Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network

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One in four individuals will experience a mental health condition during his or her lifetime. Studies show that though African Americans develop mental health conditions at about the same rate as others they are much less likely to seek support and care. While about 40 percent of white Americans seek help when experiencing emotional distress, studies show that only about 25 to 30 percent of African Americans do so.

A photo from a 4ABHN presentationFollowing in the footsteps of the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, the Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network (4ABHN) was created in 2009 to further strengthen connections and networking opportunities for African Americans who are interested in behavioral health in the Austin area. Composed of behavioral health professionals, people with lived mental and behavioral health experience, youth and their families, faith leaders, and community members, the network identifies and brings together local, recovery-oriented supports.

In particular, the network exists to connect African Americans to services and supports that reflect a deep understanding of their unique challenges navigating a mental health system that was not built with their experience in mind.


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News and Opportunities

Events and trainings, jobs and internships, and funding opportunities related to the mental health and well-being of African Americans.

Resource Directory

The Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network maintains a Resource Directory composed of local providers who have experience supporting the behavioral health and wellness of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) in the Central Texas area.

In the Search box to the right, you can use keywords to narrow the list of providers (for example “substance use,” “children,” or “psychologist”). 

Contact Name/OrganizationContact EmailContact NumberScope of WorkPopulation(s) Served
Chaplain Martinharris.martin4@gmail.com512-619-6950Spiritual and emotional supportAdults, Family
Phoenix House of Texashhafizullah@phoenixhousetx.org512-962-8399We are a non-profit substance abuse treatment center with in-patient adolescent and outpatient adult and adolescent servChildren, Adults, Family, Psychiatry, Peer Support
The Hope Projectthehopeproject@sbcglobal.net512-589-9021I am a LPC with specialty working with youth 10 and older, and adults. My specialty is anxiety, depression, SFT, CouplesChildren, Adults
Tiffany E. Gillis MA, B.S.tgillis81@yahoo.com281-787-3739Experienced Adult, Family, & Community Specialist in the area of Person-Centered and Solution-Focused practices.Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Peer Support
InSight Psychology and Behavioral Health Servicesadministrator@insightpbhs.com512-704-8349InSight is a dynamic mental health group practice. We offer psychological testing, counseling, workshops and more.Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use
NAMI Central Texasinfo@namicentraltx.org512-420-9810Volunteer-led education and support programs dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by mental illness.Adults, Family, Peer Support
City of Austin/Health Equity and Community EngagementDeborah.Duncan@austintexas.gov512-972-5409Conduct health education classes on 15 leading causes of death in Travis County in churches, radio, etc.Children, Adults, Family
The Brinkley Centerdrbrinkley@brinkleycenter.com512-680-2874I help professional women overcome overthinking. Specializations: anxiety; depression; ethnic/cultural; life transitionsAdults
Debbie Dunmoredebbie@renovatingdynasties.com512-786-3384Population: 15 & up. Issues: anxiety, depression, stress, relationships, & substance use. Accepts insurance & private payChildren, Adults, Family, Substance Use
Cedric R. Dunmorecedric@renovatingdynasties.com512-786-3384Specialize in substance use, families reconstruction relate to addiction, and men's issues specific to recovery/reentryAdults, Family, Substance Use, Peer Support
ATX Mental Health PLLC.d.robinsoncounseling@gmail.com512-265-6588Trauma, family, substance abuse, adolescents, anxiety, depressionChildren, Adults, Family, Substance Use
YWCA Greater Austinlaura@ywcaaustin.org512-326-1222Trauma-informed mental health services, advocacy, and training addressing the impact of oppression, racism, & privilege.Children, Adults, Family, Peer Support
Victoria Dorsey Drewy Professional Counseling Servicesvdrewy@yahoo.com512-786-5890Psychotherapy practiceChildren, Adults, Family, Peer Support
Dana D. Edgerton, M.A., LPC - Solutions Over Stresssolutionsoverstress@gmail.com512-507-0286I provide a collaborative environment with clients to help them reach their fullest potential.Adults, Family
The Center For Relationshipsoffice@thecenter4relationships.com512-465-2926We deeply respect clients as resilient, whole humans. We are consciously and deliberately diverse.Adults, Family, Peer Support
Animal-Assisted Therapist, LLCmorgan@animalassistedtherapist.com512-337-9664Morgan Rupe, M.A., LPC & her therapy dog provide animal-assisted counseling services to children, adolescents, & adults.Children, Adults
Summit Mental Health Clinicoffice@summitmentalhealth.com512-732-2122An outpatient psychiatric clinic for ages 5 to 65 that focuses on patient specific medication management, TMS & SpravatoChildren, Adults, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Psychiatry
Ashley Logantct@thecounselingtherapist.com512-670-8367Ashley provides brief solution focused, strengthen based tele-health therapy with humor and cultural humility.Children, Adults, Family
Moore Health Solutionscamettmoore@gmail.com512-986-7537Compassionate treatment of mental health and substance use disorders focused on wellness during recovery.Adults, Substance Use, Psychiatry
Blanca Sanchez-Navarro blancacounseling@gmail.com512-981-5738Passionate Counseling Professional with 30 years of experience with adults from many backgrounds and needs.Adults, Substance Use
Charlotte Caples Consulting charlotte@charlottecaples.com512-689-4271We help leaders minimize the costs of racism and develop racially equitable and inclusive environments.Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use, Peer Support
Hand to Hold
rachel@handtohold.org713-884-7015Certified peer mental health specialists supporting families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).Adults, Family, Peer Support
AMEN Program - UT Austin School of Nursing jhecht@nursing.utexas.edu401-556-1067We conduct community-engaged research/ programs to promote wellness from a holistic perspective of mind, body and spiritAdults, Family, Peer Support
SIMS Foundationpatsy@simsfoundation.org512-494-1007SIMS provides mental health/substance use recovery services & supports for all music industry professionals & families.Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use, Psychiatry, Peer Support
Holistic Mental Healthnakiascottmd@holisticmh.com512-562-9117Holistic Mental Health is the office of board certified integrative child psychiatrist, Nakia Scott, M.D.Children, Psychiatry
Jennifer Frazier, LPCjenfrazier512@gmail.com512-766-1984 Offering 100% Virtual platform (Telehealth)
Specialties include: Trauma-Focused, CBT, School and Work-related issues.
Children, Adults, Family
Out Youthsarah.kapostasy@outyouth.org512-529-8888Out Youth serves the LGBTQIA+ community through individual, group, and family counseling, as well as case management.Children, Adults, Family, Peer Support
Andrea (Lady Felicia) DotsonAfelitelcm@gmail.com512-221-9284I am a Certified Family Partner (Advanced Level) As well I am a Parent Coach.Adults, Family, Psychiatry, Peer Support
SonderMindmyoung@sondermind.com512-521-1558SonderMind matches clients based on need, insurance/payment, location and schedule.Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use
Damaris Rodriguez-Dell Children's Hospital-Mental Health UnitDpRodriguez@ascension.org210-724-1119Inpatient Hospitalization & Outpatient services: self-harm, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, trauma- DBT , CBT, TF-CBTChildren, Psychiatry
Tiffany Belfrom, LPC, NCCpurelifepsychotherapy@gmail.com512-270-8522Individual therapy, psychosocial evaluations, ESA letters, and working towards immigration psychosocial evaluations.Children, Adults, Substance Use
Whole Life Priorities, LLCmichael@wholelifepriorities.com512-831-7676Individual, couples and family therapy. We also have a strong focus on adolescents and parent child relations.Children, Adults, Family
Tonya Wright-Hamiltontonyawright2009@hotmail.com940-867-6164Trauma informed, Image and Identity Issues, Relationships, Anxiety utilizing CBT techniques.Children, Adults, Family
Adolescent Medicine Clinicmia.roldan@ascension.org512-324-0092Mia Roldan LCSW, LCDC, is a licensed clinical social worker in UT Health Austin Pediatric Psychiatry at Dell Children's.Children, Adults, Family
EARTHNIQUE RESOURCES EMPOWERMENT EARTHNIQUERESOURCES@YAHOO.COM512-985-0289Holistic Afrocentric tested method of addressing mental health and substance abuse for optimal success.Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Psychiatry, Peer Support
Valeria E. Milstead-Benabdallah, LCSW, PC dba VEMB Psychotherapy Serviceschris.vemb@hotmail.com405-604-0180We combine compassion, competence, in-depth clinical & cultural knowledge,
& evidence-based skills to work ethically
Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use
Ascension Seton Behavioral Health IOPjhana.rice@ascension.org512-324-2039A trauma based virtual Intensive Outpatient Program that meets daily, Mon-Fri for 6 weeks. Decreases symptoms of PTSD.Adults
Dr. Calvin Kelly & Associatesdrcakellyandassoc@gmail.com828-231-5986We offer state of the art mental health counseling services with a specialization in trauma informed treatment.Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use, Peer Support
Out Youthsarah.kapostasy@outyouth.org512-419-1233Out Youth provides clinical/community services to LGBT+ youth and trans adults.Children, Adults, Family, Peer Support
Wonders & Worriesjordan@wondersandworries.org512-329-5757A nonprofit providing free professional support for kids (2-18yrs) who have a parent with a serious, physical illness.Children, Family
Any Baby Cantheresaj@anybabycan.org512-828-9451Any Baby Can is an agency that improves the lives of lives empowers and strengthens families.Children, Adults, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Peer Support
Black Family Business, LLChirealiciabuchanan@gmail.com512-766-9470Therapy: depression/anxiety/trauma/relationship/ transition

