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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As a gender queer, anti-zionist, Jewish psychologist, I integrate understanding of my own identities and positions into my work. Some clients enjoy talking about identity, power, privilege, and oppression as a central part of their work with me. Others prefer to trust that it is something that I am always considering and will weave into their treatment throughout the process. I am happy to work either way and see this as part of providing trauma-informed care.

— Rebecca Cohen, Clinical Psychologist in Hamden, CT

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

A culturally sensitive therapist is one who is intentionally and mindfully curious about all ways of being human and all ways of healing. For the therapist, this takes work and deep listening, a willingness to be moved, disturbed, and humbled. Cultural sensitivity is understanding that there are experiences and feelings that you can never fully know or understand because you will never experience these things yourself (humility). It means staying vigilant for signs of implicit bias within.

— Beth Holzhauer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Evanston, IL

Having worked with diverse client groups over the year has given me a strong understanding and appreciation of how important it is to attend to all aspects of a person's background and identities to understand your worldview and values.

— Hege Riise, Psychologist in Land O Lakes, FL

We do not choose to be born in oppressed bodies. We did not consent to being marginalized because of our identities (race, gender, nationality, disability status, etc.). These are conditions we live in that are not within our control. Culturally Sensitive Therapy can help you determine what is part of the The System and not within your control versus what in your environment is within your control. We can question what we have been taught by the patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy.

— Shemya Vaughn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Based upon your unique pieces of diversity (e.g., age, gender, race, class, etc.) I work to uncover how to view these from a place of agency and strength; in your home, work and social spheres. Each of us have aspects of our identity which we aren't nurturing to the fullest of our ability.

— Eldridge Greer, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO

I don’t consider myself a very traditional therapist. I work very collaboratively with my clients, bringing my authentic self into the room while letting my clients take the lead in their lives. I work really actively with clients to facilitate a co-created healing space that allows for all aspects of a client’s identity and experience.

— Michelle Jaquish, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Completed multiple trainings in providing culturally responsive treatment across a variety of settings to include children, adults, adolescents of multiple ethnicities.

— Patricia Arce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oceanside, CA

John has extensive education and clinical experience working with diverse populations.

— John Amundson, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

As a multicultural person, providing a space that is not only trauma-informed, but culturally sensitive is vital to me as a mental health professional. I believe therapy not only should be culturally-sensitive, but creative in the ways we reach clients to make therapy accessible, meaningful, and impactful. While providing this space and expertise, I keep in mind I am not an expert on everyone's culture, while building a connective relationship where the full you can show up at your pace.

— Cheyenne Bellarosa, Clinical Social Worker in Aurora, CO

Identifying as BIPOC, AADPI, and/or Latine is a huge part of your life. We all wear our races on our faces. Understanding how your race, ethnicity, and culture effect your life is an inherent part of my role as your counselor. Together, we can explore what parts of your cultural identity feel like external expectations placed on you (like your parent's influences or stereotypes) and what parts create who you are as an individual. Going through my own cultural journey has taught me a lot!

— Sidrah Khan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

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

My counseling approach is warm, supportive, and encourages clients to connect with their inner child to unlearn the internalized oppressive messages that result from life, on a micro and macro level; with the belief that unlearning these messages can empower folx into moving forward and reclaiming their lives.

— Lilith Halpe, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

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

Kinship Counseling Collective believes each individual has a unique cultural identity and background that shapes their experiences and perspectives. Kinship is driven by our commitment to offer our clients culturally responsive and anti-oppressive therapy, empowering all of us to challenge and resist oppressive systems and work toward social justice.At Kinship, we value access and ease of finding excellent therapists of color. We wanted to support an increase in access through online therapy.

— Raquel Wells, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have experience working with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and their families, and I am always eager to learn more about others.

— Mariah Masell, Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

I welcome where you are from or whatever cultural background you have. I believe everyone has their own unique story and therapy sessions need to be customized based on individual backgrounds, cultures and needs

— Bitna Lee, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Diversity is intersectional and culture is so much more than simply race or ethnicity. I take into account the whole person and their experiences, beliefs, and worldview and let them educate me in their culture without making assumptions based on how they present.

— Erica Rampelberg, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Delaware, OH