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Finding a Therapist for BIPOC Communities

To have the most significant impact, mental health care should be tailored to the individual’s identity, culture and experience. A person’s therapy outcome is far better when their provider understands how cultural differences play in mental health diagnoses and tailor their care to the client’s cultural needs and differences.

A 2016 study by the American Psychological Association showed that only 14 percent of psychologists in the U.S. workforce are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color). It is no surprise that individuals often have difficulty finding BIPOC therapists.

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TIPS & RESOURCES

We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips and resources for finding a BIPOC therapist.

  1. Think about what matters most to you. Before contacting providers, make a shortlist of the qualities that matter most to you. What parts of your experience do you want your therapist to understand? This will help you narrow down who to reach out to.
  2. Use a BIPOC provider list. A curated provider list can make finding the right therapist much more manageable. Start with the network you best identify with to see who might be available in your area.
  3. Be a Mental Health Customer. Customers always have the right to take their business elsewhere. Mental health services are no different. If a provider is not a good fit, keep looking. It’ll be worth it to find the right provider.

Directories

Asian Mental Health Collective

Nonprofit dedicated to building a community for Asian mental health support. Offers online communities and provider directory.

Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network

Group working to strengthen connections and networking opportunities for African Americans who are interested in behavioral health in the Austin area. Provides a local provider directory.

Austin Latinx Chicanx Behavioral Health Network

Network launched to provide a space for Latinx/Chicanx persons interested in the design, delivery and cultural appropriateness of behavioral health policies, programs, services and supports for Latinx/Chicanx persons living with or impacted by mental health, substance use and/or developmental disabilities. Provides a local provider directory.

Inclusive Therapists

Directory offering culturally responsive, LGBTQ+ affirming social justice-oriented therapists.

Therapy for Black Girls

Organization offers community and education through groups and the popular podcast, Therapy for Black Girls. Offers a national provider directory.

More BIPOC Resources

Austin Asian Community Health Initiative

Nonprofit providing spaces, services, resources and programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective. Provides health care navigation services.

Black Mommas ATX

Nonprofit addressing maternal health disparities, including mental health needs, for Black women.

Central Texas African American Family Support Conference

Conference focusing on the health care needs of African Americans. Provides opportunities to learn more about mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use disorder and physical health challenges and solutions.

For free 24/7 emotional support, call Integral Care at 512-472-4357.
Visit NAMI Central Texas to check out support groups for adults, family members, and more.

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