Now there is an innovative new platform where Black people get to engage in culturally-rooted, interactive activities, self-guided healing programs, expert-led webinars, and insightful quizzes. BlackTherapyCentral.com (BTC) is a digital platform bringing a novel approach to mental wellness in Black communities. It is the only online therapy platform that is African-centered and designed for the Black experience. On BTC users and African-centered Black therapists and wellness professionals can connect in a variety of ways through programs in-person sessions, or secure virtual consultations.
BTC is at the forefront of a new awakening in Black mental health, leading millions of Black people to embrace therapy and its role in overall wellness. “We carry within us generations of our people, our ancestors…. Other people’s therapy is not for us but, African-centered therapy encourages that spirit-Self within you, to guide you personally and us collectively,” stated Dr. Mawiyah Kambon, BlackTherapyCentral.com co-founder.
Black therapists and wellness professionals from around the U.S. launched BTC in October 2019. The African-centered mental health service quickly engaged thousands beginning in April. BTC promotes wellness through free membership access to stress relief programs, an active directory of vetted, licensed therapists, and engages the global Black community through a dynamic brand of healing support. BTC galvanized global healing solutions when its therapists recently sprang into action to host the Global Black Community Online Townhall Meeting: Unity, Healing and Solutions for COVID-19 and Beyond. The successful event had 1900+ participants and panelists from 37 countries addressing issues about health, economics, politics, and more.
“We are in this fight, but it is not just a physical one to stay healthy from COVID-19…psychological warfare is part of this,” said BTC advisor and member, Dr. Jamila Codrington, NY-based, licensed psychologist. “We want to be able to reclaim our self-determination.” As a solution, BTC immediately rolled out the 10-Day Healing Journey. This free online program is a multi-sensory Black healing experience created with unique culturally themed affirmations, offline activities, guided meditations, curated visuals, and music selections.
As a result, hundreds have shared the overwhelmingly positive impact the Journey has had on their lives. “I didn’t know Black therapy is so different. This has been so good, I got my whole family involved, parents, siblings, children, everybody,” shared Journey participant, Damon from New York. With the program’s progressive approach, it is hard to believe there used to be a stigma attached to getting therapy.
July is Black Mental Health Awareness Month. Because that fact is little-known, BTC is springing to action again to spread the word. BTC will ramp up to provide support against the onslaught of global challenges affecting Black people.
“The ongoing global racism and genocide against the Black community has traumatized us whether we consciously feel it or not… We created Black Therapy Central to call our people together to heal ourselves and ultimately heal the world,” stated Dr. Kambon.
BTC welcomes new therapists to get involved and join the platform to connect with people seeking therapy. Individuals who want to engage can also visit: http://www.blacktherapycentral.com