Black and African American Therapists in Austin, TX

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Tina Alexander
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
My role is to guide, support and challenge you in your personal growth and healing. I am a Black, neurodivergent, larger bodied woman & a former D1 college athlete. I believe that aspects of these intersectional identities contribute to my warm, encouraging, collaborative style. I work to create an environment that fosters vulnerability operating from an evidence-based, harm reduction framework. I often see those working through grief/loss, life transitions, coping with the stressors of a job or sport, navigating trauma and/or, racial stressors, body image, eating patterns, focus, and in general are looking to get out of their head.
My role is to guide, support and challenge you in your personal growth and healing. I am a Black, neurodivergent, larger bodied woman & a former D1 college athlete. I believe that aspects of these intersectional identities contribute to my warm, encouraging, collaborative style. I work to create an environment that fosters vulnerability operating from an evidence-based, harm reduction framework. I often see those working through grief/loss, life transitions, coping with the stressors of a job or sport, navigating trauma and/or, racial stressors, body image, eating patterns, focus, and in general are looking to get out of their head.
(512) 890-0828 View (512) 890-0828
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Jasmine Jenkins
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
I am the 1st Black DBT-Linehan Board Certified therapist in the state of Texas (and I practice in 40+ states), and I conduct DBT training through the Treatment Implementation Collaborative (TIC).
Hi! I’m Dr. Jasmine Jenkins, but my clients usually call me Jasmine, Doc, or Dr. J. I am a multiculturally focused licensed psychologist and the founder of Rejuvenate! I specialize in group treatment for people of color who want to heal, learn new skills, and build a life of wellness. In individual therapy, I work with people who: 1) “just need a person/professional to talk to,” 2) Desire help with mild mental health symptoms, 3) Struggle with emotion regulation and/or want to find a reason to stay alive. → these individuals usually benefit from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
I am the 1st Black DBT-Linehan Board Certified therapist in the state of Texas (and I practice in 40+ states), and I conduct DBT training through the Treatment Implementation Collaborative (TIC).
Hi! I’m Dr. Jasmine Jenkins, but my clients usually call me Jasmine, Doc, or Dr. J. I am a multiculturally focused licensed psychologist and the founder of Rejuvenate! I specialize in group treatment for people of color who want to heal, learn new skills, and build a life of wellness. In individual therapy, I work with people who: 1) “just need a person/professional to talk to,” 2) Desire help with mild mental health symptoms, 3) Struggle with emotion regulation and/or want to find a reason to stay alive. → these individuals usually benefit from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
(512) 607-7894 View (512) 607-7894
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Marvin Hughes
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT-A, MA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78748
Being a Black German American provides me with a unique understanding of those cultures in which I intersect.
Hey Y'all I'm Marvin! Some of my passions include working with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folks. I enjoy working with individuals and couples. I have additional training on Emotion Focused Therapy allowing me to connect with attachment needs and help heal through establishing a secure attachment in relationships.
Being a Black German American provides me with a unique understanding of those cultures in which I intersect.
Hey Y'all I'm Marvin! Some of my passions include working with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folks. I enjoy working with individuals and couples. I have additional training on Emotion Focused Therapy allowing me to connect with attachment needs and help heal through establishing a secure attachment in relationships.
(512) 489-9390 View (512) 489-9390
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Marlon Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78752  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello. I hope to support individuals managing racial and cultural trauma. I specialize in my work with Black individuals, my Queer and Trans family, and the various concerns we face at the intersection of our personal and professional identities. I provide culturally-inclusive care and spiritually-integrated support for those seeking meaning-making in their therapeutic process. I'm open to processing whatever energy exists in your search for the sacred. If your goals are to address feelings of anxiety, depression, racial and ethnic trauma, church hurt, or sexual identity issues, I'm here to help.
Hello. I hope to support individuals managing racial and cultural trauma. I specialize in my work with Black individuals, my Queer and Trans family, and the various concerns we face at the intersection of our personal and professional identities. I provide culturally-inclusive care and spiritually-integrated support for those seeking meaning-making in their therapeutic process. I'm open to processing whatever energy exists in your search for the sacred. If your goals are to address feelings of anxiety, depression, racial and ethnic trauma, church hurt, or sexual identity issues, I'm here to help.
