Find Black & African American Therapists in NYC

Although only 12% of the U.S. population is black, they account for nearly 19% of those affected by mental illnesses, according to some studies. Despite such statistics, only about one-quarter of black people seek mental health care – compared to 40% of white people. For black and African American individuals, finding a therapist who shares their racial identity is often one of the most important factors in the therapist search. They may find black therapists more in a position to understand their culture, values, and experiences, especially those relating to oppression, racism, and intergenerational trauma.

Find Black and African-American therapist in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens below. Visit these therapists’ profiles to watch an introductory video, or book a free initial call to find the right therapist for you.

Black & African-American Therapists in NYC

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Finding black and African-American therapists in NYC

How many black therapists are there in the U.S.?

According to the American Psychological Association, African Americans account for 5.3% of the psychology workforce. There are additional black and African American social workers, counselors, and psychiatrists.

How much are black therapists’ average session fees in NYC?

Regardless of race or ethnicity, therapists in New York City charge on average $150 - $200 per session. Many black therapists offer a sliding scale, or lower fees, for individuals who cannot otherwise afford to pay for therapy.

What are some obstacles that may prevent individuals in the black community from seeking therapy?

Stigma is a common obstacle to therapy, regardless of demographic, race, class, and background.

However, specific concerns that prevent black people from seeking therapy may include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Distrust of “outside” help: It may be considered inappropriate to discuss one’s problems with an unknown individual.

  • Unspoken taboo surrounding discussions of mental illness in general, even with close family members and friends.

  • Lack of culturally competent providers, and/or providers who misdiagnose symptoms.

  • Disappointing prior experience with therapy, e.g., previous mental health practitioner or support group didn’t understand cultural nuances.

  • As with all demographics, cost and insurance is often a factor when seeking therapy.

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