Black and African American Therapists in Charlotte, NC

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Raising Resilience Counseling Services, PLLC
Counselor, MS, LCMHC, PMH-C, LCMHC-S
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28216  (Online Only)
We specialize in millennial-aged black women's mental health and various other challenges that women experience throughout their lifespans.
We are glad you are here. We are Whitney and Tiffany we are licensed, mental health therapists. Starting therapy doesn't always have to be in the moment of crisis but re-gaining harmony in your life. We specialize in helping black millennial-aged women through pivotal life transitions such as pregnancy, infertility challenges, postpartum, parenting, career, and relationships. We believe in helping women deconstruct the emotional toll of pregnancy and postpartum to thrive without feeling guilty. We also offer therapeutic groups, clinical supervision, and parental leave coaching.
We specialize in millennial-aged black women's mental health and various other challenges that women experience throughout their lifespans.
We are glad you are here. We are Whitney and Tiffany we are licensed, mental health therapists. Starting therapy doesn't always have to be in the moment of crisis but re-gaining harmony in your life. We specialize in helping black millennial-aged women through pivotal life transitions such as pregnancy, infertility challenges, postpartum, parenting, career, and relationships. We believe in helping women deconstruct the emotional toll of pregnancy and postpartum to thrive without feeling guilty. We also offer therapeutic groups, clinical supervision, and parental leave coaching.
(704) 368-4583 View (704) 368-4583
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Latise Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28278  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping adults, particularly, black women, heal depression, heal trauma, anxiety, and dissatisfaction with life through self-discovery.
Life can be a wild time, sometimes. If you find yourself caught in the trap of overthinking, battling indecision, and wrestling with low mood or motivation, I'm here to help. Usually, you're a powerhouse—driven, self-motivated, and somewhat self-aware. Yet, there are those times when self-care takes a back seat, and you feel stuck in patterns that just won't budge.
I specialize in helping adults, particularly, black women, heal depression, heal trauma, anxiety, and dissatisfaction with life through self-discovery.
Life can be a wild time, sometimes. If you find yourself caught in the trap of overthinking, battling indecision, and wrestling with low mood or motivation, I'm here to help. Usually, you're a powerhouse—driven, self-motivated, and somewhat self-aware. Yet, there are those times when self-care takes a back seat, and you feel stuck in patterns that just won't budge.
(704) 966-6131 View (704) 966-6131
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Shanise Goodwin
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28215
Waitlist for new clients
I love to support African American communities navigate through their relationships, marriages, and individual issues.
Is there a lack of growth or change within your relationship? Do you have a hard time coping with stress from family or work? Or do you struggle with figuring out who you are after living a life full of trauma and change? If so, I am here to help you navigate through your relationship, stress, identity, and much more. I assist couples and families with communication, understanding, conflict resolution, etc. I also help individuals with coping skills, boundaries, confidence, identity, and more. My goal is to help clients understand themselves better and see change in their lives.
I love to support African American communities navigate through their relationships, marriages, and individual issues.
Is there a lack of growth or change within your relationship? Do you have a hard time coping with stress from family or work? Or do you struggle with figuring out who you are after living a life full of trauma and change? If so, I am here to help you navigate through your relationship, stress, identity, and much more. I assist couples and families with communication, understanding, conflict resolution, etc. I also help individuals with coping skills, boundaries, confidence, identity, and more. My goal is to help clients understand themselves better and see change in their lives.
(980) 285-3689 View (980) 285-3689
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Alexandria D.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
I am an African American therapist that knows counseling can work.
You have been struggling with your feelings lately. It feels like they are messing up your life; some days you even feel crazy. You've been feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Your family and friends are starting to notice, but they haven't been as supportive as you would hope. This has been a difficult season, and you are tired of feeling like this. Although these feelings are confusing and you may feel alone with them, I want to let you know you are not alone. I can help you rebalance your life.
I am an African American therapist that knows counseling can work.
You have been struggling with your feelings lately. It feels like they are messing up your life; some days you even feel crazy. You've been feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Your family and friends are starting to notice, but they haven't been as supportive as you would hope. This has been a difficult season, and you are tired of feeling like this. Although these feelings are confusing and you may feel alone with them, I want to let you know you are not alone. I can help you rebalance your life.
