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Black Men and Mental Health: A Snapshot


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.

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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.


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


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. 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, 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, provides proactive, multiculturally competent care to men of color. makes it easy for clients and therapists and coaches to connect with each other.

What Black Men Are Saying About Therapy


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.


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.

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.

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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
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.

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.

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

Recently Added Therapists

We would like to welcome the following therapists to


    Dr. Porsha Dodson

    Many of us struggle in silence as we attempt to maneuver through this thing called life, and many of us don’t reach out for support because we tell ourselves ‘I have to be strong’, or maybe we think ‘If I don’t think about it, it will just go away eventually.’ During these uncertain times we Read more [...]

  • Kia N. Alexander, MSW, LCSW

    As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey, I am wholly focused on helping you better understand and resolve the challenges you face. I offer support and guidance to individuals and families, specializing in women’s issues, survivors of domestic violence, and helping to build self-esteem. In addition, I am experienced in Read more [...]

  • Dr. April Brown, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Relationship and Sex Therapist and Qualified Clinical Supervisor

    Are you overwhelmed with COVID-19? Are you dealing with the loss of work, loved one, or freedom? Are you and your partner constantly arguing and not connecting? Is poor communication, lack of attention, and infidelity an issue? Are you struggling with your mental health, your relationships, spirituality, and daily living activities and you need someone Read more [...]

  • Isaac W. Collins, LMSW

    I am a licensed and board-certified master social worker with over 15 years of experience in individual, couples, and family therapy. My area of clinical focus includes anxiety and depression disorders, adjustment issues, major life transition issues, childhood trauma, relationship issues, identity and purpose, and overall social and emotional wellness. I utilize the cognitive behavioral Read more [...]

  • Georgia A. Bryce, LMFT, M.S, CPLC, MSEE

    Hello! I am Georgia A. Bryce and I am the proud owner of private practice, Building Families According To Pattern, LLC. I transitioned to the world of therapy after having worked in the field of environmental science and engineering for 16 years. I have been working for approximately 5 years as a clinical therapist in Read more [...]

  • Demetric L. Pentelton, LMHC, CASAC

    Individuals struggling with mental health disorders and symptoms of disorders find that it negatively impacts areas of their lives such as career and education, eating and sleeping, relationships, and overall physical health. I help individuals live their best lives by utilizing evidence-based therapies and counseling skills to overcome the challenges and barriers that interfere with Read more [...]

  • Uduak Afangideh

    Uduak Afangideh, M.Sc., ALC (under the supervision of Dr. Tarmen Siaway, (LPC-S) is a private practitioner in Montgomery, Alabama. Uduak has a Ph.D in genetics and has worked as a university professor for over 24 years. Her scientific background, her jobs in higher Education, her role as a Public Speaker for over 20 years and Read more [...]

  • Salome Saah

    Hello, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor for over 7 years now with a passion for helping people. Counseling for me is a passion, a passion to connect with another person and play a vital role in their self-development and awareness of themselves. I find this career extremely rewarding both personally and professionally. Initially my Read more [...]

  • Cyrell Roberson

    Cyrell Roberson provides psycho-educational assessments, neuropsychological evaluations and therapy at Summit Center for children, adolescents, and adults. Cyrell is a doctoral candidate in School Psychology at UC Berkeley where his research focuses on the psychosocial development of underserved gifted students. His work has been published in several journals including the Journal of Advanced Academics, the Read more [...]

  • LaToya Anderson, MS, NCC

    My name is LaToya Anderson. I am Pre-Licensed Counselor operating in Philadelphia, PA. As a Mental Health Therapist, I strive to improve and maintain the mental health of my clients. Through a person-centered point of view, I focus on building my client’s strengths, help to develop a sense of empowerment, and promote healthy mental well-being. Building Read more [...]

  • Eric FitzMedrud

    You want a healthy relationship and a fulfilling sex life but relationships are hard. Managing your own emotions of withdrawal or anxiety is hard enough, and getting to empathy and connection with your partner even harder. You want to bring the love in your heart out but that’s scary, painful, and you need support to Read more [...]

  • Brenda Banks

    Are you dealing with symptoms associated with trauma, addictions or anxiety? Have you notice that you have little or no memories, trouble sleeping or concentrating? Is there increased stress in your life due to feeling emotionally overwhelm, depression, self destructive behavior, loss of sense of “who you are”? If so, I’d like to help you. Read more [...]

