Black and African American Therapists in Portland, OR

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Vanessa Washington
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
**NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**. I utilize insight and action oriented approaches to support increased understanding of and empathy towards yourself, while also working to implement realistic changes that lead to increased quality of life and relationships. I work largely with clients around identity challenges, centering care for Black, brown, trans/nonbinary and LGBQIA individuals.
**NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**. I utilize insight and action oriented approaches to support increased understanding of and empathy towards yourself, while also working to implement realistic changes that lead to increased quality of life and relationships. I work largely with clients around identity challenges, centering care for Black, brown, trans/nonbinary and LGBQIA individuals.
(971) 832-5208 View (971) 832-5208
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Nahomie Guillaume
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
I primarily serve the Christian Community, people of color community (Blacks/African-American/Haitians/Afro-Caribbean, Interracial/Mixed Race/Multi-ethnic), as well as Caucasians, immigrants, refugees, and multicultural/multi-ethnic and interfaith couples.
Are you overwhelmed? Stressed? Are you struggling with thoughts that you find disturbing? Are you in need of hope, healing, and support? If so, I can help. I will help you identify your life's purpose/meaning, develop healthy coping skills as you grow in your relationships. Beside my professional background, I know firsthand the joy and challenges of raising a family, juggling multiple demands; and have experienced the loss of a child through both miscarriage and stillbirth. If you are looking for someone whom you can connect with on an experiential level, I am that therapist. I look forward to assisting you in your life's journey.
I primarily serve the Christian Community, people of color community (Blacks/African-American/Haitians/Afro-Caribbean, Interracial/Mixed Race/Multi-ethnic), as well as Caucasians, immigrants, refugees, and multicultural/multi-ethnic and interfaith couples.
Are you overwhelmed? Stressed? Are you struggling with thoughts that you find disturbing? Are you in need of hope, healing, and support? If so, I can help. I will help you identify your life's purpose/meaning, develop healthy coping skills as you grow in your relationships. Beside my professional background, I know firsthand the joy and challenges of raising a family, juggling multiple demands; and have experienced the loss of a child through both miscarriage and stillbirth. If you are looking for someone whom you can connect with on an experiential level, I am that therapist. I look forward to assisting you in your life's journey.
(971) 292-3947 View (971) 292-3947
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Aurora Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97202
Our clients identify as Black/African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Multiracial, BIPOC, Middle Eastern, Hispanic/Latino.
On the outside, it seems like you have it all together, but inside, you feel stressed and overwhelmed. You've heard that bottling up emotions isn't healthy, but what else can you do? Your to-do list is endless, and so many people depend on you. Your own needs always take a back seat and when you try to set boundaries, you end up feeling guilty, anxious, or depressed. Sometimes you wonder what you truly want, but you're so disconnected from yourself that it's hard to know. You thought you'd feel more in control of your life by now and worry that something's wrong because you don't. Deep down, you fear you might not measure up.
Our clients identify as Black/African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Multiracial, BIPOC, Middle Eastern, Hispanic/Latino.
On the outside, it seems like you have it all together, but inside, you feel stressed and overwhelmed. You've heard that bottling up emotions isn't healthy, but what else can you do? Your to-do list is endless, and so many people depend on you. Your own needs always take a back seat and when you try to set boundaries, you end up feeling guilty, anxious, or depressed. Sometimes you wonder what you truly want, but you're so disconnected from yourself that it's hard to know. You thought you'd feel more in control of your life by now and worry that something's wrong because you don't. Deep down, you fear you might not measure up.
(503) 461-5888 View (503) 461-5888
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Misao Eliahim
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97203  (Online Only)
I'm an African American mental health therapist who was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. As an African American person in Portland Oregon, I acutely recognize the health and safety risks associated with being a black person in a city where African Americans represent approximately 6% of the population.
I'm an African American mental health therapist who was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. As an African American person in Portland Oregon, I acutely recognize the health and safety risks associated with being a black person in a city where African Americans represent approximately 6% of the population.
(971) 231-1422 View (971) 231-1422
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Matthew J Lucas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
Not accepting new clients
As a Black gay clinician with intersectional identities, my goal is to reduce barriers and normalize therapy.