(704) 800-3684 View (704) 800-3684
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Montina Myers-Galloway
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28211
We are on a mission to help Black women create a path for stronger-healthier family bonds. We treat anxiety and depression while specializing in parentification. As a child, did you have to take on the role of an adult? Myers-Galloway Counseling develops confident Black women so they can create a resilient family. Does any of this sound like you? You want to let go of resentment towards your parents' for experiences in childhood. You want a healthier dynamic with your own children and your partner.
We are on a mission to help Black women create a path for stronger-healthier family bonds. We treat anxiety and depression while specializing in parentification. As a child, did you have to take on the role of an adult? Myers-Galloway Counseling develops confident Black women so they can create a resilient family. Does any of this sound like you? You want to let go of resentment towards your parents' for experiences in childhood. You want a healthier dynamic with your own children and your partner.
(704) 245-6066 View (704) 245-6066
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Ariel Wilson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
I am a Black, Queer Therapist and Relationship Coach with lived experiences that can help my clients better understand and accept who they are.
At this time, I am accepting clients for Individual Therapy and Relationship Coaching because life comes with challenges and sometimes you need someone to help you work through them. That's where I come in. I help my clients by utilizing modalities that support the whole person. l enjoy working with individuals and couples that want to reconnect with themselves, each other, resolve internal conflicts and to work toward inner peace.
I am a Black, Queer Therapist and Relationship Coach with lived experiences that can help my clients better understand and accept who they are.
At this time, I am accepting clients for Individual Therapy and Relationship Coaching because life comes with challenges and sometimes you need someone to help you work through them. That's where I come in. I help my clients by utilizing modalities that support the whole person. l enjoy working with individuals and couples that want to reconnect with themselves, each other, resolve internal conflicts and to work toward inner peace.
(704) 272-2511 View (704) 272-2511
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Simone B.
Licensed Professional Counselor, M Ed, PSC, LCMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
As a Black cis-het woman, my speciality is working with Gen Z & Millennial women struggling with boundaries in their personal & professional lives.
Are you overwhelmed with the day to day mess? Are you still recovering from the impact of the pandemic? Perhaps you are a recovering overachiever, looking to set boundaries, or undergoing complex family dynamics. Did you think that being an adult would be easier?! As a person who is learning & growing as an adult daily, it's easy to feel bogged down. Do you want to be more emotionally aware & compassionate to yourself and others but don't know where to start? Life doesn't have to feel like this and I'm here to help! Let's work together so the load can get lighter. Change is right around the corner.
As a Black cis-het woman, my speciality is working with Gen Z & Millennial women struggling with boundaries in their personal & professional lives.
Are you overwhelmed with the day to day mess? Are you still recovering from the impact of the pandemic? Perhaps you are a recovering overachiever, looking to set boundaries, or undergoing complex family dynamics. Did you think that being an adult would be easier?! As a person who is learning & growing as an adult daily, it's easy to feel bogged down. Do you want to be more emotionally aware & compassionate to yourself and others but don't know where to start? Life doesn't have to feel like this and I'm here to help! Let's work together so the load can get lighter. Change is right around the corner.
(704) 586-9395 View (704) 586-9395
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Delynn Turner
MS, GDC-CSp, CLC
Charlotte, NC 28205
My ideal client is one whom is willing and ready to take care of themselves emotionally, spiritually, and physically for proper growth. If you are in need of grief counseling then I am the counselor that can help you by creating a safe and inclusive space by offering cultural spaces to those of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, LGBT+ community and people of color. Many times people enjoy having the right counselor that comes with an intersectional approach, understands the historical trauma and recognizes the impact of ones sexual orientation and racial idenity on their experiences of grief.
My ideal client is one whom is willing and ready to take care of themselves emotionally, spiritually, and physically for proper growth. If you are in need of grief counseling then I am the counselor that can help you by creating a safe and inclusive space by offering cultural spaces to those of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, LGBT+ community and people of color. Many times people enjoy having the right counselor that comes with an intersectional approach, understands the historical trauma and recognizes the impact of ones sexual orientation and racial idenity on their experiences of grief.
