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Welcome Kings! was born from the idea that Black men and boys face unique challenges and stigmatization, and therefore need a dedicated space for seeking and finding mental health support. We’ve made it our mission to strip away that stigmatization and ease the process of finding help. By providing targeted resources and a database filled with professionals equipped to support men of color, our users can now obtain the help they need and deserve.
Vladimire Calixte

Vladimire Calixte, Founder of Therapy For Black Men

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 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 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 psychology for twenty 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.

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 17 years.

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Benjamin Calixte

Benjamin Calixte, Founder of Therapy For Black Men

My greatest pleasure in life was being a stay-at-home dad. Second to that, my passion is coaching and being able to guide people to reach their utmost potential.

Growing up, my father encouraged my brothers and I to participate in various sports. I played basketball, football, baseball, and ran track. As such, coaching felt like a natural fit for me.

Through both fatherhood and my vocational calling to lift others, I’ve learned that the right support can have a massive impact on a person’s psyche and overall well-being. That’s why I found it imperative to provide a resource catering to the needs of Black men. My wife and I designed this forum so that Black men could be better educated on mental health matters. Furthermore, we wanted to facilitate a culturally relevant social media presence to offer daily inspiration, and allow black men to connect and encourage one another.

Benjamin is a certified professional coach with a holistic approach to health and wellness. He has seventeen years of experience in customer relations and eight years of experience in a managerial capacity. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Brooklyn College and has earned a certification as a life and executive coach from New York University. Benjamin is committed to addressing the current system designed to the detriment of Black Men. As such, he has lent his voice to help raise awareness in place-based policies, unconscious, implicit bias, inclusion, the empathy gap, and human expectations & perceptions. Benjamin has spoken before various organizations (Walmart, Congressional Black Caucus, etc.) in addition to his present work as a Couples Coach.

In his free time, Benjamin loves to read, write and play sports. He’s most proud of being a happily married father of two children, and he has been married to Vladimire for 17 years.

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Brian Chamberlain

Brian Chamberlain, Technical Support Director at Therapy for Black Men

I know personally the value of the work that Vladimire and Benjamin are supporting and encouraging through this website. When I was close to finishing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, I became severely depressed and could barely function. After much resistance, I went into a single-issue-focused therapy with a limit of 10 sessions. The same approach I had been learning in the advanced clinical internship! It did not take the full ten sessions to break up the logjam and move on with life. Now, coming full circle, I'm very grateful for the opportunity to support the therapists and coaches on the site and the visitors seeking their help.

Brian has been with us right from the beginning when we started the website three years ago.

He studied psychology at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada, and was awarded the Governor General's Medal, Chancellor's Prize, and President's Prize in Psychology at graduation. He went on to study clinical psychology at McGill University with a full fellowship, earning an M.Sc.A. degree and completing most of the work toward a Ph.D.

Brian has always had an affinity for mathematics and computers and has pursued a career in Information Technology. He has been Manager of Information Systems for eight years at a financial services consulting company. He also worked for a major telecommunications company and an email marketing services company. When the last company he worked for ( was sold and moved to a different city, he started working as a freelancer.

When Brian's eyes are not on a computer screen, he likes to read, listen to music, and dabble in photography. He has also had a lifelong interest in the non-dual spiritual traditions (Zen Buddhism, Advaita, etc.) and has benefited from their healing power.

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Sacheen Sawney

Sacheen Sawney, Virtual Care Executive Manager at Therapy for Black Men

Sacheen Sawney is a creative and former special events producer. Once the Senior Manager of Special Events at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. She produced programs liked A Night at the Museum, children’s sleepover program, the AMNH Annual Halloween Celebration and is the creator of A Night at the Museum Sleepover for Grown-UPS.

Sacheen joined the non-profit organization Mentoring Up in 2018 as Creative Director and enthusiastically supports the organization’s mission of women investing in women. Joining the organization sparked a deep connection to community-based initiatives that serve as resources in wellness, balance, wholeness, education, and health.

In 2021 she became the General Manager for Spiked Spin Wellness Co., in an effort to contribute towards the brand's mission of encouraging generational health within communities of color. She wholeheartedly embraces the notion of being a disruptor of “norms” and uplifting her community.

As Virtual Care Executive Manager for Therapy for Black Men, Sacheen is delighted to serve our community of kings on their journey towards wholeness. She is passionate about being an instrument and agent of care, assisting our men of color navigate the challenges and stigmas associated with mental health, while connecting them to the best experience and benefits of therapy. It is her true intention to help align kings with their greatness. With proud Caribbean heritage, Sacheen resides in New York and is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Psychology.

She is committed to becoming the most balanced version of herself and finds divine purpose in helping others achieve the same.

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Sabrina Lamour

Sabrina Lamour, Celebrity Photographer at Therapy for Black Men

Sabrina Lamour is a worldwide photographer, dubbed Natural Eye due to the organic, personable, and relatable connection she brings to every shoot. Born in Haiti, raised in NYC, Sabrina's grassroots remain in New York, but her vision is so far beyond the big city.

In addition to traveling across the US, Sabrina has traveled to Israel, Palestine, Africa, Turkey, Canada, France, and London on photographic missions. Some of her photographs have been featured in Vogue magazine. Other notable works include: Pioneer Girls Conference, RGE Foundation Annual Conference, NY Fashion Week, SuperBowl XLIV Miami, OTFPWA Red Carpet Event & Fashion Show, POI Awards, GHSL wear, Sister 2 Sister, III & Long Foundation Charity Event, Afro B. album release, A Night w/Chrisette Michele, MLK Now, and more.

Sabrina graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a B.S. in Human & Community Services.

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Aramis Grant

Aramis Grant, Writer and Editor at Therapy For Black Men

Aramis Grant is a writer based in New York, NY, holding a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY New Paltz, and an M.A. in Media and Communications from Pace University.

Aramis's podcast on dating and relationships – Deliberdating – can be found on all major streaming platforms. Her writings have been featured on Thought Catalog and P.S. I Love You. She has served as a writer and editor for the Love & Sex section of the women's interest website, Everything Girls Love, and has written copy for a popular New York City matchmaker.

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Nicole Max

Nicole Max, Writer and Content Editor at Therapy for Black Men

In fourth grade, Nicole won the Edgar Allen Poe award for writing and decided that was as good a sign as any to pursue a career in the writing field.

After studying production, script and creative writing in college, Nicole moved into the entertainment industry and has worked in casting, field production, and development on a number of unscripted and documentary television projects.

Today, Nicole works as a Development Producer in New York and often pens creative pitches to help sell new shows to major cable networks and streaming platforms. She wholeheartedly believes in Vladimire and Benjamin's mission of creating a platform that's accessible and judgement-free to Black men as they seek therapy, and can't wait to help in editing content for the site.

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Davian Chester, Artist

Davian Chester, Illustrator/Graphic Designer at Therapy for Black Men

Davian Chester is a creative from Columbus, Georgia. He is best known as the Juneteenth Guy after calling out Google over their lack of a Juneteenth Google Doodle. The tech giant finally released an official Juneteenth Google Doodle in 2020. Since then, Davian has made a major social statement with his art. By Illustrating the Black Experience, his work has brought awareness and initiated multiple discussions in the African American community. He is currently a regular contributor to the Miami Times.

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