Black and African American Therapists in Baltimore, MD

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Jessica David
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21210
Often, we have the desire and motivation to change, but we don’t know how to get started. It can be helpful to have support that provides opportunities for exploration, creativity, and increased self-awareness along our journeys. That’s exactly where I come in. I’m a Black, queer, able-bodied ciswoman who is passionate about supporting you as you navigate your journey of self-exploration, growth, and discovery. I strive to create a warm and safe therapeutic environment that affirms and celebrates all of your identities. My approach to psychological evaluation is rooted in empathy, connection, and collaboration.
Often, we have the desire and motivation to change, but we don’t know how to get started. It can be helpful to have support that provides opportunities for exploration, creativity, and increased self-awareness along our journeys. That’s exactly where I come in. I’m a Black, queer, able-bodied ciswoman who is passionate about supporting you as you navigate your journey of self-exploration, growth, and discovery. I strive to create a warm and safe therapeutic environment that affirms and celebrates all of your identities. My approach to psychological evaluation is rooted in empathy, connection, and collaboration.
(410) 929-3159 View (410) 929-3159
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Dennis “Ausar” Winkler
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, LCPC, NCC
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21214
I specialize in working with the African American population, especially those who are struggling in relationships whether that be romantic, familial, friendships, or work-relationships.
I am currently only accepting clients that are interested in the collective transformation power of group counseling. I understand that group work can be a bit intimidating but most of our group members have had that fear and once they’ve report that they prefer group over individual psychotherapy. Additionally, research supports that group is as effective if not more effective than individual psychotherapy. My ideal client are those who are seeking to grow through collective work. Individual sessions are made available for group participants as needed.
I specialize in working with the African American population, especially those who are struggling in relationships whether that be romantic, familial, friendships, or work-relationships.
I am currently only accepting clients that are interested in the collective transformation power of group counseling. I understand that group work can be a bit intimidating but most of our group members have had that fear and once they’ve report that they prefer group over individual psychotherapy. Additionally, research supports that group is as effective if not more effective than individual psychotherapy. My ideal client are those who are seeking to grow through collective work. Individual sessions are made available for group participants as needed.
(443) 290-5872 View (443) 290-5872
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Sierra Silva
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21230  (Online Only)
My passion lies in providing compassionate support to individuals in Maryland or DC who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC). I understand the unique experiences you may encounter while navigating life's ups and downs and striving to establish meaningful connections. Exploring your sense of self and unlearning toxic lessons can feel completely transformative, but it might also feel overwhelming at times.
My passion lies in providing compassionate support to individuals in Maryland or DC who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC). I understand the unique experiences you may encounter while navigating life's ups and downs and striving to establish meaningful connections. Exploring your sense of self and unlearning toxic lessons can feel completely transformative, but it might also feel overwhelming at times.
(410) 220-0179 View (410) 220-0179
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Jarrell Slade
Counselor, LGPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21211  (Online Only)
Welcome to a space of acceptance, understanding, and empowerment. I'm Jarrell Slade, a dedicated Licensed Graduate Professional Therapist. I specialize in offering a safe and affirming therapeutic space for individuals, with a concentration on individuals within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and Black and/or Indigenous people of color. My approach is rooted in respect, empathy, and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by the community.
Welcome to a space of acceptance, understanding, and empowerment. I'm Jarrell Slade, a dedicated Licensed Graduate Professional Therapist. I specialize in offering a safe and affirming therapeutic space for individuals, with a concentration on individuals within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and Black and/or Indigenous people of color. My approach is rooted in respect, empathy, and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by the community.
(410) 705-7983 View (410) 705-7983
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Magical Black Womxn Thrive LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21212  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Mercedes! I am a Black Queer Fat Womxn who works daily to take responsibility for the cisgendered, able-bodied and other forms of privilege I benefit from. I am a lifetime Baltimorean (Proud Western Dove!) who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Certified (Board Approved Supervisor). I am an anti-racist who believes the dismantling of white supremacy is central to reaching equity for all. I am dedicated to supporting every womxn to make the choices that are right for them and their bodies. In my practice the goal is to help every client define what thriving means to them.
