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Dr. Jude Black

Story Lover, Emotional Healer, Chaos Calmer, Change Catalyst, Resiliency Ninja,

Life Expert


Dr. Jude Black

CEO & Founder

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): 

Commonwealth of Virginia

LPC Licensure Verification in VA

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): 

North Carolina

LCMHC Licensure Verification in NC

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC):

West Virginia

LPC Licensure Verification in WV

National Certified Counselor (NCC):

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

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

State of Florida: Tele-health Provider

State of New Jersey: Emergency Tele-health Provider

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

Certified Life Coach: Expert Level

Certified Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

Certified Master Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

Certified Clinical Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

Certified Field Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

Certified Green Cross Facilitator, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

Extensive experience with Military & First Responders

Speaking Engagements: Email Doc for Details. 

E-Therapy Cafe®

Areas of Expertise:

Relationships, Animal Assisted Therapy, Dating, Trauma, Getting Unstuck, 

Military & First-Responders, Authenticity, LGBT, Toxic Leadership, Type-A Personalities, and Life Transitions.


Eclectic, collaborative, strength-based approach rooted in Psychoanalytical & CBT theories.   


Feeling stuck? Are you tangled up in a dam of stuff? Is life flowing right past you? I can help you get unstuck from the thoughts, feelings, & behaviors that are holding you back from truly experiencing joy right now. I walk with you to untangle the debris, clear the stream, rebuild your boat, point it in the right direction, and break free of the junk that is keeping you stuck.


I focus on your innate strength, resources, and coping skills to ensure that you have the tools to navigate your current.  I help you discover your unique arsenal to eradicate your dams and keep you flowing. My goal is to ease you back into your current and experience life to the fullest.


Although I can't promise you unicorns and rainbows or guarantee that life is free of chaos, I can assure you that I am committed to helping you rediscover joy, balance, self-awareness and become more authentic with flair, fun, and honesty.


About me. 

Closet Singer, Wanna-be Surfer, Curious World Travel, Harley Rider, Cat-Herder, Army Wife,  Mom. 


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 17 times, I know life can be tricky to navigate. I have worked in maximum security prisons system, with military families, first responders, 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. 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.


My loves are my husband of 26 years, a COL in the US Army and my three Man-Boys. If I'm near an ocean~ I love to long board & dig my toes in the sand. Regardless of where we are or what we do, I truly believe we all have the ability to matter. We just have to choose how. I welcome the opportunity to co-pilot.

Professional Background. 

Dr. Black is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of North Carolina. She is a National Certified Counselor trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and an Expert Level Certified Life Coach.  Jude has her doctorate in Counseling Studies (PhD) with a focus on trauma and the military population.  Additionally, she earned her Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling,  Post Baccalaureate certificate in Professional Counseling from Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science at Capella University and her undergraduate degree from Fairmont State University. Dr. Black has extensive post-graduate training in neuro-cognitive trauma, toxic leadership, and 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 (Pretty Padded Room), current owner of Basic Black Inc. a consulting/counseling firm and the Clinical Therapist for West Virginia University's Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry. Dr. Black has been featured in Elle Magazine, MTVNews, Modern Loss, Refinery 29, and Military Times. She can often be found supporting the troops and speaking at the Pentagon about the topic of Toxic Leadership. 


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. She is an avid "Give an Hour" provider; donating pro-bono sessions for our Nation's heroes. 


Jude has been attuned to me from the very first time we spoke. She has already helped me in ways she doesn't even know. I am so pleased with this site, even through the bumps, this has been an overall wonderful experience for me.

I'Professional, highly-skilled, empathic, and non-judgmental, Jude is an absolutely AMAZING therapist! Her trauma expertise is evident, as is her commitment to assisting her clients. I truly cannot recommend her enough to anyone seeking personal growth, wanting more fulfillment and happiness in their lives, or needing to overcome trauma.

My experiences of online therapy sessions with Jude Black through this site were nothing but positive. She instantly exudes a warm, upbeat and gentle energy and offers a constructive balance of intent listening and honest feedback. These qualities made opening up and being real with Jude easier as a new client. There is also something very relaxing and almost intimate about being able to talk 'face-to-face' with a new therapist from the comfort and privacy of your own home. The convenience can't be beat. I found the online scheduling system easy and empowering to use: book whenever you think of it and choose from packages and available appointments that suit your needs at any given time. Recommend

Compassion and commitment is what automatically comes to mind when thinking about Jude. I was hesitant to try on-line therapy, but the experience has been overwhelmingly a good one. She is very flexible when it comes to scheduling and quick to get back with supportive advice using the on-line journal. During sessions I find her presence calming and reassuring. Her non-judgmental attitude makes it easy to open up with even the most painful of memories. Therapy is not a chore that I thought it would be, but rather a tool I have come to appreciate that is promoting my personal growth. Jude is the one that made that possible. I highly recommend her

The process was simple and I felt like I had made a good decision within the first 10 minutes of my session. I'd also like to say that Dr. Jude was kind and asked good questions and put me at ease even though I was nervous.

