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Starting Therapy for Black men & women

What is Therapy for Black men and women?

Therapy for the treatment of Black men and women is a person-centered, individualized type of psychotherapeutic care that takes into account the emotional and mental impact of being a black person of color in today’s society. Thriveworks Chesterfield therapists use traditional therapy techniques implemented through an anti-racist lens, addressing issues like racism, colorism, toxic masculinity/misogyny, and others. This type of therapy is meant to create a safe space for black individuals to express their emotions and alleviate their stress in an environment that caters to their unique experiences.

How does Therapy for Black men and women work?

Therapy for Black men and women is much like standard psychotherapy in that Thriveworks Chesterfield therapists will use a variety of approaches depending on each client’s needs. However, it will also heavily incorporate person-centered therapy, which means that every client’s individual experiences, goals, and needs will be at the forefront of treatment.

Is Therapy for Black men and women conducted in person or online?

Therapy for Black men and women at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Therapy for Black men and women last?

Therapy for Black women and men will last as long as necessary to achieve the client’s therapeutic goals, whether that be a few months or years. Generally, though, true progress will often take at least five months. Thriveworks therapists in Chesterfield, VA will continue to provide care for as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

Need more help deciding?

According to a 2010 study, African Americans receive the mental health care they need at half the rate that Caucasians do. A number of factors contribute to the unacceptable disparity. Psychiatrist, Dr. William Lawson, in a 2012 NPR interview explained, “Dr. Satcher in his surgeon general’s report noted that there was less accessibility of mental health services for people of color for a variety of reasons. Part of it is that many of the systems simply aren’t located proximity to where people of color are. Part of it is that many professionals simply don’t know how to diagnose properly African-Americans.” Dr. Lawson goes on to tell about his experience in medical school when he was taught that African Americans do not become depressed. Mental health care professionals have significant work to do. To reach African Americans who need mental health care, they must provide quality, accessible care.

Understandably, many African Americans are skeptical of going to see a therapist or meeting with a counselor. At Thriveworks Chesterfield, our goal is to build a foundation of trust for the therapy we provide. We understand that choosing to start therapy is a difficult decision, but African Americans often feel that burden more intensely. We hope to ease that burden with accessible and quality mental health care.

Trust and a Therapeutic Relationship

When she was in high school, Jinneh sunk into a deep depression. Her mother had died, and Jinneh was seeing a therapist. When her counselor prescribed an antidepressant, Jinneh’s family and friends were skeptical. They did not trust that the medicine was in Jinneh’s best interest so they convinced her not to fill the medication. Several years later, Jinneh was in college and still fighting depression. This time, her roommate encouraged her to try therapy and medication again. Jinneh recovered and now works full-time in mental health care. She does not want other African Americans to suffer from inadequate care like she did. Jinneh is building trust between African Americans and mental health professionals. Her story is not the only one. A Washington Post Article, entitled, “Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness” details how the mental health care scene is changing for African Americans. They have more access to adequate care, and they are seeing therapists at record rates. Many African Americans are receiving the mental health care they deserve. Many mental health professionals are doing the hard work of building trust.

Trust is the foundation of mental health care, and it is absolutely necessary that counselors and therapists prove themselves as trustworthy. One of the many ways the therapists at Thriveworks Chesterfield build trust is by rejecting “colorblind” techniques that minimize a client’s cultural and ethnic context. Instead, we acknowledge that our own culture, ethnicity, and race play a part in the therapy we give. We also acknowledge that our clients’ culture, ethnicity, and race play a part in their identity and their experiences. The professionals at Thriveworks Chesterfield work to make the therapy room a safe space where clients can speak freely of their experiences.

Offering individualized care is also essential to building trust. When clients are free to speak openly, they often experience deeper healing in therapy. Everyone needs a place where they can talk about their fears and struggles, dreams and hopes, opportunities and challenges. Everyone needs a place where they can think and feel and process without fear and without shame. The professionals at Thriveworks Chesterfield spend time getting to know individual clients. In many ways, the client sets the goal and pace for the therapy. The more trust they have for their therapists, the more topics they will bring up. African American clients often use therapy to tackle issues like…

  • Discrimination
  • Grief counseling
  • Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Executive coaching
  • Racial trauma
  • Depression
  • Couples and marriage counseling
  • Career advancement
  • Eating disorders
  • Child therapy
  • Divorce
  • Substance use
  • Anger management
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Job loss
  • Suspected abuse of a child
  • Addiction
  • Psychiatric testing
  • Infidelity
  • Sexual identity issues

In the past few years, Psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Gardere has seen 20-25 percent more African American clients at his counseling practice in New York City, and he observed how there is an “increasing number of African Americans who feel increasingly less stigmatized about coming in and seeking therapy and who also recognize the healing power of therapy.”

Setting Up as Appointment at Thriveworks Chesterfield

Thriveworks Chesterfield offers accessible and quality mental health care that respects our clients’ cultural experiences. Life is challenging. Setting up an appointment for therapy should not be. Here is what our office has done to help our clients make an appointment.

  • Scheduling specialists answer our calls. We do not have a voicemail, but real people help our clients make their appointments.
  • New clients often are able to meet with their counselor within 24 hours of their first call to set up an appointment. You should not have to wait weeks to meet with a therapist once you are ready to get started.
  • We do not keep a waitlist.
  • We offer evening and weekend appointments because our clients lead busy lives.
  • Our therapists and counselors are credentialed with many different insurance panels so that we can accept a variety of insurance plans.

