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Black Men and Mental Health: A Snapshot

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African Americans are 20% more likely to have serious psychological distress than whites are.

18 – 44

Among men aged 18–44 who had daily feelings of anxiety or depression, non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic men (26.4 percent) were less likely than non-Hispanic White men (45.4 percent) to have used mental health treatments.

15 – 24

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for African American males ages 15 to 24.

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African American men ages 20 to 24 have the highest suicide rate among African Americans of all ages, male and female.

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African American teenagers are more likely to attempt suicide than are White teenagers.

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Young African Americans are much less likely than White youth to have used a mental health service in the year during which they seriously thought about or attempted suicide.

Find The Right Therapist For You

Finding the right therapist can often be a lengthy and challenging process, and Black men may not know where to begin. Determining what kind of therapist is best suited for treating a particular issue is not the easiest of tasks.

TherapyForBlackMen.org is a directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist. Using the directory, men can search by therapist location and specialization. Searching by location, the results will include the therapists near you and will display their credentials, location, and the issues they treat.

At TherapyForBlackMen.org, men will also find a wide range of resources aimed at helping them in their search for a multiculturally-competent therapist.

Wishing you the best in your search for the right therapist.

Mission and Vision

In partnership with licensed mental health professionals and coaches in private practice throughout the fifty states, TherapyForBlackMen.org provides proactive, multiculturally competent care to men of color.

TherapyForBlackMen.org makes it easy for clients and therapists and coaches to connect with each other.

What Black Men Are Saying About Therapy

Nova Kei

Coming to the conclusion that therapy may be good for me was an extremely humbling one. As black men, we are taught and expected to be nothing but strong – for our women, our children, and in the face of white society. We shield our emotions and mistake this for true masculinity. If anything, not speaking about my personal issues, my fears, my deep desires to be loved, wanted, successful, etc. has set me back. However, therapy may have been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Vladimire is the first and only therapist I have seen. She has been a true angel, challenging me to see different perspectives on my life – from my romantic relationship, to how my childhood and expectations from others have molded my own views of who I am. She has been instrumental in aiding the change of my mindset, and shifting how I view everyday situations. One of the most important components in my opinion is how her belief in God / spirituality has shown through her advisement. Always so kind, welcoming, warm. She leads passionately, but with a calm hand and purposeful tongue. I am truly grateful for her guidance. My hope is that more black men experience the benefit of therapy, and how it can help deliver us from our internal demons and release, “it’s ok to feel. It’s ok to express.” This is how we grow and become who we want to be.

Nova Kei - Music Producer / Photographer / Event Producer
Joel Toppin

I was always told “If something isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it”. That’s not always the case! You can always enhance and improve yourself. Given the right tools, you can discover that people, places and things are not always what they seem. Engaging in therapy with Vladimire has definitely empowered me with the insight to recognize, scrutinize and have a better understanding on life’s tricky moments.

Joel Toppin
Marcus

Therapy has help me look at the things I have done and why I receive certain results. It has also made me more conscious of how interact people.

Marcus
D from New York

Therapy for Black man is mostly looked at as a form of being weak. Me telling my peers that I attend therapy might even be laughed at with some of my immature friends. But those that are a bit more well rounded would agree that it’s needed to balance a very demanding lifestyle filled with daily pressures. Pressures like, being a black man in the workforce, being a black father, how we are perceived by the female gender and just being a black man in America can all lead to moments where we tend to act out of character. I did this often. I would let the weight of the world get so insurmountable that it would send me into spiraling depressive state or have me explode in rage. With therapy, I can now say that communication is KEY. It holds the key to the gate that either unleashes my anger or holds it in place. I possess that key now more than ever by talking out my challenges and constantly evaluating what makes me tick and why I feel the way I do when I do. It’s also helped me dive into family dynamics that I never thought even existed to that level. I love my sessions now and even though they are rough at moments I am better for them.

D from New York
Isaiah Frazier

Seeking outside counsel to help me become a better man and husband to my wife was the best decision I have made in my adulthood. It takes a sincere person and an individual who can perceive your problems through a lens that is culturally sensitive in order to provide constructive feedback. Luckily my wife and I were able to find all that and more in Vladimire. She has been with us at every step of our marriage and I still hear her words echo throughout my relationship with my wife and for that, I will be forever grateful for having someone so committed to our success.

