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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.

20 – 24

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

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
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
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.
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
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
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
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

Recently Added Therapists

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

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    KaiRashia Boyce Rasberry

    Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to Read more [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    Clayton Hunt, LCSW

    I work collaboratively with clients to establish mutually agreed upon therapeutic goals and provide a comfortable space to explore, discuss, and be heard. My therapy style combines DBT, CBT and Motivational Interviewing therapies and is tailored to the specific needs of each individual. With these approaches, I empower my clients to identify and achieve their Read more [...]

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    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 [...]

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    Shanta Pamphile

    You don’t ever have to go at it alone. I believe that everyone needs a support system and so therapy is a place where that can happen. I often describe my work as a journey as much of my role in this work involves being a co-pilot or co-author of your story. I seek to Read more [...]

  • Trinetta Powell

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. My Master’s degree is in Counseling from the University of South Alabama.I have a broad range of experience including depression, bipolar disorder, autism, anxiety, chronic unemployment, trauma, depression, addiction, life adjustment issues, Bi-Polar disorder, attachment disorder, family/relationship related issues and transition planning for ISD Read more [...]

  • The Bridges Wellness Group, LLC

    The Bridges Wellness Group (BWG) is dedicated to providing counseling, coaching, and development services to families and individuals facing mental health-related challenges. We specialize in individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, grief and loss counseling, and career counseling. Our goal is to work with our clients to assist them on their journey as Read more [...]

  • Demetra Caston, LPC, NCC

    I believe therapy is personal and should be tailored to fit your specific needs. As a parent, I understand how it feels when your child is going through something and you don’t know what to do to help them. As a wife, I understand the struggles of marriage-especially when you and your spouse are at Read more [...]

  • Tytannie Harris, LCSW

    Tytannie Harris, LCSW is a Clinical Therapist and owner of TMH Behavioral Services, P.C. Harris is confident in her ability to tap into your inner strength via an environment of compassion and support. She specializes in solution focused and strengths-based therapy bringing years of experience working with men from all walks of life. She is Read more [...]

  • Polly Clinical Services

    The world moves at a fast pace. As you come across life’s challenges, you may find that you need a helping hand in transforming from a caterpillar into a butterfly. It is in this pruning process that we learn who we are. My approach in working with you is of genuine care, acceptance, and non Read more [...]

  • Marcus R. Patterson, Psy.D.

    Welcome. Most people seek therapy when they feel something in their life is just not quite right. Maybe you have identified the problem – anxiety, depression, or poor relationship patterns. Or maybe you are not sure, but you know something is off. The clinicians at Full Circle help our clients figure out what is at Read more [...]

  • Dr. Sonya Boggs-Alston

    Finding an experienced trauma informed therapist in light of daily life stressors and scheduling conflicts, can be difficult. Attending therapy should not add additional stress to your life! For this reason, I offer in-office, mobile, online, school-based and tele-therapy.  I enjoy helping others heal emotional wounds, improve communication skills, and develop positive coping strategies. My goal Read more [...]

  • Shandra J. Ross, MS, NCC, LPC, LCAS, CHt, DCC, CSI

    I began my professional career in North Carolina State Government, with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 1996 for eight years. In 2004, I transitioned to the mental health/substance abuse field where I held various positions within public mental health agencies. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Read more [...]

  • Valyncia N. Graham

    Now accepting most major insurance plans! Have you found yourself in the same relationships over and over. DO you feel STUCK in unhealthy relationships with your family and friends? Have you ever said to yourself “How did I get here again?” Do you have difficulty saying “no?” Unhealthy relationships can leave us heartbroken and unfulfilled. Read more [...]

  • Dr. Andre R. Marseille

    Hi! My name is Dr. Andre Marseille. I am an internationally trained Existentialist and Positive Psychotherapist (PPT). Not to be confused with Positive Psychology, my goals in therapy are to help clients achieve Life-Balance. According to PPT, life can be viewed in four domains including: (1) body/health, (2) work/achievement, (3) relationships/traditions, and (4) meaning/fantasy/spirituality. The Read more [...]

  • Clifford J. Clark, LLMSW, CSAT-C

    With more than 15 years of working with diverse populations in marriage and relationships, inpatient psychiatry, community centers, health care, and church settings, my specialty is Sex Addiction, Marriage/Couples and Men’s Issues, . I am a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (C) treating the full spectrum of sexually addictive behaviors and paraphilic disorders. My integrative therapy Read more [...]