Dr. Black has been an amazing help to me in an incredibly difficult time in my life. She really took the time and care to connect with me and my issues and has been great at helping me navigate through the thoughts and struggles I have encountered. I would highly recommend Dr. Black to anyone looking to make serious positive changes to their life.

OMG. One hour is not enough with Dr. Jude. She makes the hard times seem easier and challenges not so bad. She makes me laugh, cry, think and her favorite word, "breathe". I was nervous, skeptical, and knew it would not work. I've seen other therapists and quit. Now,  I don't want to quit. I feel stronger, wiser, and can handle the hard things now. She is honest, real, and makes my life better. I can't recommend talking with her enough. 

After speaking to different doctors, Dr. Jude has truly changed my life for the better. She understands where I'm coming from, and has the best approach for my life. I'm so grateful that I found her, and have felt much better since meeting her a couple years ago. My goal is to make her proud!

Dr. Jude Black has helped me and my family so much! Her approach is professional, yet comfortable and casual at the same time. Which is key for clients with history of PTSD and trauma. I highly recommend her all the time.

Dr. Jude has been an absolute Godsend during the most traumatic event of my life. I’m thankful for her compassion, advice, and wisdom.

Jude has been a shoulder to cry on when I needed it most -- but most importantly someone who I could trust would provide a new and fresh perspective on the hardest issues I've ever faced. As I'm transitioning into a new (happier) moment of my life, I look back and can only thank God for having put Jude's thoughtfulness, support and guidance in my life at just the right time

Jude is amazing! She makes me love therapy; I've always been afraid to reach out, but I'm so glad I got to experience my first session with her. I can tell she genuinely cares as she really takes the time and effort to go over my diary entries and leave a thoughtful and reply. I have yet to try the Skype sessions, but I shall soon. I came on here feeling very uncertain and unhappy, but Jude was able to turn that around and give me a new perspective. I've learned to live more mindfully which eases all the weight that life likes to throw at you. She introduced me to techniques that has taught me how to become a more joyful person. She continues to use all that I've gained to guide me through rocky roads. She's truly been a blessing! I am beyond grateful!

Dr. Jude Black is wonderful and makes using teletherapy comfortable and easy.

Jude has a way of breaking overwhelming situations into bite sized pieces and walking with you through the process.The first time I talked to Jude I was anxious and overwhelmed by my personal life as well as work. Talking with Jude made me feel like I had someone by my side ready to help me tackle stressful or anxiety producing situations. Jude has helped me get closer to understanding my authentic self and values. I think of Jude as more than a therapist; she is a life coach.

Jude has a great sense of working with me to identify my priorities, which makes navigating through life a LOT easier. Consequently, my career prospects have elevated and I feel much more content than before. Working with Jude is an excellent idea for any professional not just career wise but for ironing out personal issues as well. 

Jude is a fantastic therapist! She is smart, understanding, and kind. She really sees you and gets you! She is sympathetic, but will also kick your butt when you need it. She knows where you are coming from, and where you need to go, and steers you in that direction. She is fun, and funny, but also lets you cry and be there in the moment. I’ve had some less than stellar therapists in other situations, and had some trepidations going in, but for people worried about the “through the screen” aspects, you don’t feel them with Jude at all! She is warm and real. Choose her, but don’t choose my times and squeeze me out! :)

My best decision for 2017? Reaching out to Dr. Jude. She has helped me realize that I no longer need to define myself with an old script. She helped to me like me again and I am excited for 2018. DO IT! Reach out and she will not disappoint you.  

In the road of life we can get a bit lost not exactly sure which direction to take. With Doctor Jude in the passengers seat, I'm more confident in navigating through the roads including even the most difficult terrain. Thanks Doctor Jude! Book a session with Doctor Jude today and hit the road together on the way to a happier you.

Dr. Black epitomizes compassionate care coupled with effective therapy. She changes lives.

Dr. Black has helped me change my outlook on life. As she says, I did the work but I could not have done it without her. She has helped me live a happier, healthier life.

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