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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month + DMV-based, Black Mental Health Providers

May is Mental Awareness Month. Psychology Today reports that, Approximately one in five adults in the United States, 43.8 million, or 18.5%, experiences a mental illness in a given year and approximately one in five youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental health disorder at some point during their lifetime.” Within the African American community, there are longstanding stigmas surrounding mental health, and research has found that many African Americans rely on faith, family and social communities for emotional support rather than turning to health care professionals, even though medical or therapeutic treatment may be necessary, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. The Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health reports that are African Americans  10% more likely to experience serious psychological distress.

In recent years, mental health conversations have been taking place openly and more frequently. Depression, for the most part, is no longer a taboo topic; we’re transparent about our struggles with depression and the benefits of therapy. Awhile back, we created an Instagram post asking for recommendations for Black therapists. We received an overwhelming response. We took that post and created a comprehensive list of local practitioners.

Below is a list of DC, MD, VA based therapists and psychologists addressing a variety of topics from mood disorders and relationship struggles, to postpartum and children. This list is ongoing; please continue sharing your suggestions and we’ll add them.

This month, especially in light of our current COVID circumstances, please prioritize your mental well-being. If you need to talk to someone, check out the list below, or shoot us an email or DM and we’ll support in anyway we can.

Washington, DC:

Akoma Counseling

Dr. Alicia Hodge

Dr. Amber Thornton

Dr. Daryl Johnson

Dr. Nicole Alford

Dr. Shareefa Your Neighborhood Psychologist (Vermont Ave)

Dr. Valeka Moore


Family Psychological Services of Capitol Hill PLLC

Jihan Madyun LICSW, RYT, TCYMT , The Fulfillment Project (NW)

Kristin Winchester , Her Therapy Space

Magnolia Mental Health (H Street)

Nichola K. Brown LICSW, LCSW-C (DC, MD, NJ)

Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word Group Therapy Associates (Petworth & VA)

Therapy To A Tea (NW)

Xanthia Johnson Urban Playology (Dupont Circle)


Bolton Therapy (Baltimore)

Brighter Hope Wellness Center (Clarksville)

Clays Temple Hills (Temple Hills)

Crystal Joseph, LCPC, LPC, ACS Poundcake and Private Practice (Bethesda)

Core Empower Health (Suitland)

Desirée L. Israel, LCSW-C of Motherland Co. (Baltimore)

Diversified Lifestyle Services (National Harbor)

Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka (Silver Spring, DC)

Dr. Ajita Robinson (Bethesda)

Dr. Lenese Stephens of Hopefull Counseling LLC (Lanham, White Plains)

Dr. Tyra Berger, MSMFT, LCPC (Laurel)

Dr. Vivid

Dr Jendayo Grady, Ask Dr. Grady (Upper Marlboro)

Erica St.Bernard, LCMFT (Bowie)

Haarppp Theraputic Services (Greenbelt)

Healasista, Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C (Baltimore)

Infinite Wellness, LLC

Jackson Wellness Group (Bethesda)

Jaree Cottman, LCSW-C (Baltimore)

Jene Colette of Mending Minds Wellness Center (Largo)

Key of Hope Consultants (Baltimore)

L.A.C.E. – Licensed Psychotherapist for Athletes (Laurel)

Mercia Cummings NCC, LPC, LCPC, Illumine LLC (Waldorf)

Methods Therapy LLC (Clinton)

Mautez Lovett, LCPC, NCC, Therapeutic Freedom (Upper Marlboro)

NyLu Theraputic Solutions (Silver Spring)

Onyx Therapy Group (MD, DC, PA)

Paula Encourages Pace Consulting (College Park)

Re-New Psychologial Services (Silver Spring)

Renee Davis , She Sparks Change

Resilient Child Therapy (Largo)

TherapyWorks By Angela Hill (Waldorf)

Turntable Counseling (Beltsville & Gaithersburg)

Transcend Clinical Services (Upper Marlboro)

The Stone Foundation (Towson)

Therapy Is My Jam (Bethesda)

Unstuck Counseling (Laurel)

QCI Behavioral Health (Largo, White Plains, Hagerstown)


Ashley Peterson LPC (Alexandria)

Centering Elements (North Chesterfield)

Cassandra Herbert, Zest and Harmony

Relationship Rocket Science

Shonta, M.A.,LPC I, Psyche Remedy (Hampton, VA)

The Breakthrough Mama (Anese Barnett)

The Psych Group (Alexandria, Fairfax)

Therapy for Black Girls

Tiffany Kitchen RX (Fairfax)