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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I believe strongly that our culture(s) play a huge role in our happiness as well as our dysfunction. I take social, cultural, family, and systems level factors into account when working with clients and believe that healing our relationships to our cultures is a major part of overall mental health.

— Dina Bdaiwi, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA

Our culture, ethnicity, and race play a big role in how we define ourselves as humans. I am sensitive to the intersecting identities we hold and address the issues pertaining to our respective groups. I am attuned to how being a culturally sensitive in therapy allows space to build the relationship between you and I and foster a safe space.

— Julio Garibay, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gardena, CA

This is probably the best term to describe an awareness of privilege and oppression in my work, navigating those pieces as they arise in my work with individuals from various backgrounds and lived experiences, those managing microaggressions and experiencing oppression related to their intersecting identities, and still aiming to create understanding and a healing space for them to feel heard, understood, cared for, and not have to explain everything about their background or be stereotyped.

— addyson Psy.D., Psychologist in Providence, RI

For someone who holds an identity that is a cultural other, it is important that therapy is a space that is protected from further cultural othering. Culturally sensitive or Culturally humble therapy is a space that prioritizes and centers someone's cultural experience. Meaning, you don't have to defend why your family was the way it was - rather, you can experience acceptance for your cultural parts and process healing in therapy together.

— Ji Eun Ko, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Cultural backgrounds have an enormous effect on the ways in which we operate in relationships (both with ourselves and others), work, school, and in the world at large. It is crucial to understand the influences that are present in your life in order to understand who you are, how you feel, and what you want to create in your life. It is possible to exist in the world in a powerful way despite the ways in which your identities may be marginalized. I can help you do that.

— Jennie Wang-Hall, Psychologist in San Marcos, CA

Culturally focused therapy is not just a part of my practice, it is THE foundation. I believe it is integral to the therapeutic process to understand the role our culture as well as society's response to our culture impacts our mental health.

— Taryn Hodison, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas City, MO

As a Latinx, white passing, big-boned, bilingual, educated, and mindfully sound provider; my intention is to honor the intersections of your identity and the cultures that have shaped you. I understand the impact systems have on culture and the generational or historical trauma that is passed down, as well as the generational wisdom that we carry. My hope is to hold space for what you need to explore this area of your life.

— Angie Hernandez-Harris, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Boise, ID

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

It is important for me to be culturally sensitive in my work as I have worked and will continue to work with people from different cultural backgrounds, values and traditions. Learning, respecting and implementing this into the therapeutic relationship is most important for clients to receive the highest benefit of services and feel seen, heard and understood. I am not an expert on all cultures but I am sensitive to cultural differences that will be welcomed and discussed as needed.

— Olamide Margarucci, Psychotherapist

As a white clinician, I strongly believe it is my job to orient my work around acknowledging systems of oppression, because I know the therapy room exists in the world, not in a vacuum. I believe therapy can be a liberation tool against oppression because the more we can feel, grieve and talk about these systems, the more fortified we are to resist them. Your ancestral roots, intersecting identities, and cultural practices are an honor for me to make space for in our work together.

— Talia Chanoff, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

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

Culturally sensitive therapy emphasizes the therapist's understanding of a client’s background, ethnicity, and belief system. Therapists can incorporate cultural sensitivity into their work to accommodate and respect differences in opinions, values, and attitudes of various cultures and different types of people.

— Amelia Jayanty, Therapist in San Francisco, CA

My family grew up in an area of the country where mainly immigrants were settling and working. Culturally sensitive approaches to therapy have been with me throughout my career.

— Jeffrey Tinius, Psychologist

I hope to help my clients increase in insight, self-compassion, and authenticity while holding and acknowledging the larger sociocultural context within which we meet.

— Jessica Kim, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA

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 am a Black woman, raised in the South, and attended primary school, being exposed to Japanese, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese culture. In my career, I have had the privilege of providing direct services to refugees, international survivors of violence, and domestic clients from backgrounds both similar to and starkly different from my own. Your choice to work with me as your therapist will ensure that your cultural background is respected, appreciated, and prioritized in your journey.

— Tia Conway, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NC

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

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

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 , MD

It's my responsibility to stay aware of my privilege and bias in the therapy room, and acknowledge mistakes when I get it wrong. I demonstrate respectful curiosity about an individual's belief system and cultural background, as well as their unique experience in the world. I work to validate past and present experiences of systemic racism, misogyny, homophobia, and marginalization .

— Pamela Hamer, Psychologist