Deran Young, LSCW, is a licensed therapist specializing in racial trauma and legacy burdens. She is also a co-author of the New York Times best-seller, You Are Your Best Thing, a retired military officer, and founder of Black Therapists Rock — a non profit organization with a network of over 30,000 mental health professionals committed to reducing the psychological impact of systemic oppression and intergenerational trauma. She obtained her social work degree from University of Texas, where she studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa for two semesters creating a high school counseling center for under-resourced students. Deran has visited over 37 different countries and her clinical experience spans across four different continents. Her passion for culture and people has led her to become a highly sought-after diversity and inclusion consultant working with companies like BBERG, Facebook, Linked In, and YWCA. She resides in the Washington, DC area with her 10 year old son.