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 life is immersed in alternative and marginalized communities, and I seek regular trainings in cultural sensitivity.

— Kelsey Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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
 

Culturally sensitive therapy isn't just about working with people from different walks of life. It's really about celebrating that we all exist within various communities and carry multiple intersecting identities that color our experience of the world. Our work will be inclusive of the different beliefs, traditions, and shared history that lives within you, and also examine how your social locations and the larger systems at work in your life interact.

— Shawnese Givens, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boston, MA

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
 

We offer culturally competent therapy that is sensitive to individuals, couples, and families from the African diaspora.

— A New Creation Psychotherapy Services, LLC, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fayetteville, GA

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
 

As a therapist I not only welcome but celebrate all the “stuff” that comes with my clients’ identities and I will work within my professional role and in my personal life to advocate for the needs of my clients living in marginalized communities. Which is why I operate from a fat positive, sex positive, social justice, anti-oppression, and allyship framework.

— Amber Lynn Connell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hatboro, PA

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
 

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.

— K Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA

I believe that we all see the world through our own cultural lens. Being allowed to learn about a client's world and belief systems is a truly humbling experience. With my experience as a former diversity coordinator coupled with being aware of the various cultural stipulations that exist in society allows me to provide you with the necessary and relevant interventions that would not only be respectful to your beliefs but also catered towards the system we are a part of.

— Jeremy Bissram, Psychologist in Las Vegas, NV
 

My background working with diverse individuals has been some of the most humbling and rewarding work I've done because it pushes me to examine the biases and assumptions I've accumulated over the years living in the US majority culture. I work from a broad definition of diversity that encompasses not only racial/ethnic identity but also ability status, faith background, family make up, political ideology, and more. I value your uniqueness and building trust with you is my top priority.

— Linda Louden, Psychologist

I try to get to know clients with no previous assumptions about culture. I allow clients to teach me through their stories and experiences about the influences that have shaped their lives.

— Rachelle Burrell, Clinical Social Worker
 

My expertise includes working with intercultural and cross-cultural individuals, couples, and groups. I pay special attention to the dynamics of communication with certain role expectations, values, beliefs, and emotional expression.

— Dr. Nadia Thalji, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA

As a therapist I not only welcome but celebrate all the “stuff” that comes with my clients’ identities and I will work within my professional role and in my personal life to advocate for the needs of my clients living in marginalized communities. Which is why I operate from a fat positive, sex positive, social justice, anti-oppression, and allyship framework.

— Amber Lynn Connell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hatboro, PA
 

I have many years of experience of working with people from different backgrounds. I recognize that clients come to therapy representing a range of experiences specific to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, gender and gender identity, disability, religious affiliation, and a host of many other factors. I affirm the dignity of all clients and consciously offer services that are inclusive, accepting, and safe for people seeking help.

— Kimberly Collins, Student Therapist in New York, NY

I was raised in a family that were open minded. Throughout my life I have sought to be involved in social justice activities. I acquired a minor in ethnic studies and surround myself with people different from myself to continue to grow. I seek opportunities for additional training in cultural competency. The most important thing that makes me an expert in this area is knowing that I am not an expert in others' lives and learning never ends, it is ongoing.

— ShannonElaine John, Counselor in Fort Morgan, CO
 

I have special expertise in bilingual assessment and multicultural competence in both graduate school and internship training. I have extensive clinical experience working with culturally diverse clients and continue to stay current in culturally sensitive therapy through workshops. I have published, conducted workshops, and served as an expert consultant in several states in the area of bilingual assessment.

— Marylyn Sines, Psychologist in Southlake, TX