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Center for Black Wellbeing at graymatters

The Center for Black Wellbeing (CBW) provides equitable, compassionate, and culturally-conscious care to Black folx.

Center for Black Wellbeing at graymatters

The Center for Black Wellbeing (CBW) provides equitable, compassionate, and culturally-conscious care to Black folx.

We believe that Black folx deserve a chance to breathe, flourish, and define the types of care you deserve.

How we are different

We not only provide traditional therapy and medication services, but also holistic programs built by and for the Black community. You are the expert in your experience and know what you need, and we are here to share in that journey.

What we can offer

Meet with someone in a non-judgmental space where we envision together your own pathway to mental wellness. From therapy or medication to lifestyle changes and nontraditional strategies, we will co-create a treatment plan personalized to you.
We promote wellness by offering interest-based groups where you learn to weave mental health strategies into the activities that are already part of your everyday life.
You don’t need to be a client at the practice in order to be a part of our community. We bring people together by offering workshops and events to help anyone and everyone with working on their mental health.
Whether you’re looking for tips or seeking extra support, you can find something to help you using our online resources.

What we can offer

Individual Sessions

Meet with someone in a non-judgmental space where we envision together your own pathway to mental wellness. From therapy or medication to lifestyle changes and nontraditional strategies, we will co-create a treatment plan personalized to you.

Wellness Groups

We promote wellness by offering interest-based groups where you learn to weave mental health strategies into the activities that are already part of your everyday life.

Community Events

Meet with someone in a non-judgmental space where we envision together your own pathway to mental wellness. From therapy or medication to lifestyle changes and nontraditional strategies, we will co-create a treatment plan personalized to you.

Educational Resources

Meet with someone in a non-judgmental space where we envision together your own pathway to mental wellness. From therapy or medication to lifestyle changes and nontraditional strategies, we will co-create a treatment plan personalized to you.

Who we work with

Black Folx of All Genders

Black LGBTQIA*+

Black Families

Care with CBW means

Culturally-sensitive approach

Inclusive and equitable services

Less financial barriers

Destigmatization of mental health

Find compassionate providers who get you, believe in you, and deliver care because they believe that mental health is your birthright.

Meet our team

Tejal Kaur,
MD

Founder, Medical Director & Psychiatrist

Ruth Alexander,
PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner & Director of Clinical Services

Amy (Lei) Zhu,
PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

(917) 720-4480

Tejal Kaur, MD

Founder & Medical Director

About Tejal Kaur (she/her/hers)

I believe that the relationship and connection we form through our work together lay the foundation for ensuring success in the treatment. Within that therapeutic relationship, I refuse to believe that my patients cannot get better. For those where medicine is an important part of the plan, I see it as a tool that allows therapy or other strategies to be most effective, allowing an individual to be in the right space to reach their potential.

Specialties: adolescents, college students, young adults, perinatal or postpartum depression or anxiety, attentional/executive function, autism-spectrum, early intervention for psychosis or bipolar disorder, learning disorders

Other Interests: exploring, going on adventures, cuddling with my children, learning, reading, writing, social justice

(917) 720-4124

Ruth Alexander, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner &
Director of Clinical Services

About Ruth Alexander (she/her/hers)

My prescription pad is just one tool in my toolbox; it can be an option in your treatment but doesn’t necessarily need to be used for everyone. I collaborate with clients to create an individualized treatment plan tailored to their life goals. My goal for clients is sustainability in mental wellness by identifying and removing the barriers in their life to help them thrive on their own.

Specialties: early intervention & preventative care, social & communication skills, strengthening intuition & resilience, coping with life transitions, neurodiversity speciality training in children & adolescents; I also have experience and enjoy working throughout the lifespan with young adults, midlife adults, & older adults.

