Black and African American Therapists in Massachusetts

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Melissa Dagher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02122  (Online Only)
With 10+ years of professional experience, I specialize in racial identity including the treatment of racial trauma of Black & women of color in professional environments.
Have you been struggling with anxiety after experiencing racism in the work or academic setting? Are you battling bouts of depression related to experiences of being a Black woman? Racial trauma has been found have a tremendous impact on the livelihood of Black women, especially within a professional setting. Let us work together to release shame blame and guilt so that you can start your healing journey. Now might be the time to schedule a session so that you can finally put yourself first.
With 10+ years of professional experience, I specialize in racial identity including the treatment of racial trauma of Black & women of color in professional environments.
Have you been struggling with anxiety after experiencing racism in the work or academic setting? Are you battling bouts of depression related to experiences of being a Black woman? Racial trauma has been found have a tremendous impact on the livelihood of Black women, especially within a professional setting. Let us work together to release shame blame and guilt so that you can start your healing journey. Now might be the time to schedule a session so that you can finally put yourself first.
(617) 420-7576 View (617) 420-7576
Michele Davis
Counselor, LMHC, MEd
Verified
2 Endorsed
Billerica, MA 01821  (Online Only)
I am a bi-racial (black/white) female who works with individuals 18 years old through geriatric using telehealth services only. I have over 14 years of providing mental health and dual diagnosis/co-occurring treatment in an outpatient setting. I worked as a crisis counselor for 9 years working with ages 5-21 year olds. I have lead and co-lead anger management and substance abuse groups. I often work with the forensic population along with probation/parole officers.
I am a bi-racial (black/white) female who works with individuals 18 years old through geriatric using telehealth services only. I have over 14 years of providing mental health and dual diagnosis/co-occurring treatment in an outpatient setting. I worked as a crisis counselor for 9 years working with ages 5-21 year olds. I have lead and co-lead anger management and substance abuse groups. I often work with the forensic population along with probation/parole officers.
(508) 419-4084 View (508) 419-4084
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Kujichagulia Wellness Center
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02122  (Online Only)
We bring a decolonized and liberated perspective to therapy. Blackness and all expressions thereof, are celebrated here at Kuji. The Black experience is incorporated into all of our services and all voices – LGBTQIA+, POC, and Indiginous, are uplifted and celebrated.
We bring a decolonized and liberated perspective to therapy. Blackness and all expressions thereof, are celebrated here at Kuji. The Black experience is incorporated into all of our services and all voices – LGBTQIA+, POC, and Indiginous, are uplifted and celebrated.
(617) 655-7722 View (617) 655-7722
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Charlette Parker-Edwards
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMHC, MA, CMFT
Verified
Boston, MA 02215  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a therapist and a Black woman, my unwavering commitment lies in supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds, including men, families, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. I am acutely aware of the unique challenges that can arise when intersecting identities converge. Through my work, I strive to provide a safe and welcoming space for those I serve to heal, grow, and empower them to overcome any obstacles that may stand in their way. Our Intake Coordinator will contact you to complete the referral. Please include your date of birth (DOB) and insurance card number to expedite the process.
As a therapist and a Black woman, my unwavering commitment lies in supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds, including men, families, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. I am acutely aware of the unique challenges that can arise when intersecting identities converge. Through my work, I strive to provide a safe and welcoming space for those I serve to heal, grow, and empower them to overcome any obstacles that may stand in their way. Our Intake Coordinator will contact you to complete the referral. Please include your date of birth (DOB) and insurance card number to expedite the process.
(617) 915-4586 View (617) 915-4586
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Kassmin Williams
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brockton, MA 02301  (Online Only)
In my practice, I support individuals who experience race-based and identity-based trauma, have complex family relationships, and/or experience struggles with anxiety and self-esteem. I have a special interest in working with first generation college students and Black and Brown people with complicated relationships with their parents that affect how they feel about themselves. They may also be parents navigating their personal growth while trying to create a healthy relationship dynamic with their child/children.
In my practice, I support individuals who experience race-based and identity-based trauma, have complex family relationships, and/or experience struggles with anxiety and self-esteem. I have a special interest in working with first generation college students and Black and Brown people with complicated relationships with their parents that affect how they feel about themselves. They may also be parents navigating their personal growth while trying to create a healthy relationship dynamic with their child/children.
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Nieshia Whittingham
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified
Boston, MA 02135  (Online Only)
• Untreated Chronic stress is the source of more than 7million mental health cases...and that's just in the black community. We are Holistic Spectrums, LLC-- black owned women led business that does integrated therapies.
• Untreated Chronic stress is the source of more than 7million mental health cases...and that's just in the black community. We are Holistic Spectrums, LLC-- black owned women led business that does integrated therapies.
