Melanin and Mental Health
In a similar vein, Houston-based Melanin and Mental Health also serves as a database for finding therapists of color, this time focusing on both the Black and Latinx communities. Created by two therapists, Eliza Boquin and Eboni Harris, the database mostly features therapists in major cities like Houston, New York, Chicago, and others.
Boquin and Harris also host a mental health podcast called Between Sessions. The duo is currently focusing on episodes related to the pandemic, including ones about online counseling and supporting friends during these trying times.
For the 60 million Latinxs in the US, there are also similar resources, including LatinxTherapy, created by Adriana Alejandre, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
The Burbank, California-based therapist says she began with a Facebook group upon realizing that there weren't many Latinx Therapists out there. She wanted to create the resource not just for those seeking therapy, but also because she felt isolated in her private practice. From there, she gathered as many Latinx clinicians as she could to create a directory, and launched a podcast by the same name.
“It was a combination of the need of professional support among Spanish-speaking therapists, and listening to the Latinx community’s needs that inspired me to push my vision to reality with the savings I earned from my therapy services,” says Alejandre. The platform now also includes resources for undocumented individuals seeking mental health services.
37-year-old Norma Rodriguez recalls finding a therapist through Latinx Therapy’s directory: “There was a layer of understanding that came with her having similar cultural experiences that I didn't have to dig into or explain,” Rodriguez tells Supermaker.
Therapy for Latinx
When web designer and social media consultant Brandie Carlos lost a friend to suicide in 2019, she felt compelled to find a way to address mental health issues in her community and created Therapy for Latinx. Inspired by Therapy for Black Girls, Carlos jumped on the opportunity to launch a similar platform, which is now roughly 400 providers strong.
While individuals are free to find a therapist on their own through the platform, it’s also possible to get “matched” with a provider by simply answering a few quick questions. Those who are new to therapy or short on time might opt for this in order to do away with some of the overwhelm that goes hand in hand with seeking and booking appointments with a therapist.