Hi, I'm Mercedes! I am a Black Queer Fat Womxn who works daily to take responsibility for the cisgendered, able-bodied and other forms of privilege I benefit from. I am a lifetime Baltimorean (Proud Western Dove!) who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Certified (Board Approved Supervisor). I am an anti-racist who believes the dismantling of white supremacy is central to reaching equity for all. I am dedicated to supporting every womxn to make the choices that are right for them and their bodies. In my practice the goal is to help every client define what thriving means to them.
(443) 508-7978 View (443) 508-7978
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Otia Blake
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21201  (Online Only)
As a clinician, my ultimate goal is to enhance the social, emotional, and psychological well-being of marginalized individuals, particularly in the Black and African American communities.
*NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS ** If you're reading this, you're probably looking for someone to talk to, someone to understand and meet you where you're at. Guess what? You've clicked on the right person. I am empathetic, attentive, resourceful, understanding, trustworthy, and open-minded, regardless of your past or background. Each session is individualized catering to the individual's specific therapeutic needs. During our time together we will work to accomplish goals and develop strategies to enhance your well-being mentally, socially, and emotionally. I am here to support you through every step of your therapeutic journey.
As a clinician, my ultimate goal is to enhance the social, emotional, and psychological well-being of marginalized individuals, particularly in the Black and African American communities.
*NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS ** If you're reading this, you're probably looking for someone to talk to, someone to understand and meet you where you're at. Guess what? You've clicked on the right person. I am empathetic, attentive, resourceful, understanding, trustworthy, and open-minded, regardless of your past or background. Each session is individualized catering to the individual's specific therapeutic needs. During our time together we will work to accomplish goals and develop strategies to enhance your well-being mentally, socially, and emotionally. I am here to support you through every step of your therapeutic journey.
(443) 222-1585 View (443) 222-1585
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Latrell Sherrard Holland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21212  (Online Only)
My niche is Black women, Black men, and other individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community.
I enjoy working with clients who are trying to cope with life's challenges. I believe that therapeutic relationship is the main driver of trying to create change within therapy. I consider my clients to be the expert of their lives as I walk alongside them. I want to help my clients discover their inner strengths to be able to thrive in life.
My niche is Black women, Black men, and other individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community.
I enjoy working with clients who are trying to cope with life's challenges. I believe that therapeutic relationship is the main driver of trying to create change within therapy. I consider my clients to be the expert of their lives as I walk alongside them. I want to help my clients discover their inner strengths to be able to thrive in life.
(443) 648-9748 View (443) 648-9748
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One Heartt, Inc. Mental Health Services
PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21202
Therapy can be a challenging journey of self awareness and processing. This path becomes increasingly difficulty when you don't feel seen and heard. We are black female identifying mental health providers offering a wide range of mental health services. Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for culturally sensitive mental health treatment for all. Our patients come from a range of backgrounds, and participate in services such as medication management, psychological assessment, therapy, and PRP. At One Heartt, Inc. we specialize in providing holistic healthcare in a soothing indoor/outdoor environment.
Therapy can be a challenging journey of self awareness and processing. This path becomes increasingly difficulty when you don't feel seen and heard. We are black female identifying mental health providers offering a wide range of mental health services. Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for culturally sensitive mental health treatment for all. Our patients come from a range of backgrounds, and participate in services such as medication management, psychological assessment, therapy, and PRP. At One Heartt, Inc. we specialize in providing holistic healthcare in a soothing indoor/outdoor environment.
(410) 936-3361 x1 View (410) 936-3361 x1
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Orvon White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSW-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21251  (Online Only)
Congratulations on taking the first step toward your journey of healing! Acknowledging the need for change and actively taking steps towards it is a major accomplishment! My mission is to assist you as you seek to create peace from the broken pieces. As a black identified therapist, I acknowledge the need for a space that feels welcoming, safe and healing. I take a very person-centered approach when connecting with my clients. My intention is to create a space that consistently provides validation, motivation and empowerment. It is my goal to ensure that every client leave the session feeling seen and feeling heard!
