious people who are ready to get to work! I specialize in working with Black, POC, & LGBTQIA+ individuals and Fat/bigger-bodied people of all genders.
I work with clients in CA and FL. I provide individual (not couples) therapy to curious people who are ready to get to work! I specialize in working with Black, POC, & LGBTQIA+ individuals and Fat/bigger-bodied people of all genders.
(310) 425-3783 View (310) 425-3783
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Nizammah Ward, LMHC
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33149
Do you find it difficult to ask for help? Asking for assistance doesn't equate to weakness, it's actually a strength! As an African American / Caribean counselor I am able to serve my community with relatable shared experiences. I pride myself on encouraging my clients to see and be the light that is already within them. I use an integrative approach in that each individual is unique and processes thoughts differently. Mindfulness-based CBT allows clients to find peace within themselves through grounding. This heightened awareness of self enables us to live in accordance with our values even in the face of opposition.
Do you find it difficult to ask for help? Asking for assistance doesn't equate to weakness, it's actually a strength! As an African American / Caribean counselor I am able to serve my community with relatable shared experiences. I pride myself on encouraging my clients to see and be the light that is already within them. I use an integrative approach in that each individual is unique and processes thoughts differently. Mindfulness-based CBT allows clients to find peace within themselves through grounding. This heightened awareness of self enables us to live in accordance with our values even in the face of opposition.
(727) 263-2220 View (727) 263-2220
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Katherine Douglas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33129  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Katherine Douglas. I understand life doesn't always go as planned and you might feel like you've lost your way. Sometimes you may experience current or unresolved trauma. Maybe you're a part of the Black or Caribbean community and have specific cultural experiences you're trying to navigate. All which can lead to, relationship troubles, anxiety issues or feelings of depression. These issues can hinder you from being your best self. Imagine waking up and feeling peace and balance within your relationship or overall life. I am passionate in helping you achieve your goals and assisting you in finding your voice.
Hi! My name is Katherine Douglas. I understand life doesn't always go as planned and you might feel like you've lost your way. Sometimes you may experience current or unresolved trauma. Maybe you're a part of the Black or Caribbean community and have specific cultural experiences you're trying to navigate. All which can lead to, relationship troubles, anxiety issues or feelings of depression. These issues can hinder you from being your best self. Imagine waking up and feeling peace and balance within your relationship or overall life. I am passionate in helping you achieve your goals and assisting you in finding your voice.
(754) 253-8939 View (754) 253-8939
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Dennisah Dampeer
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33142  (Online Only)
I have experience working with diverse sexualities, BIPOC individuals, different relationship structures, unique belief systems, and black women's experiences.
Are feelings of fear and overwhelm getting in the way of you making the changes you would like to see in your life? Do you want greater self-love, stronger relationships, and to meet the goals you have for yourself, but don't know how to cultivate these things? I bring a calming, empathic and confident energy into the room that can help you slow down your thoughts to understand yourself and what is keeping you from succeeding in the ways you desire. We will co-create a treatment plan that lays out a path for you. I will be by your side supporting you, giving my expertise, and challenging you in ways that will help you grow.
I have experience working with diverse sexualities, BIPOC individuals, different relationship structures, unique belief systems, and black women's experiences.
Are feelings of fear and overwhelm getting in the way of you making the changes you would like to see in your life? Do you want greater self-love, stronger relationships, and to meet the goals you have for yourself, but don't know how to cultivate these things? I bring a calming, empathic and confident energy into the room that can help you slow down your thoughts to understand yourself and what is keeping you from succeeding in the ways you desire. We will co-create a treatment plan that lays out a path for you. I will be by your side supporting you, giving my expertise, and challenging you in ways that will help you grow.
(708) 809-2994 View (708) 809-2994
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K. Kimble
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, NBCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33185  (Online Only)
The ideal client is grappling with stress, anxiety, and negative thought patterns in the face of life's challenges. They seek a therapist to provide practical tools for developing resilience, managing these issues, and cultivating a positive mindset. Their goal is holistic personal growth, aiming to alleviate symptoms, understand themselves on a deeper level, and set meaningful life goals. Ultimately, they are motivated by a yearning for self-empowerment, seeking a therapeutic partnership that guides them toward a more fulfilling and purpose-driven life.
The ideal client is grappling with stress, anxiety, and negative thought patterns in the face of life's challenges. They seek a therapist to provide practical tools for developing resilience, managing these issues, and cultivating a positive mindset. Their goal is holistic personal growth, aiming to alleviate symptoms, understand themselves on a deeper level, and set meaningful life goals. Ultimately, they are motivated by a yearning for self-empowerment, seeking a therapeutic partnership that guides them toward a more fulfilling and purpose-driven life.
(305) 257-9779 View (305) 257-9779
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Optimal Living Center
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33173
Many individuals do not reach their optimal potential due to fear. Fear is the one factor that holds so many back from living their dreams. I will help you to live your dreams and overcome your fears. Do you want change jobs? Are you considering marriage? Are you thinking about ending a relationship? Previous traumatic events holding you back?The goal of Optimal Living Center is inspire you to live life to the fullest and have a great quality of life. Call or email to make an appointment and change your life for the better.
Many individuals do not reach their optimal potential due to fear. Fear is the one factor that holds so many back from living their dreams. I will help you to live your dreams and overcome your fears. Do you want change jobs? Are you considering marriage? Are you thinking about ending a relationship? Previous traumatic events holding you back?The goal of Optimal Living Center is inspire you to live life to the fullest and have a great quality of life. Call or email to make an appointment and change your life for the better.
(786) 574-3911 View (786) 574-3911

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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.