Black and African American Therapists in Brooklyn, NY

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Shakiera Watson
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11215  (Online Only)
As an African-American woman, I've faced my own share of challenges.
Has life’s challenges left you feeling adrift? Whether you're riding the rollercoaster of extreme highs and lows or feeling stuck in a state of stagnation, confronting these emotions alone can feel daunting. Yet, taking that initial step towards healing and self-understanding doesn't have to be a solitary journey. Drawing from a blend of professional expertise and personal insight, I recognize the courage it takes to confront the complexities of the human experience. In our therapeutic journey, your needs will always take center stage. My approach is centered on empowering you to take charge of your own path.
As an African-American woman, I've faced my own share of challenges.
Has life’s challenges left you feeling adrift? Whether you're riding the rollercoaster of extreme highs and lows or feeling stuck in a state of stagnation, confronting these emotions alone can feel daunting. Yet, taking that initial step towards healing and self-understanding doesn't have to be a solitary journey. Drawing from a blend of professional expertise and personal insight, I recognize the courage it takes to confront the complexities of the human experience. In our therapeutic journey, your needs will always take center stage. My approach is centered on empowering you to take charge of your own path.
(646) 906-8964 View (646) 906-8964
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Sauda K. Dunlap
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11208  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My areas of interests include but are not limited to; anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, adjustment to change/life transitions, grief/loss, relationship issues, women’s issues, racial/inequality issues and mental health stigma in the Black community.
The ebbs and flow of life can be stressful and challenging but also full of happiness and joy. There are times when seeking help is necessary to navigate different parts of the life journey. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York. I am here to provide support as you navigate the life journey. My clinical experience includes case management with a preventive agency, working in a psychiatric public hospital providing treatment to children and adolescents, clinical consultation to a community-based organization and implementing school mental health programs in the public health sector.
My areas of interests include but are not limited to; anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, adjustment to change/life transitions, grief/loss, relationship issues, women’s issues, racial/inequality issues and mental health stigma in the Black community.
The ebbs and flow of life can be stressful and challenging but also full of happiness and joy. There are times when seeking help is necessary to navigate different parts of the life journey. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York. I am here to provide support as you navigate the life journey. My clinical experience includes case management with a preventive agency, working in a psychiatric public hospital providing treatment to children and adolescents, clinical consultation to a community-based organization and implementing school mental health programs in the public health sector.
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Maroon Street Mental Health
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11217  (Online Only)
I am particularly attuned to the difficulties that can accompany one's experience of multiple and intersecting identities including race, culture, religion, gender, sexual preference, class, ability and illness. As a Black & Brown, Puerto Rican therapist it remains essential that I work from an integrative, multi-cultural, and social-justice informed perspective to provide collaborative and creative counseling that accommodates each person’s unique experiences, needs, strengths, and goals. I enjoy facilitating growth and liberation from internalized oppression, internalized capitalism, racial and intergenerational trauma.
I am particularly attuned to the difficulties that can accompany one's experience of multiple and intersecting identities including race, culture, religion, gender, sexual preference, class, ability and illness. As a Black & Brown, Puerto Rican therapist it remains essential that I work from an integrative, multi-cultural, and social-justice informed perspective to provide collaborative and creative counseling that accommodates each person’s unique experiences, needs, strengths, and goals. I enjoy facilitating growth and liberation from internalized oppression, internalized capitalism, racial and intergenerational trauma.
(646) 906-9644 View (646) 906-9644
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Shani Graves
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11216  (Online Only)
Our role at SG Wellness is to create a comforting space for Black, Latinx and People of Color to begin exploring patterns and work towards change.
Maybe it's been two months or two years, but it has not been easy. Whether it's your personal life, work life, familial, platonic, or romantic relationships. You may have begun to feel overwhelmed,annoyed, stressed, lonely and even depressed. You compare yourself to others and wonder why your life is not a reflection of the work you've put into it or how you imagined it would be.
Our role at SG Wellness is to create a comforting space for Black, Latinx and People of Color to begin exploring patterns and work towards change.
Maybe it's been two months or two years, but it has not been easy. Whether it's your personal life, work life, familial, platonic, or romantic relationships. You may have begun to feel overwhelmed,annoyed, stressed, lonely and even depressed. You compare yourself to others and wonder why your life is not a reflection of the work you've put into it or how you imagined it would be.
