We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Dee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I really didn’t start this with the intention of this being a business but it evolved into something more than I could imagine. When I start Black Female & Male Therapists, I just wanted to spotlight Black therapists. As a therapist myself, I know that we weren’t truly highlighted as we should. I had family and friends that had no idea where to go to find a Black therapist, so I thought, if they feel like this, then there must be a ton of other people that think this too. From there, every time I found a Black therapist, I would post them and it really took off from there.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Black Female Therapists (BFT) is a premier mental health and wellness platform created to promote black therapists while creating a safe space for all to discuss mental health and wellness. BFT gives mental health therapists a chance to show their #blackgirlmagic and makes it easier to connect with individuals nationwide. Not only is it a place to connect but more importantly a place to discuss mental health, wellness, different journeys, tips, and strategies. For us, it’s all about learning new strategies to live a better life. From indulging in the newest self-care strategies to helping strategize mental health issues. We live for being a daily, go-to source for all things Black Therapists, Self-Care, Mental Wellness, Stress Management, Travel, Relationships, Mental Health, and more. We are different than any other brand because we are relatable, stay on-trend with wellness, offer Q+A’s every week, and send out affirmations to stay connected with our audience each and every day. We pride ourselves on listening and offering things that our audience needs.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
OMG! Since quarantine, I have no idea but before quarantine, we would definitely get our eat on at Milk + Honey, Pappadeaux, Chops & Lobster Bar, BQE Restaurant & Lounge, Slutty Vegan, and Mary Mac’s Tea Room. Places that we would hang out, would be Ponce City Market/Skyline, Piedmont Park, Little Five Points, SkyView, take a wine tour, check out the Botanical Gardens and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My team deserves a shoutout for all the hard work they do to make my ideas and visions happen. Honestly, I couldn’t do it without them. Also, a big shoutout to Beyonce and Michelle Williams. When she posted Black Female Therapists under her Black Parade of black business, it really brought us a lot of recognition which is definitely a reason why we have seen great growth in the past year. Michelle has also been a big support and we are forever grateful.