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About Dr. Jude Black


Dr. Jude Black, 
Founder & CEO

Dr. Jude Black is a dynamic force in the fields of mental health, business, and community empowerment. Her unwavering passion for helping others has propelled her to remarkable heights as a fearless businesswoman, clinician, and advocate for positive change.

As the CEO and Founder of E-Therapy Cafe, an award winning online therapy and coaching company. Dr. Jude Black has revolutionized access to mental health and life coaching services. Concurrently, she serves as the CEO and Founder of Appalachian Counseling Center, overseeing a network of outpatient behavioral health facilities across West Virginia. Her commitment to breaking barriers extends to the non-profit sector, where she founded and leads the Appalachian Trauma and Resiliency Center (ATRC). Through ATRC, Dr. Jude Black provides crucial counseling services tailored to military personnel, first responders, and law enforcement, instilling resilience and fostering mental agility among those who serve our communities.

A captivating public speaker, Dr. Jude Black empowers audiences to realize their full potential and embrace a life of purpose. Her expertise extends beyond the stage into consultancy, where she guides individuals and organizations in navigating entrepreneurship, business development, and professional growth. Driven by a deep-seated belief in the power of storytelling, she creates spaces for individuals to share their narratives and embark on transformative journeys. This dedication to education extends beyond her own accomplishments as she actively mentors aspiring therapists on their journey to licensure, ensuring the next generation of clinicians are equipped with the necessary skills to make a meaningful impact in the field of mental health.

Dr. Jude Black's professional expertise is evidenced by a wealth of credentials and certifications, distinguished by her commitment to excellence. As a multi-state-licensed clinician, she holds licenses across multiple states and boasts numerous certifications. Dr. Jude Black is recognized as a National Certified Counselor- Board Certified, a Board Certified Tele-mental Health Provider (BC-TMH), a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and a Clinical Military Counselor Certified (CMCC). Additionally, she has received over seven certifications from the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology, including titles such as Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist and Educator, Certified Clinical Traumatologist, and Certified Field Traumatologist. With a doctorate in Counseling Studies (PhD) focused on trauma and the military population, as well as a Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, Dr. Jude Black graduated with distinction, further exemplifying her dedication to academic and professional excellence.

With a global footprint in the mental health landscape, Dr. Jude Black's contributions have garnered recognition from esteemed publications and institutions. Notably, her insights on toxic leadership have earned her invitations to speak at the Pentagon, shedding light on critical issues facing military personnel and families.

In addition to her professional accolades, Dr. Jude Black is the recipient of prestigious honors, including the Order of the Vivandieres and multiple Department of Defense Commander’s Awards for Public Service. Actively engaged in philanthropy, she dedicates her expertise to pro-bono sessions for veterans, first responders, and law enforcement, while also participating with organizations like Bunker Labs CEO Circle to support military veterans and spouses in their entrepreneurial endeavors. She is an active member of professional organizations and has dedicated over 30 years to serving individuals and communities across various sectors of mental health care.

As a contributor for the Mental Health Television Network (MHTN), Dr. Jude Black leverages her expertise to provide valuable insights on navigating mental health in today's society.

Dr. Jude Black's unwavering dedication, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to service embody her as a beacon of inspiration, catalyzing positive change and empowerment within communities worldwide.

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