Congratulations on taking the first step toward your journey of healing! Acknowledging the need for change and actively taking steps towards it is a major accomplishment! My mission is to assist you as you seek to create peace from the broken pieces. As a black identified therapist, I acknowledge the need for a space that feels welcoming, safe and healing. I take a very person-centered approach when connecting with my clients. My intention is to create a space that consistently provides validation, motivation and empowerment. It is my goal to ensure that every client leave the session feeling seen and feeling heard!
(980) 372-5158 View (980) 372-5158
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Dr. Tofunmi Oni
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210  (Online Only)
I specialize in supporting Black, Indigenous, POC individuals and couples (18+) navigating stress or trauma related to relationships (I.
Despite your best efforts to convince yourself that you have it all together, you’re struggling with relationships, you're tired, and you're left wondering, "is it me?" Feeling unsure of how to navigate it all, you’ve pushed down the pain and traumatic memories. Sometimes, you do feel fine; but the feeling is fleeting. Truthfully, the things you've been doing to cope just aren't helping as much as you'd hoped. We both know that simply "focusing on yourself" overlooks the complexity of navigating through unwritten relationship rules, cultural expectations, and your values. Together, let's find new ways to navigate the challenges.
I specialize in supporting Black, Indigenous, POC individuals and couples (18+) navigating stress or trauma related to relationships (I.
Despite your best efforts to convince yourself that you have it all together, you’re struggling with relationships, you're tired, and you're left wondering, "is it me?" Feeling unsure of how to navigate it all, you’ve pushed down the pain and traumatic memories. Sometimes, you do feel fine; but the feeling is fleeting. Truthfully, the things you've been doing to cope just aren't helping as much as you'd hoped. We both know that simply "focusing on yourself" overlooks the complexity of navigating through unwritten relationship rules, cultural expectations, and your values. Together, let's find new ways to navigate the challenges.
(410) 936-7408 View (410) 936-7408
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Chernavia Miller-Hollingsworth
Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21206  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Abundant Life and Wellness Counseling Services, LLC is a Black woman-owned private counseling practice offering comprehensive services to meet the needs of those seeking a holistic approach to mental health care. We provide therapeutic services to individuals, families, adolescents and couples with compassion and respect for unique situations. This caring approach allows clients to set and reach specific personal goals. Our culturally diverse staff welcomes and provides hope to those willing to commit to improving their lives. Services are collaborative and individuals are empowered to create meaningful change.
Abundant Life and Wellness Counseling Services, LLC is a Black woman-owned private counseling practice offering comprehensive services to meet the needs of those seeking a holistic approach to mental health care. We provide therapeutic services to individuals, families, adolescents and couples with compassion and respect for unique situations. This caring approach allows clients to set and reach specific personal goals. Our culturally diverse staff welcomes and provides hope to those willing to commit to improving their lives. Services are collaborative and individuals are empowered to create meaningful change.
(410) 376-8387 View (410) 376-8387
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Shayne Couch-Murray
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21201  (Online Only)
Peace, I’m Shayne. I am a passionate and empathetic therapist dedicated to providing inclusive and affirming mental health support for individuals within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. As a Black TransMasc person, I understand the unique challenges and experiences that 2SLGBTQ+ individuals may face, and I strive to create a safe and accepting space for all clients. I have extensive experience working with clients across various identities within the 2SLGBTQ+ folx and couples.
Peace, I’m Shayne. I am a passionate and empathetic therapist dedicated to providing inclusive and affirming mental health support for individuals within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. As a Black TransMasc person, I understand the unique challenges and experiences that 2SLGBTQ+ individuals may face, and I strive to create a safe and accepting space for all clients. I have extensive experience working with clients across various identities within the 2SLGBTQ+ folx and couples.
(410) 888-0683 View (410) 888-0683
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Eunoia Holistic Therapy Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21201  (Online Only)
Eunoia HTS is a black owned therapy service started by 2 women who saw a need for an increase in Mental Health services in their community.
Have you ever wondered how it would feel to have a space to express yourself freely without judgment & criticism? Imagine having a caring & compassionate ear to listen & guide you through your darkest times. We've all had moment's where we've felt hopeless, afraid and out of answers. Moments where we are unsure of which decision to make or who to trust. Have you ever experienced depression or stress to the point where you felt totally incapable of managing your life and the stressors that come along with it? How about anxiety, racing thoughts & difficulty with simply being in your own skin...sound familiar?
