Aaliyah Nurideen, LSW

Aaliyah Nurideen LSW

Professional Background

Aaliyah Nurideen, LSW is a licensed psychiatric social worker, community mental health therapist, advocate, writer and speaker. Aaliyah has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College and a Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. Through her professional experience — working directly with children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness — she finds impactful purpose in providing: interventions, strategies and techniques that support healing individuals to become the best versions of themselves.

Aaliyah is dedicated to amplifying the voices of those who are marginalized and silenced by creating avenues for dialogue. A specific passion of hers collides at the intersection of race and gender. Understanding the unique set of circumstances that come with existing in the duality of being Black and woman, led Aaliyah to co-found Black Girls Blossom with her Spelman Sister. Together, they created a wellness-centered safe space curated for Black girls and women to collectively heal, connect and grow through exploring their shared lived experiences. Aaliyah hopes to continue aligning herself with opportunities which allow her to expand and share her vision alongside Black and allied communities.

Professional Affiliations:

New Jersey State Representative – Black Girls in Social Work


Masters in Social Work, Rutgers University School of Social Work
BA in Psychology, Spelman College

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Areas of Focus

Aaliyah Nurideen, LSW, is a licensed psychiatric social worker dedicated to supporting individuals, particularly children and adolescents, through mental health challenges. Passionate about amplifying marginalized voices, she co-founded Black Girls Blossom to create a safe space for collective healing and growth.

Aaliyah Nurideen utilizes a number of therapeutic approaches, including:

  • Children and adolescent mental health
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Racial trauma
  • Adjustment challenges

Finding & Choosing a Black Therapist

Finding & Choosing a Black Therapist

Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you in general can require effort. It can be even more difficult to find a Black therapist that meets your needs, as there is a large disparity in the representation of Black providers in the mental health field.

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How Does Racism Affect Mental Health?

How Does Racism Affect Mental Health?

Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) experience excessive worry about their family’s safety, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and emotional distress because of something completely out of their control: Their race. Racism adversely and critically impacts the mental health of BIPOC and is associated with increased symptoms of depression, high stress levels, low self-esteem, anxiety, and trauma.

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