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empowering your path to wellness.

Dr. Jude Black

Story Lover, Resiliency Ninja, Anxiety Slayer, Emotional Healer, Thought Shifter, Chaos Calmer

Areas of expertise. 

Trauma, Dissociative Identity Disorders, Relationships, Military & First-Responders, Animal Assisted Therapy, Dating, Getting Unstuck, Authenticity, Women's Issues, and Life Transitions.


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

I am passionate about being an interactive, supportive, and (gently) challenging therapist. Our busy lives leave us little time to process emotions, leaving disappointments, fears, resentment and pain no outlet until they reach overwhelming levels. I focus on earning your trust so that we can grapple with these difficult issues together. Using psychoanalytic theory as a foundation, I integrate evidenced based interventions to customize a treatment that is both effective and tailored to you. My approach focuses on creating lasting change to help you live a more thoughtful, fulfilling, and rewarding life. 


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), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Psychodynamic (EMDR), Hypnotherapy, Existentialism, Functional Theory, and Transformational Leadership Theory with strength-based life coaching to provide an approach that is compassionate while being results oriented.  

This is absolutely and totally ALL ABOUT YOU! You are terminally unique and I strive to meet you exactly where you are. This is when true healing and change begins.


It doesn't matter HOW your journey begins. What matters is that you started. Now let's focus on the next one thing and intentionally find joy while we are at it.

Dr. Jude Black, President Appalachian Life

Appalachian Life Enrichment Counseling Center


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 19 times, I know life can be tricky to navigate. Sometimes learning to breathe and exhale are the major wins in life!!


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 33 years, a retired COL in the US Army, my three Man-Boys, my daughter-in-love, my live-in parents and of course my labradoodle Mulligan. 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 the founder and CEO of Appalachian Counseling Center and the award winning online therapy and coaching company, E-Therapy Cafe. She is also the founder and President of 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 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. 

  • National Certified Counselor, Board Certified

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

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

  • Clinical Military Counselor Certified (CMCC)

  • Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP)

  • Certified Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

  • Certified Master Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

  • Certified Clinical Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor

  • Licensed Professional Counselor 

    • The State of Texas; #91449

  • Licensed Professional Counselor – Telehealth Provider

    • Florida; #TPMC1716

  • 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

  • Certified Life Coach: Expert Level

  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

  • Extensive Training in TF-CBT, CBT-I, & DBT

  • Extensive experience with Military & First Responders.

Speaking Engagements & Training: Email Doc for Details. 
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