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"Starting a Private Practice: Some Stats for Black and Brown Therapists"

Updated: Feb 5, 2023


Starting a private practice can be an exciting but daunting task for therapists. As a Black or Brown therapist, you may face unique challenges in navigating the mental health industry. However, with the right support and resources, you can build a successful private practice that aligns with your values and serves your community.


According to Zippia's research, there are over 198,811 therapists currently employed in the United States, with the majority being women (75.6%). The average age of an employed therapist is 41 years old, and the most common ethnicity is White (76.4%). These statistics show that there is a demand for therapy services and that the field is diverse.


As a Black or Brown therapist, you bring a unique perspective and cultural competence that can positively impact your clients. Research shows that clients of color are more likely to seek therapy when the therapist is of the same ethnicity. Additionally, Black and Brown communities often have unique mental health needs that are not being adequately addressed by the current system. By starting your own private practice, you have the opportunity to address these gaps and provide culturally responsive therapy services.


Unfortunately, Zippia's research also found that there is a significant pay gap between men and women in the therapy field. Women earn 96% of what men earn. As a Black or Brown woman therapist, this pay gap may be even greater. However, starting a private practice allows you to take control of your income and set your own rates, which can lead to financial stability and independence.


Starting a private practice is a fulfilling and rewarding career choice for Black and Brown therapists. With the right support and resources, you can build a successful practice that serves your community and aligns with your values. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!


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