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Support for BIPOC clinicians, by BIPOC clinicians

Through this page, we encourage community-minded mental health professionals to offer and receive support from each other.

We recognize the implicit biases against Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the mental health system, affecting both clients and clinicians alike. We strive to address these issues through events that educate White allies and advocate equity, as well as provide peer support and mentorship for BIPOC clinicians. We hope that you can join us in re-examining Eurocentric perspectives within the practice of psychology, and begin a process of community healing, for therapists, by therapists.

BIPOC Supervisor Directory

The BIPOC supervisor directory is a directory for new BIPOC clinicians looking for mentorship and support from supervisors that identify as Black, Indigenous or Person of Color. Please use this directory to reach out to supervisors that best fit your needs. Thank you to Cassie Walker for this idea.

For BIPOC supervisors, use this form to submit your information to be listed. The directory will be automatically updated.

Name

License

State

Email

Pronouns

Identity

Clinical Approach/ Background/Values

Sliding Scale

Virtual Option

Althia Gayle
LCSW
Illinois
Exhaletherapyllc@gmail.com

Dr. Althia Gayle is a License Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Indiana. She operates her own private practice, Exhale Therapy, PLLC. She earned her Master of Arts in Social Service Administration (equivalent to an MSW) from The University of Chicago and continued her studies to get a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of St. Francis. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor focusing on Child Welfare and School Social Work. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a School Social Worker for 9 years and worked in the non-profit sectors working with at risk youth. Althia is passionate about being an effective servant leader, advocating for youth within urban, educational settings, and influencing other compassionate leaders in social/emotional well-being and social justice efforts.

Yes
Yes
Diana Jean-Louis
LCSW, MJ
Illinois
diana@jlfamilyservices.com

In my role as a clinical supervisor, I believe in creating a space where clinicians can candidly discuss the often-unspoken realities of being a therapist. The weight of pouring into others, the struggle to find balance, and the journey to becoming the therapist you aspired to be – these are conversations we’ll have.

Supervision with me is not your typical experience. It’s about enlightening dialogues, prompting self-reflection, and challenging you to consider aspects you might have overlooked. Together, we’ll delve into trusting your instincts and exploring unconventional, client-centered treatment methods.

I infuse humor and real-life experiences into our sessions, transforming them into powerful learning tools. This approach not only enhances your skillset as a therapist but also makes our journey together more enjoyable and relatable.

Yes
Yes
Suzanne Zoheri Chopra
LCSW
Illinois
Szctherapy@gmail.com
She/her
Arab-American, Muslim, Multi-Ethnic Families

Trauma-informed, sex-affirming and anti-oppressive practice.

I bring third wave behavioral therapies (ACT, DBT), attachment, feminist and family systems approaches to my clinical work. I have a background in leadership and program development as well as community organizing/macro social work.

Yes
Yes
Nisha Paliwal
LCPC
Illinois
nisha@thecalmtigress.com
she/her
Indian-Filipina Multicultural

~ A Healing Arts Professional who is heartfully passionate about supporting all humans uniquely, through her person-centered, nonjudgmental, warm, safe, authentic, collaborative, culturally humble, trauma-informed approach to therapy, clinical supervision, leadership and human service – all geared towards individual and community Empowerment…

Professional Credentials
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Professional Memberships
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD)
The Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health (CIMH)

Areas of Clinical Interest:
Serving BIPOC Communities; Multicultural Counseling; Spirituality in Healing; Creative Therapies (Music, Poetry, Psychodrama, Movement/Dance, Art); Improved Workplace Wellness; Immigrant, Refugee Community Service; Trauma-Informed Organization & Clinical Supervision; Decolonizing Therapy; Ethical & Legal Issues, Professional Development and Advancement of Therapists; Mindfulness & Meditation; Mental Health Social Justice; Cultural Humility; Burnout; Ecopsychology; Clinical Leadership Development; Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy; Self-Awareness/Exploration as a Helper, & more…

Professional Self-Care Commitments:
Prioritizing motherhood; maintaining healthy work boundaries; regular vacation time; connection with nature; expressive movement; personal therapy; poetry, writing; creating; daily meditation

Yes
Yes
Mariah Peloso
LCSW
Illinois
contact@relevewellness.com
she/her

Addressing CBT for all ages, school social work, parent support, private practice, entrepreneurship, cultural competence, data driven interventions, trauma informed care, and more!

No
Yes
Lisa Carter
LCSW
Florida
lisa@pbpcounselinggroup.com
She/Her
Black, Female, Cisgender, Bisexual

Hello All! I am a Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Supervisor experienced in working with children, teens, young adults, college students, and families. My specialties include anxiety, confidence/self-esteem, trauma, grief/loss, sexuality, LGBTQIA+, relationships, and life transitions.

I have experience in child welfare, adoption-competent care, trauma-informed care, crisis intervention, college counseling, case management

My counseling style is compassionate and client-centered. I believe each individual deserves respect, dignity, and to be free of judgment. I combine a cognitive –behavioral and humanistic approach to counseling, tailored to each individual’s unique needs and style.

