Black and African American Therapists in New York, NY

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Tyara Dabrio
MHC-LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016
As a first-generation, Caribbean-American, and Black woman I understand the importance of offering individualized and culturally-sensitive therapy. Our stories are created by a complex mixture of cultural, economic, racial, ethnic, and sexual relationships with ourselves and the world. Our work in therapy may include exploring these relationships and acknowledging the difficulties of balancing external conditions with personal needs. We will also take a look at the patterns that have developed based on past experiences, and how these experiences are informing the present.
As a first-generation, Caribbean-American, and Black woman I understand the importance of offering individualized and culturally-sensitive therapy. Our stories are created by a complex mixture of cultural, economic, racial, ethnic, and sexual relationships with ourselves and the world. Our work in therapy may include exploring these relationships and acknowledging the difficulties of balancing external conditions with personal needs. We will also take a look at the patterns that have developed based on past experiences, and how these experiences are informing the present.
(866) 232-7328 View (866) 232-7328
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Godfrey A Gregg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
As an openly Black gay man I am fully aware of the multi layers of oppression confronting many segments of the population.
Hello, I provide a safe, warm, and exploratory environment. Together you and I co-create a space that will facilitate greater insight into and understanding of issues, both internal and external, which are causing discomfort. The push of discomfort brings you into treatment and the pull of hope sustains your motivation and determination to resolve the conflicts. You are the expert on your life. Therefore, my role is to provide a caring, nurturing, and analyzing set of eyes and mind to assist your growth. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.
As an openly Black gay man I am fully aware of the multi layers of oppression confronting many segments of the population.
Hello, I provide a safe, warm, and exploratory environment. Together you and I co-create a space that will facilitate greater insight into and understanding of issues, both internal and external, which are causing discomfort. The push of discomfort brings you into treatment and the pull of hope sustains your motivation and determination to resolve the conflicts. You are the expert on your life. Therefore, my role is to provide a caring, nurturing, and analyzing set of eyes and mind to assist your growth. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.
(646) 679-7876 View (646) 679-7876
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The Bad Indian Therapist
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
Not accepting new clients
Calling all South Asian Misfits who feel like they don't belong: Being yourself does not make you "less" of a South Asian; it makes you a more genuine one. If you have been ever labeled the "Black sheep" of your community or family, been told that you are "Too South Asian", or "Not South Asian enough", you belong right here! That's why I go by "The Bad Indian Therapist", because as someone who was raised Indian and Catholic, I've also been called these things too. I'm here to tell you that sometimes it's OK to be "bad", and even if we did everything right, we're still going to make mistakes. So, let's be "bad" together!
Calling all South Asian Misfits who feel like they don't belong: Being yourself does not make you "less" of a South Asian; it makes you a more genuine one. If you have been ever labeled the "Black sheep" of your community or family, been told that you are "Too South Asian", or "Not South Asian enough", you belong right here! That's why I go by "The Bad Indian Therapist", because as someone who was raised Indian and Catholic, I've also been called these things too. I'm here to tell you that sometimes it's OK to be "bad", and even if we did everything right, we're still going to make mistakes. So, let's be "bad" together!
(631) 540-1042 View (631) 540-1042
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Andra Brown
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
My name is Andra Brown, I’m a licensed therapist based in NYC, and I help Black people stop overworking in their positions of leadership, & lead care-centered lives.
Being a Black person in a professional leadership position can be extremely tough, to say the least. You more than likely received that position due to your uncanny ability of taking care of everybody & everything, and getting sh!t done! Not only are you good at this on the job, but you are typically good at doing this in your personal life. You’re the “responsible” one - the one that everyone in your circles can rely on. While there are benefits from being seen in this manner, you are constantly working, & overworking. Not to mention, working through the microaggressions, and harmful behaviors from other coworkers at work.
My name is Andra Brown, I’m a licensed therapist based in NYC, and I help Black people stop overworking in their positions of leadership, & lead care-centered lives.
Being a Black person in a professional leadership position can be extremely tough, to say the least. You more than likely received that position due to your uncanny ability of taking care of everybody & everything, and getting sh!t done! Not only are you good at this on the job, but you are typically good at doing this in your personal life. You’re the “responsible” one - the one that everyone in your circles can rely on. While there are benefits from being seen in this manner, you are constantly working, & overworking. Not to mention, working through the microaggressions, and harmful behaviors from other coworkers at work.
