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Let's fund five sessions of therapy for Black women and girls

by Katie O'Dowd

Supporting: Therapy Fund for Black Women and Girls for The Loveland Foundation Inc.

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Therapy by Black therapists for Black women and girls is not as accessible as it should be, for many reasons. At about $120 per session, this critical form of support is simply impossible for many females of color. Let's leverage our resources and focus on those who need them most right now.


I've set July 4th as a goal to fund five sessions of therapy for Black women and girls through the Loveland foundation, which was founded by Rachel Cargle, an activist dedicated to "providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood". I chose Loveland because its mission is closely related to my profession as a research psychologist, and its founder engages in work that I am either currently pursuing (lecturer, writer) or would one day love to achieve (she's published work on meaningful topics in Essence, Huff Post, PopSugar, and has given her own TEDx talk).


If 30 of us donate $20 just once, we will reach this goal. Please contribute to the effort, with your wallet, and every day with your heart and your voice.

Thank you so much for your interest in supporting the Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund. Whether you have already donated or you are just learning about the project, we are grateful to have you on board.


 With therapy sessions in the U.S. typically costing anywhere from $60 - $250-- even with insurance, the prevalent and ingrained stigma surrounding mental health in many communities, and the fact that the vast majority of therapists in this country are white, it is often difficult for Black women and girls to access therapy when they need it. We wanted to change that. 


In our pilot program, we raised over $250,000 with the support of our generous community and provided financial assistance to hundreds of Black women and girls to go to therapy. We did this through collaborative partnerships with  Therapy for Black Girls, Open Path Collective, National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, and Talkspace, networks and service providers that are all committed to making therapy more affordable and accessible. 


No matter how much you are able to give, we are excited to work together with our community again to bring therapy support directly to Black women and girls who need it. Please donate now to tangibly tell these women and girls, “We see you, we hear you, and we are invested in your healing.”Generations will benefit from their healing.


How you can give:


  • Champion the Cause!  Become an advocate and help fundraise for Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund via your social platforms. Set your own fundraising goal and utilize your network of friends and family to help fundraise for Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund. 
  • Be a small business or corporate match - Email sharlene@thelovelandfoundation.org if you are interested.
  • Donate to our campaign! We are raising funds for our therapy for Black women and girls program, which includes providing 4-8 free therapy sessions.
  • Start a Giving Circle: Pool your resources together and make a commitment with 6 of your friends to donate and support Black women and girls who deserve access to healing. If each of your friends contribute $20, it will cover 1 therapy session.


We look forward to keeping you informed as we continue to build out this program.
For more information about Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund visit https://www.thelovelandfoundation.org.


How would you like to support?