(617) 231-9828 View (617) 231-9828
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Michelle A Frederick-Newton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Salem, MA 01970  (Online Only)
**Accepting Private Pay and Telehealth Only. Will Respond Via Email.** At one point or another you need someone to talk to. We all struggle at times, but we don't have to go through it alone. Sometimes, we lose focus on our journey and need assistance to refocus and get back on track. As a clinician, I value looking at a client as a whole person. I value utilizing your strengths, balancing different systems to discover the pathway to successful treatment. I am committed to dismantling the negative stigma of receiving therapeutic services in the Black and Brown communities.
**Accepting Private Pay and Telehealth Only. Will Respond Via Email.** At one point or another you need someone to talk to. We all struggle at times, but we don't have to go through it alone. Sometimes, we lose focus on our journey and need assistance to refocus and get back on track. As a clinician, I value looking at a client as a whole person. I value utilizing your strengths, balancing different systems to discover the pathway to successful treatment. I am committed to dismantling the negative stigma of receiving therapeutic services in the Black and Brown communities.
(857) 837-3574 View (857) 837-3574
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Lucía Flores
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02138
I am first-generation Dominican-American, Black-identified, queer and nonbinary.
My therapeutic orientation is rooted in psychodynamic therapy, which means we’ll explore the connections between the ways you currently move through the world and the ways you learned how to make sense of the world. I also draw from somatic therapies, helping you bring attention to the way the body stores emotions and experiences and releasing those that no longer serve you. I use an anti-oppressive lens and, following Liberation Health, pay close attention to the way cultural and institutional factors contribute to your health. I believe that therapy is one part of a process toward connection and a sense of belonging with others.
I am first-generation Dominican-American, Black-identified, queer and nonbinary.
My therapeutic orientation is rooted in psychodynamic therapy, which means we’ll explore the connections between the ways you currently move through the world and the ways you learned how to make sense of the world. I also draw from somatic therapies, helping you bring attention to the way the body stores emotions and experiences and releasing those that no longer serve you. I use an anti-oppressive lens and, following Liberation Health, pay close attention to the way cultural and institutional factors contribute to your health. I believe that therapy is one part of a process toward connection and a sense of belonging with others.
(508) 413-6632 View (508) 413-6632
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Zarinah Gray
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02122  (Online Only)
Zarinah is very passionate about helping alleviate symptoms of mental illness while promoting health and wellness especially for Black and Brown communities. It has been her dream to deliver outpatient therapy to clients who look like her. Zarinah modifies her therapeutic approach to each client's specific needs. Her educational background includes a Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) from Regis College in Weston MA, and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.
Zarinah is very passionate about helping alleviate symptoms of mental illness while promoting health and wellness especially for Black and Brown communities. It has been her dream to deliver outpatient therapy to clients who look like her. Zarinah modifies her therapeutic approach to each client's specific needs. Her educational background includes a Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) from Regis College in Weston MA, and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.
(617) 870-6959 View (617) 870-6959
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Josephine St Hilaire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raynham, MA 02767
Current Availability Mornings and early afternoons before 2 PM. I focus on building healthy coping skills to work through different life changes and stressors. I aim to give my clients a safe space to be open about how they are feeling and work with them to be able to navigate the different challenges they are going through. I strive to also provide a safe space for Black and Brown men and women who just need someone to talk to who looks just like them.
Current Availability Mornings and early afternoons before 2 PM. I focus on building healthy coping skills to work through different life changes and stressors. I aim to give my clients a safe space to be open about how they are feeling and work with them to be able to navigate the different challenges they are going through. I strive to also provide a safe space for Black and Brown men and women who just need someone to talk to who looks just like them.
(774) 355-3432 x64 View (774) 355-3432 x64
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Dewin Hernandez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
I offer individual and couples tele-therapy and child and adolescent counseling with specialities delivering LGBTQIA2S Affirmative therapy to Black, Latinx and immigrant communities.
Embracing Healing Justice (HJ) is a transformative journey towards dismantling the oppressive structures that affect our mental well-being. This framework, intricately woven with threads of racial, disability, and economic justice, empowers us to interrupt the chains of systemic oppression. My commitment lies in championing vulnerable populations, employing a person-centered, holistic and solution-focused approach. I support my clients in navigating the intricate tapestry of social identities to foster healing, resilience and transformative change.
I offer individual and couples tele-therapy and child and adolescent counseling with specialities delivering LGBTQIA2S Affirmative therapy to Black, Latinx and immigrant communities.
