Breanna Turner, LMSW

I am a licensed social worker who is committed to normalizing and prioritizing mental health in the Black community, especially for boys and men. As a mom to a Black son, I want to create a space in the mental health field that provides Black boys and men with a place to allow themselves to feel all the emotions society doesn’t let them express.

I’ve seen the damage untreated mental health does to Black men and boys in our community. From birth, I’ve seen little boys grow up in households with an absent father figure and are left to learn what a healthy relationship is in adulthood. I’ve seen boys who grow up witnessing their mother getting abused and are left feeling powerless. I’ve seen men who have secrets about being sexually abused now struggle with being emotionally and physically intimate with others. I’ve seen teenage boys feel the pressure of being the provider of the household before they are 18 and now feel their only purpose in life is to be a provider. I’ve seen men struggle with dark thoughts and “demons” that they fight by drinking, smoking, and popping pills. I’ve seen Black men struggle to grieve the loss of a loved one because they are told “boys don’t cry” and struggle to keep these emotions bottled up. I’ve seen black men seek help and run into mental health providers who don’t quite get it and are just prescribed medication as a form of treatment. So what do we do?

That’s where I come in. I am one of the mental health providers who will provide you the quality care that you need and deserve. I specialize in trauma-focused and person-focused care, which simply means that I work alongside of you, allowing you to process and understand at your own pace since I believe you know yourself better than anyone else. I provide a gentle, culturally sensitive and relaxed conversationalist style that is needed so you feel comfortable sharing thoughts that you may not have shared with anyone else. I support you through this process by highlighting your strengths, asking questions that you may not have asked yourself, and holding you accountable to being your best self. The modalities that I use most are cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, while also using my background in education to break down the strategies around your own unique learning style.

I have been working with boys and men of color since 2015. I received my bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Syracuse University (Go orange!) and my Master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University.

Outside of being a therapist, I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan and a faithful listener of the Joe Budden Podcast.

I have worked within the educational system, the foster care system, and the criminal justice system to be a change agent for the black community. I realized the best way I can support black boys and men is through increasing the awareness and prioritizing our mental health. Mental health is not just for women and men deserve to have a space to heal, too. I invite you to understand you, what happened to you, and learn ways you can use the past to empower your future. If you’re ready to take this opportunity to answer questions you’ve wondered about yourself, be open to feeling vulnerable (because you deserve to feel), and are ready to take steps to being happy, I invite you to do so. I’ll be here when you’re ready.