(980) 372-6655 View (980) 372-6655
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Brianna Knox | Trauma Specialist | Emdr Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
As a Black, Queer, Millennial therapist, I am passionate about providing relatable therapy to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Millennials.
What could your life be without the shame and guilt of childhood trauma? You are struggling to feel worthy of love. You are uncertain of how to give it and often wondering if you will ever find a relationship that just feels good. I get it. It is so difficult to surround yourself with love in adulthood when the people who raised you didn't do so for you in childhood. Come and work with me. I'll help you heal your inner child and break cycles of intergenerational trauma, so that you can build a life and relationships that you will love.
As a Black, Queer, Millennial therapist, I am passionate about providing relatable therapy to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Millennials.
What could your life be without the shame and guilt of childhood trauma? You are struggling to feel worthy of love. You are uncertain of how to give it and often wondering if you will ever find a relationship that just feels good. I get it. It is so difficult to surround yourself with love in adulthood when the people who raised you didn't do so for you in childhood. Come and work with me. I'll help you heal your inner child and break cycles of intergenerational trauma, so that you can build a life and relationships that you will love.
(704) 610-3278 View (704) 610-3278
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Akinlana Burrowes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28211
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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Jourdan Brickey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
In addition to my clinical training at NCAT, I utilize my own cultural awareness as a 20-something Black woman to support my clients who struggle with managing relationships, work/life balance, high functioning depression and anxiety, ADHD, & trauma.
Now Accepting New Clients! Do you feel like you know “better” but don't "do better?" Does it feel like you are in a pattern of being misunderstood, undervalued, and overwhelmed? Do you feel like no matter how well you are doing in one part of your life, others are chaotic? Starting therapy doesn't always have to be done while in crisis. I know firsthand what it feels like to show up for myself, even when I don’t feel it. I work to support clients with developing a sense of stability and confidence, personal growth and self-esteem, overcoming intimacy issues, and working to become the best version of themselves.
In addition to my clinical training at NCAT, I utilize my own cultural awareness as a 20-something Black woman to support my clients who struggle with managing relationships, work/life balance, high functioning depression and anxiety, ADHD, & trauma.
Now Accepting New Clients! Do you feel like you know “better” but don't "do better?" Does it feel like you are in a pattern of being misunderstood, undervalued, and overwhelmed? Do you feel like no matter how well you are doing in one part of your life, others are chaotic? Starting therapy doesn't always have to be done while in crisis. I know firsthand what it feels like to show up for myself, even when I don’t feel it. I work to support clients with developing a sense of stability and confidence, personal growth and self-esteem, overcoming intimacy issues, and working to become the best version of themselves.
(704) 270-6586 View (704) 270-6586
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Soul Wellness Services PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28262
Welcome to Soul Wellness Services! As a Black Caribbean woman, I'm aware of the social and cultural stigma often associated with mental health in our community. Issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and loss can be challenging to deal with. For Black and Indigenous People of Color, these issues are often compounded by the stress and emotional exhaustion of code-switching, racial trauma, racism, discrimination, and other challenges specific to our community.
Welcome to Soul Wellness Services! As a Black Caribbean woman, I'm aware of the social and cultural stigma often associated with mental health in our community. Issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and loss can be challenging to deal with. For Black and Indigenous People of Color, these issues are often compounded by the stress and emotional exhaustion of code-switching, racial trauma, racism, discrimination, and other challenges specific to our community.
(704) 859-2265 View (704) 859-2265
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Tanisha Mann
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
Life is not about how many times you fall but how many times you get back up. The difficulties we face in life are different based on each individual perspective. Maintaining a smile while facing adversities can become overwhelming and tiring. Maybe you feel unseen, need help creating healthy boundaries, challenges with anxiety or depression, or making new life transitions. I am here to help clients learn effective coping skills for their issues and set goals to overcome obstacles in their life. My life experiences as an African American, and combat veteran will help to address any barriers that are interrupting your daily life.