(347) 745-7833 View (347) 745-7833
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The Healing Collective
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11233  (Online Only)
The Healing Collective is a New York-based therapeutic group practice that centers the healing of Black folks, Indigenous folks, and non-Black folks of color. We offer telehealth services to individuals (youth and adults), couples, and families throughout New York and New Jersey. We also offer coaching services throughout the United States. The Healing Collective believes that every being is worthy of healing and that our healing comes from within. We’d be honored if you chose us for your healing journey.
The Healing Collective is a New York-based therapeutic group practice that centers the healing of Black folks, Indigenous folks, and non-Black folks of color. We offer telehealth services to individuals (youth and adults), couples, and families throughout New York and New Jersey. We also offer coaching services throughout the United States. The Healing Collective believes that every being is worthy of healing and that our healing comes from within. We’d be honored if you chose us for your healing journey.
(347) 679-6990 View (347) 679-6990
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Cy Valdez
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11223  (Online Only)
As a Black, queer, Caribbean/LatinX individual who practices therapy from a non-oppressive and radically authentic lens I draw on over ten years of experience working with women, children and communities of color around topics of equity, sexuality, education, LGBTQ+, and trauma. I use my knowledge and background to analyze issues with a strong understanding of the systems, personal history and survival skills that influence your identity today. I am interested in understanding 'personal language' (emotions and perspective) to address the current design of your relationships and encourage transformations better suited for your goals
As a Black, queer, Caribbean/LatinX individual who practices therapy from a non-oppressive and radically authentic lens I draw on over ten years of experience working with women, children and communities of color around topics of equity, sexuality, education, LGBTQ+, and trauma. I use my knowledge and background to analyze issues with a strong understanding of the systems, personal history and survival skills that influence your identity today. I am interested in understanding 'personal language' (emotions and perspective) to address the current design of your relationships and encourage transformations better suited for your goals
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Tyrone J. Caver
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242
As a Black cismale therapist, I hold the belief that our various intersectional identities strongly influence how we show up in the world and how we experience the people around us.
I work with the people who are fed up, tired of feeling stuck, and ready to break free of unhelpful patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I specialize in work with individuals, couples, and families with adult children as well as individuals of the Black and LGBTQ+ communities.
As a Black cismale therapist, I hold the belief that our various intersectional identities strongly influence how we show up in the world and how we experience the people around us.
I work with the people who are fed up, tired of feeling stuck, and ready to break free of unhelpful patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I specialize in work with individuals, couples, and families with adult children as well as individuals of the Black and LGBTQ+ communities.
(718) 736-2603 View (718) 736-2603
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Shari Simon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11233  (Online Only)
Clients describe me as empathetic, supportive, humorous, attentive, and authentic. I have spent years supporting individuals, couples & families navigating interpersonal challenges, anxiety, depression, infidelity, trauma, stress, self-esteem, work challenges, and life transitions. I also provide premarital counseling. I have expertise supporting the unique challenges of marginalized communities including Black, POC, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, poly, etc. I am passionate about providing therapy because I know firsthand that finding a culturally aware therapist is not an easy feat.
Clients describe me as empathetic, supportive, humorous, attentive, and authentic. I have spent years supporting individuals, couples & families navigating interpersonal challenges, anxiety, depression, infidelity, trauma, stress, self-esteem, work challenges, and life transitions. I also provide premarital counseling. I have expertise supporting the unique challenges of marginalized communities including Black, POC, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, poly, etc. I am passionate about providing therapy because I know firsthand that finding a culturally aware therapist is not an easy feat.
(929) 552-3366 View (929) 552-3366
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Jessica Thomas - Mymindset Counseling Services
Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11217  (Online Only)
Specializing in trauma-informed therapy and a strength-based approach, I focus on the unique needs/concerns for Black, Indigenous, People of Color women, men, femmes, and non-binary folks who have experienced traumatic events.
