Vladimire Calixte, Founder of TherapyForBlackMen.org
As a child, I grew up without a father in the household. As I saw other children interact with their fathers, I felt an immeasurable void, and I yearned for that connection. Through my past personal struggles and my professional background as a therapist, I understand we all have experienced some form of trauma in our lives. In working with men of color, I’ve encountered the ever present narrative in which Black men are told to “be strong”, “walk it off”, “don’t cry”, and “man up”. I’m here to tell you that these are the wrong messages. You’re not meant to go on your journey alone!
Now, as a mother and wife, 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. I know how the power of sharing one's story in a compassionate, judgment-free environment helps put them on a path to healing. I started TherapyForBlackMen.org so all Black men could find strength in healing.
Vladimire is a multiple award-winning expert on mental health, self-esteem, abuse, addiction, and relationships. She works with children, adolescents, women, men, couples, and families from all walks of life, including celebrities, politicians, and professional athletes. She holds a sociology degree from Hunter College and a Master’s degree in applied psychology from New York University. She has worked in the field of psychology for over eighteen years and has helped various clients around the world overcome addiction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, sexual abuse, and PTSD. Vladimire provides individual, couples, and family therapy, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
When she’s not counseling others, she loves to write, sing, cook and dance. She is most proud of being a happily married mother of two children, and she’s been married to her husband, Benjamin, for 16 years.