(512) 548-4522 View (512) 548-4522
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Bri Craig
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78701
Hello and welcome! I'm so glad you've landed on my profile. As a Black queer therapist, I recognize the necessity to provide culturally empowering services. Some of my passions include working with BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folx, neurodivergence, and those looking to process relational trauma. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families on a number of different presenting concerns. (I am currently taking new clients, however, I have limited availability at this time. Please indicate your preferred meeting time for sessions if you decide to reach out. I will do my best to accommodate you! Thanks!)
Hello and welcome! I'm so glad you've landed on my profile. As a Black queer therapist, I recognize the necessity to provide culturally empowering services. Some of my passions include working with BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folx, neurodivergence, and those looking to process relational trauma. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families on a number of different presenting concerns. (I am currently taking new clients, however, I have limited availability at this time. Please indicate your preferred meeting time for sessions if you decide to reach out. I will do my best to accommodate you! Thanks!)
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Malyndi West
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MEd, LPC-A, LCDC-I
Verified
Austin, TX 78701
Hi there! I’ve opened my own practice and am accepting new clients today at ReThink Counseling! Therapy can seem intimidating. Everyone is talking about it, but what can you expect? At ReThink, you can expect a warm safe atmosphere to lay down that baggage you've been carrying. You can expect to feel seen and heard without judgment. You can feel empowered to achieve your goals. Allow me to walk alongside you on this incredible journey! As a Black therapist, I'm passionate about offering representation to clients who don't often get to see themselves reflected in their healthcare providers.
Hi there! I’ve opened my own practice and am accepting new clients today at ReThink Counseling! Therapy can seem intimidating. Everyone is talking about it, but what can you expect? At ReThink, you can expect a warm safe atmosphere to lay down that baggage you've been carrying. You can expect to feel seen and heard without judgment. You can feel empowered to achieve your goals. Allow me to walk alongside you on this incredible journey! As a Black therapist, I'm passionate about offering representation to clients who don't often get to see themselves reflected in their healthcare providers.
(512) 982-9343 View (512) 982-9343
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Tryna Jackson
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A
Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78751
Welcome to a space where healing is nurtured, and self-discovery is celebrated. I am Tryna Jackson, a compassionate and dedicated Black therapist committed to guiding you on your journey of exploring your inner child. In our sessions, you will find a warm and inviting atmosphere where your experiences, emotions, and unique identity are not only acknowledged but cherished. I understand the importance of representation in therapy, and I am here to create a safe space where you can feel seen, heard, and understood.
Welcome to a space where healing is nurtured, and self-discovery is celebrated. I am Tryna Jackson, a compassionate and dedicated Black therapist committed to guiding you on your journey of exploring your inner child. In our sessions, you will find a warm and inviting atmosphere where your experiences, emotions, and unique identity are not only acknowledged but cherished. I understand the importance of representation in therapy, and I am here to create a safe space where you can feel seen, heard, and understood.
(512) 866-6689 View (512) 866-6689
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Njapau Counseling and Consulting
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I am a Black therapist serving clients in Texas and Louisiana.
Tired of getting the same outcome over and over again, feeling stuck, emotionally overwhelmed? Are you ready to start your healing journey? Are you looking for a therapist who understands the unique challenges of having an intersectional identity in a corporate environment. Hello, my name is Cheryl, an authentic therapist passionate about helping people become the best versions of themselves.
I am a Black therapist serving clients in Texas and Louisiana.
Tired of getting the same outcome over and over again, feeling stuck, emotionally overwhelmed? Are you ready to start your healing journey? Are you looking for a therapist who understands the unique challenges of having an intersectional identity in a corporate environment. Hello, my name is Cheryl, an authentic therapist passionate about helping people become the best versions of themselves.
