20 Resources You Can Use to Find a Therapist of Color
Deciding to seek therapy is not easy. Unfortunately, once you’ve made that decision, it can be even harder to find a therapist to meet your mental health needs. Between insurance, budget, specialty, modalities offered, and so many other factors, the search to find a therapist is difficult. To add to that difficulty, finding someone that looks like you AND meets your needs can feel damn near impossible. And you wouldn’t be wrong for feeling this way either. The most recent psychology workforce study from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015 showed that 86 percent of psychologists in the U.S. workforce were white, 5 percent were Asian, 5 percent were Hispanic, 4 percent were black/African-American and 1 percent were multiracial or from other racial/ethnic groups. Mind you the U.S. population as a whole is 62 percent white and 38 percent racial/ethnic minority. To make your journey to mental health a little easier, we have compiled a list of 20 resources to help you find a therapist of color.
Founded in 1968, The Association of Black Psychologists is a community of Black mental health professionals whose goal is to have a positive impact upon the mental health of the national Black community through planning, programs, services, training, and advocacy. Their website offers a directory of Psychologists who are members of The Association of Black Psychologists who own and operate their private practice or are employed as therapists. The directory allows you to search for practitioners by area and by specialty.
Description: The Asian Mental Health Collective (AMHC) is a nonprofit that aims to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community. Through projects such as AMHC’s Facebook group, resource library, therapist directory, and community blog, AMHC hopes to not only provide mental health support but also facilitate the difficult conversations needed to advance mental health in Asian communities worldwide.
Ayana Therapy is an organization that intends to improve the lack of engagement between minorities and the mental health care industry by addressing cost, stigma, and cultural competency. Ayana Therapy does this by matching those seeking mental health care with licensed professionals that share their unique traits, values, and sensibilities. You can get started by taking their questionnaire, getting matched with a licensed counselor, and booking your first appointment. In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, Ayana Therapy is offering affordable therapy through a monthly membership at $60/session (single session pricing is also available).
The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists, and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities. BEAM offers a virtual wellness directory to find a virtual Black therapist, doula, yoga teacher, mediator, and more.
Black Female Therapists (BFT) is a platform created to promote, inspire, and elevate other black female therapists and create a safe space for black mental health. BFT’s mission is to 1) remove the stigma around mental health in the Black community; 2) provide a platform for Black women and men to find therapists they relate to; and 3) aid in the mission of supporting mental health in the Black Community. BFT offers a directory to find mental health professionals by location and specialty. Additionally, BFT offers weekly classes to members, daily text affirmations (for $1.99/month), a podcast called 15 Minutes on the Couch, and a blog.
Founded originally as a Facebook group in 2016, Clinicians of Color, LLC (COC) has over 12,000 members and its goal is to help therapists of color start or grow their practice. Additionally, COC provides a directory for those looking for mental health clinicians of color in your state. You can use their search page to filter your results by insurance, meeting location type, and other factors important to you.
Inclusive Therapists is a platform intended to create a safer, simpler way to find mental health care. This platform centers on the needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and the LGBTQIA2S+ communities. The team believes that all people with all abilities in all bodies deserve equal access to identify affirming, culturally responsive care. Inclusive Therapists offers a search feature to find a therapist by location, specialty, and more and they also offer support to match you with therapists as well.
The Institute of Muslim Mental Health is committed to the Muslim community’s emotional health and wellbeing by supporting and mobilizing a network of mental health professionals to ensure all American Muslims have access to high-quality resources. The Institute provides a variety of resources to support mental health professionals, but they also generate research to better serve the community. Additionally, this platform also offers a directory of mental health professionals that allows you to search for mental health providers in your area.
Latinx Therapy was founded in 2018 with the mission to destigmatize mental health in the Latinx community. Since then, this platform has expanded to become a bilingual podcast and national directory to find a Latinx Therapist (98% of mental health providers listed in the directory are Spanish speakers). Latinx Therapy strives to provide culturally-grounded workshops and services to our community.
Melanin & Mental Health connects individuals with Black and Latinx therapists committed to serving the mental health needs of our communities. This platform allows individuals seeking mental health support to search for specialists by a variety of categories including issues, insurance, language, and more.
Melanin Therapy has a comprehensive directory of therapists with treatment options designed to meet the unique mental health needs of African Americans and People of color. The platform allows individuals seeking mental health support to search through detailed listings of Black Therapists in every state.
MyTru Circle is a platform that allows individuals seeking mental health support to find a mental health provider in their area. Additionally, the platform offers several resources including reasons for therapy, frequently asked questions, and crisis/helplines.
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network seeks to advance healing justice by transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color. The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a space for queer, gender non-conforming, and trans therapists of color to build, resource, and support one another as clinicians and healers. NQTTCN will provide a network of support for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) seeking transformative mental health resources rooted in social justice and liberation.
Psychology Today is a magazine that launched in 1967 that has expanded into an online magazine and resource. Additionally, Psychology Today offers a directory of therapists, psychiatrists, support groups, and treatment facilities near you.
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. This platform allows you to search for providers for in-office therapy near you or virtual. Additionally, Therapy for Black Girls has a podcast that you can listen to now, an online community, and a blog with posts covering a wide range of topics.
Therapy for Black Kids is a platform dedicated to the well-being and emotional health of Black youth. Therapy for Black Kids’ mission is to offer educational information and resources to parents to promote healthy emotional development and resilience among Black children, teens, and their families. The platform offers several resources including a Therapist Locator page and a Parenting Resource Center.
TherapyforBlackMen.org wants to break the stigma that asking for help is a sign of weakness. With a rapidly growing directory of 165 therapists and 32 coaches throughout the fifty states thus far, their goal is to provide judgment-free, multiculturally-competent care to Black men. Their therapist directory allows you to search for therapists by location, specialty, insurance, and much more.
Therapy for Latinx was created to make the process of finding a mental health provider as easy as possible. This platform asks that you think of their website as a Yelp for therapists that look and talk like you. Search their listings to find therapists that honor who you are, provide services with dignity. Additionally, their website provides several resources including book recommendations, crisis hotlines, mental health screening, and more.
Therapy for Queer People of Color (QPoC) is a mental health network and group therapy practice based in Atlanta, Georgia. Their goal is to increase access to quality and inclusive mental healthcare for queer and trans folks of color through empowerment & education. Therapy for Queer People of Color offers individual therapy, group therapy, and coaching. If you are searching for a therapist, they offer a free video consultation to help match you with a therapist. Additionally, QPoC also offers a therapist directory that you can use to search for a therapist by several factors including location, specialty, sex/gender spectrum, payment options, and more.
Zen Care’s mission is to improve the therapist search process. This platform aims to help those seeking mental health care by making it easier to search by personalizing the search to your needs. When you first get to the site, the search directory is the first thing you see. Zen Care helps you begin your search by asking why you’re seeking help, the type of care you are seeking (individual therapy, medication management, family therapy, and more), and once you enter your search you can filter by insurance type accepted and budget. They also vet all the therapists they list in their directory to help ensure quality.
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