Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month? If you’re struggling to keep your peace, have healthy relationships, embrace your body, come to terms with your sexuality, need mental health check-in reminders or want to laugh despite your pain, here 6 Black mental health influencers you can follow on social media. You can click on their photos to go directly to their Instagram pages.
Sunny, LMHC – The People’s Therapist
Sunny is a culturally relatable therapist and professor, who loves classic Hip Hop and being fabulous. She’s on a mission to make mental health sexy. Sunny is not only a therapist but she’s also a holistic wellness counselor, reiki practitioner, Queen Afua Sacred Woman Practioner and career counselor. She specializes in EMDR, Gottman couples counseling, PTSD, suicide prevention and more. You can learn more about her on her linktr.ee and follow her Instagram.
Kier Gaines, LMHC
Kier Gaines is a licensed mental health therapist, who has a loving and multi-passionate millennial family. Kier was seen on Oprah’s 2021 Black Fatherhood special and his oldest daughter, Emery, went viral for her french fry dance. Kier and Noémie (his wife) have a YouTube channel where they talk about all things love, family, career, and mental health through comedic, authentic, and thought-provoking digital content. You can learn more about him on his website and follow him on Instagram.
Nedra Glover Tawwab, MSW, LCSW
Nedra Glover Tawwab is a New York Times best-selling author, licensed therapist, and sought-after relationship expert. She has practiced relationship therapy for 15 years and is the founder and owner of the group therapy practice, Kaleidoscope Counseling. Every day she helps people create healthy relationships by teaching them how to implement boundaries. She’s been featured on Red Table Talk, The Breakfast Club, and Good Morning America to name a few. You can learn more about Nedra on her website and follow her on Instagram.
Mac Stanley Cazeau; LMHC
Mac Stanley Cazeau is a licensed Black Male therapist with a specialization in couples therapy. He specializes in improving communication skills, conflict management, friendship, intimacy, admiration, trauma recovery, affair recovery and fondness within couples. He is also trained in Gottman Level 3. He’s been featured on the So Shameless podcast and Whoreible Decisions podcast. You can learn more about Mac Stanley on his website and his Instagram.
Alishia McCullough, LMHC
Alishia McCullough is a millennial Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist and owner of Black and Embodied Counseling and Consulting PLLC. She is also the co-founder of the Amplify Melanated Voices Movement, which has been featured in magazines and blogs. She specializes in working with folks living with eating disorders and upholds the values of body justice and fat liberation within Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPOC). You can learn more about Alishia on her website and Instagram.
Mx. Lena Queen, LCSW, M.Ed.
Lena Queen is a Clinical Somatic Sexologist. Lena advocates for mental health and sexual healing in Queer & Non-Queer Black Women & ENBY, cis & trans communities. She does this work through her program, Healing The Erotic Self & Whole Self Healing Institute. You can learn more about her on her linktr.ee and Instagram.
Are there any Black mental health influencers we missed? Have you done a mental health check-in today? Let us know in the comments.
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