Let's take the time to talk about what gets in your way. Together we will identify roadblocks, examine patterns, and reauthor a story that aligns with a new vision. Change creation does not have to be limited by your past experiences or future fears. Change happens with compassion and support. Using connection as a foundation for courage. We will have an open, honest, empathic, and nonjudgmental exchange of stories.
As a Black gay clinician with intersectional identities, my goal is to reduce barriers and normalize therapy.
Let's take the time to talk about what gets in your way. Together we will identify roadblocks, examine patterns, and reauthor a story that aligns with a new vision. Change creation does not have to be limited by your past experiences or future fears. Change happens with compassion and support. Using connection as a foundation for courage. We will have an open, honest, empathic, and nonjudgmental exchange of stories.
(503) 386-0151 View (503) 386-0151
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Frankie Forrester
Professional Counselor Associate, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97217  (Online Only)
As a Black, non-binary, transracial adoptee, identity work is the name of my game. I often work with BIPOC and/or gender non-conforming individuals including children, pre-teens, and adults. I focus my clinical work in supporting those navigating challenges that arise from identity work: racial, gender, familial, societal, etc. The subject of adoption is particularly close to my heart and one that holds much nuance and intricacy. We may be a good fit if you are looking to explore any of the aforementioned or are the parent and/or guardian of the aforementioned. Please contact me using the "my website" link or visit crybaby.care.
As a Black, non-binary, transracial adoptee, identity work is the name of my game. I often work with BIPOC and/or gender non-conforming individuals including children, pre-teens, and adults. I focus my clinical work in supporting those navigating challenges that arise from identity work: racial, gender, familial, societal, etc. The subject of adoption is particularly close to my heart and one that holds much nuance and intricacy. We may be a good fit if you are looking to explore any of the aforementioned or are the parent and/or guardian of the aforementioned. Please contact me using the "my website" link or visit crybaby.care.
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Guillaume Counseling Services, PC
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Our primary clients identify as people of color/minorities, Caucasian in a relationship with a person of color, Hispanic/Latino, mixed race, Multi-ethnic, Black; Caucasian, Asian, Middle Easterner/Arabs, Immigrants, Christians or Muslim.
Are you in need of premarital or marital counseling? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or past trauma? Are you currently pregnant, just gave birth, or just lost a child and in need of some support to deal with the various emotions you are experiencing? Are you a parent of a child with mental illness and need some support or therapy for yourself? Do you have a long history of mental health struggles and would like to break the cycle? If so, we can help! We work with moms, dads, wives, husbands and partners. We are culturally and spiritually minded in our work. We integrate your faith and culture in our work together.
Our primary clients identify as people of color/minorities, Caucasian in a relationship with a person of color, Hispanic/Latino, mixed race, Multi-ethnic, Black; Caucasian, Asian, Middle Easterner/Arabs, Immigrants, Christians or Muslim.
Are you in need of premarital or marital counseling? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or past trauma? Are you currently pregnant, just gave birth, or just lost a child and in need of some support to deal with the various emotions you are experiencing? Are you a parent of a child with mental illness and need some support or therapy for yourself? Do you have a long history of mental health struggles and would like to break the cycle? If so, we can help! We work with moms, dads, wives, husbands and partners. We are culturally and spiritually minded in our work. We integrate your faith and culture in our work together.
(971) 233-4016 View (971) 233-4016
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Black On The Couch, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97227  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds, particularly Black and African American clients.
Greetings! I am Vyshika M. Willis, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to fostering healing and growth, with a deep commitment to providing compassionate and culturally sensitive counseling. I understand the significance of finding a safe, inclusive, and understanding space to freely explore your thoughts and emotions. Drawing from systems theory, I help clients uncover patterns, dynamics, and interconnections within their lives. This approach empowers clients to make meaningful changes that extend beyond the therapy room.
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds, particularly Black and African American clients.
Greetings! I am Vyshika M. Willis, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to fostering healing and growth, with a deep commitment to providing compassionate and culturally sensitive counseling. I understand the significance of finding a safe, inclusive, and understanding space to freely explore your thoughts and emotions. Drawing from systems theory, I help clients uncover patterns, dynamics, and interconnections within their lives. This approach empowers clients to make meaningful changes that extend beyond the therapy room.