(512) 650-8286 View (512) 650-8286
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Samuel Cotton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified
Austin, TX 78732  (Online Only)
Clients come to me looking for a Black therapist because therapy is a place you should feel comfortable, safe, and understood.
Do you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed no matter what you do? You may be fed up with how anxiety is affecting your relationships, your peace of mind, and your physical health. You may not remember the last time you felt like yourself. One thing is for sure: you're ready for some relief. You're ready to feel calmer and more grounded. You're ready to have better, more emotionally connected relationships. Most of all, you're ready to feel like yourself again.
Clients come to me looking for a Black therapist because therapy is a place you should feel comfortable, safe, and understood.
Do you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed no matter what you do? You may be fed up with how anxiety is affecting your relationships, your peace of mind, and your physical health. You may not remember the last time you felt like yourself. One thing is for sure: you're ready for some relief. You're ready to feel calmer and more grounded. You're ready to have better, more emotionally connected relationships. Most of all, you're ready to feel like yourself again.
(972) 362-6465 View (972) 362-6465
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Morgan Boone
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78702
As a therapist who sees the world through the lens of a queer Black identity, I understand the importance of creating an affirming, welcoming, and safe environment.
Are you experiencing stress or anxiety? Having difficulty managing your relationships or things at work? Struggling with grief or depression? I specialize in working with clients who identify as BIPOC, neurodivergent (including ADHD and Autism), queer, transgender, and those at the intersection of multiple identities. If you’re looking to navigate life transitions and prevent burnout or wanting to process trauma, internalized struggles and uphold healthier boundaries, I am here to support you on your journey. Whether it's individual therapy, couples counseling or premarital support, consider booking a consultation with me today.
As a therapist who sees the world through the lens of a queer Black identity, I understand the importance of creating an affirming, welcoming, and safe environment.
Are you experiencing stress or anxiety? Having difficulty managing your relationships or things at work? Struggling with grief or depression? I specialize in working with clients who identify as BIPOC, neurodivergent (including ADHD and Autism), queer, transgender, and those at the intersection of multiple identities. If you’re looking to navigate life transitions and prevent burnout or wanting to process trauma, internalized struggles and uphold healthier boundaries, I am here to support you on your journey. Whether it's individual therapy, couples counseling or premarital support, consider booking a consultation with me today.
(832) 906-8040 View (832) 906-8040
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Brittany Lynell Lee
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78723  (Online Only)
When we experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is common to feel like our lives are unravelling. My greatest passion as a black female therapist is bringing understanding and healing to those who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience or struggle with chronic mental/developmental health challenges. I want to be a breath of fresh air for my therapy clients in Texas! My approach is interactive, warm, and accepting. I cultivate a therapeutic environment that makes my clients feel safe, heard, and understood so they can begin their therapeutic journey of finding peace, healing, and new beginnings.
When we experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is common to feel like our lives are unravelling. My greatest passion as a black female therapist is bringing understanding and healing to those who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience or struggle with chronic mental/developmental health challenges. I want to be a breath of fresh air for my therapy clients in Texas! My approach is interactive, warm, and accepting. I cultivate a therapeutic environment that makes my clients feel safe, heard, and understood so they can begin their therapeutic journey of finding peace, healing, and new beginnings.
(832) 783-9581 View (832) 783-9581
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Dr. Justyn Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S
Verified
Austin, TX 78701
My identity as a Gay Black Man gives me a unique passion as therapist and deep empathy in supporting the LGBTQ population with coming out, managing relationships and growing in self-acceptance. I work with a variety of presenting concerns and populations; however, my specialization is working with Gay Men, BIPOC and the LGBTQ+ community. I provide support and a nonjudgmental environment for you to process, explore and talk through your concerns. In counseling you can get tools and skills to make life changes or use the space to let out your thoughts and vocalize your stress. I also provide Supervision for LPC Associates.
My identity as a Gay Black Man gives me a unique passion as therapist and deep empathy in supporting the LGBTQ population with coming out, managing relationships and growing in self-acceptance. I work with a variety of presenting concerns and populations; however, my specialization is working with Gay Men, BIPOC and the LGBTQ+ community. I provide support and a nonjudgmental environment for you to process, explore and talk through your concerns. In counseling you can get tools and skills to make life changes or use the space to let out your thoughts and vocalize your stress. I also provide Supervision for LPC Associates.