  • Danny R. Gibson

    I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), with Master’s Degrees in both Psychology and Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. I have private practice offices in the mid-city area of Los Angeles and in downtown Los Angeles. My role as a psychotherapist is to provide a safe and nurturing therapeutic environment for clients to Read more [...]

  • Dr. Bobby L Armstrong, II

    My desire is to help and to assist you in OVERCOMING your obstacles and EMPOWER yourself to live the life you desire , whether you are seeking therapy as an individual , a couple, a parent or a family , the focus and end point will always be to come to a conclusion that is Read more [...]

  • Dr. Kristina Daniels

    Life can feel overwhelming at times. Some might find it difficult to find the emotional courage to seek psychotherapy when you are already dealing with a quagmire of complex competing loyalties, identities, and personal and political conflicts. Whether you are dealing with the stress of racial identity, cultural integration, concerns related to fertility, substance abuse, Read more [...]

  • Jelisha Gatling, LMFT

    As a marriage & family therapist, my work centers on helping couples and individuals navigate relationship issues. Whether you are single, dating, married, or in between….it’s important to heal from past wounds to experience yourself and your relationships in more positive ways. We all have baggage….baggage from our childhood…baggage from past relationships….. I can help Read more [...]

  • Martinez I. Sellers, MTS, AMFT

    As a black man, I too have suffered from a great deal of mental health challenges in my past that I did not know how to navigate through… but there is HELP! I am a Mental Health Therapist in the Los Angeles, Inland Empire, and Lake Arrowhead Areas in Southern California specializing in Adolescent, Young Read more [...]

  • Crystal Joseph, CCM, LCPC, LPC

    Are you tired of drab, mundane, and ordinary? I hope to be the supportive, empowering, complementary professional to your presenting issue(s). If you are an “out-of-the-box” person, seeking a unique solution, I may be the counselor for you! I have over ten years of clinical and research experience. I hope my love for research and Read more [...]

  • Dr. Alvin Sutherland, Jr.

    We commit to staying on the leading edge of the exploration and discovery of human potential. Your decision to seek counseling heralds a turning point in your life. In our rapidly changing world, people often seek professional guidance to remain on an even keel. We currently serve 11 counties in the metro Atlanta area providing Read more [...]

  • William H. Hemphill II

    I work with couples because I have been married for over 20 years and know some of the challenges and rewards of being in a stable relationship. Also, as a child of divorce I understand some of the damage and trauma a broken relationship can bring to children. In particular I draw upon spiritual traditions Read more [...]

  • Mrs. Socrotiff Michael

    Reaching out for help, often time is not easy; whether you are an individual, couple or family; however, it can be the best decision you can make for your life and your relationship. Having a safe place to process your feelings and move towards becoming a healthy whole person can make have a tremendous impact Read more [...]

  • Aja Burks, LMSW

    My goal is to provide a safe place where you feel heard, a place to be yourself. Whatever you are faced with, I will be with you along the way to help address things that may hinder you from finding the peace and balance to achieve your goals. I will always provide a safe space Read more [...]

  • Kimberly Gist Miller, M.S., LMFT

    Psychotherapy is a wonderful opportunity to shed light on those issues in life where we are having difficulty, so that individuals and couples can begin to make the necessary changes in their relationships and lives. I am most known for my candor, honesty, humor and my ability to help clients get to the root of Read more [...]

  • Janelle Gray, LPC

    I’m located in Houston, Texas and primarily use a solution based approach with my clients. I specialize in anger management, stress management, and effective communication skill building.

  • Natalie Graves

    So, what brings you’re here today? What are some goals you would like to achieve? That’s what I want to know in the first session when we meet. I have a passion for helping athletes. When you meet with me, you enter a space that is non-judgmental, comfortable and safe. I pride myself in building Read more [...]

Recently Added Coaches

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

  • 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 [...]

  • John Augillard III

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    For the brother who wants someone to talk to without losing his dignity. Someone who can relate to you, listen to you and truly understand. I am that man. For the brother who is looking to enhance his business or career, but finds no one willing to share insider information. I am that man. I Read more [...]

  • Coach Xander

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    You are not alone. I have been there too. You’ve got no time for yourself. You have so much going on. You are being pulled in so many directions. When will it be your turn? I’m here to help you stop the madness. Let’s make a plan to get your life back on track. Are 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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