Black and African American Therapists in New York, NY

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Camille Lester
Counselor, LMHC, LCPC, MS, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I lovingly say "I help Black folks do relationships better.
Are you ready to start naming, tracing, and addressing the patterns you keep saying you will? Deepen emotional intimacy? Explore feeling safe in vulnerability? Stop feeling stuck when attempting to understand or communicate your needs? Begin breaking down what it means to “break generational curses” and actually start breaking them? Rest assured, you are in the right place. I'm happy you're here!
I lovingly say "I help Black folks do relationships better.
Are you ready to start naming, tracing, and addressing the patterns you keep saying you will? Deepen emotional intimacy? Explore feeling safe in vulnerability? Stop feeling stuck when attempting to understand or communicate your needs? Begin breaking down what it means to “break generational curses” and actually start breaking them? Rest assured, you are in the right place. I'm happy you're here!
(646) 906-8038 View (646) 906-8038
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Taiwo Majekodunmi
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017
Taiwo Majekodunmi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a double minor in African-American Studies and Public Health from Syracuse University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College.
Taiwo Majekodunmi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a double minor in African-American Studies and Public Health from Syracuse University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College.
(929) 475-0998 View (929) 475-0998
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Alyssa Calderon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011  (Online Only)
As a Black and Latina woman, I am passionate about giving marginalized communities the therapeutic support they need.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, eager to work with individuals who desire a stronger sense of self. If you're feeling lost, overwhelmed, navigating transitions in life, or striving for to understand yourself and your world more clearly, I could be the therapist for you. Think of me as the coauthor to your story; together, we will identify outdated narratives and introduce ones that contribute to your growth. I believe therapy is a space to feel safe and seen, and I practice this by leading with collaboration and empathy.
As a Black and Latina woman, I am passionate about giving marginalized communities the therapeutic support they need.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, eager to work with individuals who desire a stronger sense of self. If you're feeling lost, overwhelmed, navigating transitions in life, or striving for to understand yourself and your world more clearly, I could be the therapist for you. Think of me as the coauthor to your story; together, we will identify outdated narratives and introduce ones that contribute to your growth. I believe therapy is a space to feel safe and seen, and I practice this by leading with collaboration and empathy.
(646) 362-6941 View (646) 362-6941
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Cloricea Brooks
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CASAC-T
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
My practice centers on promoting resilience in Black and brown communities.
Everyday we tell ourselves stories through our thoughts. These stories stem from our lived experiences, which are inseparable from our cultural identities. Life challenges like chronic stress, relationship issues, trauma, and grief can cause intense feelings of fear, anger, mistrust, loneliness, and sadness within ourselves, leading to detachment and difficulty feeling joy. I believe restoring genuine relationships and community is just as powerful. Together we will explore tools to change what you can, and intentionally accept the unchangeable in a compassionate space.
My practice centers on promoting resilience in Black and brown communities.
Everyday we tell ourselves stories through our thoughts. These stories stem from our lived experiences, which are inseparable from our cultural identities. Life challenges like chronic stress, relationship issues, trauma, and grief can cause intense feelings of fear, anger, mistrust, loneliness, and sadness within ourselves, leading to detachment and difficulty feeling joy. I believe restoring genuine relationships and community is just as powerful. Together we will explore tools to change what you can, and intentionally accept the unchangeable in a compassionate space.
(929) 325-1956 View (929) 325-1956
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Tyara Dabrio
MHC-LP
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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Zakiyyah Abdul-Mateen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
I aim to de-stigmatize mental health in black and brown communities by providing expertise and compassionate care.
I am an EMDR-trained, child/adolescent & young adult psychotherapist who has created a safe space providing services to strengthen the most vulnerable populations. I use meditative practices to reduce anxiety associated with traumatic memory. Things such as childhood traumas, environmental factors, depression, anxiety and adjustments can all effect the way one interprets life. For Caregivers: With treatment catered to your child's specific needs, I will begin the process of helping them heal through therapeutic play, relaxation techniques, listening skills, while also engaging the family to formulate best treatment for the child.
I aim to de-stigmatize mental health in black and brown communities by providing expertise and compassionate care.
I am an EMDR-trained, child/adolescent & young adult psychotherapist who has created a safe space providing services to strengthen the most vulnerable populations. I use meditative practices to reduce anxiety associated with traumatic memory. Things such as childhood traumas, environmental factors, depression, anxiety and adjustments can all effect the way one interprets life. For Caregivers: With treatment catered to your child's specific needs, I will begin the process of helping them heal through therapeutic play, relaxation techniques, listening skills, while also engaging the family to formulate best treatment for the child.