(254) 274-5683 View (254) 274-5683
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James Greathouse
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Austin, TX 78729  (Online Only)
Specialization: therapy for Black men, therapy for artists and creatives, and a safe and judgment-free space for men.
As a therapist, my ideal client is someone who is looking to address both their physical symptoms and emotional struggles. They may be dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or other concerns, and are looking for a holistic approach to treatment. They understand the importance of addressing their emotions and life experiences in addition to their physical symptoms. They have specific goals in mind, whether it be managing stress more effectively or overcoming past traumas, and are motivated to take action towards achieving them. They want to understand their thoughts, behaviors, and motivations to improve their overall well-being.
Specialization: therapy for Black men, therapy for artists and creatives, and a safe and judgment-free space for men.
As a therapist, my ideal client is someone who is looking to address both their physical symptoms and emotional struggles. They may be dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or other concerns, and are looking for a holistic approach to treatment. They understand the importance of addressing their emotions and life experiences in addition to their physical symptoms. They have specific goals in mind, whether it be managing stress more effectively or overcoming past traumas, and are motivated to take action towards achieving them. They want to understand their thoughts, behaviors, and motivations to improve their overall well-being.
(713) 597-5641 View (713) 597-5641
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Michael Jackson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, NCC, LPC-A
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
As an African American, male-identified therapist, I bring a trauma-informed lens to my work. I am particularly passionate about working with individuals who are stigmatized against seeking therapy. I am an empathetic and skilled therapist, committed to helping my clients heal and grow. I enjoy working with individuals and couples and working together to heal, grow, regulate, and bolster individual value and develop healthy relationships with healthy boundaries. I believe counseling brings great value to the person or couple who decide to do the work. I'd love to help you define and reach your counseling goals.
As an African American, male-identified therapist, I bring a trauma-informed lens to my work. I am particularly passionate about working with individuals who are stigmatized against seeking therapy. I am an empathetic and skilled therapist, committed to helping my clients heal and grow. I enjoy working with individuals and couples and working together to heal, grow, regulate, and bolster individual value and develop healthy relationships with healthy boundaries. I believe counseling brings great value to the person or couple who decide to do the work. I'd love to help you define and reach your counseling goals.
(512) 957-2197 View (512) 957-2197
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Marcelle Craig
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 73301  (Online Only)
I am a Black female therapist servicing Texas and California individuals and couples.
You don't have to bully yourself to a better life! Let's improve your connection to yourself, your future, and to others with a mix of empathy and accountability. Together, we'll help you feel more empowered through the changes in your life.
I am a Black female therapist servicing Texas and California individuals and couples.
You don't have to bully yourself to a better life! Let's improve your connection to yourself, your future, and to others with a mix of empathy and accountability. Together, we'll help you feel more empowered through the changes in your life.
(281) 524-4486 View (281) 524-4486
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Charmaine J. Simmons, MA, LPC, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CCATP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 73301  (Online Only)
Charmaine J. Simmons, MA, LPC, is a highly skilled and compassionate Black female therapist with over 15 years of experience helping adults find more peace and take control of their lives. Charmaine’s therapeutic approach is grounded in deeply understanding the mind-body connection. She employs evidence-based techniques to help regulate emotion, challenge unhealthy core beliefs, address the impact of childhood and intergenerational trauma on adult lives, and break free. Her sessions are tailored to create a safe and nurturing space for clients to explore and heal.
Charmaine J. Simmons, MA, LPC, is a highly skilled and compassionate Black female therapist with over 15 years of experience helping adults find more peace and take control of their lives. Charmaine’s therapeutic approach is grounded in deeply understanding the mind-body connection. She employs evidence-based techniques to help regulate emotion, challenge unhealthy core beliefs, address the impact of childhood and intergenerational trauma on adult lives, and break free. Her sessions are tailored to create a safe and nurturing space for clients to explore and heal.
