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Dr. Jude Black

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

Life Expert

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Dr. Jude Black

CEO & Founder


Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) 

  • Commonwealth of Virginia

  • State of West Virginia

  • State of Texas

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC):

  • State of North Carolina

Licensed Professional Counselor- Telehealth Provider​

  • State of Florida

  • State of New Jersey

National Certified Counselor- Board Certified (NCC-BC):

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


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

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.


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

In addition to being the founder and CEO of our award winning online therapy and coaching company, E-Therapy Cafe Dr. Black is the CEO of Appalachian Counseling Center, an outpatient behavioral health facility with three locations throughout the state of West Virginia. She also is the founder and president of the Appalachian Trauma and Resiliency Center (ATRC). ATRC is a non-profit born out of a desire to make a difference in our community for those who serve us. The non profit provides counseling services to military, 1st responders, and law enforcement focused on building resiliency and empowering them with the mental agility to continue serving. She is passionate about giving back and making a difference in the community and in the lives of others. 


Dr. Jude is a multi-state-licensed clinician, holding credentials in  West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Texas  North Carolina, Florida and New Jersey. She is a National Certified Counselor-Board Certified trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and an Expert Level Certified Life Coach. Additionally, Dr. Black is a Board Certified Tele-mental Health Provider (BC-TMH), a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional, and a Clinical Military Counselor Certified (CMCC). Jude holds a doctorate in Counseling Studies (PhD) with a focus on trauma and the military population and a Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling,  She completed her undergraduate degree from our hometown university here, 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, hypnosis, 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 is the former Director of Relationships for the online counseling platform featured on ABC's Shark Tank,  In Your Corner (Pretty Padded Room), and current owner of E-Therapy Cafe, a premier online counseling company.  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 provider with ATRC donating pro-bono sessions for our Nation's heroes, our 1st responders and law enforcement personnel. 

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