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About Dr. Jude Black

Dr. Jude Black is passionate about helping people. She is the Founder of both E-Therapy Cafe and Appalachian Life Enrichment Counseling Center. Both companies are focused on providing expert therapy and coaching services to people across the world. Additionally, she is the co-founder of the Appalachian Trauma and Resiliency Center. She believes that people deserve to live well, be happy, and create a purposeful life. 

Dr. Black is a National Certified Counselor, as well as a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-THP) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).  She is a multi-state Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of North Carolina, and the State of West Virginia. She has extensive training in trauma and is a level I and II trained Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician.  Dr. Jude earned her doctorate in Counseling Studies (PhD) with a focus on trauma and the military population while her husband was deployed in Afghanistan.  During another of her husband's deployments to Afghanistan, she earned her Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling and Post Baccalaureate certificate in Professional Counseling from Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science at Capella University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Fairmont State University. Dr. Black has extensive post-graduate training in neuro-cognitive, trauma, military and combat related issues with integrations of mindfulness and wellness concepts.  


Drawing from multicultural considerations, Dr. Black has a demonstrated track record of success both domestic and internationally as a clinician, businesswoman, and public speaker. She was the former Director of Relationships for the online counseling platform featured on ABC's Shark Tank, In Your Corner (formerly Pretty Padded Room) and has been featured in Elle Magazine, MTVNews, Modern Loss, Home Business, Refinery 29, and Military Times. She can often be found supporting Veterans and speaking at the Pentagon about the topic of Toxic Leadership. She currently works for WVU School of 


Dr. Black is a member of several professional organizations to include the American Counseling Association, National Board for Certified Counselors, and Association for Counselors and Educators in Government.  Jude has worked both nationwide and internationally in the mental health field for 20+ years.  Her work spans over private, non-profit, and government sectors, including family support programs, community support programs, outpatient services, residential mental health facilities, hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, residential and substance abuse programs, partial hospitalization programs, and private practice, including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Founder & CEO

People have sung “Hey Jude” to me my entire life and you’d think I’d be sick of it by now, but I’m not ~ music & laughter are wonderful ways to connect! I approach life with a natural curiosity and a strong appreciation for cultural considerations. Having lived all over the world & moved 19 times, I know life can be tricky to navigate. I am confident I can help you shift your sails to begin living a life of purpose. 


I have worked in maximum security prisons system, with military families, trauma victims, government officials, celebrities, high-net worth executives, moms, dads, college students, young entrepreneurs, women, men ~ people nationwide just trying to find their footing & place in this world. The one universal truth regardless of who you are or what you do~ we all have storms. My number one priority is to walk with you through your storm, watch the clouds clear, and experience the warmth and light of the sun again. Stick with me and together, we can get to the other side.


I want to challenge you to adjust your lens, generate new possibilities, create opportunities, and break through barriers.  I commit to walk with you and help you to find ways to face life’s challenges, discover your inner strength, renew your courage, and begin a new journey towards healing, resiliency, and new possibilities. 


Dr. Jude Black, CEO/Founder Basic Black Inc. & E-Therapy Cafe

Dr. Jude

Impetus  /ˈɪmpɪtəs/

Noun. Plural impetuses.

A moving force; impulse; stimulus; impulsion


Change /chenynj/

Verb. Changed, changing.

1. To make the form, nature, content, future course etc of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.

2. to transform or convert. 

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): 

Commonwealth of Virginia; #0701005401 

LPC Licensure Verification in VA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC): 

North Carolina; # 8388

LCMHC Licensure Verification in NC

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): 

West Virginia; # 2278

LPC Licensure Verification in NC

National Certified Counselor (NCC):

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC); #275728

National Clinical Mental Health Examination (NCMHE): 

National Board for Certified Counselors(NBCC); #27890

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR): 

The Department of the Army: EMDR levels I & II

Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider (BC-TMH):

Center for Credentialing and Education

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

International Association of Trauma Professionals

Dr. Jude Black

Dr. Jude

Take Back your life. 

My approach integrates numerous theories and interventions based on your ‘unique you’. I design a plan with you to achieve your individual or corporate goals. Our sessions will be collaborative, results-oriented, and centered on your personal or organizational needs. I provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential therapy environment based on empathy and respect framed from a multicultural lens. 


I am not a "bobble-head" therapist. I provide every individual or organization with solid tools and a focused plan in order to build lives that are rewarding and relationships to be proud of. I fuse ideas from different theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Psychodynamic (EMDR), Existentialism, Functional Theory, and Transformational Leadership Theory with life coaching to provide an approach that is compassionate while being results oriented.  

I can help.

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