Culturally Sensitive Therapy

Culturally sensitive therapy is an approach in which therapists emphasize understanding a client's background, ethnicity, and belief system. Therapists that specialize in culturally sensitive therapy will accommodate and respect the differences in practices, traditions, values and opinions of different cultures and integrate those differences into therapeutic treatment. Culturally sensitive therapy will typically lead with a thorough assessment of the culture the client identifies with. This approach can both help a client feel comfortable and at ease, and lead to more positive therapeutic outcomes – for example, depression may look different depending on your cultural background. Think this is approach may be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapDen’s culturally sensitive therapy experts today.

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My work as a therapist and assessor is to see each patient in the context of our communities and their many identities. I aim to be culturally aware of possible difference while making space for each individual's self expression. Cultural responsivity is a life long journey. I aspire to continually learn about myself and the communities around me.

— Kristen Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA

As a Person-Centered therapist, I believe clients' are the expert on themselves and the direction they want to go with their lives. Because of this, and my past experiences with religious systems of control, I am an astute observer of power and how it has been used in the development of psychological theories and modalities. This has led me to an approach that integrates Culturally Sensitive and Feminist therapies.

— Isaac Crawford, Counselor in Springfield, MO
 

I believe that culture and identity is where we find our power as people. I co-facilitate a program called Care for Culture that teaches about health disparities in mental health care and discusses way to address biases. I have also co-facilitated a book club on "How to be an Antiracist" and facilitated discussions about anti-racist practices and therapy. I have worked with a myriad of cultures relating to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, and lifestyle.

— Samantha Benn, Counselor in Austin, TX

I am working every day to learn more about people who are different from me. I seek to understand your own experience as you have it, not as I think you should or how I assume it must be. My work as a white person involves constantly checking my assumptions and bias. I will not assume that your identities are the reasons you want help in therapy (if you're trans, you might just want help because your boss is a jerk), yet I will invite discussion of them so I know what it is like to be you.

— Lisa Wenninger, Counselor in teletherapy only, CA
 

Offer non-judgemental space with an emphasis on respect for differences in opinions, values, and attitudes of various cultures and different types of people.

— Tracey Davis, Social Worker in Dallas, TX

As a bicultural/bilingual therapist, I am attuned to the profound impact of my clients‘ cultural background on their communication.

— Antje Hofmeister, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

Our intersections (race, gender, socioecomomics, class, ect..) are who we are. We are all unique beings with unique exeriences. I'd like to get to know what makes you you!

— Erin Callahan, Therapist in Silver Spring, MD

Personal life experience and 6 years professional experience

— Myra Flor Arpin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Shoreline, WA
 

In order to heal, you must be accurately seen and accepted! I see therapy as an opportunity for you to be seen in your wholeness, while we unpack the systemic and structural oppression you combat and survive every day. I utilize careful attunement in session to understand you as the incredible, unique, expansive person you are. Outside of session, I remain active in my own education to better understand various identities you may hold that are different from my own.

— Sam Krehel, Mental Health Counselor in , WA

I believe that context matters, and recognize that each individual exists in a larger system (family system, cultural context, etc). I am curious about how issues that present themselves in therapy may be informed by these larger contexts and systems, which also includes an awareness of issues related to power, privilege, and marginalization. I bring this curiosity with me, while honoring you as the expert in your own experience.

— Dr. Luana Bessa, Psychologist in Boston, MA
 

I respect your beliefs, experiences and values in regards to our treatment and the life you want to live.

— Caroline Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ijamsville, MD

We strive to provide culturally responsive and affirming services that are sensitive to the unique needs and challenges faced by marginalized communities, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and to gender, sexuality or relationship minorities. In our clinical work, we utilize an intersectional, culturally-grounded approach to understand dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression that have shaped our clients identities and lived experiences.

— Aguirre Center for Inclusive Psychotherapy, Psychologist in Atlanta, GA
 

I work with couples experiencing conflict due to cultural differences lean how to celebrate and enjoy these differences using a unique combination of psycho education and intimacy based communication skills that takes on average 6 months. Learning how to focus on the real cause of your conflict is liberating, and is based in learning how to be selfish by paying attention to your inner cues and identifying needs. I work to help you set healthy adult boundaries that create intimacy.

— Triva A. Ponder, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

One size does NOT fit all in therapy and culture plays a HUGE role in that. With each therapy intervention that we collaboratively work on, your culture and values are at the forefront and will be honored in our therapeutic relationship.

— Michelle May, Counselor in West Bloomfield, MI
 

I am a cisgender queer Latinx female who has worked as a therapist focused on intersectionality for over 16 years, attempting to help empower and support historically marginalized communities. I have focused on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations in everything I do, including clinical work, publications and consultations/trainings. I am interested in understanding the various influences on your life, including individual, family and societal forces, so that we can promote healing in a holistic way.

— Geneva Reynaga-Abiko, Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC

To paraphrase Ignacio Martin-Boro, for psychology to be truly emancipatory it must first sever itself from its own idealogical chains, from psychology itself. Dominant psychologies implicitly serve the status quo by defining health as adjustment to white, middle class, heteronormative, colonialist social norms. I aim to support you in reconnecting to your own cultural-historical-ancestral sources of health, healing, & resilience towards a deep integration of heart, body, spirit, story, & culture

— Nima Saalabi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA
 

To paraphrase Ignacio Martin-Boro, for psychology to be truly emancipatory it must first sever itself from its own idealogical chains, from psychology itself. Dominant psychologies implicitly serve the status quo by defining health as adjustment to white, middle class, heteronormative, colonialist social norms, without interrogating the structural and systemic forms of oppression embedded in those norms. I aim to support you in a deep integration of heart, body, spirit, story, & culture.

— Nima Saalabi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

As a Black gay male therapist, I feel I understand people's needs who come from diverse cultural backgrounds. As a person who endeavors to be culturally humble, I encourage exploration in the areas of Age, Developmental disabilities, Indigenous heritage, National origin, Racial identity, Ethnic identity, Gender, Socioeconomic Status, and sexual orientation.

— Uriah Cty M.A., LMFT # 121606, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA