Black and African American Therapists in Memphis, TN

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Jared Davis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, NCC, CSTIP, CEAP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
The most important parts of mental wellness are the ability to increase one’s self-awareness and broaden one’s perspective. As your counselor, I will provide a safe and judgment free environment for you to gain a better understanding of whatever issues you are dealing with as an individual, couple, or family including marital/relationship, mental health issues. The main goal of most clients is "to feel better," and I am here to help you make that goal more specific so that you can grow in the areas most important to you. I also strive to destigmatize counseling for men, Black / African-Americans, and other minority groups.
The most important parts of mental wellness are the ability to increase one’s self-awareness and broaden one’s perspective. As your counselor, I will provide a safe and judgment free environment for you to gain a better understanding of whatever issues you are dealing with as an individual, couple, or family including marital/relationship, mental health issues. The main goal of most clients is "to feel better," and I am here to help you make that goal more specific so that you can grow in the areas most important to you. I also strive to destigmatize counseling for men, Black / African-Americans, and other minority groups.
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Salimah Kemp
Pre-Licensed Professional, MEd
Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38116  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a Black woman, I understand the challenges my community faces.
I have a passion for healing mental and emotional pain. I am new to formally helping others; however, helping others pursue better quality of life has always come naturally to me. You only get one life: and my goal is to help you forgive the past, connect to the present, and prepare for the future. Whether you are struggling to find your direction, struggling to assert yourself in your relationships, or looking for someone who can relate to your lived and painful experiences, we will approach these issues collaboratively!
As a Black woman, I understand the challenges my community faces.
I have a passion for healing mental and emotional pain. I am new to formally helping others; however, helping others pursue better quality of life has always come naturally to me. You only get one life: and my goal is to help you forgive the past, connect to the present, and prepare for the future. Whether you are struggling to find your direction, struggling to assert yourself in your relationships, or looking for someone who can relate to your lived and painful experiences, we will approach these issues collaboratively!
(865) 505-8157 View (865) 505-8157
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Mary Jo Harmon
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Memphis, TN 38117  (Online Only)
My practice is Blackcentric, meaning it is a safe space for those from the African Diaspora. I work with high functioning black women with anxiety and depression. I also work with clients from a spectrum of cultures while utilizing a blackcentric orientation rooted in the family, that addresses race, gender, class and socio-political orientations. Do you long for a space where you can be fully yourself, and express your deepest truth? Have you struggled with anxiety and depression and read every self-help book and still can’t get relief? Do you have childhood T(t)rauma that is impacting your adult relationships? Text me to talk.
My practice is Blackcentric, meaning it is a safe space for those from the African Diaspora. I work with high functioning black women with anxiety and depression. I also work with clients from a spectrum of cultures while utilizing a blackcentric orientation rooted in the family, that addresses race, gender, class and socio-political orientations. Do you long for a space where you can be fully yourself, and express your deepest truth? Have you struggled with anxiety and depression and read every self-help book and still can’t get relief? Do you have childhood T(t)rauma that is impacting your adult relationships? Text me to talk.
(901) 329-3911 View (901) 329-3911
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Tariq J Pettis-Smith
Pre-Licensed Professional, MACCP, PLC
Verified
Memphis, TN 38115
My special niche is counseling African American men and women and troubled teens.
I am open to counseling all clients. However, I specialize in counseling people with impulse control, behavioral issues, psychotic disorders, depression, anxiety, systemic family issues, and challenges regulating self-esteem and self image.
My special niche is counseling African American men and women and troubled teens.
I am open to counseling all clients. However, I specialize in counseling people with impulse control, behavioral issues, psychotic disorders, depression, anxiety, systemic family issues, and challenges regulating self-esteem and self image.
(901) 329-3824 View (901) 329-3824
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Jacquelyn Taylor-Mays
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, C-SWCM
Verified
Memphis, TN 38135  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am licensed in Tennessee and founder of Taylor-Mays Counseling & Support, Inc. with 20+ years of professional work experience. I am nonjudgmental and focused on helping an individual go through the process to accomplish goals. I help with coping skills, anger management, stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship issues, motivation and confidence. Career issues and job stress as well as professional development are areas of expertise. Let me help you with your goals and therapeutic journey.
I am licensed in Tennessee and founder of Taylor-Mays Counseling & Support, Inc. with 20+ years of professional work experience. I am nonjudgmental and focused on helping an individual go through the process to accomplish goals. I help with coping skills, anger management, stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship issues, motivation and confidence. Career issues and job stress as well as professional development are areas of expertise. Let me help you with your goals and therapeutic journey.
