Black and African American Therapists in New York, NY

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Monique Zellars
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
I received my Bachelor of Arts in History and African American Studies from The University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work from Tulane University. Before joining Rivia, I worked in private practice, university settings and intensive outpatient programs. I use a nonjudgmental approach to helping you assess behaviors and develop goals for your life. By coupling building tangible skills with introspection, I help you develop a complete view of your diagnosis without being stifled by ineffective shame or guilt.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in History and African American Studies from The University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work from Tulane University. Before joining Rivia, I worked in private practice, university settings and intensive outpatient programs. I use a nonjudgmental approach to helping you assess behaviors and develop goals for your life. By coupling building tangible skills with introspection, I help you develop a complete view of your diagnosis without being stifled by ineffective shame or guilt.
(646) 430-8695 View (646) 430-8695
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Nyita Hanley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
As a seasoned Clinical Social Worker with a comprehensive background spanning eight years, I possess a wealth of expertise in providing specialized care to individuals from a myriad of backgrounds, notably within the LGBTQIA community, while also addressing areas such as grief, depression, and PTSD. My professional journey has honed my proficiency in treating pervasive conditions like depression and anxiety, alongside addressing a spectrum of concerns including self-esteem, sexual orientations, trauma, and the nuanced intersectionality of identity, particularly within the black lesbian community.
As a seasoned Clinical Social Worker with a comprehensive background spanning eight years, I possess a wealth of expertise in providing specialized care to individuals from a myriad of backgrounds, notably within the LGBTQIA community, while also addressing areas such as grief, depression, and PTSD. My professional journey has honed my proficiency in treating pervasive conditions like depression and anxiety, alongside addressing a spectrum of concerns including self-esteem, sexual orientations, trauma, and the nuanced intersectionality of identity, particularly within the black lesbian community.
(914) 687-1843 View (914) 687-1843
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Xioel Terrero
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Xioel is passionate about working with Latinx, African American, and LGBTQIA communities.
Xioel Terrero is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed mental health counselor. She earned an undergraduate degree from Fordham University and a master’s degree in counseling from Manhattan College. As an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Xioel has experienced firsthand the challenges that come with life transitions. Her experience acclimating to a new culture instilled the importance of interacting with people in an empathetic, nonjudgmental, and compassionate manner. Xioel’s experience of navigating life in the United States while being labeled “other” led to her becoming a strong advocate for social justice and equity.
Xioel is passionate about working with Latinx, African American, and LGBTQIA communities.
Xioel Terrero is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed mental health counselor. She earned an undergraduate degree from Fordham University and a master’s degree in counseling from Manhattan College. As an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Xioel has experienced firsthand the challenges that come with life transitions. Her experience acclimating to a new culture instilled the importance of interacting with people in an empathetic, nonjudgmental, and compassionate manner. Xioel’s experience of navigating life in the United States while being labeled “other” led to her becoming a strong advocate for social justice and equity.
(646) 212-4236 View (646) 212-4236
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Ann L. Burke, Relational Expert in Trauma and Re
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWR-R, MSW, MPS
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
As a traumatologist I provide expert,holistic treatment services for adults, and high conflict,distressed couples via Zoom. I have over 30 yrs experience with mood disorders ,relational difficulties and recovery from multiple traumas. I created the Resortrative Integrated Therapy Pgm (RIT) to help people feel empowered to use their unique gifts to better their lives in a practical way. My practice is committed to Black Lives Matter to disrupt racial violence and institutionalized oppression. I welcome your call to discuss personalized and holistic treatment options .
As a traumatologist I provide expert,holistic treatment services for adults, and high conflict,distressed couples via Zoom. I have over 30 yrs experience with mood disorders ,relational difficulties and recovery from multiple traumas. I created the Resortrative Integrated Therapy Pgm (RIT) to help people feel empowered to use their unique gifts to better their lives in a practical way. My practice is committed to Black Lives Matter to disrupt racial violence and institutionalized oppression. I welcome your call to discuss personalized and holistic treatment options .
(917) 916-1946 View (917) 916-1946
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Lisa Simone Brownley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10175  (Online Only)
Hello! Are you sick and tired? As a first-generation black female therapist born and raised in Brooklyn, I've had my share of feeling tired. Have you spent time crying, hiding your hurt due to feelings of shame, embarrassment, or deep upset about the trauma you endured? In our sessions we will discuss your truth. In this space you will have someone you can confide in—someone you could trust, laugh, grow and collaborate with. If you are seeking a team member to navigate life with and all it includes such as: marriages, break ups, promotions, lays off, children, life, death, love, joy and pain from the past or present, I am here.
Hello! Are you sick and tired? As a first-generation black female therapist born and raised in Brooklyn, I've had my share of feeling tired. Have you spent time crying, hiding your hurt due to feelings of shame, embarrassment, or deep upset about the trauma you endured? In our sessions we will discuss your truth. In this space you will have someone you can confide in—someone you could trust, laugh, grow and collaborate with. If you are seeking a team member to navigate life with and all it includes such as: marriages, break ups, promotions, lays off, children, life, death, love, joy and pain from the past or present, I am here.