Welcome! As a Haitian American therapist, I value self-exploration, collaboration, and finding one’s inner strength. My primary goal is to create a safe space that will allow individuals to feel accepted and heard, while simultaneously be challenged to develop healthy coping skills. My approach to therapy is inclusive, LGBTQAI+ positive, and culturally-affirming. We will work together via in-person and/or online counseling with the goal of encouraging self-awareness, learning to manage emotions/triggers, and feelings of frustration in oneself.
Specializing in trauma-informed therapy and a strength-based approach, I focus on the unique needs/concerns for Black, Indigenous, People of Color women, men, femmes, and non-binary folks who have experienced traumatic events.
Welcome! As a Haitian American therapist, I value self-exploration, collaboration, and finding one’s inner strength. My primary goal is to create a safe space that will allow individuals to feel accepted and heard, while simultaneously be challenged to develop healthy coping skills. My approach to therapy is inclusive, LGBTQAI+ positive, and culturally-affirming. We will work together via in-person and/or online counseling with the goal of encouraging self-awareness, learning to manage emotions/triggers, and feelings of frustration in oneself.
(929) 294-8602 View (929) 294-8602
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Tatiana Michel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11236  (Online Only)
As a black therapist, I bring a deep understanding of the challenges that may arise from navigating a diverse and intersectional life.
Do you find yourself increasingly overwhelmed by life’s day-to-day challenges at work and home from the unprecedented events going on in today’s faced paced, world? Perhaps you are going through some unexpected life transitions? I can provide additional support to assist you with learning and developing new skills, increasing self-esteem, personal growth, and healing. Gowing up in a single parent household as the child of Caribbean immigrant parents, I experienced how issues affecting low income, minority, and underserved populations, can often lead to misinformation and stigma regarding accessing mental health services.
As a black therapist, I bring a deep understanding of the challenges that may arise from navigating a diverse and intersectional life.
Do you find yourself increasingly overwhelmed by life’s day-to-day challenges at work and home from the unprecedented events going on in today’s faced paced, world? Perhaps you are going through some unexpected life transitions? I can provide additional support to assist you with learning and developing new skills, increasing self-esteem, personal growth, and healing. Gowing up in a single parent household as the child of Caribbean immigrant parents, I experienced how issues affecting low income, minority, and underserved populations, can often lead to misinformation and stigma regarding accessing mental health services.
(347) 429-6925 View (347) 429-6925
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Eva Marie Gordon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11225  (Online Only)
As a therapist, my goal is to help people understand how their thoughts and emotions impact their behavior. It is important to take time to reflect on our lives and what we can do to make things better. Whether it is grieving the loss of a loved one, feeling anxious, not able to make friends, or feeling hopeless, there are tools you can learn to help you feel better. As a Black woman of American and Caribbean descent, I especially enjoy providing mental health treatment to the Black community. The Black community can use psychotherapy to heal from past and present pain and to improve our well-being, within a cultural framework.
As a therapist, my goal is to help people understand how their thoughts and emotions impact their behavior. It is important to take time to reflect on our lives and what we can do to make things better. Whether it is grieving the loss of a loved one, feeling anxious, not able to make friends, or feeling hopeless, there are tools you can learn to help you feel better. As a Black woman of American and Caribbean descent, I especially enjoy providing mental health treatment to the Black community. The Black community can use psychotherapy to heal from past and present pain and to improve our well-being, within a cultural framework.
(718) 957-8623 View (718) 957-8623
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Eric Almond
LMSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11237  (Online Only)
As a proud Queer Black cis-man, I bring a rich blend of personal and professional experiences to my practice. Grounded in an intersectional and humanistic approach, I aim to address the diverse facets of your identities in navigating today's world. I firmly believe in our capacity to shape our destinies, and I am dedicated to guiding you toward realizing your fullest potential by providing a safe and empowering space for growth and self-discovery.
As a proud Queer Black cis-man, I bring a rich blend of personal and professional experiences to my practice. Grounded in an intersectional and humanistic approach, I aim to address the diverse facets of your identities in navigating today's world. I firmly believe in our capacity to shape our destinies, and I am dedicated to guiding you toward realizing your fullest potential by providing a safe and empowering space for growth and self-discovery.
(929) 430-2968 View (929) 430-2968
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Soraya Palmer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11238  (Online Only)
I am a Black queer therapist who specializes in working with BIPOC and QT clients, creative artists, community organizers, and activists.