  • Ruth Perez Tortoriello

    I am awed and inspired by the courage people display in taking control of their lives and working to better themselves and their futures. No one’s life looks the same. We’re all on different journeys and my job as a therapist is to help equip you to live your best life. Together, we will create Read more [...]

  • Cheryl Hurst, LCSW-R

    Therapy takes courages. It can be a challenging, interesting, vulnerable and illuminating experience. Taking this step to start mental health treatment is a step toward reaching your goals. Working through family difficulties, career stressors and life events take dedication. If you’ve found yourself stuck in a sprial of overthinking and not activating or experiencing a Read more [...]

  • Alan Vanell, LMHC

    In therapy, it is my goal to create a safe relationship that relies on trust, respect, and patience; to compose a pathway that allows for us to insightfully explore your inner thoughts and feelings to bring transformative changes and meaning to your present life. I work dynamically and collaboratively to explore your inner thoughts and Read more [...]

  • Antwan McKenzie-Plez

    Hey it’s Twan, I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in beautiful South Florida. I am known to many as “The Expectation Grief Specialist”, as much of my work with clients centers the impact that grief, in its many forms, plays in many of our presenting challenges. While grief of all types is an Read more [...]

  • Ubuntu Psychological Services – Dr. Jasmine Reed

    I am the owner of Ubuntu Psychological Services. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I provide compassionate therapeutic care to individuals and couples across the lifespan. My specialties include depression, anxiety, major life transitions, couples, stress management, career challenges, relationship break-ups, low self-esteem, and racial trauma. Also, I offer concierge services to those who live in Read more [...]

  • Dr Tiffany M Darby

    Dr. Darby has over 19 years of mental health services experience. She earned a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and can work with clients who reside in OH, PA and KY. Throughout her professional career, Dr. Darby has worked in a variety of Read more [...]

  • Dr. Alonda Alloway

    I’ve worked in the field of counseling/social work for over 20 years with individuals and groups ranging from children to elders. I’ve also served as an adjunct professor of social work for over 10 years. I enjoy helping individuals overcome obstacles. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and provide psycho-education because I want clients to understand Read more [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor

    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 [...]

Recently Added Coaches

We would like to welcome the following coaches to


    Garland Hunt Jr.

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    With several years experience in both the creative and counseling spaces, Garland has coached both business professionals and creatives alike, seeing radical shifts from survival mode to abundance in career, relationships, mind, body and soul.


    Meira Greenfeld

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    I provide trauma-informed coaching for BIPOC, mixed-race and other intersecting identifies to help them deal with the stress and overwhelm associated with overt racism as well as the build-up of cumulative microaggressions. The tools, strategies and mentoring that I provide are culled from years of community work and analytical and problem-solving skills acquired through my Read more [...]


    Sharona Anderson

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    As a life coach I can help guide you to take the necessary action steps toward living a fulfilling life. Dealing with life struggles can often make you feel trapped! Feeling emotionally trapped in your life. Sometimes men are not taught from childhood on how to process and talk about their feelings and painful experiences. Read more [...]

  • TBone (Thomas) McGowian

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    Stop self-sabotaging your life, career, business and relationships by identifying and activating your true strengths. Remember: Black is forged in resilience. TBone (Thomas) Gowan enjoys coaching leadership development, peak-performance, and trauma resiliency. Leadership Development Coaching TBone is the founder of the REVAMP LEADERSHIP CENTER ( He started this chapter of his career in 2015 after Read more [...]

  • LèMar Maverick Harrison

    Accepting New Clients: Yes

    Tнгоцgн му ғдᎥтн, клфшłeᏧge of сцlтцгэ & integrity Ꮷeveloped ғгом мў ŁIVED EҲPEЯĮÅИСЕS, Î Åm тнэ “СНДИGĘ” Î want to see in this world. In my service as a: Peer Support Specialist II Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator Non-Violent Communication (Advanced Facilitator) Social & Restorative Justice Advocate Иешlу Яeтцгпеd Çiтiżeп Сопsulтапт ғoг; ЦрŁэvel Шellпеss Ꮹум’s Read more [...]

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