(901) 582-8327 View (901) 582-8327
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The Resiliency Center of Memphis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38120  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you are hanging on by a thread? Is it becoming increasingly difficult to cope with the curve balls that life is throwing at you? Do you need a safe place to figure out this journey called “life”? At The Resiliency Center of Memphis, we are here to provide you with a safe space to promote your voice and choice and walk beside you as you embark your journey of overcoming obstacles. If your car was broken, you would see a mechanic. If you wanted to travel, you would see an agent. You are making the right move by seeking out a professional to improve your mental health.
Do you feel like you are hanging on by a thread? Is it becoming increasingly difficult to cope with the curve balls that life is throwing at you? Do you need a safe place to figure out this journey called “life”? At The Resiliency Center of Memphis, we are here to provide you with a safe space to promote your voice and choice and walk beside you as you embark your journey of overcoming obstacles. If your car was broken, you would see a mechanic. If you wanted to travel, you would see an agent. You are making the right move by seeking out a professional to improve your mental health.
(901) 446-0628 View (901) 446-0628
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Dr. Naricia Futrell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW, TCYM-C
Verified
14 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
Hi! My name is Dr. NaRicia Futrell I am a psychotherapist/licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing as a therapist for greater than 15 yrs. I currently hold a doctorate in social work and hold an LCSW in TN, MS AR, and TX and am certified in the trauma conscious yoga method. In assisting individuals we at Gihon, utilize wholistic approaches while working to empower individuals to find and utilize their own strengths in working through problems, managing their emotions, and utilize coping strategies/tools that will help to improve overall functioning.
Hi! My name is Dr. NaRicia Futrell I am a psychotherapist/licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing as a therapist for greater than 15 yrs. I currently hold a doctorate in social work and hold an LCSW in TN, MS AR, and TX and am certified in the trauma conscious yoga method. In assisting individuals we at Gihon, utilize wholistic approaches while working to empower individuals to find and utilize their own strengths in working through problems, managing their emotions, and utilize coping strategies/tools that will help to improve overall functioning.
(901) 209-5381 View (901) 209-5381
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Elnora Peters
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC, MHSP, MS, BBA, NCC
Verified
Memphis, TN 38117  (Online Only)
You may be going through a major shift in your life and have reached a breaking point. The good news is that you no longer have to figure it out by yourself. As a skilled and empathetic psychotherapist, my desire is to help individuals overcome anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, family and marital/relationship discord.
You may be going through a major shift in your life and have reached a breaking point. The good news is that you no longer have to figure it out by yourself. As a skilled and empathetic psychotherapist, my desire is to help individuals overcome anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, family and marital/relationship discord.
(901) 329-3662 View (901) 329-3662
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A Parkview Therapy Services, LLC,
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38111  (Online Only)
Starting therapy (individual, couple, family, or group) means committing to understanding yourself better and growing personally. At Parkview Therapy Services, we provide a safe space where you can talk about your thoughts and feelings without being judged. Whether you're dealing with life changes, struggling with relationships, or just want to understand yourself better, our therapy can help you figure things out and learn how to cope better.
Starting therapy (individual, couple, family, or group) means committing to understanding yourself better and growing personally. At Parkview Therapy Services, we provide a safe space where you can talk about your thoughts and feelings without being judged. Whether you're dealing with life changes, struggling with relationships, or just want to understand yourself better, our therapy can help you figure things out and learn how to cope better.
(731) 318-5768 View (731) 318-5768
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Britany Bolling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP, NCC, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
I firmly believe that mental health struggles don't define a person indefinitely; rather, they mark a chapter in a larger narrative. The healing process is a testament to the human capacity for change and renewal, emphasizing that mental well-being is a dynamic journey rather than a static state. I work with individuals who are determined to undergo this journey, are ready to take charge of their present, take back their power from the past, and create a future of abundance. I don’t believe in being “stuck” forever. Neither should you. Currently seeing teens 16+ and Adults 18+.
I firmly believe that mental health struggles don't define a person indefinitely; rather, they mark a chapter in a larger narrative. The healing process is a testament to the human capacity for change and renewal, emphasizing that mental well-being is a dynamic journey rather than a static state. I work with individuals who are determined to undergo this journey, are ready to take charge of their present, take back their power from the past, and create a future of abundance. I don’t believe in being “stuck” forever. Neither should you. Currently seeing teens 16+ and Adults 18+.
