Melanated Womens Health

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BIPOC Therapy Specialists

Studies show that the #1 factor for successful mental health therapy, is having a therapist you feel you connect with and can trust. Our therapists bring not only their professional expertise but also their personal understanding of the nuances of navigating life as a minority person in today’s society.

This shared perspective can significantly enhance the therapeutic process, making it more impactful and empowering for you. At our practice, we are here to support you on your journey to mental wellness with empathy, respect, and a deep commitment to your well-being.

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Psalm McDaniels, LCSW

Psalm McDaniels, LCSW : Black therapist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Learn About Psalm

Psalm McDaniels is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, who is passionate about providing affirming care to the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities. Psalm will aim to help you understand how parenting you received and cultural norms influence you challenges with setting boundaries in various relationships.

If you are struggling to set boundaries in your family, social, or professional relationships, Psalm can help you honor your needs for safety and independence. She contributed her expertise on boundary setting in relationships for a WonderMind article, which focused on identifying whether your boundaries are helpful or hurtful to you and the people in your life.

Psalm is also a good fit for your individual therapy needs if you are a college student or adult who want to work towards healing childhood trauma, exploring changes to your identity, or adjusting to a life transition which have led to symptoms for depression or symptoms for anxiety.

 

As a Black Therapist, Psalm understands how hard it can be to admit you now need help because of mental health stigma in the BIPOC community.

Psalm is understanding of the many reasons that can cause you to feel stuck or engage in behaviors that sabotage your ability to achieve your goals. She will help you understand how past trauma such as being cared for by an emotionally immature or emotionally neglectful parent can be contributing to conflicts with your family of origin and body image or self-esteem problems.

Though Psalm is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, her therapy for self-esteem techniques are grounded in self-love, self-care, and holistic mental wellness from a social justice lens. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psalm helps clients increase their level of tolerance for coping with difficult emotions, to become a confident author of their life story.

Psalm has a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2014, and a Masters of Social Services and certificate in Social Work and Law, from Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research in 2018. She is a former Therapist at the UPENN Counseling and Psychological Services, and completed a fellowship in Bryn Mawr college’s Counseling Center. She also has four years of volunteer experience as a crisis counselor for Women Organized Against Rape.

Psalm McDaniels provides in-person Individual Therapy in Philadelphia on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Telehealth (aka Online Therapy or Virtual Therapy) on weekdays.

Tamara Austin, LSW

Tamara Austin, LCSW : Black LGBT therapist in Pennsylvania
Learn About Tamara

Tamara Austin is a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania with over 20 years of experience as a mental health therapist. She identifies as a Black Queer Woman and works with clients to help them claim their space in the world unapologetically.

Tamara is a great fit for you if you are navigating life transitions due to grief and loss, career change, pregnancy, or aging. She will help you resolve adjustment stressors and struggles with your new identity, and help you find new perspectives regarding work, relationships, and other significant aspects of your daily life. Tamara is passionate about helping individuals heal from trauma and other emotionally painful experiences that contribute to signs for depression, signs for anxiety, and relationship problems.

Tamara will help you move from a space where you are feeling frozen or “stuck” and confused, towards a place where you are making more decisions based on clarity or confidence, and are energized about the possibilities for your life.

 

Tamara takes an intersectional approach to mental health therapy. This intersectional therapy approach looks at how all of your identities inform your decision making and the coping skills you use to survive your lived experiences. People who receive individual therapy from Tamara discover and engage in the action of developing the best life for them to thrive.

Tamara has a Social Justice Certification from Emory University, a Masters of Science from UPENN, and a Certification in Advanced Clinical Practice and Forensic Mental Health from New York University.

She provides virtual therapy in the Philadelphia area and has individual therapy appointments available on weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for your convenience.

Florence Mungo, LPC

Florence Mungo, LPC : French speaking black PTSD therapist in Pennsylvania
Learn About Florence

Florence Mungo is an African-American Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania, with extensive experience providing trauma therapy to young people and adults in community mental health settings.