Eunoia HTS is a black owned therapy service started by 2 women who saw a need for an increase in Mental Health services in their community.
Have you ever wondered how it would feel to have a space to express yourself freely without judgment & criticism? Imagine having a caring & compassionate ear to listen & guide you through your darkest times. We've all had moment's where we've felt hopeless, afraid and out of answers. Moments where we are unsure of which decision to make or who to trust. Have you ever experienced depression or stress to the point where you felt totally incapable of managing your life and the stressors that come along with it? How about anxiety, racing thoughts & difficulty with simply being in your own skin...sound familiar?
(667) 868-0329 View (667) 868-0329
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ReBalanced Psychological Services PLLC
Psychologist, PhD, MEd
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21201
I am a Black male clinical psychologist providing therapeutic services across the DMV. I have a passion for work with clients who experience issues with self-esteem, grief, loss, anxiety, stress, and trauma. I am particularly invested in providing supportive therapeutic services to clients of color who struggle to maintain a healthy sense of self in the context of constant feelings of inadequacy. I work with adolescents and adults to examine the experiences that have caused self-damaging thoughts and reorient them toward a more positive relationships with themselves, their environments and the people around them.
I am a Black male clinical psychologist providing therapeutic services across the DMV. I have a passion for work with clients who experience issues with self-esteem, grief, loss, anxiety, stress, and trauma. I am particularly invested in providing supportive therapeutic services to clients of color who struggle to maintain a healthy sense of self in the context of constant feelings of inadequacy. I work with adolescents and adults to examine the experiences that have caused self-damaging thoughts and reorient them toward a more positive relationships with themselves, their environments and the people around them.
(305) 767-3299 View (305) 767-3299
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Dr. LA McCrae
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LGADC, CCTSA, CCTP, RCP
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21217  (Online Only)
I am a Black, queer, non-binary, transmasc social justice practitioner who is deeply committed to this project of liberation.
You may be wondering how you are possibly going to put your life back together. Or, maybe, perhaps you're praying that you can finally put the vice down. Maybe the heartbreak of loss and unexpected endings is eating you up. We might be a good fit for one another if you're queer, poly, considering recovery, interested in a somatics based practitioner, and vibe with crystals and energy. Whatever it is, let's share a cup of coffee and figure it out together. If you are committed to your wellness and have a desire to seek restoration for a weary soul, hit my line. Let's Get Well, Y'all!
I am a Black, queer, non-binary, transmasc social justice practitioner who is deeply committed to this project of liberation.
You may be wondering how you are possibly going to put your life back together. Or, maybe, perhaps you're praying that you can finally put the vice down. Maybe the heartbreak of loss and unexpected endings is eating you up. We might be a good fit for one another if you're queer, poly, considering recovery, interested in a somatics based practitioner, and vibe with crystals and energy. Whatever it is, let's share a cup of coffee and figure it out together. If you are committed to your wellness and have a desire to seek restoration for a weary soul, hit my line. Let's Get Well, Y'all!
(410) 970-3237 View (410) 970-3237
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Candice Hendrix
LMSW, CTRP-C
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21210
Being a parent, a Black jewish woman, and fellow ADHDer, I bring an element of lived experience that I hope is insightful and supportive.
Hi I'm Candice! I provide Comprehensive Autism Evaluations and ADHD Assessments for adults and adolescents age 16 and older. I also provide Individual Therapy and Couples/Family Therapy. In therapy, I specialize in helping clients with executive functioning and and managing intense emotions. Many of my clients experience burnout, come from invalidating environments, or struggle with maintaining social relationships.
Being a parent, a Black jewish woman, and fellow ADHDer, I bring an element of lived experience that I hope is insightful and supportive.
Hi I'm Candice! I provide Comprehensive Autism Evaluations and ADHD Assessments for adults and adolescents age 16 and older. I also provide Individual Therapy and Couples/Family Therapy. In therapy, I specialize in helping clients with executive functioning and and managing intense emotions. Many of my clients experience burnout, come from invalidating environments, or struggle with maintaining social relationships.