(971) 999-3643 View (971) 999-3643
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Becoming Therapy Services, LLC
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, CSWA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97236  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi I'm April, a Black therapist based in Oregon. I specialize in working with Black women and women of color, 18+, impacted by trauma. Clients I work with may find themselves feeling invalidated, isolated, or at a loss with how to move forward from difficult experiences. Maybe work, relationships, or recent transitions are increasing feelings of anxiety or depression? If any of the above is resonating with you, we may be a good fit.
Hi I'm April, a Black therapist based in Oregon. I specialize in working with Black women and women of color, 18+, impacted by trauma. Clients I work with may find themselves feeling invalidated, isolated, or at a loss with how to move forward from difficult experiences. Maybe work, relationships, or recent transitions are increasing feelings of anxiety or depression? If any of the above is resonating with you, we may be a good fit.
(971) 265-6456 View (971) 265-6456
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Latisha Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97221  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I serve people from all cultural backgrounds; however, specialize in DBT and culturally-specific services that promote trauma-informed care to the African American/BIPOC community in need of support with identity development and skills training to help manage every day life challenges.
Hello, I’m Latisha! I am a licensed professional counselor based in Oregon dedicated to helping individuals regain balance and clarity in their lives through education, counseling, and skills training. I earned my masters degree in community counseling (winter of 2010) to help gather tools and increase insight on mental health issues, so that I can help individuals cultivate self-care, increase their self-efficacy, and sustain their overall mental well-being. I have 13+ years experience working with clients with various issues including anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief/loss, racial fatigue, and trauma.
I serve people from all cultural backgrounds; however, specialize in DBT and culturally-specific services that promote trauma-informed care to the African American/BIPOC community in need of support with identity development and skills training to help manage every day life challenges.
Hello, I’m Latisha! I am a licensed professional counselor based in Oregon dedicated to helping individuals regain balance and clarity in their lives through education, counseling, and skills training. I earned my masters degree in community counseling (winter of 2010) to help gather tools and increase insight on mental health issues, so that I can help individuals cultivate self-care, increase their self-efficacy, and sustain their overall mental well-being. I have 13+ years experience working with clients with various issues including anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief/loss, racial fatigue, and trauma.
(503) 664-7853 View (503) 664-7853
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Lily of the Valley Counseling & Coaching Svcs. LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97211  (Online Only)
As an African American female therapist I also understand the effects of systemic racism that contributes to systemic trauma, and the impact it has caused in the African American and the BIPOC community.
Welcome to Lily of the Valley Counseling and Coaching Services LLC. My name is Sheri Hamilton and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon. I provide culturally specific services to the African American and the BIPOC community. I specialize in women's issues, anxiety, depression and relationship challenges. I am also a Certified Transitional Life Coach that can support your needs such as divorce recovery, self-esteem issues, healthy boundary setting, and purpose coaching for clients seeking coaching only. I enjoy assisting clients evolve into the best version of themselves. Check my website below for coaching.
As an African American female therapist I also understand the effects of systemic racism that contributes to systemic trauma, and the impact it has caused in the African American and the BIPOC community.
Welcome to Lily of the Valley Counseling and Coaching Services LLC. My name is Sheri Hamilton and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon. I provide culturally specific services to the African American and the BIPOC community. I specialize in women's issues, anxiety, depression and relationship challenges. I am also a Certified Transitional Life Coach that can support your needs such as divorce recovery, self-esteem issues, healthy boundary setting, and purpose coaching for clients seeking coaching only. I enjoy assisting clients evolve into the best version of themselves. Check my website below for coaching.
(503) 563-2693 View (503) 563-2693
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Relationship Gardening
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97209
Couples (any age, race, gender identity) find relief from gridlock arguments, lost connection, or painful broken trust. Walk & Talk or Zoom (CA or OR) w/Shannon Batts, marriage specialist. You want practical how-tos for deeper understanding & validation from your mate, keeping disagreements from getting all wonky, or finding your way through coming out trans? Workshops, retreats, support groups outside. Visit Relationship Gardening website for marriage help gift. Many clients also are health professionals. Black American couples' Resource Redirection available. Need fees reduced? Call or email today!