Other Interests: community and global mental health advocacy, coffee meditation, podcasts/audiobooks, Citi-biking around the city

(917) 720-4132

Amy (Lei) Zhu, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

About Amy Zhu (she/her/hers)

I believe all aspects of health are important and interconnected, including psychological state, physical health, environment, and interpersonal relationships. I am here to support you in strengthening your coping skills and overcoming barriers. I am fluent in both English and Mandarin and seek to provide a culturally sensitive environment for my clients.

我提供中文的心理咨询跟药物治疗。专注于治疗抑郁症,焦虑症,睡眠障碍, 小儿/成人多动症, 以及留学生心里健康等问题.

Specialties: depression, ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, international student mental health, play therapy, medication management

Other Interests: food lover and gym fan, anything that helps me increase physical activity

In their own words

“Dr. Kaur is an outstanding psychiatrist and I would recommend her to family and friends without reservation. She has a great bedside manner and truly cares about her patients. She takes the time to know you as a person, is easy to talk to and overall the kind of doctor you can really feel comfortable putting your trust in. A psychiatrist myself, I feel truly blessed to have been her patient. I came to her at a most difficult time in my life and she helped me more than any other doctor. Highly recommended.”

“As someone who has been through multiple therapists and been in and out of therapy for many years, Sabrina is the most positive and effective therapeutic relationship I’ve had as a client. Sabrina brought this incredible level of warmth and empathy to our sessions, while also being professional and astute in their clinical observations of my concerns.”

“I highly recommend Amy. She has a calm and reassuring manner and I found her to be a knowledgeable and conscientious provider who was able to respond to and work with my particular needs and concerns, both in terms of treatment needs and in terms of scheduling flexibility. The practice as a whole is excellent…, and it’s easy to communicate with office staff and providers.”

“Ruth has a wonderful energy. Her curious, warm manner is a stabilizing force for my 9 year old. Her professionalism, clarity, and encouragement are invaluable to me as a parent. Working with her has helped our family grapple with difficult situations in a growthful way with as little pain as possible. We are grateful to be working with Ruth.”

“Graymatters Med Practice has been a huge positive influence in my life over the past 4 years. I know there are many sufficient doctors in NYC that accept insurance…but I choose to see Dr. Kaur because my mental health does not have a price tag. The administrative staff and other doctors in the practice are very attentive, always prompt to return emails/phone calls and I always leave the office feeling better than when I got there. Thank you Graymatters for everything!”

In their own words

“Dr. Kaur is an outstanding psychiatrist and I would recommend her to family and friends without reservation. She has a great bedside manner and truly cares about her patients. She takes the time to know you as a person, is easy to talk to and overall the kind of doctor you can really feel comfortable putting your trust in. A psychiatrist myself, I feel truly blessed to have been her patient. I came to her at a most difficult time in my life and she helped me more than any other doctor. Highly recommended.”

“As someone who has been through multiple therapists and been in and out of therapy for many years, Sabrina is the most positive and effective therapeutic relationship I’ve had as a client. Sabrina brought this incredible level of warmth and empathy to our sessions, while also being professional and astute in their clinical observations of my concerns.”

“I highly recommend Amy. She has a calm and reassuring manner and I found her to be a knowledgeable and conscientious provider who was able to respond to and work with my particular needs and concerns, both in terms of treatment needs and in terms of scheduling flexibility. The practice as a whole is excellent…, and it’s easy to communicate with office staff and providers.”

“Ruth has a wonderful energy. Her curious, warm manner is a stabilizing force for my 9 year old. Her professionalism, clarity, and encouragement are invaluable to me as a parent. Working with her has helped our family grapple with difficult situations in a growthful way with as little pain as possible. We are grateful to be working with Ruth.”

“Graymatters Med Practice has been a huge positive influence in my life over the past 4 years. I know there are many sufficient doctors in NYC that accept insurance…but I choose to see Dr. Kaur because my mental health does not have a price tag. The administrative staff and other doctors in the practice are very attentive, always prompt to return emails/phone calls and I always leave the office feeling better than when I got there. Thank you Graymatters for everything!”

Get started with your care today! Schedule a visit online or let us help you figure out the right fit.