Let’s work together. Contact Thriveworks Chesterfield to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional who provides culturally informed care.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Chesterfield therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Chesterfield
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.8 Learn about verified reviews
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I have not felt great after two days on the medication prescribed for me on Saturday. But, my psychologist is amazing she listens and is friendly. Had amazing experience and advice to give out to me.
Read more I have not felt great after two days on the medication prescribed for me on Saturday. But, my psychologist is amazing she listens and is friendly. Had amazing experience and advice to give out to me.
Hannah Jan 2024
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★★★★★
I was so nervous about going to therapy being that I’ve never foresaw a reason or need to go… I had encountered a very traumatic accident at work and it left me confused and depressed about my career path! I can honestly say if it weren’t for Ariane I’d still be left battling confusion and and depression from my accident. I’ve suffered anxiety and panic attacks from the incident but Ari has given me helpful tips to get through my tough times when I’m experiencing those attacks. I’m just so grateful to have encountered a very experienced and understanding counselor who genuinely has my best interest at a full recovery at heart!
Read more I was so nervous about going to therapy being that I’ve never foresaw a reason or need to go… I had encountered a very traumatic accident at work and it left me confused and depressed about my career path! I can honestly say if it weren’t for Ariane I’d still be left battling confusion and and depression from my accident. I’ve suffered anxiety and panic attacks from the incident but Ari has given me helpful tips to get through my tough times when I’m experiencing those attacks. I’m just so grateful to have encountered a very experienced and understanding counselor who genuinely has my best interest at a full recovery at heart!
Chesterfield Nov 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
This was my first therapy experience. I was in desperate need for help. Jenee was my therapist for a year and I can’t overstate how incredibly helpful she has been. She met me where I was mentally and helped me to find myself and healthy/productive ways of dealing with my everyday struggles. I’m a completely different and happier person thanks to her hard work.
Read more This was my first therapy experience. I was in desperate need for help. Jenee was my therapist for a year and I can’t overstate how incredibly helpful she has been. She met me where I was mentally and helped me to find myself and healthy/productive ways of dealing with my everyday struggles. I’m a completely different and happier person thanks to her hard work.
Chesterfield Feb 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Ramona Peters at Thriveworks is the most empathetic person and amazing social worker. She is prompt, considerate, compassionate and so insightful. Her love for people and her ability to connect truly shine through in my encounters with her. She has real life experience and such a truthful yet kind and humanitarian way of helping people look at and solve dilemas and overcome day to day obstacles in life. Would highly recommend!
Read more Ramona Peters at Thriveworks is the most empathetic person and amazing social worker. She is prompt, considerate, compassionate and so insightful. Her love for people and her ability to connect truly shine through in my encounters with her. She has real life experience and such a truthful yet kind and humanitarian way of helping people look at and solve dilemas and overcome day to day obstacles in life. Would highly recommend!
Chesterfield Oct 2020
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★★★★★
Dr. Lottie Ampy is an excellent therapist and psychologist, who has served in the counseling and psychology field for many years. I have had the opportunity to work with her in the community and have seen her skills in action first hand, whether for crisis situations or generalized therapy for individuals or families. She has many talents and skills, but especially excels helping others to reach their personalized goals when in midst of going through difficult times. She is an excellent clinician and is also aware of local and regional resources. She delivers caring, compassionate services and is a clinician/psychologist who can work with you, right where you are. She is an asset to the Thriveworks team. Dr. Ampy renders 5*+ services to all she encounters.
Read more Dr. Lottie Ampy is an excellent therapist and psychologist, who has served in the counseling and psychology field for many years. I have had the opportunity to work with her in the community and have seen her skills in action first hand, whether for crisis situations or generalized therapy for individuals or families. She has many talents and skills, but especially excels helping others to reach their personalized goals when in midst of going through difficult times. She is an excellent clinician and is also aware of local and regional resources. She delivers caring, compassionate services and is a clinician/psychologist who can work with you, right where you are. She is an asset to the Thriveworks team. Dr. Ampy renders 5*+ services to all she encounters.
Chesterfield Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Ramona is a wonderful social worker with a calming presence. She makes you feel heard and respected, while also helping you reflect and move forward.
Read more Ramona is a wonderful social worker with a calming presence. She makes you feel heard and respected, while also helping you reflect and move forward.
Chesterfield Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Ms. Stefanie is an absolute therapy guru! She helped me tremendously with communicating more effectively in my relationships. She is unbiased, a great listener, and was very thorough in explaining the different techniques that I could use to maximize my efforts in communicating better. The guidance I received from Ms. Stefanie truly influenced a major part of my personal growth.
Read more Ms. Stefanie is an absolute therapy guru! She helped me tremendously with communicating more effectively in my relationships. She is unbiased, a great listener, and was very thorough in explaining the different techniques that I could use to maximize my efforts in communicating better. The guidance I received from Ms. Stefanie truly influenced a major part of my personal growth.
Chesterfield Jun 2020
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★★★★★
Dr. Allison Jackson is a compassionate and highly-skilled professional. Her education and vast experience allow her to meet the needs of her clients in a cooperative and dynamic manner. Specializing in trauma and in transforming lives, Dr. Jackson listens to your needs and supports you in finding a better future. Couples and families will find she listens to all perspectives in reaching healthy, unified goals. When engaging with her for therapy, you will receive outstanding service.
Read more Dr. Allison Jackson is a compassionate and highly-skilled professional. Her education and vast experience allow her to meet the needs of her clients in a cooperative and dynamic manner. Specializing in trauma and in transforming lives, Dr. Jackson listens to your needs and supports you in finding a better future. Couples and families will find she listens to all perspectives in reaching healthy, unified goals. When engaging with her for therapy, you will receive outstanding service.
Chesterfield Jun 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Across the street is Simple Intervention and Huff Poole & Mahoney PC legal services. Next door is Branches of Life and the office of dentist Sasala Albert. There is also a Starbucks in the parking lot, as well as First Watch restaurant and TowneBank.

Phone number

(804) 375-5195

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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