Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Dee.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a licensed professional counselor and I was in search of a therapist for myself. I have a cohort of friends that are therapists but I wanted someone outside of my circle. I began to search for a Black Female Therapist and found it very difficult to locate someone. I thought to myself, “if I’m have a difficult time and I’m a therapist, others must be struggling with this too”.
That’s how I start Black Female Therapists and Black Male Therapists. Both are directories for therapists that you can search in your area and your area of concern. The difference between our business and other business similar to BFT and BMT is that those in need have two options to connect with a therapist. They can search the directory or complete a client form and have a therapist reach out to them.
BFT and BMT also is an online community about mental health. It’s a safe space where individuals can come learn, connect, and share their experience with others. The goal is break the stigma about being silent about mental health especially in the black community and learn new strategies that individuals and implement in their lives to pass on to future generations.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road definitely has not been smooth. I started this business while work full-time and having my private practice. Learning the art of juggling has been a skill that I’m still trying to fine-tune. There were times that I would miss a blog posting or wouldn’t post on social media for days because I would be burned out. As a therapist, I know better than this, like most of us do, but I was so excellent because I would receive messages about how helpful the blog, podcast, and social media posting would help them. I felt that I couldn’t stop but my body had another plan. LOL!
I had to learn that if I wanted the business to go, I would have to stop trying to be every time and focus on my area of genius. I recently hired an assistant and that has been extremely helpful.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Black Female Therapists story. Tell us more about the business.
My business a named Black Female Therapists. I also started Black Men Therapists but the female directory caught on like a wildfire. Both business are directories for black therapists male and female. Someone searching for a therapist, can go to the directory and search by location, by area of interest, by insurance, or by in-person or virtual services.
Individuals may so complete a client form where the therapists will reach out to them or will receive a list of three therapists based on their needs. Through the social media accounts, there has been a community of individuals that will come to share their struggles or give their suggestions on what works best if someone isn’t ready for therapy.
I am so proud of the conversations that are being had within the community. So many people are opening up and being vulnerable about their struggles. That tells me that people are looking at BFT and BMT as a safe space to come and talk. That lets me know that this business is truly making a different in the community and the lives of others. The comments that I receive in the DMs also confirms this.
What sets BFT and BMT apart from any other directory is that it offer multiple ways for you to connect to therapists. Also, it’s more than just a directory. If you’re not ready for therapy, you can listen to a podcast, read a blog, or pop a question into the “Ask a Therapist Thursday” section. One of the therapists will provide a short answer that will give a bit of guidance for their issue. By no means do I want people to confuse this with therapy but a way to start the conversation and see that others have some similar issues.
Even if I only help one person with all of the followers that are on the account, I will feel that I have been successful. The goal is all about better mental health and wellness. #selfcare 🙂
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Everything is digital so I see more therapy and mental health communities growing even bigger than what it is now. There are lots of talk about artificial intelligence being used in conjunction with therapy to assist with diagnosing and noticing signs of mental health issues before they occur.
- Website: www.blackfemaletherapists.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @blackfemaletherapists
- Facebook: @blackfemaletherpists
- Twitter: @bftherapists
Christopher J Payne