I hold a strong commitment to using holistic approaches to healing. Through my extensive clinical work with trauma survivors and background working with young people, I know that talk therapy is not always the most effective method for processing and healing from trauma. I employ therapeutic techniques from Trauma-based Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and somatic modalities to support my clients. As a published author, I often incorporate creative modalities into my therapeutic practice such as creative writing activities, drawing, and clay. Let's work together to figure out which methods work best for you.
I am a Black queer therapist who specializes in working with BIPOC and QT clients, creative artists, community organizers, and activists.
I hold a strong commitment to using holistic approaches to healing. Through my extensive clinical work with trauma survivors and background working with young people, I know that talk therapy is not always the most effective method for processing and healing from trauma. I employ therapeutic techniques from Trauma-based Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and somatic modalities to support my clients. As a published author, I often incorporate creative modalities into my therapeutic practice such as creative writing activities, drawing, and clay. Let's work together to figure out which methods work best for you.
(646) 604-2739 View (646) 604-2739
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Tiara K Thomas
MHC-LP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11235  (Online Only)
As an African American woman, I prioritize the intersectionality of culture and mental health as sometimes our environments have created barriers to accessing wellness.
Life can bring about challenges from finding safety and security within the spaces we are in to struggling with self advocacy. From the instability created throughout the pandemic, to exploring the impact of your cultural identity, or learning to heal as a trauma survivor (including racial trauma), you will be provided with an affirming and strength-focused space for you to be heard as you address any of these areas and more. I embody a warm, collaborative therapeutic style that allows you to join in designing the path of exploration and goals that we work towards together.
As an African American woman, I prioritize the intersectionality of culture and mental health as sometimes our environments have created barriers to accessing wellness.
Life can bring about challenges from finding safety and security within the spaces we are in to struggling with self advocacy. From the instability created throughout the pandemic, to exploring the impact of your cultural identity, or learning to heal as a trauma survivor (including racial trauma), you will be provided with an affirming and strength-focused space for you to be heard as you address any of these areas and more. I embody a warm, collaborative therapeutic style that allows you to join in designing the path of exploration and goals that we work towards together.
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Kizzy Joseph
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11203  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I believe that with intention therapists are activists. I envision therapy as a radical healing space where communities of color, especially Black communities, can feel empowered and validated in spite of life’s messiness and structural oppression. As a co-parenting Black mama and marriage and family therapist intern, it is important for me to serve Black families of all kinds in order to help them cultivate deeper love, safety, and healing.
I believe that with intention therapists are activists. I envision therapy as a radical healing space where communities of color, especially Black communities, can feel empowered and validated in spite of life’s messiness and structural oppression. As a co-parenting Black mama and marriage and family therapist intern, it is important for me to serve Black families of all kinds in order to help them cultivate deeper love, safety, and healing.
(347) 658-5467 View (347) 658-5467
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Renee Antoine
Counselor, LMHC, Ed M, MA
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11226  (Online Only)
Welcome! As a Black, queer, first generation American, Trinidadian, and cis-gender woman, my clients are primarily BIPOC folx who experience mental health and relational challenges as a result of the history of colonialism, slavery, sexism, White supremacy, and xenophobia that has led to a world of inequity and the fear of "other." I partner with those striving to combat the negative impact of systems of oppression (including trauma, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem) as we move toward radical acceptance of self, joy, ease, and healing.
Welcome! As a Black, queer, first generation American, Trinidadian, and cis-gender woman, my clients are primarily BIPOC folx who experience mental health and relational challenges as a result of the history of colonialism, slavery, sexism, White supremacy, and xenophobia that has led to a world of inequity and the fear of "other." I partner with those striving to combat the negative impact of systems of oppression (including trauma, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem) as we move toward radical acceptance of self, joy, ease, and healing.
(347) 934-6099 View (347) 934-6099
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Kyana Brindle
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11225  (Online Only)
My journey of being a liberated Black, bisexual, queer, cis woman is an ongoing one.
My approach to psychotherapy is integrated, drawing from my training in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, trauma-focused CBT, multi-systemic and EMDR models. Whether you are looking for relief from daily stressors, navigating life transitions, or wanting to deepen understanding of yourself and your relationships, I provide a supportive space to guide you through a collaborative, therapeutic process. Using techniques attuned to your unique and specific needs, I will work with you to address difficult emotional and mental health issues, gain insight and awareness, and create the change you need to live a happier, healthier life.
