Black Virtual Therapist Network
Please note that B.E.A.M. does not recommend or endorse any mental health providers listed under the network or their services. It is the responsibility of the client to verify the competency of the provider.
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If you are a mental health provider that offers telemental health services, add your listing here.
What is virtual therapy?
In virtual therapy, counseling is provided over the internet by a certified professional, making mental health services more accessible to everyone.
While the virtual therapist and the client are in two separate locations, due to legal requirements, they still need to be in the same state.
Please note that a virtual therapist cannot fulfill court orders or prescribe medication.
Every state has its own laws regarding what mediums are approved for virtual therapy. Find out your state’s laws here.
How does it work?
Find a therapist within your area (virtual therapists must be licensed in your state to provide care).
During virtual therapy, a therapist provides mental health support to clients through email, video conferencing, phone or online chatting options. Work with the therapist you choose to decide which virtual platform works for you.
Cost of sessions are negotiated directly with the therapist and may be covered under health insurance.
Why have black virtual therapy?
Black people are 7 times more likely to live in areas with limited access to mental health care(1).
There are a shortage of black mental health providers, and only a third of Black people who need mental health services receive treatment(2).
A virtual therapist network can help to bridge the gap to accessible and culturally sensitive mental health care for black people.
Virtual therapy can also address barriers to care such as transportation issues, busy schedules and mobility challenges that people may face.
A virtual therapist network can increases chances of finding a provider who can understand your unique experiences and identities across race, gender identity, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability.
Are therapists licensed?
B.E.A.M. does not regulate licensure. All therapists within the network were licensed at the time of submission. Please check their licensure at the time of contact. Resources for searching a license can be found here.
Licensure laws ensure that providers are trained and qualified to practice, and that clients have a recourse if there are any issues with treatment.
Is virtual therapy as effective as in-person therapy?
Mental health treatment has been found to be equally effective in virtual therapy as in-person services for depression(3), anxiety conditions(4), and in decreasing psychotic symptoms(5).
Virtual therapy has also been found to help clients in adhering to their medication regimen and improving their social life(5).
Is my information confidential and protected?
All technology used for communication with your virtual therapist will be compliant under the Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) federal regulations. Each jurisdiction is different. Please consult with your therapist. Based on the virtual platform you choose to use with a therapist, secured methods such as encryption or ID verification will be used to protect personal health and identity information.
A virtual therapist should not be relied upon in the case of an emergency or crisis. Instead, please call/text a hotline, or call 911.
Resources for emergency assistance:
NAMI HelpLine: by calling 1-800-650-NAMI
Trevor Project: 866 488 7386 or text TREVOR to 1 (202) 304 1200
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Hotline: 1‑877‑726‑4727
Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741
(1) Denton, N. A., & Anderson, B. J. (2005). Poverty and Race Research Action Council analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. The Opportunity Agenda. Retrieved from http://www.opportunityagenda.org
(2) Dalencour, M., Wong, E. C., Tang, L., Dixon, E., Lucas-Wright, A., Wells, K., & Miranda, J. (2016). The role of faith-based organizations in the depression care of African Americans and Hispanics in Los Angeles. Psychiatric Services, 68(4), 368-374.
(3) Wagner, B., Horn, A. B., & Maercker, A. (2014). Internet-based versus face-to-face cognitive-behavioral intervention for depression: a randomized controlled non-inferiority trial. Journal of affective disorders, 152, 113-121.
(4) Bergström, J., Andersson, G., Ljótsson, B., Rück, C., Andréewitch, S., Karlsson, A., ... & Lindefors, N. (2010). Internet-versus group-administered cognitive behaviour therapy for panic disorder in a psychiatric setting: a randomised trial. BMC psychiatry, 10(1), 54.
(5) Granholm, E., Ben-Zeev, D., Link, P. C., Bradshaw, K. R., & Holden, J. L. (2011). Mobile Assessment and Treatment for Schizophrenia (MATS): a pilot trial of an interactive text-messaging intervention for medication adherence, socialization, and auditory hallucinations. Schizophrenia bulletin, 38(3), 414-425.