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Tirrany Thurmond, Founder & CEO

We believe that a

life of justice and joy are birthrights.



meet Tirrany Thurmond

Tirrany Thurmond, M.Ed., NCC, LGPC is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Idaltu Counseling & Consulting. Like the name, Tirrany is the first-born in her family, rooted in her lineage, connected to her ancestry, and committed to the sacred storytelling of humanity. Tirrany’s curiosity about people — who they are, how they evolve, where they hurt — guides her social justice and antiracism work and led her to found Idaltu. Just as human beings need one another to evolve, we need one another to heal. This is the foundation of Idaltu Counseling & Consulting.

Tirrany’s goal is to bring social justice, antiracism, and healing to large-scale organizations. Using a culturally responsive and trauma-informed approach, she meets with leaders to identify challenges, strengths, and desired organizational goals. Her work spans over a decade and her services include the latest research in race-based facilitation, cultural competence, brain science, mental health and community-building practices.


​Tirrany is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and a graduate professional counselor licensed by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors & Therapists. She works alongside an incredible team.

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The Team is made up of dedicated and passionate professionals working to cultivate the Idaltu mission to fuse the healing practices of mental health counseling with social justice advocacy and antiracism education to identify and dismantle institutionalized practices of oppression.


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Kori Said:

My ideal client is a truth seeking collaborator who is ready and willing to 1) face racial injustice - past & present 2) allow the truth of racial injustice to fundamentally impact their lives and 3) do the hard work of disrupting and dismantling thoughts and beliefs within themselves, their practice, and policies they enforce that are rooted in and thrive because of injustice.

When Asked:

Who is your ideal client?


Chianti Said:

In the past I struggled to name the emotions I was feeling in response to varying levels of the oppression I experienced. I felt affirmed and relieved when I first found language to describe my experiences. Knowledge is an essential tool in combating oppression and I am driven to provide space for folx to also learn and name their experiences.

When Asked:

What drives you to do what you do?

CHIANTI BLACKMON, M.S., Senior Advisor

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Kiana Said:

The duality of acceptance that a person of color internalizes - the battle of being free to present as their whole self and be comfortable, or to silence who they are and be accepted. This  physiological struggle impacts how one is able to engage in the world and can lead to depression, aggression, insecurity, and relational toxicity- which are often invisible struggles experienced in silence.

When Asked:

What is an effect of racism that few speak about?


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Stephanie Said:

Mental health has to be at the forefront of the conversation about racism and oppression. I wish people understood the personal tax and psychological burden that comes with being the subject and object of antiracism/oppression work. The mental toll it takes. Because of this, the ways in which we care for ourselves through resistance, rest, or rebellion, is an act of liberation.

When Asked:

What do you wish people understood about oppression / racism / liberation / wholeness / mental health?

STEPHANIE DURR, M.A., Project Manager & Advisor

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Janelle Said:

That equity, diversity, inclusion work is not about checking a box or receiving a certificate of completion. It’s more than that - it’s “soul work” that requires both the recipient and spearheader to deeply reflect and reevaluate what is really true, equitable, inclusive, and just.

When Asked:

What do you wish people understood about the work we do?

JANELLE BATTLE, Executive Coordinator

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work with us?

Idaltu welcomes partnerships with those striving toward antiracism and liberation and committed to the hard work of self and collective healing. Please submit your cover letter and resume below.

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