The Stigmas Behind Therapy In the Black Community - Interview with Mental Health Counselor Jacqueline Dawson

There is a known stigma behind seeking therapy within the black community. With the help of mental health counselor and creator of Born to Fly LLC, Jacqueline Dawson; we dissect the stigmas behind therapy, identify the need of it within ourselves, and resources to find health professionals nearby. 

Listen to Episode 3: Taboo Therapy With Jacqueline Dawson below:


Jacqueline Dawson is the owner of “Born to Fly”, a licensed therapist, and Life Coach with an extensive background and experience. Her therapy practices combining a mix of formal education and pure compassion, which creates a high demand for her services. Helping others is her passion and the catalyst for her obtaining a B.A. in Psychology with a focus in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University.  After obtaining her B.A., she completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.

Jacqueline is a Florida Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) as well as a U.S. Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). In addition, she serves in the role as a Florida Designated Victim Services Practitioner and a Broward County Medical Reserves Corps Volunteer.

Her service to the mental health and social services field provides over 14 years of service. Her vast background is a testament to her dedication for service. She has worked in varied settings including but not limited to non-profit agencies, police departments, juvenile justice centers, psychiatric hospitals, prisons, and treatment programs. Social media provides access to people that are in need of her services that does not fit the “traditional” therapy model.

Currently she is a life coach to entrepreneurs who are diagnosed with anxiety and depression.  She provides the support and guidance necessary to blast through their mental roadblocks and build a consistently flourishing business.

You can contact Jacqueline through email 

Online Therapy resources: 

 Caribbean Therapists: 
 Melanin and Mental Health:
Open Path/Discounted Therapy search: 
 Therapy For Black Girls: 
 Therapy For Black Men: 

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