(901) 350-7054 View (901) 350-7054
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InnerChanges Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
Are you searching for healthier relationships and better communication? Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, orthe residual effects of trauma? Do you feel overwhelmed? Inner Changes CounselingLLC is here to help you as you begin to make the changes needed to live your best life. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist ( TN, TX, IL) and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I have over twenty years of experience in the Helping Profession, and I am passionate about helping people live up to their full potential. Contact me today to schedule your confidential telehealth session.
Are you searching for healthier relationships and better communication? Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, orthe residual effects of trauma? Do you feel overwhelmed? Inner Changes CounselingLLC is here to help you as you begin to make the changes needed to live your best life. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist ( TN, TX, IL) and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I have over twenty years of experience in the Helping Profession, and I am passionate about helping people live up to their full potential. Contact me today to schedule your confidential telehealth session.
(901) 617-3592 View (901) 617-3592
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Ebony Bailey Lpc Mhsp
Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38120  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with individuals who are at a crossroads in life. Whose goal is to move through life’s challenges. My ideal clients are those who are dealing with anxiety, adverse childhood experiences, codependency, communication, depression, life transitions, relationship stress, self-defeating beliefs, stress & traumatic experiences. Who are currently desiring support, balance & peace, but certain blocks have gotten in the way of finding enjoyment in life. Overtime, these blocks have disrupted your state of balance. Calming the nervous system is the foundation for this process. Choosing to invest in yourself is where you begin.
I enjoy working with individuals who are at a crossroads in life. Whose goal is to move through life’s challenges. My ideal clients are those who are dealing with anxiety, adverse childhood experiences, codependency, communication, depression, life transitions, relationship stress, self-defeating beliefs, stress & traumatic experiences. Who are currently desiring support, balance & peace, but certain blocks have gotten in the way of finding enjoyment in life. Overtime, these blocks have disrupted your state of balance. Calming the nervous system is the foundation for this process. Choosing to invest in yourself is where you begin.
(901) 881-7843 View (901) 881-7843
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Montoyia D McGowan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104
Are you the one in your family/circle who has "made it" and now you have become the exhausted rescuer for the people you care about? Are there relationships in your present or past that need to be put to rest so they can stop showing up in your thought life? Have you realized some emotional triggers but not sure what to do next? Are you tired of feeling emotionally overwhelmed? Wouldn't it help to have a place you can go to process how to create healthier expectations? Would it help to have a confidential place to figure out how to work through stress without having to babysit someone else's response?
Are you the one in your family/circle who has "made it" and now you have become the exhausted rescuer for the people you care about? Are there relationships in your present or past that need to be put to rest so they can stop showing up in your thought life? Have you realized some emotional triggers but not sure what to do next? Are you tired of feeling emotionally overwhelmed? Wouldn't it help to have a place you can go to process how to create healthier expectations? Would it help to have a confidential place to figure out how to work through stress without having to babysit someone else's response?
(901) 622-1281 View (901) 622-1281
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Direct Care Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
If you have located me, it is likely you are facing a life challenge. I understand that finding the right therapist to assist you through this difficult time is very important to you. If you don't have a connection with your therapist, you won't be able to make the progress that you are hoping to achieve. Are you feeling stuck, struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, difficulty coping with grief or medical comorbidities, contact me for a free consultation. I want to help you navigate these challenges.
If you have located me, it is likely you are facing a life challenge. I understand that finding the right therapist to assist you through this difficult time is very important to you. If you don't have a connection with your therapist, you won't be able to make the progress that you are hoping to achieve. Are you feeling stuck, struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, difficulty coping with grief or medical comorbidities, contact me for a free consultation. I want to help you navigate these challenges.
(901) 295-0833 View (901) 295-0833
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Archandria Owens
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
Do you ever feel like your choices are limited and like your movement towards growth is stunted? Therapy provides the opportunity to tap into the wisdom of how to live a more fulfilling life that is hidden within all of us, but at times feels out of reach. My work is to facilitate deep exploration of who you are, your needs, what propels you towards change, and what shapes the choices you make in your life. You can re-write the remaining parts of your life's story because you will have access to the author again: YOU.
Do you ever feel like your choices are limited and like your movement towards growth is stunted? Therapy provides the opportunity to tap into the wisdom of how to live a more fulfilling life that is hidden within all of us, but at times feels out of reach. My work is to facilitate deep exploration of who you are, your needs, what propels you towards change, and what shapes the choices you make in your life. You can re-write the remaining parts of your life's story because you will have access to the author again: YOU.