(516) 701-1552 View (516) 701-1552
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Miracle Jade Coleman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, MPH, MA
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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Shanelia Rice
MHC-LP
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
As a proud Black Caribbean woman raised by her grandmother and surrounded by a hard- working family, I gained a reliable work ethic and a passion for working with people. I want to underline that while coming from different backgrounds, we all share a desire for pleasure and complete fulfillment. My aim is to support you in getting the best result YOU want while giving you a space where you feel free to be yourself. You will consequently feel heard, understood, and most importantly, cherished. Throughout sessions, we will learn to unpack your concerns, work through your challenges, set goals for yourselves, and begin your healing
As a proud Black Caribbean woman raised by her grandmother and surrounded by a hard- working family, I gained a reliable work ethic and a passion for working with people. I want to underline that while coming from different backgrounds, we all share a desire for pleasure and complete fulfillment. My aim is to support you in getting the best result YOU want while giving you a space where you feel free to be yourself. You will consequently feel heard, understood, and most importantly, cherished. Throughout sessions, we will learn to unpack your concerns, work through your challenges, set goals for yourselves, and begin your healing
(646) 798-5233 View (646) 798-5233
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Isabel Baylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, E-RYT
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.
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Samantha Hill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
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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Ang Romulus
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
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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Shani Gardner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
6 Endorsed
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with Black women through a trauma informed, anti-oppressive, relational framework.
You appear to have it all figured out on the outside, but on the inside, you often feel nervous, scared, and overwhelmed. You’re successful and have achieved great things, but you still don’t feel worthy. It’s hard to feel good enough when you always need to please others and be perfect. This has left you questioning yourself, exhausted and anxious. You’re not sure why you’re feeling so anxious. Perhaps it's a fear of failure or rejection. You’ve learned that your successes are what makes you valuable. This mindset has helped you get to where you are today, but it's ruining your mood, your ability to relax and your sense of self.
I specialize in working with Black women through a trauma informed, anti-oppressive, relational framework.
You appear to have it all figured out on the outside, but on the inside, you often feel nervous, scared, and overwhelmed. You’re successful and have achieved great things, but you still don’t feel worthy. It’s hard to feel good enough when you always need to please others and be perfect. This has left you questioning yourself, exhausted and anxious. You’re not sure why you’re feeling so anxious. Perhaps it's a fear of failure or rejection. You’ve learned that your successes are what makes you valuable. This mindset has helped you get to where you are today, but it's ruining your mood, your ability to relax and your sense of self.
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Dr. Andrea DePetris
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
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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Kyra Ross
MHC-LP
Verified
New York, NY 10010
Are you seeking growth, healing, or a reprieve from high-stress environments? You've taken the first step by being here. As a trained therapist in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), I offer advanced techniques to support your healing journey. These approaches, paired with my dedication to understanding and celebrating your unique intersectionality’s, provide a comprehensive therapeutic experience. I am a Black woman of multi-cultural background, and I intimately understand the complexities of navigating multiple identities. Together, we will delve into how your unique intersectionality’s shape your world.
Are you seeking growth, healing, or a reprieve from high-stress environments? You've taken the first step by being here. As a trained therapist in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), I offer advanced techniques to support your healing journey. These approaches, paired with my dedication to understanding and celebrating your unique intersectionality’s, provide a comprehensive therapeutic experience. I am a Black woman of multi-cultural background, and I intimately understand the complexities of navigating multiple identities. Together, we will delve into how your unique intersectionality’s shape your world.
(332) 239-1476 View (332) 239-1476
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Bodyful Healing
LCAT, BC-DMT
Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Our affirming and compassionate Black and Indigenous therapists hold comprehensive training in creative, somatic and cognitive modalities that can support you in feeling more vital and well.
Do you struggle with depression and find it hard to get out bed each morning to complete tasks that a "normal" person should be able to complete? Do you feel tired, overwhelmed, disconnected — like there's no light at the end of the tunnel? Are you interested in exploring how your mood, energy levels, and life overall could be filled with more hope, ease, contentment, and vitality? If so, we're here to help!
Our affirming and compassionate Black and Indigenous therapists hold comprehensive training in creative, somatic and cognitive modalities that can support you in feeling more vital and well.
Do you struggle with depression and find it hard to get out bed each morning to complete tasks that a "normal" person should be able to complete? Do you feel tired, overwhelmed, disconnected — like there's no light at the end of the tunnel? Are you interested in exploring how your mood, energy levels, and life overall could be filled with more hope, ease, contentment, and vitality? If so, we're here to help!
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Anisah Miley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MPA
Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
I work primarily with people who identify as QTBIPOC, Black, BIPOC, or LGBTQIA+ folks seeking support as they build a deeper connection with themselves and others.