Isaiah Frazier
Jeff

As a Black man, I was taught that therapy was for weak people. As I matured I realized that line of thinking was asinine and getting your feelings sorted out was one of the best things you can do. I love to workout and I think of therapy as a workout of the mind. Working out strengthens the body and keep it fresh and active. Therapy works out the mind. Keeping things bottled up isn’t a healthy way to live. I’m very open about going to therapy.  Women are much more accepting than men but hopefully, one day, we as Black men will be as comfortable doing therapy sessions as we are going to watch the game.

Jeff
Kevin

I am a middle-aged black man. Like many of us who grew up in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, therapy had never been in the forefront of my emotional development. After having gone through infidelity, on my part, and realizing just how that was a manifestation of deeper and underlying emotional frailties current and past, I fully support therapy as a healthy route to developing a more comprehensive understanding of myself. I love my development and perpetual growth I am experiencing and I could only have reached where I am by going through what I have been exposed to in my personal life and in my therapy sessions. My simple philosophy is that I am in a tunnel and am simply passing through, no matter the speed I am not stuck. I am moving in the most positive direction for me.

Kevin
Michael Collins, Jr.

Going to therapy as a black man has been a freeing experience. I didn’t grow up in the typical household where therapy was frowned upon. Going as a family, in HS and as an adult was seemingly something I was supposed to do. As I got more into my adult life, I began to realize how therapy was looked at in the black community and for black men. I personally am glad I was not told to “suck it up” and ignore my emotions. My dad was a proponent of it which helped shape my introspective ability.

Michael Collins, Jr.

Recently Added Therapists

We would like to welcome the following therapists to TherapyForBlackMen.org.

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    Kervin K. Searles, LPCA

    My goal is to work with you to understand your situation and figure out unique and concrete solutions that work for you. I am not here to fix you but rather lend a helping hand in you becoming more mentally healthy and strong. Everyone’s circumstance is distinctive and unlike any other person so it is Read more [...]

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    Shawnnell Batiste, LPC

    I am a Master’s Level Mental Health Professional who is currently licensed as a Professional Counselor in Texas and Louisiana. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University and my Masters of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. For over 19 years, I have used my time and talents to Read more [...]

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    Dr. Nicole Murray

    We all attempt to stop the feelings of depression and anxiety by doing it on our own. I bet you’ve tried physical distractions, talking with friends and family (sometimes strangers), online searches and endless hours on medical websites such as WebMd, trying to figure out what is going on with you. Even if you have Read more [...]

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    Sheena Myong Walker, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist

    Therapeutic change occurs through a supportive, trusting therapeutic relationship in which the clients’ strengths are identified and highlighted. In the context of the therapeutic relationship, it is my belief that the client can then heal and grow by increasing one’s awareness of self, challenging one’s old beliefs, learning new skills, establishing appropriate boundaries in relationships Read more [...]

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    G. Christopher Ray, Ph.D., LP

    Although you may not believe it, you are stronger than you think. Through our work in therapy, I will help you to find your strengths and learn to leverage them in times of need. I work collaboratively with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and family therapy. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, personality Read more [...]

  • Devonte Joynes

    “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.” – Robert Tew I first attended the University of Pittsburgh where I earned a BS in Psychology. I then earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Robert Morris University. Before joining the Life Revisions team, I worked with adolescents in a residential Read more [...]

  • Malcolm Bernard, LPC

    I remember when I started looking for a counselor. I knew things were not right but I wondered were they so bad that I needed to go to a stranger for help. After tossing around the idea in my head I worked up the courage to start calling people. Most counselors never returned my call Read more [...]

  • Osiris Wade

    Osiris Wade, Clinical Psychotherapist, is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and is the founder and CEO of Wade Counseling of Frisco, PLLC, an Outpatient Mental Health Counseling Practice in the heart of downtown Frisco; the “Gold Coast” of Texas. He is currently the President of the Northern Metro Counseling Association (NMCA), a local affiliated branch of Read more [...]