My journey of being a liberated Black, bisexual, queer, cis woman is an ongoing one.
My approach to psychotherapy is integrated, drawing from my training in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, trauma-focused CBT, multi-systemic and EMDR models. Whether you are looking for relief from daily stressors, navigating life transitions, or wanting to deepen understanding of yourself and your relationships, I provide a supportive space to guide you through a collaborative, therapeutic process. Using techniques attuned to your unique and specific needs, I will work with you to address difficult emotional and mental health issues, gain insight and awareness, and create the change you need to live a happier, healthier life.
(718) 866-4824 View (718) 866-4824
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Michael Ash & Associates
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MHC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I have experience working with diverse ethnic backgrounds: Black or African American, Caucasian, Asian-American, and Latino.
I am a Mental Health Counselor who is passionate about providing counseling and guidance to individuals in times of crisis and emotional instability. I believe that each client is unique, and I use a holistic approach to treatment that will meet and assist them where they are. I will come alongside each client with effective listening, empathy, compassion, and genuineness. I will provide a warm, safe, and non-judgmental space that allows transparency for healing and growth in mind, body, and soul.
I have experience working with diverse ethnic backgrounds: Black or African American, Caucasian, Asian-American, and Latino.
I am a Mental Health Counselor who is passionate about providing counseling and guidance to individuals in times of crisis and emotional instability. I believe that each client is unique, and I use a holistic approach to treatment that will meet and assist them where they are. I will come alongside each client with effective listening, empathy, compassion, and genuineness. I will provide a warm, safe, and non-judgmental space that allows transparency for healing and growth in mind, body, and soul.
(929) 284-2293 View (929) 284-2293
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Lisa Gladden
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11233
I wanted to make a difference in the lives that were around me especially in a community that is predominantly black and brown.
Great News! You’ve made it. Way to go. Life can be so changing and demanding. Dealing with everyday stressors can get us down. However, I am here to help support you on your journey to healing and recovery. I have been working in the Social Service field for over 20 plus years. I have dealt with homelessness, domestic violence, adolescents, LGBTQIA+, mental health, sexual abuse, substance abuse and the criminal justice system. I am a therapist with my MSW under the supervision of Amira Crawford, LCSW at Amira For Her, a group practice dedicated to supporting BIPOC with their mental health.
I wanted to make a difference in the lives that were around me especially in a community that is predominantly black and brown.
Great News! You’ve made it. Way to go. Life can be so changing and demanding. Dealing with everyday stressors can get us down. However, I am here to help support you on your journey to healing and recovery. I have been working in the Social Service field for over 20 plus years. I have dealt with homelessness, domestic violence, adolescents, LGBTQIA+, mental health, sexual abuse, substance abuse and the criminal justice system. I am a therapist with my MSW under the supervision of Amira Crawford, LCSW at Amira For Her, a group practice dedicated to supporting BIPOC with their mental health.
(347) 695-4785 View (347) 695-4785
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Felicia Harper
Counselor, MEd, LMHC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11222  (Online Only)
Embarking on your personal journey of transformation, I, Felicia Harper, offer you a heartfelt welcome with deep understanding and commitment. As a black female therapist in Brooklyn, I specialize in navigating life's complexities, from reevaluating your dreams to uncovering your true purpose. My role is to guide you through these challenges, providing new perspectives and meaningful change. With focused support and skill development, I strive to reveal behaviors that might block you from reaching your best self, addressing individual struggles, family dynamics, or the unique experiences of women. ​
Embarking on your personal journey of transformation, I, Felicia Harper, offer you a heartfelt welcome with deep understanding and commitment. As a black female therapist in Brooklyn, I specialize in navigating life's complexities, from reevaluating your dreams to uncovering your true purpose. My role is to guide you through these challenges, providing new perspectives and meaningful change. With focused support and skill development, I strive to reveal behaviors that might block you from reaching your best self, addressing individual struggles, family dynamics, or the unique experiences of women. ​
(631) 417-3454 View (631) 417-3454
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.