Life is not about how many times you fall but how many times you get back up. The difficulties we face in life are different based on each individual perspective. Maintaining a smile while facing adversities can become overwhelming and tiring. Maybe you feel unseen, need help creating healthy boundaries, challenges with anxiety or depression, or making new life transitions. I am here to help clients learn effective coping skills for their issues and set goals to overcome obstacles in their life. My life experiences as an African American, and combat veteran will help to address any barriers that are interrupting your daily life.
(704) 396-8802 View (704) 396-8802
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Melvin Gaddy
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28203  (Online Only)
I help professional black women set healthy boundaries, undo toxic patterns and create fulfilling relationships that last.
Everyone thinks you have it all together but in reality, you’re exhausted. The fear of judgment forces you to suppress your feelings. So you keep a smile on your face and continue showing up for others even when you don’t want to because you don’t want to let them down. You manage to push through every day and find yourself feeling tired, alone, and frustrated because no one understands and shows up for you when you need it most. The time for a change has been long overdue, but figuring out where to start is a challenge all in itself.
I help professional black women set healthy boundaries, undo toxic patterns and create fulfilling relationships that last.
Everyone thinks you have it all together but in reality, you’re exhausted. The fear of judgment forces you to suppress your feelings. So you keep a smile on your face and continue showing up for others even when you don’t want to because you don’t want to let them down. You manage to push through every day and find yourself feeling tired, alone, and frustrated because no one understands and shows up for you when you need it most. The time for a change has been long overdue, but figuring out where to start is a challenge all in itself.
(984) 400-5023 View (984) 400-5023
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Joy Stucker (Identity Exploration Therapist )
Counselor, MEd, LCMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
As a Black woman, my specialty is working with young adults who are struggling with identity development and adjustment issues.
You are a young adult, navigating the complexities of adulthood. And, let's be honest...you have no idea what you're doing, who you are, or who you hope to become. You are questioning your religion, your sexuality, your career, and/or relationships. You are tired, overwhelmed, and lonely. You feel you are lacking purpose in your life although you don't feel like anything is glaringly wrong. But, you crave to be in deeper alignment with the truest version of you. I am here to help you peel back the layers, ask yourself the hard questions, and begin to live a life you love as a person you are proud to be.
As a Black woman, my specialty is working with young adults who are struggling with identity development and adjustment issues.
You are a young adult, navigating the complexities of adulthood. And, let's be honest...you have no idea what you're doing, who you are, or who you hope to become. You are questioning your religion, your sexuality, your career, and/or relationships. You are tired, overwhelmed, and lonely. You feel you are lacking purpose in your life although you don't feel like anything is glaringly wrong. But, you crave to be in deeper alignment with the truest version of you. I am here to help you peel back the layers, ask yourself the hard questions, and begin to live a life you love as a person you are proud to be.
(984) 689-1896 View (984) 689-1896
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Zellua D. Sistrunk-Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MS , LCSWA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28216
I appreciate your willingness to honor yourself by looking for a new therapist. It's completely normal to feel that not every aspect of your life is sorted out, and acknowledging this vulnerability is a sign of resilience. Taking the initiative to seek support is a major step, as a Black Woman, I fully understand the challenges associated with this decision. My commitment to this work is fueled by a desire to promote inclusivity, particularly towards minorities and marginalized communities. I am eager to work with you on your path to healing. Your journey matters, and I am here to support you in taking those crucial next steps.
I appreciate your willingness to honor yourself by looking for a new therapist. It's completely normal to feel that not every aspect of your life is sorted out, and acknowledging this vulnerability is a sign of resilience. Taking the initiative to seek support is a major step, as a Black Woman, I fully understand the challenges associated with this decision. My commitment to this work is fueled by a desire to promote inclusivity, particularly towards minorities and marginalized communities. I am eager to work with you on your path to healing. Your journey matters, and I am here to support you in taking those crucial next steps.
(704) 769-2622 View (704) 769-2622
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WaterYourFire Wellness Collective- Dr. Winley K.
