6 Amazing Black Therapists for Your Mental Health Needs
The mental health of Black women has traditionally been overlooked, due in part to the “strong black woman” stereotype. Thankfully, in recent years, the conversation has gained more traction and every badass Black girl knows that in order to be her best, she must feel her best. Mental health care is just as important as your physical health and it is important to seek help from people who truly understand the Black female experience. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of six amazing Black therapists to consider in the new year.
Nedra Glover Tawwab
Nedra Glover Tawwab is a licensed therapist and relationship expert who has more than twelve years of experience. She founded Kaleidoscope Counseling, a group therapy practice based in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2011. You might know her from her popular Instagram posts often revolving around the importance of boundaries, relationships and core values. Check out her work.
Joy Harden Bradford
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a clinical psychologist based in Atlanta, Georgia. You may have heard of Therapy for Black Girls, a platform and podcast that caters to mental health issues faced by Black women. Her goal is to provide mental health resources to Black women and create conversations on how it can become more accessible, something that is often not spoken of in our community.
Jardin Dogan is a native south Carolinian psychologist-in-training with a B.A. in psychology and M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in clinical mental health counseling. She specializes in topics such as drug use, sexualities, incarceration, and racism among the Black community. She started @blkfolxtherapy to help build awareness and stir conversation about Black mental health.
Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis
Dr. Thema is not your typical psychologist. Being a trained dancer, actress and minister, she combines artistic expression, spirituality, psychology, and culture into her work. She is a licensed psychologist who has worked to empower marginalized communities. Her work reaches far and wide from serving as an American Psychological Association representative to the United Nations to directing the Society for the Psychology of Women’s first film. Check out her page for this one-of-a kind therapist.
You might have seen this familiar name on popular networks such as OWN, FOX, CBS, Essence and NPR. Kiaundra is a licensed marriage and family therapist featured on The Huffington Post as one of the “10 Black Female Therapists You Should Know.” Her work revolves around premarital and marital issues, anxiety, depression, life transition, grief, loss, and faith-based counseling. She advocates for the importance of healthy relationships and effective communication. She’s definitely one you should check out.
Catherine Rincon is an accredited licensed mental health professional, a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Associations [AMHCA], and a training clinical hypnotherapist. Her early work consisted of working with children in the foster care system and Catherine has worked for 10 years in community mental health programs in South Florida. She offers in-person and online sessions to children, adolescents and adults at Happy Thoughts Mental Health.
Black mental health is something that we should all pay extra attention to. Whether it’s about creating boundaries for yourself or stepping outside of your comfort zone to seek help, Badass Black Girl has the resources you need to become a better, healthier you.
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Minerve Jean is a Haitian-born storyteller who shares her poetry and writings unapologetically. She believes in the power of words and their ability to help and heal. Her debut book For The Secrets That Gave Themselves Away is an anthology of raw poetry where she uses words to paint pictures that will resonate with the human soul. She has also contributed pieces to Hercampus, Orange and Blue Magazine and MLNNYC. In her free time, she likes to snack on Avocado toast and curl up with a good book.