Psychotherapy Bulletin

Psychotherapy Bulletin

Making Mental Health More Accessible

The importance of consulting in psychology

Mental health is a global concern with profound societal and individual implications. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects over 264 million people worldwide, making it the leading cause of disability. Anxiety disorders aren’t far behind. To tackle this growing crisis, we need to highlight the role of consulting psychology in improving mental health accessibility. This bulletin will delve into the crucial impact of consulting psychology on enhancing mental health accessibility. 

In recent years, consulting psychology has been on the rise (Lowman, 2016). Psychologists have always had a hand in consulting with organizations and systems, but recently, they’ve expanded their reach to popular brands and companies. As a counseling psychologist in NYC, I’ve carved out a unique niche, consulting with brands on subjects like mental health, wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion. My passion for consulting stems from my work in private practice, where I assist BIPOC folxs dealing with the complexities of life. Many of my clients face challenges like depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, relationships, and even trauma. While one-on-one therapy is fulfilling, I’m driven by the belief that my purpose extends beyond individual sessions. I’m on a mission to reach a broader audience and make a more significant impact on mental wellness. 

Consulting with brands like Omnicom Group or L’Oréal represents a groundbreaking approach to promoting mental wellness through everyday experiences. For instance, I might conduct workshops with DEI leaders to discuss compassion fatigue, burnout, and multiculturalism within the workplace. Furthermore, I might join a panel to talk about how a specific dermatology product can boost self-esteem and reduce depression and anxiety. Consulting offers another way to provide services and make mental health more approachable. 

Unfortunately, mental health concerns often carry a stigma, and many individuals are hesitant to seek help. Consulting psychologists play a pivotal role in bridging this gap by providing a safe and confidential space for people to discuss their mental health concerns. Through psychotherapy and counseling, they help individuals manage their emotions, alleviate symptoms of mental illness, and develop effective coping strategies. 

One of the most significant roles of consulting psychology is to close the treatment gap. The World Mental Health Survey Initiative reports that nearly 76-85% of people with severe mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for their condition (WHO, 2023). Consulting psychologists, with their expertise, can help identify and address these treatment gaps, making mental health services more accessible. 

Furthermore, consulting psychology extends beyond traditional therapy and is integral in workplaces, schools, and community settings. My consulting work has often focused on improving workplace environments by enhancing employee well-being, boosting productivity, and promoting compassion among coworkers. This fosters a healthier work environment, ultimately contributing to job performance and job satisfaction. 

To make mental health more accessible, it’s essential for organizations and brands to partner with psychologists. Organizations should invest in mental health programs and ensure that insurance coverage includes mental health services. This not only removes the stigma around seeking help but also makes it financially viable for more people. 

In conclusion, consulting psychology plays a critical role in addressing mental health concerns, empowering individuals to seek help, and providing essential support for those facing mental health issues. By integrating consulting psychology into various aspects of society, we can make mental health services more accessible, ultimately enhancing the well-being of individuals, communities, and the world around us.  

Dr. Shaakira Haywood Stewart, a licensed psychologist practicing privately in Manhattan, specializes in working with individuals of diverse backgrounds, particularly those with intersecting marginalized identities, addressing challenges such as depression, anxiety, family and relational issues, grief, and trauma. Beyond her clinical work, she provides consultation services to global companies and organizations, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as well as best practices in mental health.

Cite This Article

Haywood Stewart, S. (2023). Making mental health more accessible. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 58(4), 15-16.


Lowman, R. L. (2016). An Introduction to Consulting Psychology: Working With Individuals, Groups, and Organizations. American Psychological Association. 

“The World Mental Health Survey Initiative.” Harvard Medical School. Retrieved October 11, 2023



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