I work primarily with people who identify as QTBIPOC, Black, BIPOC, or LGBTQIA+ folks seeking support as they build a deeper connection with themselves and others.
(917) 994-8541 View (917) 994-8541
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Tamara Singh
MA
Verified
New York, NY 10028
I am also co-founder of a collective of Black Mental health practitioners based in Paris and continue to promote Art therapy/ecotherapy through other NGO work.
My clients are postcolonial, queer, subaltern, disabled, invisibilised survivors of everyday microagressions or complex trauma. Like my clients I am polycultural, multilingual, queer and attuned to queries on acculturation, multiple social identities, identity shifting, parenting minority or neuroatypical children, intercultural couples, as well as accidental, disabling or climacteric transitions. My clients want to come to terms with their complexities — those invalidated because of primary or secondary socialisation. Exploring symbolic language allows for production of new knowledge of self and self-(re)actualisation. Paris based.
I am also co-founder of a collective of Black Mental health practitioners based in Paris and continue to promote Art therapy/ecotherapy through other NGO work.
My clients are postcolonial, queer, subaltern, disabled, invisibilised survivors of everyday microagressions or complex trauma. Like my clients I am polycultural, multilingual, queer and attuned to queries on acculturation, multiple social identities, identity shifting, parenting minority or neuroatypical children, intercultural couples, as well as accidental, disabling or climacteric transitions. My clients want to come to terms with their complexities — those invalidated because of primary or secondary socialisation. Exploring symbolic language allows for production of new knowledge of self and self-(re)actualisation. Paris based.
(201) 809-3463 View (201) 809-3463
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Diana Funches
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
New York, NY 10009
Diana Funches is a queer, Black, licensed clinical social worker providing nonjudgmental and client-centered therapy. She has nearly a decade of experience serving the LGBTQ+ population and those experiencing depression, anxiety, IPV, and other trauma. Regarded for her honesty, being grounded, and encouragement, she meets people where they are and provides support on the healing journey. I generally work with individuals experiencing ADHD, depression, anxiety, IPV, and other trauma. I work with you on career issues, and racial, gender, and sexuality concerns.
Diana Funches is a queer, Black, licensed clinical social worker providing nonjudgmental and client-centered therapy. She has nearly a decade of experience serving the LGBTQ+ population and those experiencing depression, anxiety, IPV, and other trauma. Regarded for her honesty, being grounded, and encouragement, she meets people where they are and provides support on the healing journey. I generally work with individuals experiencing ADHD, depression, anxiety, IPV, and other trauma. I work with you on career issues, and racial, gender, and sexuality concerns.
(646) 921-2287 View (646) 921-2287
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Dr. Christiana Ibilola Awosan
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
We're committed to providing high-quality, culturally relevant mental health services to Black and communities of Color.
You don't want to feel beat down, let down, depressed, overwhelmed, out of control, broken or ashamed. But the daily experience of your life being undervalued by society on top of the difficulties of work, relationships, and personal struggles just seems like too much. You feel like relationships won't work, it's impossible to stop circumstances from getting you down, and you can't win for losing. You doubt who you really are. You question the strength within you, the courage you were born with, and the wisdom from those before you.
We're committed to providing high-quality, culturally relevant mental health services to Black and communities of Color.
You don't want to feel beat down, let down, depressed, overwhelmed, out of control, broken or ashamed. But the daily experience of your life being undervalued by society on top of the difficulties of work, relationships, and personal struggles just seems like too much. You feel like relationships won't work, it's impossible to stop circumstances from getting you down, and you can't win for losing. You doubt who you really are. You question the strength within you, the courage you were born with, and the wisdom from those before you.
(917) 979-9383 View (917) 979-9383
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Akilah Sigler
Counselor, MSEd, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I provide individual therapy that is warm, collaborative, and tailored to meet the unique needs of each person I see. I strongly value inclusivity, liberation, and respect--values I incorporate into my work by staying centered in a Black feminist and HAES perspective. My clients arrive in therapy coping with trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. Together, we work not only toward developing healthy coping skills, but toward healing for a sense of purpose, contentment, and peace. Therapy is an excellent place to affirm and internalize a greater sense of self worth and to practice a compassionate attitude toward yourself.
I provide individual therapy that is warm, collaborative, and tailored to meet the unique needs of each person I see. I strongly value inclusivity, liberation, and respect--values I incorporate into my work by staying centered in a Black feminist and HAES perspective. My clients arrive in therapy coping with trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. Together, we work not only toward developing healthy coping skills, but toward healing for a sense of purpose, contentment, and peace. Therapy is an excellent place to affirm and internalize a greater sense of self worth and to practice a compassionate attitude toward yourself.
(929) 297-8344 View (929) 297-8344

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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.