Couples (any age, race, gender identity) find relief from gridlock arguments, lost connection, or painful broken trust. Walk & Talk or Zoom (CA or OR) w/Shannon Batts, marriage specialist. You want practical how-tos for deeper understanding & validation from your mate, keeping disagreements from getting all wonky, or finding your way through coming out trans? Workshops, retreats, support groups outside. Visit Relationship Gardening website for marriage help gift. Many clients also are health professionals. Black American couples' Resource Redirection available. Need fees reduced? Call or email today!
(503) 822-6665 View (503) 822-6665
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Sofia Jasani
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97215
Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. I provide affirming, empowering care to children and adults in Oregon. We might be a good fit if you are Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, first generation, queer, or gender expansive. I help people find relief from the pain and stress of grief, anxiety, depression, parenting, intergenerational trauma, chronic illness, and systemic oppression. ​I am currently offering both in-person therapy and secure telehealth video sessions for clients in Oregon during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. I provide affirming, empowering care to children and adults in Oregon. We might be a good fit if you are Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, first generation, queer, or gender expansive. I help people find relief from the pain and stress of grief, anxiety, depression, parenting, intergenerational trauma, chronic illness, and systemic oppression. ​I am currently offering both in-person therapy and secure telehealth video sessions for clients in Oregon during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(971) 340-2665 View (971) 340-2665
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Congruent Therapy: Brynn Shaver
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
The people I love working with are adults from minority populations, including LGBTQIA+, African American, Hispanic, and other underserved communities, who are seeking to enhance their resilience during challenging life phases.
Greetings! I'm Brynn Shaver, a dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, originally hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, now nestled in the beautiful landscapes of Bend, Oregon. My professional journey has been deeply influenced by my own experiences with eating disorders, religious trauma, relationship trauma, and a journey of identity exploration. These experiences have shaped my understanding of the complexities of the human experience and have motivated me to pursue a career in therapy. Through my personal struggles and identity exploration, I've gained invaluable insights into the challenges individuals face.
The people I love working with are adults from minority populations, including LGBTQIA+, African American, Hispanic, and other underserved communities, who are seeking to enhance their resilience during challenging life phases.
Greetings! I'm Brynn Shaver, a dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, originally hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, now nestled in the beautiful landscapes of Bend, Oregon. My professional journey has been deeply influenced by my own experiences with eating disorders, religious trauma, relationship trauma, and a journey of identity exploration. These experiences have shaped my understanding of the complexities of the human experience and have motivated me to pursue a career in therapy. Through my personal struggles and identity exploration, I've gained invaluable insights into the challenges individuals face.
(503) 744-5838 View (503) 744-5838
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Ruth Tessema
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
Not accepting new clients
I also use culturally relevant techniques to cater to those of Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized communities.
You may find yourself struggling with the demands of society along with personal stressors. I specialize in helping people understand the ways trauma, especially complex trauma, impacts their lives, their relationships, and their sense of Self. With support, one can build resilience after experiencing tremendous grief and trauma. As your counselor I aim to provide safe and therapeutic support as you garner skills to face difficult roadblocks that might otherwise seem too overwhelming to tackle or unconsciously hidden. Some of these obstacles can cause anxiety, anger, depression, insecurities, and conflicts with relationships.
I also use culturally relevant techniques to cater to those of Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized communities.
You may find yourself struggling with the demands of society along with personal stressors. I specialize in helping people understand the ways trauma, especially complex trauma, impacts their lives, their relationships, and their sense of Self. With support, one can build resilience after experiencing tremendous grief and trauma. As your counselor I aim to provide safe and therapeutic support as you garner skills to face difficult roadblocks that might otherwise seem too overwhelming to tackle or unconsciously hidden. Some of these obstacles can cause anxiety, anger, depression, insecurities, and conflicts with relationships.
(971) 274-5782 View (971) 274-5782
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Keith Dempsey
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97232
*Sorry, not accepting new clients* The choice to engage in counseling can be difficult yet beneficial. If you choose to engage in this process you will be treated with the respect, care and dignity you deserve. I provide individual, couple and family counseling central to Black people and Black communities. Exploring racial trauma can be a huge part of this work. Counseling allows a safe platform to explore issues that need to be addressed in a healthy and positive manner.