(410) 973-6593 View (410) 973-6593
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Kionna Baskerville
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21201  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My name is Kionna and I'm a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. I received my Master of Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from McDaniel College. There are many stigmas associated with therapy. I am passionate about breaking the stigma of mental health for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ populations. The decision to start therapy can be difficult for many. I can assure you that every step of the process will be intentional and purposeful.
My name is Kionna and I'm a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. I received my Master of Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from McDaniel College. There are many stigmas associated with therapy. I am passionate about breaking the stigma of mental health for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ populations. The decision to start therapy can be difficult for many. I can assure you that every step of the process will be intentional and purposeful.
(240) 847-1034 View (240) 847-1034
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Aunge (Andrea) Boyer
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MEd, LPCMHSP, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21206  (Online Only)
One of my biggest struggles in life has been finding ways to show up authentically. As a Black, non-binary and queer person, finding spaces that validate core aspects of my identity have been challenging. It’s an honor to hold space for individuals who are struggling to find their voice and place in the world. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe space where you feel accepted, respected, and understood. I enjoy working with individuals from marginalized and underserved communities (BIPOC, LGBTQ+). My practice is intersectional, collaborative, based in a social justice framework, and sex positive.
One of my biggest struggles in life has been finding ways to show up authentically. As a Black, non-binary and queer person, finding spaces that validate core aspects of my identity have been challenging. It’s an honor to hold space for individuals who are struggling to find their voice and place in the world. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe space where you feel accepted, respected, and understood. I enjoy working with individuals from marginalized and underserved communities (BIPOC, LGBTQ+). My practice is intersectional, collaborative, based in a social justice framework, and sex positive.
(240) 488-3595 View (240) 488-3595
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Dr. Nyasha Grayman | Traumatic Grief Counseling
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21204
Waitlist for new clients
As a grief specialist, I provide private, compassionate, and culturally responsive counseling and coaching to Black women dealing with the death or anticipated death of a loved one.
“There is a tendency to underestimate how intensely distressing and disabling loss usually is and for how long the distress, and often the disablement, commonly lasts…There is a tendency to suppose that a normal healthy person can and should get over a bereavement not only fairly rapidly but also completely. But, loss of a loved person is one of the most intensely painful experiences any human being can suffer.” -John Bowlby, Loss, Sadness, and Depression
As a grief specialist, I provide private, compassionate, and culturally responsive counseling and coaching to Black women dealing with the death or anticipated death of a loved one.
“There is a tendency to underestimate how intensely distressing and disabling loss usually is and for how long the distress, and often the disablement, commonly lasts…There is a tendency to suppose that a normal healthy person can and should get over a bereavement not only fairly rapidly but also completely. But, loss of a loved person is one of the most intensely painful experiences any human being can suffer.” -John Bowlby, Loss, Sadness, and Depression
(667) 206-3685 View (667) 206-3685
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Janet Quartey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LGSW
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21252  (Online Only)
As a first-generation counselor from within the black diaspora, my clients receive collaborative care that considers how culture and identity might cause, maintain, dismiss, exacerbate or stigmatize anxiety related disorders, depression, suicidal ideation, grief and PTSD. I embrace acceptance and support while also challenging you to grow out of the familiar patterns that maintain maladaptive cognitive, behavioral and emotional patterns. You’ll process the past and learn skills to manage the effects of trauma, relationship issues, transitions, poor self-perception, unmet needs, sadness, bullying, divorce and young adult issues.
As a first-generation counselor from within the black diaspora, my clients receive collaborative care that considers how culture and identity might cause, maintain, dismiss, exacerbate or stigmatize anxiety related disorders, depression, suicidal ideation, grief and PTSD. I embrace acceptance and support while also challenging you to grow out of the familiar patterns that maintain maladaptive cognitive, behavioral and emotional patterns. You’ll process the past and learn skills to manage the effects of trauma, relationship issues, transitions, poor self-perception, unmet needs, sadness, bullying, divorce and young adult issues.
(443) 383-3766 View (443) 383-3766

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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.