Embracing Healing Justice (HJ) is a transformative journey towards dismantling the oppressive structures that affect our mental well-being. This framework, intricately woven with threads of racial, disability, and economic justice, empowers us to interrupt the chains of systemic oppression. My commitment lies in championing vulnerable populations, employing a person-centered, holistic and solution-focused approach. I support my clients in navigating the intricate tapestry of social identities to foster healing, resilience and transformative change.
(646) 969-4942 View (646) 969-4942
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Christian D Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
West Springfield, MA 01089  (Online Only)
I am an African American male therapist who not only identifies with those of that experience but I also offer an understanding and ability to relate to people from all walks of life.
Throughout my career I have had the privilege of helping hundreds of individuals and families find the peace and resolve they always felt they deserved but struggled to believe possible. I believe most people can name the change they desire but find the difficulty in claiming that change in the midst of life's daily demands. If your are feeling stuck or unable to enact your goals in some way, individuals find that a safe and supportive space to talk, plan and proceed towards their goals is exactly what is needed to experience success.
I am an African American male therapist who not only identifies with those of that experience but I also offer an understanding and ability to relate to people from all walks of life.
Throughout my career I have had the privilege of helping hundreds of individuals and families find the peace and resolve they always felt they deserved but struggled to believe possible. I believe most people can name the change they desire but find the difficulty in claiming that change in the midst of life's daily demands. If your are feeling stuck or unable to enact your goals in some way, individuals find that a safe and supportive space to talk, plan and proceed towards their goals is exactly what is needed to experience success.
(413) 675-5065 View (413) 675-5065
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Dr. Richelene Cesar
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Fall River, MA 02724  (Online Only)
Hi and welcome to Zoom Out Therapy, LLC! My name is Dr. Richelene Cesar, and I am a Black, queer, and neurodivergent licensed clinical psychologist offering therapy (individual and group) and consultation services to diverse and routinely-marginalized communities. If you're looking for a therapist who "gets it," look no further. Life isn't easy, and admitting you need or want help and support can be a difficult first step. I'm glad you're here, and I'd love to support you through whatever might be keeping you from living a life characterized by peace, freedom, and authenticity.
Hi and welcome to Zoom Out Therapy, LLC! My name is Dr. Richelene Cesar, and I am a Black, queer, and neurodivergent licensed clinical psychologist offering therapy (individual and group) and consultation services to diverse and routinely-marginalized communities. If you're looking for a therapist who "gets it," look no further. Life isn't easy, and admitting you need or want help and support can be a difficult first step. I'm glad you're here, and I'd love to support you through whatever might be keeping you from living a life characterized by peace, freedom, and authenticity.
(774) 469-2890 View (774) 469-2890
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Tracey Taldon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Randolph, MA 02368  (Online Only)
I also work with relational issues, cultural issues with a focus of African-American and Haitian cultural sensitivities and experiences.
Hello Massachusetts! I'm an MSW graduate from Simmons School of Social Work and have been licensed in the field for 8 years, but working in this field for over a decade. I have worked in various settings including hospitals, community mental health centers & city shelters. I have experience working with family systems, DV survivors, folks with various mental health struggles, homeless individuals, African-Americans and Haitian individuals with struggles that require cultural knowledge, considerations & responsiveness. I have also done extensive work with adolescents with trauma backgrounds, supporting them through life transitions
I also work with relational issues, cultural issues with a focus of African-American and Haitian cultural sensitivities and experiences.
Hello Massachusetts! I'm an MSW graduate from Simmons School of Social Work and have been licensed in the field for 8 years, but working in this field for over a decade. I have worked in various settings including hospitals, community mental health centers & city shelters. I have experience working with family systems, DV survivors, folks with various mental health struggles, homeless individuals, African-Americans and Haitian individuals with struggles that require cultural knowledge, considerations & responsiveness. I have also done extensive work with adolescents with trauma backgrounds, supporting them through life transitions
(339) 666-1102 View (339) 666-1102
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Lenora D Benson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brockton, MA 02302  (Online Only)
I support black and ethnic minority women, in navigating the challenges and expectations imposed on them by the fallacy of the strong black women.
Life challenges and uncontrolled circumstances, made you become a woman of resilience. Through the good times, and especially through the tough times, you are strong for yourself and everyone else in your circle, yet you never feel the same support during your own time of need. This life has become exhausting. You are ready to increase self-worth, stop people pleasing, to stop placing unrealistic demands on yourself, and you want to release your perfectionist and over-achieving tendencies. The constant pressure brings on stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression. These things no longer serve you and your are ready for change.
I support black and ethnic minority women, in navigating the challenges and expectations imposed on them by the fallacy of the strong black women.
Life challenges and uncontrolled circumstances, made you become a woman of resilience. Through the good times, and especially through the tough times, you are strong for yourself and everyone else in your circle, yet you never feel the same support during your own time of need. This life has become exhausting. You are ready to increase self-worth, stop people pleasing, to stop placing unrealistic demands on yourself, and you want to release your perfectionist and over-achieving tendencies. The constant pressure brings on stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression. These things no longer serve you and your are ready for change.