Psychologist, PsyD, LP, HSP-P
Verified
3 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28227  (Online Only)
WaterYourFire Wellness Collective specializes in working with Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ-GNC+ individuals, and folks navigating trauma related to ethno-racial identity, class, sexuality, gender identity and expression, and sexual violence.
The decision to pursue counseling can be a tough but courageous step. People choose to seek out therapy for a variety of reasons, whether it is to explore and better understand parts of self or to address specific areas of concerns. WaterYourFire Wellness Collective works with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and presenting concerns. WYFWC currently operates via Telehealth Therapy (online). WYFWC also provides services in any PsyPact state- see participating states here: https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap)
WaterYourFire Wellness Collective specializes in working with Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ-GNC+ individuals, and folks navigating trauma related to ethno-racial identity, class, sexuality, gender identity and expression, and sexual violence.
The decision to pursue counseling can be a tough but courageous step. People choose to seek out therapy for a variety of reasons, whether it is to explore and better understand parts of self or to address specific areas of concerns. WaterYourFire Wellness Collective works with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and presenting concerns. WYFWC currently operates via Telehealth Therapy (online). WYFWC also provides services in any PsyPact state- see participating states here: https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap)
(919) 726-0248 View (919) 726-0248
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As One Wellness PLLC Raleigh-Durham-Charlotte
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSS, MBA, E-RYT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28273
Black Marriage Therapist. African-American Couples Counselor at As One helps disconnected couples who want to rekindle their relationship and experience more pleasure and intimacy. This makes everything in your life better, increases wealth and wellness. Like my clients, you deserve to experience fulfilling mind-body connection everyday. Let's bring fun and pleasure back to your relationship with the person you have committed to for life.
Black Marriage Therapist. African-American Couples Counselor at As One helps disconnected couples who want to rekindle their relationship and experience more pleasure and intimacy. This makes everything in your life better, increases wealth and wellness. Like my clients, you deserve to experience fulfilling mind-body connection everyday. Let's bring fun and pleasure back to your relationship with the person you have committed to for life.
(215) 532-1548 View (215) 532-1548
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Kayla D. (Empowerment Therapist)
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, NCC, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
I am an African American therapist specializing in working with women who want to find themselves and teach others how to treat them.
Has your anxiety taken over? You continually ask yourself “Why am I feeling this way?" "Have I made the right decision?" "Why can't I stop overthinking?" You consistently feel like you are all over the place mentally and emotionally. Constant comparisons are affecting your self esteem, leading you to wonder why others lives are going well & yours is NOT. Overwhelming feelings have you contemplating the worst case scenario rather than the more likely outcome? I can help you make sense of your negative thinking. Together, we can explore the cause of these thoughts and with guidance help you regain control of how you respond to them.
I am an African American therapist specializing in working with women who want to find themselves and teach others how to treat them.
Has your anxiety taken over? You continually ask yourself “Why am I feeling this way?" "Have I made the right decision?" "Why can't I stop overthinking?" You consistently feel like you are all over the place mentally and emotionally. Constant comparisons are affecting your self esteem, leading you to wonder why others lives are going well & yours is NOT. Overwhelming feelings have you contemplating the worst case scenario rather than the more likely outcome? I can help you make sense of your negative thinking. Together, we can explore the cause of these thoughts and with guidance help you regain control of how you respond to them.
(704) 368-3633 View (704) 368-3633
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Alexis N Fintchre
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, CCTP, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28269  (Online Only)
Navigating life can be difficult to say the least. Even more so when you have stressors beyond your control affecting the wellness of your mind and body. Having marginalized identities, past trauma and numerous life transitions can make for a stressed individual. Unveiling your truest self and having the confidence to rely on your values, no matter the circumstance, takes courage. As a Black woman, I understand that there is power and healing in finding safety within our community.
Navigating life can be difficult to say the least. Even more so when you have stressors beyond your control affecting the wellness of your mind and body. Having marginalized identities, past trauma and numerous life transitions can make for a stressed individual. Unveiling your truest self and having the confidence to rely on your values, no matter the circumstance, takes courage. As a Black woman, I understand that there is power and healing in finding safety within our community.
(704) 350-2672 View (704) 350-2672

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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.