(413) 424-9540 View (413) 424-9540
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Kareem Alexander Hewitt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I am a Black, Caribbean/Central American, Queer, Trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming, fat, neurodivergent and 1st generation american psychotherapist, social worker, dancer, and artist.
You are just as important to your communities as your communities are to you. This framework grounds the work I do. Western concepts of healing have historically enforced rigid individualism as the ideal way of life. However, I believe that understanding who you are, as both an individual and community member, makes space for your more nuanced, wholesome, and expansive narrative. My work with clients focuses on being present with emotions, navigating individual and collective traumas, reconnecting to your physical body, and empowering healing and joy. I'm hoping for healing and liberation for us all!
I am a Black, Caribbean/Central American, Queer, Trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming, fat, neurodivergent and 1st generation american psychotherapist, social worker, dancer, and artist.
You are just as important to your communities as your communities are to you. This framework grounds the work I do. Western concepts of healing have historically enforced rigid individualism as the ideal way of life. However, I believe that understanding who you are, as both an individual and community member, makes space for your more nuanced, wholesome, and expansive narrative. My work with clients focuses on being present with emotions, navigating individual and collective traumas, reconnecting to your physical body, and empowering healing and joy. I'm hoping for healing and liberation for us all!
(347) 297-5091 View (347) 297-5091
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Jean Messeroux
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
Hello, I appreciate you creating time to be here. I'm Jean Messeroux (he/him), a Licensed Psychotherapist and Wellness Coach. With a background as an educator and social worker, I'm passionate about supporting mental health journeys. I hold a Bachelor's in English and African-American Studies from UMass Amherst and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. Beyond therapy, I'm a creative entrepreneur, using photography and design for healing and self-expression. Let's connect!
Hello, I appreciate you creating time to be here. I'm Jean Messeroux (he/him), a Licensed Psychotherapist and Wellness Coach. With a background as an educator and social worker, I'm passionate about supporting mental health journeys. I hold a Bachelor's in English and African-American Studies from UMass Amherst and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. Beyond therapy, I'm a creative entrepreneur, using photography and design for healing and self-expression. Let's connect!
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Anna Resnikoff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SIFI
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
Sometimes it feels like the world conspires against our authenticity. We often face pressure to be someone we’re not, or to paper over our complex identities for others’ comfort and ease of understanding. I was born in Austin, Texas to a Caucasian mother and African-American father before I was adopted by my Jewish parents at 2 days old. I faced judgement and pressure to choose binary race and class identities, whether they suited me or not. Navigating these pressures helped me deepen my empathy for others, my curiosity about other people, and a sensitivity to anyone who feels unheard, disregarded, or misunderstood.
Sometimes it feels like the world conspires against our authenticity. We often face pressure to be someone we’re not, or to paper over our complex identities for others’ comfort and ease of understanding. I was born in Austin, Texas to a Caucasian mother and African-American father before I was adopted by my Jewish parents at 2 days old. I faced judgement and pressure to choose binary race and class identities, whether they suited me or not. Navigating these pressures helped me deepen my empathy for others, my curiosity about other people, and a sensitivity to anyone who feels unheard, disregarded, or misunderstood.
(347) 802-0943 View (347) 802-0943
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Isabel Baylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, E-RYT
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011  (Online Only)
As a Black, biracial, & queer therapist, I’m passionate about helping people find ways to truly appreciate and care for themselves.
I work using an anti-oppressive and trauma informed perspective with a focus on trauma, gender, sexuality, life transitions, feeling stuck, coming out later in life, and navigating relationships. I believe mindful attention to the physical experience can provide insight and space for empathy, when words are hard to conjure. I’m passionate about helping people connect with their body and discover ways to honor their authentic selves. I specialize in working with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and TGNC/NB communities.
As a Black, biracial, & queer therapist, I’m passionate about helping people find ways to truly appreciate and care for themselves.
I work using an anti-oppressive and trauma informed perspective with a focus on trauma, gender, sexuality, life transitions, feeling stuck, coming out later in life, and navigating relationships. I believe mindful attention to the physical experience can provide insight and space for empathy, when words are hard to conjure. I’m passionate about helping people connect with their body and discover ways to honor their authentic selves. I specialize in working with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and TGNC/NB communities.
