Hello, my name is Vladimire Calixte. I am the founder of TherapyForBlackMen.org. Being a mental health professional has been one of my greatest joys. I created this site so men and boys of color would have a dedicated place to visit when seeking support for mental health guidance or professionals. In addition, this site was created to help strip away the stigmatization associated with men of color regarding therapy in their communities at large.
As a child, I grew up without a father in the household. I would see children interact with their father and yearn for that connection. The void I felt was immeasurable. However, as a mother now, I see the positive impact my husband has on our children day in and day out. Furthermore, as a therapist, I witness first hand the courage men show each and every day during therapy. How the power of sharing ones’ story in a compassionate, judgment-free environment helps put you on a path to healing.
We all have experienced some form of trauma in our lives. However, in the Black community, Black men are told to be strong, walk it off, don’t cry, and to man-up. With TherapyForBlackMen.org, you do not have to go on this journey alone!
I’m a multiple award-winning expert on mental health, self-esteem, abuse, addiction, and relationships. I work with children, adolescents, women, men, couples, and families from all walks of life, including celebrities, politicians, and professional athletes.
I hold a Sociology degree from Hunter College and a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from New York University. I’ve worked in the field of psychology for over eighteen years and have helped various clients around the world overcome addiction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, sexual abuse, and PTSD. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy, and am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
I love to write, sing, cook and dance. I am most proud of being a happily married mother of two children. I’ve been married to Benjamin for 15 years.
Hello, my name is Benjamin Calixte. I am the co-founder of TherapyForBlackMen.org.
It was imperative for us to have a resource catering to the needs of black men. We designed this forum where black men could be educated on mental health matters. Furthermore, we facilitated a culturally relevant social media presence that offers daily inspiration that allows black men to connect and encourage one another. We also wanted to control our own narrative.
I am a certified professional coach, and I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Although my passion is to guide people to their utmost potential, my greatest pleasure is being a stay-at-home dad and coach. I grew up playing various sports and understand the importance of how cultivating good work ethnics and team collaboration applies to everything that we do in life. Also, I’m a big proponent of the importance of learning your child’s love language; actually how I engage my children. I firmly believe that it’s not what I leave to my children, but what I instill in them that will impact seven generations over.
I have over 15 years of experience in customer relations and 8 years of experience in a managerial capacity. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College and have earned a certification as a Life and Executive Coach from New York University.
I love to read, write and play sports. I am most proud of being a happily married father of two children. I’ve been married to Vladimire for 15 years.
Strength still needs support!
* Brian Chamberlain is the developer of the TherapyForBlackMen.org site.