(646) 718-2616 View (646) 718-2616
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Miracle Jade Coleman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, MPH, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
My focus is adults who are struggling with a sexual issue. I want to help people of all kinds; people of all genders, people of all races, people of all sexual orientations (heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual and asexual), people in all kinds of relationships (polyamorous, monogamous) and people with varied ability-levels. I consider myself to be honest, knowledgeable, wise and confident. Additionally, I identify as a deaf Black woman. It should be noted that I lost my hearing as an adult and I wear an implant, thus my communication skills are excellent, and I can hear quite well.
My focus is adults who are struggling with a sexual issue. I want to help people of all kinds; people of all genders, people of all races, people of all sexual orientations (heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual and asexual), people in all kinds of relationships (polyamorous, monogamous) and people with varied ability-levels. I consider myself to be honest, knowledgeable, wise and confident. Additionally, I identify as a deaf Black woman. It should be noted that I lost my hearing as an adult and I wear an implant, thus my communication skills are excellent, and I can hear quite well.
(646) 647-3260 View (646) 647-3260
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Abrille Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Life can be challenging and overwhelming at times. I create a safe and affirming space. I believe in using a strength-based approach to assist you in overcoming challenging thoughts, feelings and actions. I have years of experience as a psychotherapist working with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and trauma-related symptoms. I know how difficult it can be to find a Black therapist who feels like a good fit! I have worked with marginalized populations who face struggles related to microaggressions, discrimination in the workplace, and various other trauma.
Life can be challenging and overwhelming at times. I create a safe and affirming space. I believe in using a strength-based approach to assist you in overcoming challenging thoughts, feelings and actions. I have years of experience as a psychotherapist working with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and trauma-related symptoms. I know how difficult it can be to find a Black therapist who feels like a good fit! I have worked with marginalized populations who face struggles related to microaggressions, discrimination in the workplace, and various other trauma.
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Wale Okerayi
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, EdM, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
As a Nigerian-American Black Woman I am attuned to the stigma behind mental health and I approach therapy using a Multicultural lens that incorporates every part of your identity into therapy.
Everyone needs a safe space to talk about life's difficult moments. Creating that safe/non-judgemental space is my primary goal in every session. Using a supportive and collaborative approach, I aim to help you develop insight and awareness into your struggles in order to foster healing and growth. I believe in meeting you where you are and walking beside you throughout your journey of enlightenment.
As a Nigerian-American Black Woman I am attuned to the stigma behind mental health and I approach therapy using a Multicultural lens that incorporates every part of your identity into therapy.
Everyone needs a safe space to talk about life's difficult moments. Creating that safe/non-judgemental space is my primary goal in every session. Using a supportive and collaborative approach, I aim to help you develop insight and awareness into your struggles in order to foster healing and growth. I believe in meeting you where you are and walking beside you throughout your journey of enlightenment.
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Christene Tucker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem and interpersonal challenges. I want clients to be themselves in session and I am big on storytelling - your narrative matters! I use a combination of trauma-based intersectional feminist therapy, gestalt therapy and trauma-informed CBT. I work with clients from all backgrounds; especially Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) communities who have felt silenced or invalidated in their personal and professional lives. I believe in creating a safe, nurturing environment though I also believe in courageous conversations in session.
I specialize in working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem and interpersonal challenges. I want clients to be themselves in session and I am big on storytelling - your narrative matters! I use a combination of trauma-based intersectional feminist therapy, gestalt therapy and trauma-informed CBT. I work with clients from all backgrounds; especially Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) communities who have felt silenced or invalidated in their personal and professional lives. I believe in creating a safe, nurturing environment though I also believe in courageous conversations in session.
(929) 810-4140 View (929) 810-4140
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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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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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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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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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Jonathan Mathias Lassiter
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
As a Black same-gender-loving male psychologist who is also the first in his family to become a doctor, I personally know the unique pressures of being a high-achieving minoritized person.
Accepting New Clients. Are you tired of carrying the burden of being the only person of color or LGBTQ+ person at your job? Burned out? Feel like others are expecting you to mess up? Feeling pressure to compromise your values to get ahead? Others have unfair expectations of you? Beating yourself up for small mistakes? Feeling like an imposter? Is the stress of being the first one to “make it” in your family creating tension with your relatives? Do you feel guilty for "making it?" Does it seem like your partner or friends don't understand how much stress you are under? Do you have the career and title but still feel unfulfilled?
As a Black same-gender-loving male psychologist who is also the first in his family to become a doctor, I personally know the unique pressures of being a high-achieving minoritized person.
Accepting New Clients. Are you tired of carrying the burden of being the only person of color or LGBTQ+ person at your job? Burned out? Feel like others are expecting you to mess up? Feeling pressure to compromise your values to get ahead? Others have unfair expectations of you? Beating yourself up for small mistakes? Feeling like an imposter? Is the stress of being the first one to “make it” in your family creating tension with your relatives? Do you feel guilty for "making it?" Does it seem like your partner or friends don't understand how much stress you are under? Do you have the career and title but still feel unfulfilled?
