words by Terembe Cherono
Finding a reliable therapist can be difficult. A few years ago when I was in the thick of a crisis, I turned to my community online for recommendations and they came through for me in a big way. I curated a thread on Twitter with the recommendations but decided recently to make an additional, more current list for 2022. This new list isn’t to nullify the other – it’s simply to add to it.
My deepest gratitude to everyone who shared recommendations with me! I followed up with as many as I could to get the information below for you. The list is mostly of therapists/psychologists, but there are a couple of psychiatrists (google the difference). Although I’m excited to share this list, I do want to give some caveats:
- What worked for one person may not work for another. It’s very possible that a therapist that meets my needs isn’t effective for you. That doesn’t mean the person was lying or that the therapist isn’t good – therapists have different values and approaches, so it’s about finding the right fit for you.
- With that said, don’t be afraid to try different therapists until you find a suitable one. Also don’t forget sometimes it takes a few sessions to feel settled with your therapist. It’s not always perfect at the start but it can get better with time.
- Do your own due diligence. Like any field, there are definitely quacks out there. Important information to get from your therapist before you begin can include: years of practice, whether they are registered with an accredited body and educational qualification. I’ve been advised that a psychologist should at least have a degree in clinical psychology or counselling (or similar). Additional education such as diplomas or masters in the practice is certainly reassuring.
- I tried to make sure the information was as accurate as possible but if there’s any mistakes please contact me via Instagram DM (@terembecherono) and I’ll correct it.
As someone who has experienced the transformative power of therapy, I hope this list is a helpful starting point for anyone looking! All the best.
|Name||Location||Specialty||Contact||Cost (per session)||Insurance||Years of Practice||Person Who Recommends Says...|
|Amani Counseling||Nairobi, Mombasa, Nyeri, Kisumu||Counseling||0722626590||KSHS 2,500 (M-Pesa)|
Kshs 3,500 (Insurance)
|Yes||Over 40 years||-|
(can meet at locations such as Arboretum or Karura)
|ADHD, Anxiety, Attachment Issues, Burn-out & Work Stress, Childhood Trauma, Depression, GBV Personal Development||0739425425 or email@example.com||USD 35 – USD 250 |
(depending on the service)
|Not at the moment||8 years||“I like that she’s affirming and always checks that I feel heard. Also the diverse resources she shares, I always leave the session enlightened and supported”|
|Dr. Bukusi||Hurlingham||Psychiatric Care||0705417011||KSHS 4,000||Yes – Sedgwick||Over 30 years||“With him, I have to say it was the first time I felt really listened to. He listens and is interested in who I am and what I’m going through.”|
|Calvin Opondo @therapy_with_cal||Peponi Road||Clinical Psychology, Youth||0720792543||KSHS 2,000||Yes||4 years||“He is the most professional, well connected therapist I’ve seen”|
|Celestine Omondi||Oasis Health, Greenhouse Mall||Psychologist||0731601331||-||-||-||“Celestine was willing to allow me to bring someone to therapy to facilitate a difficult discussion I kept postponing”|
|Dr. Charity Waithima||Adams Arcade, Virtual||Family Therapy||0720830645||KSHS 4,000||No||Over 18 years|
|Elizabeth Khaemba||Ngong Road, 5th Avenue||Clinical Psychologist, Children and Adolescents||0722397547||KSHS 6,000||Yes – Jubilee, Sedgwick and others||Over 15 years||-|
|Evelyn Majimbo||Langat'a||Marriage and Family Therapist||0722605200||KSHS 3,000||Not at the moment||Over 9 years||“She’s incredibly patient and she’s wonderfu with young adults. I was drowning for most of 2021 and she helped me get through a really difficult period in my life.”|
|Leah Kuria||Parklands, Virtual||Behavioral Therapy, Children and Adults||0723338633||Children: KSHS 3,500 for assessment and KSHS 2,500 thereafter |
Adults: KSHS 3,500 for assessment and KSHS 3,000 thereafter
|Not at the moment||7 years||“She is great”|
Mental Illness Management, Trauma, Mental Wellness, Trauma
|0713131636||KSHS 2,000||Not at the moment||Over 2 years||“Very queer friendly”|
|Dr. Michelle Karume||Spring Valley||Marriage and Family Therapy, Medical Family Therapy, Collaborative Care and Program Development, Childhood Disorders||0717787807||KSHS 7,000||No||Over 13 years||“Super professional and helpful”|
|Dr. Naomi James||Greenhouse Mall||Marital and Family Issues, Depressive and Trauma-Related Disorders||0717603487||KSHS 5,000||Yes||-|
|Sharlyne Nafula||Virtual||Anger Management, Anxiety and General Wellbeing, Bipolar||0702811383||KSHS 2,500 (first session) KSHS 2,000 (thereafter)||No||3 years||“She is really good at what she does. Plus she is LGBTQ friendly.”|
|Stella Kivuti||Can meet you where you’re comfortable||Depression, Psychiatric Disorders||0725546571||KSHS 3,000 (first session) KSHS 2,500 (thereafter)||No||5 years||“She currently works at a rehab and is very understanding, creates a safe environment for everyone”|
|Wilson Kazooba||Uganda, Virtual||+256 781517111||UGX 100,000||No|
Terembe Cherono is a creator, curator and digital strategist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For the last 10 years, Terembe has used her social media platforms (particularly Instagram and YouTube), to share lifestyle content using extremely compelling storytelling formats. In the last two years, she has developed a highly popular technique for Instagram Stories known as a ‘Daily Recap’ used by numerous content creators globally. She has supported several influencers and small businesses to leverage social media for brand building and sales.