(929) 203-9264 View (929) 203-9264
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Christine Pacheco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10036  (Online Only)
I am invested in working with black and brown populations, especially youth and women of color.
Fighting life’s many challenges can feel like a never ending battle, especially when feelings of hopelessness and frustration take over. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck, or misunderstood or maybe you just want someone to talk to who listens and understands. You’re probably sick and tired of having to be “strong” all the time, and it’s left you feeling drained. You deserve to be heard—to be validated—to be seen.
I am invested in working with black and brown populations, especially youth and women of color.
Fighting life’s many challenges can feel like a never ending battle, especially when feelings of hopelessness and frustration take over. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck, or misunderstood or maybe you just want someone to talk to who listens and understands. You’re probably sick and tired of having to be “strong” all the time, and it’s left you feeling drained. You deserve to be heard—to be validated—to be seen.
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Birtu Belete
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011
Birtu (she/her) is a psychotherapist, organizer, and Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Birtu believes in holistic, person-centered care and aims to create an inclusive and welcoming therapeutic environment for her clients. She views her work through an anti-oppressive lens and believes in the importance of accessible, high-quality therapeutic services. As a Black, queer woman, Birtu is passionate about assisting clients from diverse backgrounds navigate different components of their identities.
Birtu (she/her) is a psychotherapist, organizer, and Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Birtu believes in holistic, person-centered care and aims to create an inclusive and welcoming therapeutic environment for her clients. She views her work through an anti-oppressive lens and believes in the importance of accessible, high-quality therapeutic services. As a Black, queer woman, Birtu is passionate about assisting clients from diverse backgrounds navigate different components of their identities.
(347) 970-6938 View (347) 970-6938
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Sabrina Sarro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MFA, LCSW, C-DBT, CCTP, SIFI
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi beautiful people! Need support from feeling unseen or navigating a world in which your identities are not affirmed? I'm here to support you in further harnessing your intuitive voice, as well as providing a space to explore your past, current, and potential future. As a Black/Queer/Neurodivergent provider, I am dedicated to helping you synthesize memories and experiences of your life, and how these moments might be informing your identities today. I am deeply invested in you and think of our relationship as a collaborative one in which we both discover and explore what affirms you and makes you feel seen, heard, and supported.
Hi beautiful people! Need support from feeling unseen or navigating a world in which your identities are not affirmed? I'm here to support you in further harnessing your intuitive voice, as well as providing a space to explore your past, current, and potential future. As a Black/Queer/Neurodivergent provider, I am dedicated to helping you synthesize memories and experiences of your life, and how these moments might be informing your identities today. I am deeply invested in you and think of our relationship as a collaborative one in which we both discover and explore what affirms you and makes you feel seen, heard, and supported.
(646) 956-1277 View (646) 956-1277
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Derek Crichlow
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019
Do you want to explore the untapped parts of yourself that make you unique? I am a black, queer, cis-gender male from Long Island and I believe therapy is the best place to discover what makes you unique. In my personal journey to mental wellness, I it was challenging to find a therapist that felt safe, relatable and authentic. I know what it is like to be judged and misunderstood because of your identity and who you love. With my journey, I am empowered to help you navigate your relationships, your past experiences, and the stresses of your daily life.
Do you want to explore the untapped parts of yourself that make you unique? I am a black, queer, cis-gender male from Long Island and I believe therapy is the best place to discover what makes you unique. In my personal journey to mental wellness, I it was challenging to find a therapist that felt safe, relatable and authentic. I know what it is like to be judged and misunderstood because of your identity and who you love. With my journey, I am empowered to help you navigate your relationships, your past experiences, and the stresses of your daily life.
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Kassia R Ringell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10033  (Online Only)
Do you have anxiety and depression? Perhaps you're experiencing severe stress from the changes going on in your life, and you're having difficulty adjusting. If this is you, then I can help. As a practitioner for 18+ years, I have expertise in the treatment of Depression, Trauma, Grief/Loss, and Generalized Anxiety Disorders to help you work through your challenges, maximize your strengths, and embrace change in your life. As a black identified biracial woman, I am deeply interested and passionate about working with a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic clientele who may carry multiple racial, sexual, and gender identities.