(508) 290-8762 View (508) 290-8762
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Nielle Milinazzo
Counselor, LMHC, ATR
Verified
4 Endorsed
Waltham, MA 02451  (Online Only)
Ideal Client: An individual who is a part of the Black and African American diaspora seeking empowerment. Living in the state of MA, they are ethnically and/or culturally isolated in different areas of their life (peer, community, family, faith, work, etc). They are exhausted; tired of fighting; tired of talking; tired of existing just to be exploited.
Ideal Client: An individual who is a part of the Black and African American diaspora seeking empowerment. Living in the state of MA, they are ethnically and/or culturally isolated in different areas of their life (peer, community, family, faith, work, etc). They are exhausted; tired of fighting; tired of talking; tired of existing just to be exploited.
(617) 752-8830 View (617) 752-8830
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Robin R Woods
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MDiv, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
I am an African American female who is experienced working with persons from ethnic groups originating both in, and outside, of the United States.
Life is a journey, and from time to time, we all face challenges that we would benefit from discussing with a thoughtful and compassionate listener. I am such a person, plus I own this practice. While I believe therapy is a collaborative enterprise, I also believe when successful, therapy requires an active and experienced guide. I enjoy working with clients struggling with a variety of personal, family, and mental health issues. I have more than 20 years experience working as a therapist. My therapy orientation is eclectic though my foundation is psychodynamic and strengths based.
I am an African American female who is experienced working with persons from ethnic groups originating both in, and outside, of the United States.
Life is a journey, and from time to time, we all face challenges that we would benefit from discussing with a thoughtful and compassionate listener. I am such a person, plus I own this practice. While I believe therapy is a collaborative enterprise, I also believe when successful, therapy requires an active and experienced guide. I enjoy working with clients struggling with a variety of personal, family, and mental health issues. I have more than 20 years experience working as a therapist. My therapy orientation is eclectic though my foundation is psychodynamic and strengths based.
(617) 396-7626 View (617) 396-7626
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Marielis Miranda
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
As an identifying Boricua-Latina and Black female, I understand that one's cultural background can impact life experiences.
You are not alone. Life is full of ups and downs, with many challenges. Each transition can bring stress, anxiety, fear, insecurities, and negative emotions. Together we can embark on YOUR journey of self-discovery, by building daily skills around empathy, self compassion building healthy relationships.
As an identifying Boricua-Latina and Black female, I understand that one's cultural background can impact life experiences.
You are not alone. Life is full of ups and downs, with many challenges. Each transition can bring stress, anxiety, fear, insecurities, and negative emotions. Together we can embark on YOUR journey of self-discovery, by building daily skills around empathy, self compassion building healthy relationships.
(888) 454-2439 View (888) 454-2439
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Charlay Yates
Counselor, MA, LMHC, MT-BC
Verified
Quincy, MA 02169  (Online Only)
I provide trauma informed, culturally sensitive care for black woman and men who manage life in the midst of racism and oppression.
I see the therapeutic relationship as the most valuable tool for your growth. Working together we will identify what you need to live a purposeful life and have the relationships you seek. I strongly believe in Sankofa, which teaches us that we must go back to our roots to move forward. I hope to function as a guide, collaboratively working with you to find growth. My clinical experience includes working with adults who are managing complex, intense emotions, behaviors that are challenging and/or struggling with toxic relationships.
I provide trauma informed, culturally sensitive care for black woman and men who manage life in the midst of racism and oppression.
I see the therapeutic relationship as the most valuable tool for your growth. Working together we will identify what you need to live a purposeful life and have the relationships you seek. I strongly believe in Sankofa, which teaches us that we must go back to our roots to move forward. I hope to function as a guide, collaboratively working with you to find growth. My clinical experience includes working with adults who are managing complex, intense emotions, behaviors that are challenging and/or struggling with toxic relationships.
(617) 917-3848 View (617) 917-3848
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Healing with Trust Therapy, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02122  (Online Only)
At Healing with Trust Therapy, LLC, we specialize in serving clients of Color and clients of Caribbean descent from clinicians who reflect the diaspora. We have clinicians of various backgrounds including Haitian, Cape Verdean, Trinidadian, African American, and Japanese!
At Healing with Trust Therapy, LLC, we specialize in serving clients of Color and clients of Caribbean descent from clinicians who reflect the diaspora. We have clinicians of various backgrounds including Haitian, Cape Verdean, Trinidadian, African American, and Japanese!
(617) 297-8823 View (617) 297-8823

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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.