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Design your very Black mental health journey here at the Center for Black WellBeing. 

Design your very Black mental health journey here at the Center for Black WellBeing.

The Center for Black WellBeing (CBW) is the place where we want to create a home with y’all. Moving past the boundaries of what care often looks like, CBW is a wellness destination that houses several healing lanes specifically for BLACK people. Black-anchored, Black-led, and Black-designed, CBW is where you get to be nurtured by your intrinsic resilience and the collective healing ancestry of our African legacies. 

Meet our squad

Dr. Zuleka Ru-Glo Henderson, LMSW, PhD

Founder, Director

My definition of the Center is simple: this is a place where we invite Black people to both discover and further harness the truth that healing is our own. The Center exists so that as we get ready, there is a space that feels like our healing journey can happen. A space that doesn’t reduce our healing to one, unidimensional thing. That doesn’t prescribe wellbeing through a formula that is binary or linear, but rather one that can capture the unique expressions and pathways to access, experience, and express that wellness – and to be supported in that.

Learn more about Zuleka here!

Mx. Sabrina Sarro, LMSW, MFA Candidate, C-DBT, CTP

Rainbow Healing Magician

When I think of CBW, a smile so huge overtakes my face. The word confetti overcomes my spirit, a party in the mouth – and all I can help but do is grin as though a pinata has burst underneath my tongue. Black people are the magic. Like spilled neon, we illuminate everything we touch. CBW is where the party begins with you, with us – how I cannot wait to arrive with you, simply holding and celebrating the sheer joy you bring by simply existing.

Learn more about Sabrina here!

Gabrielle Ranger-Murdock, PMHNP

Dr. Tejal Kaur

Founder

CBW is the culmination and translation of Dr. Henderson’s academic work into a living, breathing space, an “oasis for Black wellness,” as Dr. Henderson calls it. As a psychiatrist, I see the ways in which mental health has failed Black folx, and I am excited to be a part of a movement that challenges the premises of how mental health care is delivered and to incorporate the cultural knowledge of the Black community in defining its own pathways to wellness.

Learn more about Tejal here!

Meet our squad

Dr. Zuleka Ru-Glo Henderson, LMSW, PhD

Founder, Director

My definition of the Center is simple: this is a place where we invite Black people to both discover and further harness the truth that healing is our own. The Center exists so that as we get ready, there is a space that feels like our healing journey can happen. A space that doesn’t reduce our healing to one, unidimensional thing. That doesn’t prescribe wellbeing through a formula that is binary or linear, but rather one that can capture the unique expressions and pathways to access, experience, and express that wellness – and to be supported in that.

Learn more about Zuleka here!

Mx. Sabrina Sarro, LMSW, MFA Candidate, C-DBT, CTP

Rainbow Healing Magician

When I think of CBW, a smile so huge overtakes my face. The word confetti overcomes my spirit, a party in the mouth – and all I can help but do is grin as though a pinata has burst underneath my tongue. Black people are the magic. Like spilled neon, we illuminate everything we touch. CBW is where the party begins with you, with us – how I cannot wait to arrive with you, simply holding and celebrating the sheer joy you bring by simply existing.

Learn more about Sabrina here!

Gabrielle Ranger-Murdock, PMHNP

Dr. Tejal Kaur, MD

Co-Founder

CBW is the culmination and translation of Dr. Henderson’s academic work into a living, breathing space, an “oasis for Black wellness,” as Dr. Henderson calls it. As a psychiatrist, I see the ways in which mental health has failed Black folx, and I am excited to be a part of a movement that challenges the premises of how mental health care is delivered and to incorporate the cultural knowledge of the Black community in defining its own pathways to wellness.

Learn more about Tejal here!

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FAQs about CBW

What do we stand for?

CBW exists to tap into the creative engineering involved in Black imagination and artistic expression. We are here to illuminate the energy-shifting power of fun, joy, and celebration that all Black folx deserve.

What informs our approach?

We engage community members’ healing wisdom, cultural knowledge, and strengths in service of personal, collective, and intergenerational Black wellbeing. We believe that healing requires a multi-factorial approach – one that not only wholly focuses on the individual, but also integrates their community, workplace, school, spiritual beliefs, and ancestral relationships. Our services meet Black people where they are in all of these contexts.

What informs our services?

Our services are rooted in three things: making sure you can actually access care (however that may look for you), making sure that you know you are as much as part of this center as we are, and making sure that you know no matter what you may be seeking, there is a place and space for you to receive what you are looking for here.

How do you start a healing relationship with a therapist?

Beginning a healing relationship with a therapist is an endeavor that we are intentional about at CBW. Beginning your therapeutic journey can be in a number of ways: we offer consultation calls with therapists you may be interested in developing a relationship with, and our website details several of our other healing lanes that speak to opportunities around how you can begin your therapeutic journey.

How can you be involved in shaping CBW?

CBW welcomes you, your thoughts, your ideas, and your feedback. In addition to having drop-in community conversations where members can come and share their experiences and thoughts, our healing lanes promote your wellness and how you are experiencing our services at any given time. Open lines of communication is always be foundational to the work we do, and we always welcome hearing from you.

How can CBW be held accountable for upholding its mission and spirit?

We prioritize accountability and conflict mediation. We aim to provide a transparent and inviting space where we take ownership for things we have done, harm we have inflicted, or practices that we have promoted that erased, invalidated, or have left an imprint of pain.

Why is collective space important?

Collective space is important because all Black people deserve a space just for them. A place to laugh. A place to cry. A place to explore. Our in-person and virtual spaces are deeply intentional spaces where Black folx can gather, feel safe in their bodies, and actually share space with other Black people. Black people deserve spaces where we can see other people who look like us, where all Black bodies are celebrated, welcome, and centered.

Why is CBW's model private and membership-based?

We believe that in order to provide truly transformative care, our providers must be compensated for their labor, experience, time, and energy. Cost often, though not always, reflects the quality of services rendered, and here at CBW, we pride ourselves on making sure both our members AND providers are receiving care that reflects what they deserve.

How can organizations or corporations benefit from our services?

Part of the work we do here at CBW is to connect and curate space with other dope organizations and corporations. We want to connect and collaborate with you. Other organizations and corporations can benefit from our services as we seek to create mutually beneficial connections that circle back to the main mission of supporting and centering Black wellbeing in all of its manifestations.