Do you have anxiety and depression? Perhaps you're experiencing severe stress from the changes going on in your life, and you're having difficulty adjusting. If this is you, then I can help. As a practitioner for 18+ years, I have expertise in the treatment of Depression, Trauma, Grief/Loss, and Generalized Anxiety Disorders to help you work through your challenges, maximize your strengths, and embrace change in your life. As a black identified biracial woman, I am deeply interested and passionate about working with a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic clientele who may carry multiple racial, sexual, and gender identities.
(914) 339-5674 View (914) 339-5674
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Alison Carr
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10012  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to connecting Black, Indigenous, People of Color, international communities and LGBTQIA+ folks to healing spaces.
Understanding who we are as individuals and what has led us to this point in our lives is an important part of each person’s journey. Often, we go through the motions of our daily routines without stopping to consider what we actually feel or how we want to live. Engaging in therapy allows you the space to pause in full awareness of yourself and take a breath. It is a space for witnessing yourself, for speaking your truth, for recognizing your needs and for honoring your journey up to this point.
I am dedicated to connecting Black, Indigenous, People of Color, international communities and LGBTQIA+ folks to healing spaces.
Understanding who we are as individuals and what has led us to this point in our lives is an important part of each person’s journey. Often, we go through the motions of our daily routines without stopping to consider what we actually feel or how we want to live. Engaging in therapy allows you the space to pause in full awareness of yourself and take a breath. It is a space for witnessing yourself, for speaking your truth, for recognizing your needs and for honoring your journey up to this point.
(347) 343-8313 View (347) 343-8313
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Franchester Edwards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
I work with people struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma after unexpected life events. Through my eclectic approach, clients gain a new perspective and free themselves from self-defeating thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Reframing is powerful. It empowers clients to choose a different way to look at their situation so they can find self compassion, acceptance, and peace. As an African American woman, I also understand how race and ethnicity play a factor in mental health. My practice offers strategies addressing racial stress and microaggressions. Let’s find ways to respond, heal, and move forward.
I work with people struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma after unexpected life events. Through my eclectic approach, clients gain a new perspective and free themselves from self-defeating thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Reframing is powerful. It empowers clients to choose a different way to look at their situation so they can find self compassion, acceptance, and peace. As an African American woman, I also understand how race and ethnicity play a factor in mental health. My practice offers strategies addressing racial stress and microaggressions. Let’s find ways to respond, heal, and move forward.
(646) 956-1748 View (646) 956-1748
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Gabbie Green
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10027  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping Black and Brown people and members of the LGBTQ community.
I am passionate about supporting my clients in creating a stronger sense of self. You may find that your choices or behaviors aren't in accordance with your goals and you often feel regret, shame, and worry. Even when you’ve taken the time to sift through societal messages and make decisions based on what feels most authentic, it can still be difficult to stand firm in this while navigating family, relationships, and careers. My work is to validate, affirm, and guide you in gaining deeper understanding of what you value and radiating who you are through action and being.
I specialize in helping Black and Brown people and members of the LGBTQ community.
I am passionate about supporting my clients in creating a stronger sense of self. You may find that your choices or behaviors aren't in accordance with your goals and you often feel regret, shame, and worry. Even when you’ve taken the time to sift through societal messages and make decisions based on what feels most authentic, it can still be difficult to stand firm in this while navigating family, relationships, and careers. My work is to validate, affirm, and guide you in gaining deeper understanding of what you value and radiating who you are through action and being.
(646) 916-4401 View (646) 916-4401
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Christopher Lynn-Logue
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
I work with Black and Brown people, helping them address those feelings to grow into whom they want to be and who people in their lives need them to be.
“Hurt people, hurt people.” Although not always intentional or malicious, hurting people hurt others. Whether you realize it or not, you have experienced things that may have impacted you negatively. They may still be impacting you negatively. You may not be aware of those feelings, you’ve bottled them up, or you haven’t felt safe and comfortable sharing them. That can be why you’re being harmful or being harmed, knowingly or unknowingly. That can be why you haven’t been able to become the person, partner, friend, parent, sibling, employee, etc., that you want to be. It’s not easy, but you have to address those feelings.
