Raleigh, NC African American Counseling

Raleigh, NC—Mental Health Care for the African American Community

Working with a counselor may be the right next step for you, but taking that step may be easier said than done. For some people, a social stigma holds them back, and some people feel the weight of the stigma more than others. Take, for example, a 2010 study that discovered how African Americans are receiving the mental health care they need at half the rate Caucasians do. Inadequate and inaccessible care are two of many reasons for this inequality. Psychiatrist, Dr. William Lawson explained the dynamic in a 2012 NPR interview. He said, “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.” Dr. Lawson went on to tell how he was taught in medical school that African Americans cannot become depressed, and he observed, “Part of it is that many professionals simply don’t know how to diagnose properly African-Americans.” Many within the African American community and the mental health community are working to change these inequalities by offering quality and accessible mental health care to African Americans.

Jinneh is one example of someone who has experienced both the stigma and the benefits of mental health care. An article published in The Washington Post entitled, “Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness,” recounts her story. In high school, Jinneh’s mom passed away, and she fought a terrible depression. When her counselor prescribed an antidepressant, Jinneh’s friends and family members talked her out of filling it. As a college student, Jinneh was still depressed when her roommate suggested she start treatment again. Jinneh’s depression healed, and she now speaks publicly about her experience—encouraging other African Americans to seek out the mental health care they need.

Thriveworks Counseling in Raleigh, NC is working hard to ensure that quality, accessible care is available to those in the African American community.

A Unified, Supportive Community

Family, faith, and friendship are the foundations of many African-American communities. Mental health care professionals have not always understood the potential benefits of these rich and deep connections to a client’s mental health. All too often, therapists have set themselves against friends, family, and faith communities instead of working with them. The therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Raleigh take a different approach. We are on the same team as a client’s support network, and we honor the important role that rich community connections can play in a client’s healing journey.

When therapists are united with a client’s community, each sphere of an individual’s life has a role to play in healing. Pastors can offer a certain type of care. Therapists can offer another type of care, and friends and family members give yet another kind of care. Each is unique, and each is important. Therapy does not have to and should not replace other support networks, but instead, mental health professionals should work alongside them.

Mental Health Care and Trust

In any therapeutic relationship, trust is paramount. Everyone deserves a safe place where they can share their true selves without fear and without being judged. People are whole beings, and their race, ethnicity, and cultural context will be a part of their experiences, challenges, hopes, hardships, traumas, opportunities, and dreams. Some therapists take a “colorblind” approach to a client’s racial context, but this minimizes an important aspect of their identity and their experiences. Instead, the therapists at Thriveworks in Raleigh advocate for understanding and empathy. We believe this approach builds the trust necessary for a healing therapeutic relationship.

When a client trusts their therapists, they are often able to delve deeply into their psychological wounds and find healing. Each client has unique wounds, and therapy should be personalized. Therapists are not dictators, but they are guides. Clients set the pace and take steps forward when they are ready. As clients feel empathy and respect instead of fear or judgment, they may experience deep healing. No list could ever contain all the issues a client may raise, but many times, African Americans use their time in therapy to seek help and healing for…

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

Scheduling Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Raleigh

Take a moment to think about what is happening in your life right now. Maybe you recognize something on the previous list. Maybe you do not. Maybe you are facing something not listed. Whatever is happening, know that if you want to walk through it with the help of a mental health care professional, the therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Raleigh are ready to help. We have appointments available.

When you call our office to schedule a therapy appointment, know that one of our scheduling specialists will answer your call and help you make an appointment. You will not be sent to a voicemail or an automated response system. Your first appointment may be within 24 hours. We do not keep a waitlist, so you will not be put on one. But we offer evening and weekend sessions. We also accept many different insurance plans. Let’s work together. Call today.

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Ava Baker

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Ava has been a joy to collaborate with. Great insight and very professional. As a DSS Social Worker My kids enjoy their sessions with Mrs. Ava and she is able to connect with my kids like no other therapist.
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Therapist

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I have known Mrs. Ashley Barber-Brown for 18 years now and I can honestly say that she is truly an amazing person. Besides her strong will to work hard and take care of her family, Ashley is also compassionate and undoubtedly dedicated to making sure that she helps others. Her selflessness, loyalty and authentic personality are just some of the many attributes that I admire about her.
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Ava Baker

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Ava Baker is a wonderful therapist, she is patient, kind and I feel very comfortable talking to her. I think she is an asset to your company.
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Caitlyn Dowdy is attentive and thoughtful with her words. She helps bring focus to your goals and offers a safe place to constructively discuss feelings and needs.
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Counselor-Kim Henley

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Kim is an amazing counselor. There have only been three persons I trusted with my story. One was a therapist that seemed more uncomfortable than I was after I shared. The next was an awesome therapist that passed away. Before he died he introduced our group to someone new. We were all very reluctant to have to share with someone new, after taking years to disclose out abuse to anyone. Kim is amazing. She allows us to share when we feel comfortable, and seems to know when to just listen and when a reply is needed. It’s very hard to share, to open up and expose ourselves to anyone. I trust and recommend Kim. When I have a rough day or a bad memory, I don’t have to hold on to it. I take it to my safe place, the room where a victim without a voice transforms into a person that matters. It is a safe place where I don’t have to take the burdens I walk in with back out with me.
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Kim is the best

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I would have never considered going to a support group or receiving counseling because I was raised to think that you should just get over it, or if you talk to a counselor you are “crazy.” I have to say that I was definitely taught wrong. I have went through so much, from being in an extremely violent and controlling relationship, as well as other trauma& I am so glad I connected with Kim, and am finally able to heal. Kim is very supportive and nonjudgemental& I highly recommend her!!
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Councilor Kim Henly

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Kim is the best, she listens as I rattle on about nothing she knows what to say and when to say it. It is never a rish
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Councelor/ Kim Henley

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I feel Kim Henley will be a great asset to your team. Victims that walk through your door will feel better each day. She is the best. She rocks!!
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Counselor – Kim Henley

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Kim is an amazing counselor. She has helped me tremendously to deal with my PTSD and anxiety. She has been a true blessing to my life!
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I feel comfortable opening up about my issues

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I feel comfortable opening up about my issues and love that you are solutions-based.
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My therapist is WONDERFUL!!!

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Love the space! The colors are inviting, comfortable, soothing, and relaxing. I love that tea and coffee is offered in the waiting room. And my therapist is WONDERFUL!!!
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Amazing, I love your service!!!

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Amazing, I love your service!!!
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Nicole is amazing and really knows her stuff!

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Nicole is amazing and really knows her stuff!
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Fantastic office setting.

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Fantastic office setting.
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Stephanie is the best!

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Stephanie is the best! Very open minded and compassionate to my PTSD triggers!
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  • 8406 Six Forks Rd Suite 104,
    Raleigh, NC 27615

  • Mon-Fri:7AM-12AM
    Saturday:7AM-6PM
    Sunday:8AM-5PM

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