Esther Boykin

In 2004 with Master of Science from Virginia Tech and a vision of making mental health widely accessible to all, Esther Boykin began her career as a marriage and family therapist. With her passion for therapy and relationships growing, Esther opened Group Therapy Associates a psychotherapy practice in the Washington, DC metro area.

Now, nearly 15 years, GTA has grown to include multiple office locations and Esther has extended her reach to other projects to further her mission for healthy relationships and accessible modern mental health. As CEO of Group Therapy Associates, Esther launched Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word, which hosts events and retreats and is also engaged in philanthropic efforts with Sidewalk Talk and Black Love Industry Professional (BLIP). She also co-hosts With That Being Said, a podcast with Erica Turner, and is featured regularly as an expert on shows like Good Morning Washington and the Real Housewives of Potomac.

In between her myriad of projects Esther also provides professional consulting to mental health clinicians, weekend intensives for couples and families, and is often hired as a speaker for events on topics like dating and relationships, self-care, emotional intimacy, and various mental health topics. When she’s not leading her amazing team of therapists, helping others grow their businesses, or working with folks to have better relationships, Esther geeks out on interior design, cooking, wine, coffee, and relaxing with family and friends.


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