  • Jon Diggs, LPC

    It is my professional and personal belief that “life happens” which causes dis-ease in the mind. This impacts our feelings, thoughts and ideas about self and our relationships with others. I provide therapy for every day people working to become their best self. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. I’ve treated Read more [...]

  • Peter Fitts, LCSW-C

    Peter Fitts, LCSW-C has over 25 years of clinical experience as a therapist, clinical supervisor and manager of human service/child welfare programs. He is an adjunct faculty professor at Howard University School of Social Work in Washington, DC and a former adjunct professor at Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Fitts Read more [...]

  • Gabrey Milner, MA

    CONFIDENTIAL ONLINE APPOINTMENTS VIA VIDEO AVAILABLE! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT116263) who is adept at working with individuals, couples, adult families, and groups with complex and complicated life experiences and who come from diverse cultural backgrounds. My eclectic, depth-focused approach to psychotherapy uncovers the patterns and truths that hold you back. Read more [...]

  • Timothy Rogers, MA, LMFT

    I am a California State Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT, MFC101500). I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and am in pursuit of my Doctorate (PhD) in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. In my private practice, I successfully treat Adults, Couples, Youth & Families by helping them unearth, develop and Read more [...]

  • Kareem Puranda

    Kareem Puranda is a Board Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. His natural gift of helping people, initially lead him to a career in law enforcement. However, Kareem saw a dire need for counseling within the agency and the multi-cultural communities he patrolled. He transitioned into counseling to better serve the public. Read more [...]

  • Marcelle Craig

    Feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or isolated? I’d like to help! I am a California therapist providing video and phone sessions. I believe that we are the experts of our own lives and I’ll provide guidance on your goals of building positive connections and empowerment through transitions and challenges in your life. Therapy isn’t about telling Read more [...]

  • Dr. Cornelius Jones, CCTP

    Dr Cornelius Jones, is a professional counselor. He has a Ph.D in counseling. He works with clients to help them get to the root cause of their struggles instead of making a diagnosis the focal point of treatment. He has over a decade of clinical counseling experience. He works with men to address the challenges Read more [...]

  • A. Maurice Harvey. LCSW, LISW-CP

    ***There are currently 2 therapists in our offices and both are accepting new patients*** As it relates to being a person, I encourage everyone to find someone that they can trust and that they will allow to speak into their life- good, bad, and indifferent. Being a therapist, for me, is about helping people understand Read more [...]

  • Brian T. Jones, MA LMHC

    I practice with an eclectic blend of approaches including: Rogerian, Acceptance Commitment, Psychodynamic, and Motivational Interviewing Techniques. Given such a focus, I specialize in various conditions from Anxiety/Depression to Borderline Personality Disorder and Trauma. I have an active style which focuses on developing a sense towards committed action. Do not suffer silent and alone. Let’s Read more [...]

  • Justen L. DeBowles, LPC

    Welcome to the first step in improving your mental well-being. When working with an individual, I understand that life can be a very turbulent experience, full of unexpected twists, turns, and difficulties. However, it does not have to be negative. I am a firm believer that life should be enjoyable, and every one of us Read more [...]

  • Kenya R. Liddell

    Kenya R Liddell is the Founder, CEO, and Counselor for Mind Anew Counseling Services who enjoys working with individuals through all challenges of life, her specialty is grief recovery. Grief recovery refers to how an individual heal from emotional pain, loss, and/or sorrow from personal loss such as but not limited to death, divorce, career Read more [...]

  • Connie Omari PhD, LPC, NCC

    Hi. I’m Dr. Omari, but most of my clients call me Dr. O. Before you continue reading, please know that this page will not be your normal, everyday “About Me” Page. After all, your treatment is not about me, it’s about you. Besides, I know that what you really want is to know a) do Read more [...]

  • Inertia DeWitt, AMFT

    Most of my clients seek me out because they are wanting to engage in a process that is more reflective of their values and interests, and a traditional talk-therapist doesn’t appeal to them. You will likely be someone with an interest in greater understanding, self-development, spirituality, and have been on a journey of self-improvement for Read more [...]