Coaching: help entrepreneurs/leaders heal &write their book
Children, Adults, Family, Substance Use
D Elizabeth Smith LPCDElizabeth.Smith@yahoo.com512-417-7166I am a black LPC serving adult individuals&couples; all ethnicities&faiths with relationship/life transition issues.Adults

Licensed professionals (counselors, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists), consumer and family advocates, and local community providers can be listed as a resource. Submit your information for inclusion in the directory.

Become a Certified Peer Specialist

Receive specialized training in using one’s own recovery story to help others living with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges.

Central Texas African American Family Support Conference

Strengthen your awareness of available behavioral and physical health services.

Volunteering and Advocacy

A stock photo of parents playing swinging daughter in the airThe Hogg Foundation believes that people with lived experience of mental health conditions can reshape the mental health system in Texas through volunteerism and advocacy. Consumer-Operated Service Providers (COSPs) like the Austin Area Mental Health Consumers (AAMHC), the Self-Help and Advocacy Center (SHAC) and Austin Clubhouse are independent organizations run by and for individuals in recovery, and are another possibility for African Americans who are interested in joining their own recovery stories with a larger community service mission. We also recommend checking out volunteer opportunities with other mental health related organizations, such as Via Hope, NAMI Austin, Austin State Hospital, Depression and Bipolar Alliance, and Integral Care.


Internship and Supervision

The right internship experience can help aspiring mental health professionals deliver culturally competent care. To learn about internship opportunities or if you are in need of supervised licensure hours, attend the next 4ABHN event or contact Vicky Coffee. Offering an internship or supervision opportunity? Let us know!