I am currently accepting Registered Social Work Interns in FL and offer affordable clinical supervision to individuals working towards licensure. My goal is to partner and provide knowledge, support and guidance to blossoming social workers finding their niche and passions for serving our communities and world.

I welcome any questions or if you would like to schedule a time to discuss your vision and goals!

Yes
Yes
F. Targol Hasankhani
LMFT
Illinois
talk@targolmft.com
She/Her

As a Marriage and Family therapist, I have extensive experience in working with individuals, couples, and families. I approach therapy from a strength-based, holistic, and highly collaborative model, welcoming diversity of race, culture, spirituality, gender, and orientation. Areas of specialty include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relational distress and family conflict, life-transition, parenting and co-parenting, and grief and loss. My work specializes in the complex and sometimes cross-cultural relationships between individuals as they relate to their environment and each other. I apply a client-centered, collaborative approach to therapy.

No
Yes
Althia Gayle

License: LCSW
Pronouns:
Email: Exhaletherapyllc@gmail.com
Illinois

Identities: 

Clinical Approach: 

Dr. Althia Gayle is a License Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Indiana. She operates her own private practice, Exhale Therapy, PLLC. She earned her Master of Arts in Social Service Administration (equivalent to an MSW) from The University of Chicago and continued her studies to get a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of St. Francis. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor focusing on Child Welfare and School Social Work. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a School Social Worker for 9 years and worked in the non-profit sectors working with at risk youth. Althia is passionate about being an effective servant leader, advocating for youth within urban, educational settings, and influencing other compassionate leaders in social/emotional well-being and social justice efforts.

Sliding Scale: Yes
Viritual Consultatons: Yes

Diana Jean-Louis

License: LCSW, MJ
Pronouns:
Email: diana@jlfamilyservices.com
Illinois

Identities: 

Clinical Approach: 

In my role as a clinical supervisor, I believe in creating a space where clinicians can candidly discuss the often-unspoken realities of being a therapist. The weight of pouring into others, the struggle to find balance, and the journey to becoming the therapist you aspired to be – these are conversations we’ll have.

Supervision with me is not your typical experience. It’s about enlightening dialogues, prompting self-reflection, and challenging you to consider aspects you might have overlooked. Together, we’ll delve into trusting your instincts and exploring unconventional, client-centered treatment methods.

I infuse humor and real-life experiences into our sessions, transforming them into powerful learning tools. This approach not only enhances your skillset as a therapist but also makes our journey together more enjoyable and relatable.

Sliding Scale: Yes
Viritual Consultatons: Yes

Suzanne Zoheri Chopra

License: LCSW
Pronouns: She/her
Email: Szctherapy@gmail.com
Illinois

Identities: Arab-American, Muslim, Multi-Ethnic Families

Clinical Approach: 

Trauma-informed, sex-affirming and anti-oppressive practice.

I bring third wave behavioral therapies (ACT, DBT), attachment, feminist and family systems approaches to my clinical work. I have a background in leadership and program development as well as community organizing/macro social work.

Sliding Scale: Yes
Viritual Consultatons: Yes

Nisha Paliwal

License: LCPC
Pronouns: she/her
Email: nisha@thecalmtigress.com
Illinois

Identities: Indian-Filipina Multicultural

Clinical Approach: 

~ A Healing Arts Professional who is heartfully passionate about supporting all humans uniquely, through her person-centered, nonjudgmental, warm, safe, authentic, collaborative, culturally humble, trauma-informed approach to therapy, clinical supervision, leadership and human service – all geared towards individual and community Empowerment…

Professional Credentials
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Professional Memberships
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD)
The Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health (CIMH)

Areas of Clinical Interest:
Serving BIPOC Communities; Multicultural Counseling; Spirituality in Healing; Creative Therapies (Music, Poetry, Psychodrama, Movement/Dance, Art); Improved Workplace Wellness; Immigrant, Refugee Community Service; Trauma-Informed Organization & Clinical Supervision; Decolonizing Therapy; Ethical & Legal Issues, Professional Development and Advancement of Therapists; Mindfulness & Meditation; Mental Health Social Justice; Cultural Humility; Burnout; Ecopsychology; Clinical Leadership Development; Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy; Self-Awareness/Exploration as a Helper, & more…

Professional Self-Care Commitments:
Prioritizing motherhood; maintaining healthy work boundaries; regular vacation time; connection with nature; expressive movement; personal therapy; poetry, writing; creating; daily meditation

Sliding Scale: Yes
Viritual Consultatons: Yes

Mariah Peloso

License: LCSW
Pronouns: she/her
Email: contact@relevewellness.com
Illinois

Identities: 

Clinical Approach: 

Addressing CBT for all ages, school social work, parent support, private practice, entrepreneurship, cultural competence, data driven interventions, trauma informed care, and more!

Sliding Scale: No
Viritual Consultatons: Yes

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