I work with Black and Brown people, helping them address those feelings to grow into whom they want to be and who people in their lives need them to be.
“Hurt people, hurt people.” Although not always intentional or malicious, hurting people hurt others. Whether you realize it or not, you have experienced things that may have impacted you negatively. They may still be impacting you negatively. You may not be aware of those feelings, you’ve bottled them up, or you haven’t felt safe and comfortable sharing them. That can be why you’re being harmful or being harmed, knowingly or unknowingly. That can be why you haven’t been able to become the person, partner, friend, parent, sibling, employee, etc., that you want to be. It’s not easy, but you have to address those feelings.
(347) 572-7461 View (347) 572-7461
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Alethea Glave
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to reaching black and other communities of color in an effort to normalize and decolonize therapy.
Hi. If you’re on this page, you’re likely considering whether or not to try therapy (you should). Or, maybe you’re shopping for the right fit. Congrats on taking that first step. Whether it’s me or someone else, I honor that commitment. I have been in the Mental Health field as a social worker for almost a decade. I have seen countless people suffering and many times, doing so alone. I continue to do my part to change that.
I am dedicated to reaching black and other communities of color in an effort to normalize and decolonize therapy.
Hi. If you’re on this page, you’re likely considering whether or not to try therapy (you should). Or, maybe you’re shopping for the right fit. Congrats on taking that first step. Whether it’s me or someone else, I honor that commitment. I have been in the Mental Health field as a social worker for almost a decade. I have seen countless people suffering and many times, doing so alone. I continue to do my part to change that.
(929) 357-1084 View (929) 357-1084
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Dr. Andrea DePetris
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
As a Black, biracial psychologist, I am especially attuned to the multidimensionality of individuals and their layers of identity — including the identities that are socially-imposed and those that are self-affirmed.
Life is full of contradictions and complementary qualities. Making sense of the inconsistencies within others, ourselves, and our environments can be both challenging and enlightening. People are motivated to engage in therapy for a variety of reasons, including a desire for greater self-understanding, improved relationships, and practical guidance for managing intense feelings and difficult circumstances. Most of us will at some point feel burdened by emotional wounds, conflictual attachments (e.g., to people, striving, overconsumption, deprivation, habits of thinking and feeling that keep us stuck), and life stressors.
As a Black, biracial psychologist, I am especially attuned to the multidimensionality of individuals and their layers of identity — including the identities that are socially-imposed and those that are self-affirmed.
Life is full of contradictions and complementary qualities. Making sense of the inconsistencies within others, ourselves, and our environments can be both challenging and enlightening. People are motivated to engage in therapy for a variety of reasons, including a desire for greater self-understanding, improved relationships, and practical guidance for managing intense feelings and difficult circumstances. Most of us will at some point feel burdened by emotional wounds, conflictual attachments (e.g., to people, striving, overconsumption, deprivation, habits of thinking and feeling that keep us stuck), and life stressors.
(646) 759-0294 View (646) 759-0294
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Amber Berkins
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10027  (Online Only)
If you’ve said yes to any of these questions, I’d love to work with you! As a black queer therapist, I hold space for the intersections of your identities and experiences as a QTBIPOC.
I work with folks experiencing depression, anxiety, or trauma related to society, family, relationships, life transitions, etc. Many of my clients have survived an adverse childhood and are now learning to thrive in the present day. After our work together, the majority of my clients experience more joy, have improved the quality of their relationships, and feel more empowered to move through difficult life challenges. Were your parents or caregivers unavailable or withholding? Is it hard for you to be present during life's successes because of past traumatic experiences? Is it hard to make or maintain healthy relationships?
If you’ve said yes to any of these questions, I’d love to work with you! As a black queer therapist, I hold space for the intersections of your identities and experiences as a QTBIPOC.
I work with folks experiencing depression, anxiety, or trauma related to society, family, relationships, life transitions, etc. Many of my clients have survived an adverse childhood and are now learning to thrive in the present day. After our work together, the majority of my clients experience more joy, have improved the quality of their relationships, and feel more empowered to move through difficult life challenges. Were your parents or caregivers unavailable or withholding? Is it hard for you to be present during life's successes because of past traumatic experiences? Is it hard to make or maintain healthy relationships?
(646) 466-0813 View (646) 466-0813
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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.