Black / African-American Therapists in Rhode Island

Finding a Black therapist can be one of the most important factors that Black therapy seekers look for in a provider. Therapy seekers may find that they feel more comfortable seeing Black therapists who understand their unique societal, personal, familial, and professional experiences, and that they have a greater shared foundation with Black therapists on which to discuss intimate topics in therapy.

Below are Black and African-American therapists in Rhode Island. They specialize in a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, trauma, and multicultural therapy. All therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team to ensure they offer high quality, clinically rigorous care.

Find a therapist who matches what you are looking for, watch their introductory video, and book a free initial consultation to find a great fit!


Shera  Baker

Shera Baker

110 Eddy Street, Providence, RI, 02903

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $150 per session

It’s often considered taboo to talk about mental health in many cultures and, or communities. Mental Health is stigmatized, viewed as a sign of weakness, inadequacy, abnormality making it feel very embarrassing or uncomfortable to talk about. It’s not and its very common and very healthy of individuals. I offer a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental therapeutic environment for you to address your individual mental health needs. I am currently taking new patients for individual psychotherapy. Please call, or even email me, to schedule an appointment to determine if I am a good fit for you as your therapist. I accept Neighborhood Health, United Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Tufts insurances. I offer a sliding scale for private pay and your 1st consultation is free.


United Paths

United Paths

110 Armistice Boulevard, Pawtucket, RI, 02860

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Cigna, First Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicaid, Medicaid (through Tufts), Medicaid (through United Health), Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Medicare (through United Health), Tricare, Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare, Providence College Student Health Insurance (Cigna), Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $120 per session

United Paths is a boutique clinical practice that provides services to children, teenagers (13-18), young adults/college students, adults, parents, couples, families, and older adults.
Clinicians at United Paths utilize a number of treatment options, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness practices, and more.


Vilna  Tejeda

Vilna Tejeda

205 Waterman Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $115 - $185 per session

I acknowledge how difficult it is to make to the decision to come to therapy. Seeking support for emotional or personal challenges is an act to bravery. I realize how stigmatized strong emotions are in our society, and at times we may feel shame for crying. In my practice I aim to serve as a platform free of judgement that allows you to speak your deepest pain and discomfort. To support you in establishing a channel of communication between your body and your mind.


Nikole  Barnes

Nikole Barnes

255 Hope Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $60 - $175 per session

One thing that I hold most dear is to try to relate to individuals in a humanistic and relational way, to make clients feel safe, comfortable, and supported, while also incorporating humor into our work.


Julie  Panton

Julie Panton

205 Waterman Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Cigna, Medicaid, Medicaid (through Tufts), Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare, Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

It is important to know that you are not alone when dealing with difficult and challenging life issues. To be able to talk freely to another without judgement and having the ability to express your true emotions, feelings, or difficulties is important. Reaching out to someone for help with life problems is a great first step. Finding someone to work with who will collaborate with you towards reaching your desired goals is key.


Gold  Okoeka

Gold Okoeka

750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI, 02860

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Do you have a therapist already but have been thinking about trying medications for ADHD, depression, anxiety, or panic disorder? I am a doctorally trained psychiatric NP who is board certified to treat patients from ages 5 y/o and up for all types of psychiatric conditions. I can help you find medications that work, monitor progress, side effects and provide brief supportive therapy as well.


Dawn  Adeyemi

Dawn Adeyemi

Online Sessions, RI

126 Prospect Street, Pawtucket, RI, 02860

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare, Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 per session

Sometimes challenges in life can be overwhelming and impact our emotional health. I believe that you can get through these challenges, with support. I use various treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to influence progress. These include relaxation, acceptance, and goal setting which I believe are key factors to change. Congratulations to you for the courage to make your life better! I would like to partner with your journey to be well and Be Free.


David  Dove

David Dove

194 Waterman Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), First Health, United Healthcare
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $0 per session

Therapy is tailored to help clients to live more fully and apply effective ways of coping with challenging changes, experiences, and interpersonal problems. My primary aim is to use evidence-based treatment to help clients function better by addressing psychological and behavioral health issues.


Phillip  Lowry

Phillip Lowry

33 College Hill Road, Warwick, RI, 02886

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare, Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 per session

I realize you may feel shame or guilt in response to experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder. You may have stereotypes as to what it means to be diagnosed with a disorder and to undergo treatment. I feel it’s important for you to understand you are more than a diagnosis, and your worth is not defined by your diagnosis. I believe sometimes we are simply suffering in response to a challenge presented by life. We can work together to find the path out of your suffering.


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