Well / Mind

And the Emmy Goes to … My Therapist

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As he accepted the award for outstanding writing, Cord Jefferson thanked his therapist, and he wasn't kidding.
Experts say that when Black celebrities speak openly about attending therapy, they see a surge in calls from new patients who were inspired to seek help. The hip-hop artist Jay-Z talked about therapy in a 2017 interview with The New York Times. In 2018, the radio host known as Charlamagne Tha God published a memoir, "Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me," in which he talked about the importance of therapy.

"I think it's important for men especially to hear other men talk about it, because men deal with that extra masculinity stigma," said Tasnim Sulaiman, a Philadelphia-area therapist and founder of BlackMenHeal.org, which provides free therapy to Black men. "You know there's a man sitting on his couch who sees that and thinks, 'If he says his life has been changed, maybe that could work for me.'"

The group is recruiting Black therapists around the country, particularly New York City, where it has a…
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