Mental Health Therapists for People of Color
Good seeing this New York Times article, “It’s Hard to Search for a Therapist of Color. These Websites Want to Change That.” with a list of directories and websites for mental health professionals, counselors, and therapists who are culturally competent. Studies have shown that mental health treatments can be more effective when a client feels that their therapist values culture.
Where to Find a Therapist of Color
- Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian American (APISSA) Therapist Directory and Asian Canadian Therapist Directory, at Asian Mental Health Collective
- South Asian Therapists southasiantherapists.org
- Mental Health Provider Directory, at South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network
- Melanin and Mental Health
- Ayana Therapy – Mental healthcare for marginalized and intersectional communities
- Innopsych www.innopsych.com/findatherapist – Find your therapist of color
- Black Men Heal blackmenheal.org
- Black Virtual Wellness Directory – Find a Virtual Black therapist, doula, yoga teacher, mediator and much more (at Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective)
- Therapy for Black Girls
- Therapy for Black Men
- Find a Black and African American Therapist, at Psychology Today
- Inclusive Therapists www.inclusivetherapists.com
- National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
This blog post was made in July 2021, BIPOC Mental Health Month. Please make this list even more helpful and add to this list by contacting the curator.
Suggestions from that New York Times article—
Tips on finding a culturally competent therapist
Keep in mind that online therapist directories do not always have the resources to verify licensing or vet the quality of the therapist, so it’s important to do your own due diligence. First, make sure that your therapist is licensed and in good standing with their licensing board. …
After you’ve located someone promising, ask for a free “get to know you” session where you can interview the therapist about treatments and cultural competence, said Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, a professor at Utah State University and an expert in multicultural psychology.
Dr. Rodríguez suggested asking the following questions:
- What is your approach to treating my issue?
- Do you use an evidence-based treatment? If so, what it is called?
- How often do you work with Black, Indigenous and other people of color?
- What challenges have you faced in providing services to people of color and how have you addressed them?
Other Good Links
21 Mental Health Resources for BIPOC (and 5 Tips to Finding the Right Therapist for You), at purewow.com
Top 61 BIPOC Addiction & Mental Health Resources (The Summit Wellness Group)
BIPOC/AAPI Mental Health Resources, at NAMI New Hampshire
Black Underrepresentation in Addiction Treatment – Discusses the idea of ‘underrepresentation’ — common barriers, legal biases and the importance of cultural competency.
A Guide to Addiction and Recovery for African Americans – African Americans may experience more barriers to treatment and this guide can help one become aware of payment options and how to find providers.
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