  • Andre Charley

    I am a licensed Masters Level Clinical Social Worker. I strive to provide quality services to others that will enhance their lives by developing essential social, emotional, behavioral, and daily living skills in order for them to reach their full potential in a challenging society and within their family system. I have been working with Read more [...]

  • PORT Counseling & Consultation

    Welcome to PORT Counseling & Consultation! The meaning behind PORT Counseling comes from it’s dictionary definition: port/pȯrt (noun) city, town, or other place where ships load or unload. place along a coast in which ships may take refuge from storms; harbor. Within the context of the therapeutic process, PORT Counseling is a place where you Read more [...]

  • Jessica Hornage

    Welcome to Innate Counseling & Therapeutic Center! Are you feeling lost, off-balanced? Like things just don’t feel right inside and you’re not sure why? Mind won’t stop racing? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Scared? Or just simply need someone to talk to? Well, I’m here to help! I am a passionate mental health therapist dedicated to removing negative Read more [...]

  • Juanita E. Jackson, LCPC

    My mission is to develop and nurture a therapeutic relationship that enables individuals, couples and families to navigate through challenges to reach their full potential and live their best lives. I believe that everyone deserves fulfillment and have it within them to not only explore the possibilities, but to also make it happen. I am Read more [...]

  • Raynard D. Meridith, MA, LPC

    Raynard D. Meridith is a Licensed Professional Counselor with True Thoughts Counseling, LLC, who has obtained over 10 years of clinical experience as a Mental Health Therapist in Michigan. Raynard focuses his training and skills on the personal and professional develop of individuals desiring to develop coping skills for life transitions, anger management, grief and Read more [...]

  • Dr. Reginald Cunningham

    My name is Reginald Cunningham, a Doctor of Education, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I provide counseling and therapeutic services to adolescents, adults, and couples who need help in coping with their current and future situations. I am a graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, received Read more [...]

  • Mr. Rashad Mills

    I believe that every individual has the right to live their happiest life but many people need to gain awareness and insight regarding the barriers that stop from them doing so. It is my goal to create a safe, unbiased environment that fosters an individuals growth. One of my core beliefs is that therapy can Read more [...]

  • Chavone L. Crespo, MS, LMHC, LPC

    My name is Chavone Crespo and I am a licensed mental health professional who recently relocated to Denver, CO from New York City. I have several years of experience working with adult men and women in private practice and clinical settings. I hold a Master’s degree in mental health counseling and am licensed in Colorado Read more [...]

  • Candace Bynum

    If you are beginning your search for a therapist, you have already taken a courageous step. You may be at a place where the feelings you are experiencing and the circumstances you are in are creating a lot of distress. You want help, but perhaps are not sure what the therapy process is really all Read more [...]

Recently Added Coaches

We would like to welcome the following coaches to TherapyForBlackMen.org.

  • Judith Rapley, LCSW, ACC

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    Do you as a man, especially a man of color, feel ignored, or left out without options or avenues to address your emotional health and the way your mental health needs show up in your life? I provide a safe space and possibility where you can be free to express those hidden things, put down Read more [...]

  • Coach Kashan

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    What is the purpose of coaching: Helping others and unlocking their potential. We coach individuals, teens, adults, couples, families and teams to broaden their capacity and ability to create a better life experience, as well as broaden their capabilities and life skills. We focus on the two major areas of coaching: · Performance Coaching: Which Read more [...]

  • Kevin Thornton

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    Kevin Thornton is a Holistic Transformation Coach whose life’s purpose is to inspire, educate and motivate others to create the greatest versions of themselves mind, body and spirit. Kevin received his Masters of Science in Psychology in 2011 from Argosy University. During that time Kevin was coached by Iyanla Vanzant and her team. Kevin is Read more [...]

  • Djemie Maurancy, MSW

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    Your life circumstances do not have to define your future. My therapeutic techniques and Life coaching startegies are designed to transform your life’s hardest moments into the most powerful; allowing you to find success in all facets of life. As a therapist and life coach with over 12 years of expertise, I can assist you Read more [...]

  • Tray Kearney

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    I help men deal with matters of the heart. Whether it’s a disconnect from their mother or a totally devastating break-up. I give men tools to heal and get back on track with their lives so they can be successful in all areas of their lives.

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