Florence is also a French speaking therapist.

If you identify as Black, Person of Color, or Immigrant and answer “yes” to any of the following questions, Florence is a good fit for your individual therapy:

Do you have sleep problems or struggle to relax? Are you feeling overwhelmed by stress? Are you struggling with adjustment to a new phase of life? Do you want to start healing from trauma? Do you have negative beliefs about yourself such as, “I’m not good enough”?

 

Florence provides compassionate culturally sensitive trauma therapy because she understands how race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and immigration status, can influence the way you cope with lived experiences. Her trauma informed therapy techniques are multicultural, collaborative, and centered in the theory of attachment. She uses the therapeutic relationship and her nurturing personality, to help clients with trauma healing.

Many people often think trauma is only caused by violent crimes, acts of physical abuse, or natural disasters. They may also think because trauma happened a long time ago, it does not affect them in the present. These are a few of the myths about trauma. There are many types of traumas such as the sudden or unexpected death of a loved one, bullying, retaliation in the workplace, neglect from parents, infidelity, intimate partner violence, the witnessing of domestic violence and more. Florence provides EMDR therapy for many types of trauma that occur in childhood and adulthood.

Florence is accepting new clients for online therapy in Philadelphia, on weekdays.

Nicola Pierre-Smith, LPC

Nicola Pierre-Smith, LPC ; Black mental health practice owner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Learn About Nicola

Nicola Pierre-Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania and Delaware who provides culturally affirming therapy and trauma informed workshops to Employee Resource Groups. As an immigrant and Black mental health expert, Pierre-Smith knows how hard it can be to overcome stigma and shame to ask for help with your mental health in the community and workplace settings.

Pierre-Smith is aware that it is especially hard for people from the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community to go to therapy because of cultural norms and the preference to talk to friends, family, or religious leaders. With this in mind, Pierre-Smith created Melanated Womens Health, LLC in 2019 to provide a culturally affirming therapy space that is both inclusive and accessible for melanated individuals and Therapists with intersecting identities.

Pierre-Smith understands that the intersections of a person’s identities (for example race, gender, immigration status, sexual orientation, etc) influence how they engage with the world. She offers Individual Therapy for trauma using Internal Family Systems (IFS) informed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

She also provides Individual Therapy to people struggling in an interracial or multicultural relationship, experiencing symptoms for anxiety or depression due to workplace micro-aggressions, and reproductive justice concerns.

 

Significantly, Pierre-Smith provides mental health workshops and makes guest appearances in the media as a Black mental health expert. Individual and corporate clients who work with Pierre-Smith report increased awareness for the impact of Racism Based Stress on wellness, and increased confidence to promote employee mental health practices that are trauma informed in the workplace.

Pierre-Smith has a wide range of leadership, clinical, and workshop facilitation skills. She has contributed to mental health workshop and events for many brands, was the Director of a Children and Youth behavioral health agency, and a Clinical Coordinator providing therapy to boys and men who were in the criminal justice system.

In terms of her background, Pierre-Smith attended universities in Jamaica and America. She also completed trainings in Clinical Supervision and Transgender Education at Temple University. Outside of clinical practice, Pierre-Smith offers clinical supervision for the PA State Board licensing, and enjoys helping licensed social workers or those with ambition to become a Licensed Professional Counselor over overcome Imposter Syndrome.

Our team of highly skilled and compassionate Black women therapists is dedicated to creating a therapeutic environment where you feel seen, heard, and supported. We understand the unique experiences and challenges that come with being a member of an underserved minority community, and we are here to provide culturally sensitive and relatable care that fosters healing and growth. We are committed to serving Black and other minority communities that have historically been overlooked and underserved in mental health care. By offering a space where cultural identity and personal experiences are acknowledged and respected, we aim to bridge the gap in access to quality mental health services.

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