Experts say when black celebrities speak openly about attending therapy, they see a surge in calls from new patients who have been inspired to seek help. Hip-hop artist Jay-Z spoke about therapy in a 2017 interview with the New York Times. In 2018, the radio host known as Charlamagne Tha God published a memoir entitled "Shook One: Anxiety Is Trapping Me," in which he discussed the importance of therapy.
"I think it's important for men, especially other men, to hear about it because men deal with that extra masculinity stigma," said Tasnim Sulaiman, a Philadelphia area therapist and founder of BlackMenHeal.org, which offers free therapy to black men offers. "You know there is a man sitting on his couch who sees this and thinks," If he says his life has been changed, maybe that could work for me. "
The group is recruiting black therapists across the country, particularly in New York City, which has a long waiting list, but finding chromotherapists has been a challenge. According to a 2018 report by the American Psychological Association's Center for Workforce Studies, only 4 percent of therapists are black. To date, BlackMenHeal.org has offered more than 600 therapy sessions for approximately 100 men. About 60 percent continued therapy after the free program ended, Ms. Sulaiman said.
"We ask our men to do what Cord has done, go to their communities to talk to their peers, cousins, sons and brothers and share their experiences," she said. "Cord only helped create a safe space for men to embark on a healing journey."
Mr Jefferson, 38, said he briefly started therapy in his twenties to deal with anger issues but didn't return to therapy until 2013 when his mother was diagnosed with cancer. A few years ago he started seeing his current therapist, who was referred to him by a friend. He said he believed his work in therapy helped his career, so it was appropriate to thank his therapist when he received the Emmy.
"The work of a television writer is so much about thinking about characters and character motivation, things that aren't said and decisions that people make and why they make those decisions," Jefferson said. “Sitting with someone every week and dismantling my own decisions and the connective tissue of something that happened in my childhood – much like searching through details of my life – helps me a lot when thinking about characters and stories. The introspection helps me when I sit down to write. "
In addition to therapy, Mr. Jefferson said he tried meditation but was unable to practice it consistently. He said he prefers to watch the feed on a webcam showing the jellyfish in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific time.