*Sorry, not accepting new clients* The choice to engage in counseling can be difficult yet beneficial. If you choose to engage in this process you will be treated with the respect, care and dignity you deserve. I provide individual, couple and family counseling central to Black people and Black communities. Exploring racial trauma can be a huge part of this work. Counseling allows a safe platform to explore issues that need to be addressed in a healthy and positive manner.
(503) 897-1031 View (503) 897-1031
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Dr. Reiko Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdD, MEd, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
I provide mental health therapy and counseling support to individuals who may be struggling with self-confidence, self-esteem, job and career stress, personal and family obstacles and other issues impacting peace and well-being. I am experienced working with individuals and families struggling with the demands of work, school, extra-curricular and balancing life as an individual, a couple and as a member of a family system. As a Black woman, I care strongly about helping people of color with navigating spaces in which they feel isolated or ignored particularly because of their racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual identity.
I provide mental health therapy and counseling support to individuals who may be struggling with self-confidence, self-esteem, job and career stress, personal and family obstacles and other issues impacting peace and well-being. I am experienced working with individuals and families struggling with the demands of work, school, extra-curricular and balancing life as an individual, a couple and as a member of a family system. As a Black woman, I care strongly about helping people of color with navigating spaces in which they feel isolated or ignored particularly because of their racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual identity.
(503) 837-8285 View (503) 837-8285
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Francesca L. Barnett
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT , CADCIII
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97203  (Online Only)
As a Black, Indigenous, and CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Therapist, my approach is culturally focused and honors identity.
Are you struggling with feelings of overwhelm, sadness, anger, loss, or relationship difficulties? Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint exactly what you're feeling, you just know it's affecting you deeply and something needs to change. You're not alone, I'm here to support you. My approach is empathetic, empowering and non-judgmental. I believe there's healing in being truly seen & understood. Together, we will navigate through difficult times creating balance and prioritize what matters to you most.
As a Black, Indigenous, and CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Therapist, my approach is culturally focused and honors identity.
Are you struggling with feelings of overwhelm, sadness, anger, loss, or relationship difficulties? Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint exactly what you're feeling, you just know it's affecting you deeply and something needs to change. You're not alone, I'm here to support you. My approach is empathetic, empowering and non-judgmental. I believe there's healing in being truly seen & understood. Together, we will navigate through difficult times creating balance and prioritize what matters to you most.
(503) 832-5545 View (503) 832-5545
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Torrey Thille
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
Focusing on supporting black and brown adolescents, youth adults and families navigate life obstacles while learning and developing skills to increase whole body wellness. I aim to provide an empowering environment for self-discovery, healing, and growth so that you can evolve and thrive. Do you want to process life experiences, unresolved issues, including trauma, grief, loss, illness? Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, or other unwanted emotions?
Focusing on supporting black and brown adolescents, youth adults and families navigate life obstacles while learning and developing skills to increase whole body wellness. I aim to provide an empowering environment for self-discovery, healing, and growth so that you can evolve and thrive. Do you want to process life experiences, unresolved issues, including trauma, grief, loss, illness? Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, or other unwanted emotions?
(503) 243-3565 View (503) 243-3565
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Andrea Rosemarie Redeau
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in working with black and brown folks struggling with the impact of racism and oppression on their mental health.
Sitting and talking about your problems with a stranger isn't as difficult as it seems. It can actually be relieving, enlightening, and even fun at times, with the right therapist. With the right therapist, you can find new ways to cope with life. Through a unique approach to talk therapy, I help my clients navigate through the challenges of daily living, while ensure that their values, beliefs and perspectives are held in a meaningful way.
I specialize in working with black and brown folks struggling with the impact of racism and oppression on their mental health.
Sitting and talking about your problems with a stranger isn't as difficult as it seems. It can actually be relieving, enlightening, and even fun at times, with the right therapist. With the right therapist, you can find new ways to cope with life. Through a unique approach to talk therapy, I help my clients navigate through the challenges of daily living, while ensure that their values, beliefs and perspectives are held in a meaningful way.
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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.