(901) 329-8334 View (901) 329-8334
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Tiffany J Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38120
Clients come to therapy for a variety of reasons. They may need help adjusting to a new job, transitioning to a new city, communicating with a family member, or building self-confidence. They want to do these things in a timely manner. They want to live a fulfilling life. Maybe nothing is going on currently and they want to explore past events.
Clients come to therapy for a variety of reasons. They may need help adjusting to a new job, transitioning to a new city, communicating with a family member, or building self-confidence. They want to do these things in a timely manner. They want to live a fulfilling life. Maybe nothing is going on currently and they want to explore past events.
(901) 808-8710 View (901) 808-8710
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Dr. DeAvila Ford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DBH, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38125  (Online Only)
You have always given your all in your relationships. Whether it was with your parent, friends, or intimate partners; you wanted healthy relationships in your life. However, you often ended up feeling like you were not enough for any of them. You often felt rejected and disposable. You didn’t realize that this would impact you, but it has. Now, you often isolate yourself or just remain in relationships with toxic people who often use you for what they need and discard you. You have never felt good enough and often wondered if you would truly ever be loved adequately.
You have always given your all in your relationships. Whether it was with your parent, friends, or intimate partners; you wanted healthy relationships in your life. However, you often ended up feeling like you were not enough for any of them. You often felt rejected and disposable. You didn’t realize that this would impact you, but it has. Now, you often isolate yourself or just remain in relationships with toxic people who often use you for what they need and discard you. You have never felt good enough and often wondered if you would truly ever be loved adequately.
(901) 612-3828 View (901) 612-3828
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The Collective Healing Space
Psychologist
Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
Being seen and heard are gifts that a lot of us have not consistently received throughout our lives. Our humanity requires these gifts to experience fullness, wholeness, and a steady sense of self. Ruptures and traumas with society, with others, and with ourselves can be experienced as a result of not being experienced as our full selves or when we are reduced to attributes, parts, or fragments rather than as fully human. At times, we can even begin to believe that this is all we are worth or engage in scrambling to live a life of scarcity not believing we deserve a life of abundance. Our life force, though, knows that we need more.
Being seen and heard are gifts that a lot of us have not consistently received throughout our lives. Our humanity requires these gifts to experience fullness, wholeness, and a steady sense of self. Ruptures and traumas with society, with others, and with ourselves can be experienced as a result of not being experienced as our full selves or when we are reduced to attributes, parts, or fragments rather than as fully human. At times, we can even begin to believe that this is all we are worth or engage in scrambling to live a life of scarcity not believing we deserve a life of abundance. Our life force, though, knows that we need more.
(901) 657-3660 View (901) 657-3660
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Roslyn Postlewaite
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
Memphis, TN 38120
Have you been feeling like something is wrong but you cannot pinpoint why? Do you find that you hid behind your accomplishments and don’t feel like you know yourself fully? Do you feel emotionally burnt out and not sure how to begin to take care of yourself? Do you often feel stressed, lack balance, and don’t know who you can talk to about it? I think I can help you! I believe everyone deserves to feel heard, seen ​, and understood so that they can be confident in who they are, what they want ​to do, and ultimately who they want to be. Therapy can be your first step to FEELING better and SEEING ​ better.
Have you been feeling like something is wrong but you cannot pinpoint why? Do you find that you hid behind your accomplishments and don’t feel like you know yourself fully? Do you feel emotionally burnt out and not sure how to begin to take care of yourself? Do you often feel stressed, lack balance, and don’t know who you can talk to about it? I think I can help you! I believe everyone deserves to feel heard, seen ​, and understood so that they can be confident in who they are, what they want ​to do, and ultimately who they want to be. Therapy can be your first step to FEELING better and SEEING ​ better.
(901) 459-5649 View (901) 459-5649
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Cynthia Isaac Wells
MS
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38135  (Online Only)
Do you feel the need to share your thoughts but hesitate to confide in friends or family? Are relationship issues, the loss of a loved one, parenting challenges, the transition to an "empty nester" phase, or the aftermath of divorce causing you distress? If you've responded affirmatively to any of these life stressors, consider letting me guide you towards the path of mental fitness.
Do you feel the need to share your thoughts but hesitate to confide in friends or family? Are relationship issues, the loss of a loved one, parenting challenges, the transition to an "empty nester" phase, or the aftermath of divorce causing you distress? If you've responded affirmatively to any of these life stressors, consider letting me guide you towards the path of mental fitness.
(901) 295-4485 View (901) 295-4485

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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.