(832) 462-6754 View (832) 462-6754
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Canaan Baker
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, LCDC, BCPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 73301  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a therapist, life coach and self-published author that is passionate about mental health awareness, especially within the African-American community! I am a fully Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) for the state of Texas and a Board Certified Professional Chrisitan Counselor (BCPCC) through the International Board of Christian Care. I recently began offering Christian Counseling services and hope to be able help bridge the gap between faith and psychology. I am also an advocate for Mental Health awareness and volunteer with the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) and Potter's House Church in my spare time.
I am a therapist, life coach and self-published author that is passionate about mental health awareness, especially within the African-American community! I am a fully Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) for the state of Texas and a Board Certified Professional Chrisitan Counselor (BCPCC) through the International Board of Christian Care. I recently began offering Christian Counseling services and hope to be able help bridge the gap between faith and psychology. I am also an advocate for Mental Health awareness and volunteer with the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) and Potter's House Church in my spare time.
(469) 336-3660 View (469) 336-3660
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Tory Graham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Austin, TX 73301  (Online Only)
My personal experiences as a Black man, husband, father, and healer have given me the opportunity to experience the many dynamics of life, good and bad.
Brothers! Yeah, I’m speaking to you, I see you. I know…..I get it. There’s this call to express, change, analyze, grow, and know in order to be best version of yourself possible. All of these become part of the demands we are already under. Come in, let’s build in a space where you get to change the narrative. The most powerful medicine for change is related to the story of who we are and I look forward to working with you to re-define the narrative of self and the world around you in a way that truly self-empowering For more information click the website link to view a short video about my approach. Let's build!
My personal experiences as a Black man, husband, father, and healer have given me the opportunity to experience the many dynamics of life, good and bad.
Brothers! Yeah, I’m speaking to you, I see you. I know…..I get it. There’s this call to express, change, analyze, grow, and know in order to be best version of yourself possible. All of these become part of the demands we are already under. Come in, let’s build in a space where you get to change the narrative. The most powerful medicine for change is related to the story of who we are and I look forward to working with you to re-define the narrative of self and the world around you in a way that truly self-empowering For more information click the website link to view a short video about my approach. Let's build!
(972) 928-0212 View (972) 928-0212
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Joseph Heggins
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Austin, TX 78732  (Online Only)
I specialize in providing compassionate support for individuals facing challenges such as complex PTSD, chronic depression, anxiety accompanied by panic attacks, and navigating the mental health landscape for gay and bisexual men. Additionally, I am dedicated to supporting the mental wellness of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), those in recovery, and individuals striving to cultivate fulfilling relationships with friends and family. Take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow with personalized care and understanding.
I specialize in providing compassionate support for individuals facing challenges such as complex PTSD, chronic depression, anxiety accompanied by panic attacks, and navigating the mental health landscape for gay and bisexual men. Additionally, I am dedicated to supporting the mental wellness of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), those in recovery, and individuals striving to cultivate fulfilling relationships with friends and family. Take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow with personalized care and understanding.
(281) 502-4825 View (281) 502-4825
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Oluwatosin Akintan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
14 Endorsed
Austin, TX 73344  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to reach your full potential and living authentically? Is it challenging to navigate life's stressors? Are you struggling with childhood trauma, past sexual abuse, physical assault, depression or relationship concerns? I am committed to accompanying you on your unique journey through healing. My aim is to provide you with clarity, compassion, and strengthen your voice throughout our partnership. I work with diverse individuals, particularly Black women and folks, young professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, immigrants and marginalized folks.
Are you struggling to reach your full potential and living authentically? Is it challenging to navigate life's stressors? Are you struggling with childhood trauma, past sexual abuse, physical assault, depression or relationship concerns? I am committed to accompanying you on your unique journey through healing. My aim is to provide you with clarity, compassion, and strengthen your voice throughout our partnership. I work with diverse individuals, particularly Black women and folks, young professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, immigrants and marginalized folks.
(844) 480-0441 View (844) 480-0441

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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.