(347) 686-8245 View (347) 686-8245
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Dr. Gary Dillon
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
As a Black male integrative therapist, I honor your uniqueness by specifically tailoring my approach to who you are, as well as your needs and goals.
Frustrated, stuck, or unfulfilled in an area of your life? You're not alone. Amid a global pandemic, along with the current social and political climate, knowing how to begin healing can be a challenge. Life is complicated and it can be difficult to reach out to gain the support and encouragement that you need to succeed. But don’t worry, I’ll be your ally on this journey - supporting and helping you along the way. As a Black male therapist in NYC, I specialize in working with individuals & couples, who at times feel powerless and are often marginalized - including immigrants, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
As a Black male integrative therapist, I honor your uniqueness by specifically tailoring my approach to who you are, as well as your needs and goals.
Frustrated, stuck, or unfulfilled in an area of your life? You're not alone. Amid a global pandemic, along with the current social and political climate, knowing how to begin healing can be a challenge. Life is complicated and it can be difficult to reach out to gain the support and encouragement that you need to succeed. But don’t worry, I’ll be your ally on this journey - supporting and helping you along the way. As a Black male therapist in NYC, I specialize in working with individuals & couples, who at times feel powerless and are often marginalized - including immigrants, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
(929) 357-2228 View (929) 357-2228
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Taisja Roberson
LP- MHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I have a passion for working with everyone from children to elderly adults in communities related to my identities - individuals who are queer, gender-expansive, Black, Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean, neurodivergent, and disabled.
Life is hard! Are you feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope with your emotions? Do you find yourself stuck in repetitive patterns or behaviors you want to change? Do you feel disconnected from others or struggle with relationships? Are you questioning your identity, purpose, or direction in life? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you may be ready for therapy!
I have a passion for working with everyone from children to elderly adults in communities related to my identities - individuals who are queer, gender-expansive, Black, Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean, neurodivergent, and disabled.
Life is hard! Are you feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope with your emotions? Do you find yourself stuck in repetitive patterns or behaviors you want to change? Do you feel disconnected from others or struggle with relationships? Are you questioning your identity, purpose, or direction in life? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you may be ready for therapy!
(646) 718-5694 View (646) 718-5694
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Ang Romulus
PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016
Life can be incredibly difficult, complex, and, at times, confusing. It can also be rewarding, fulfilling, and enlightening. My role as a psychologist is to help you better understand yourself and, in so doing, equip you with the skills and insight needed to live your life in a way that is rich and meaningful, whatever that looks like to you. Using the collaborative treatment plan LifeMaps, we will work together at a pace that is comfortable while ensuring you reach your goals. I am a Black woman, the daughter of immigrants, and an LGBTQIA+ ally, and all of these identities deeply inform my clinical work.
Life can be incredibly difficult, complex, and, at times, confusing. It can also be rewarding, fulfilling, and enlightening. My role as a psychologist is to help you better understand yourself and, in so doing, equip you with the skills and insight needed to live your life in a way that is rich and meaningful, whatever that looks like to you. Using the collaborative treatment plan LifeMaps, we will work together at a pace that is comfortable while ensuring you reach your goals. I am a Black woman, the daughter of immigrants, and an LGBTQIA+ ally, and all of these identities deeply inform my clinical work.
(866) 232-7328 View (866) 232-7328
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Elena L Paulino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011
With a tender understanding of the trauma and fatigue caused by the systemic oppression experienced by queer, black and indigenous people of color, I work to integrate a person-centered, compassionate, solution-focused approach to talk therapy where identifying triggers, activating coping skills, developing boundaries and self-love can be explored.
As a mindfulness rooted therapist/ LMSW, my passion lies in helping people become aware of their strengths and reclaim their power in a society that tells us we are small and unworthy. Talk Therapy is a powerful tool that can help bring awareness to repressed traumas, internalized negative beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviors. I offer in person and teletherapy appointments where I will gently guide you through your journey of self-discovery and healing.
With a tender understanding of the trauma and fatigue caused by the systemic oppression experienced by queer, black and indigenous people of color, I work to integrate a person-centered, compassionate, solution-focused approach to talk therapy where identifying triggers, activating coping skills, developing boundaries and self-love can be explored.
As a mindfulness rooted therapist/ LMSW, my passion lies in helping people become aware of their strengths and reclaim their power in a society that tells us we are small and unworthy. Talk Therapy is a powerful tool that can help bring awareness to repressed traumas, internalized negative beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviors. I offer in person and teletherapy appointments where I will gently guide you through your journey of self-discovery and healing.
(332) 900-3098 View (332) 900-3098
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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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Samantha Hill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
I have experience working with college students/young adults coping with professional or life transitions, first-generation Americans, African-American or Caribbean-American men and women, adult/geriatric individuals with acute and/or chronic medical illnesses.
I have experience working with college students/young adults coping with professional or life transitions, first-generation Americans, African-American or Caribbean-American men and women, adult/geriatric individuals with acute and/or chronic medical illnesses.
(332) 239-7191 View (332) 239-7191
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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.