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 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

As a therapist, I recognize the importance of honoring and respecting diverse cultural backgrounds and identities. I understand that cultural factors can significantly influence an individual's beliefs, values, and experiences, including their mental health and well-being. I aim to provide therapy that is sensitive to the unique needs and perspectives of each individual, fostering a sense of validation, empowerment, and cultural pride.

— Catherine Liang, Clinical Psychologist
 

Through this approach, we will engage in open dialogue so that I can truly understand my client's cultural context and the impact it has on their experiences and challenges. Together, we will collaboratively explore how cultural factors influence their narratives, fostering a deeper understanding and addressing cultural issues in a way that is respectful and supportive of their identities and values.

— Allison Freeman, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Belmont, NC

My training as a counseling psychologist is steeped in a holistic view of humanity: strengths-based, developmental, contextual, multiculturally-sensitive with a focus on social justice. I have taught many courses on on CST, but more importantly, I continue to engage in a personal ongoing practice of cultural self-exploration, including awareness of the privilege I hold. CST means that we can explore all aspects of your identity and the ways they influence and contextualize your experiences.

— Katy Shaffer, Psychologist in Baltimore, MD
 

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

— John Amundson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

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
 

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

Preferably culturally responsive therapy: There are so many ways that we can culturally view the world, relationships and ourselves. Bridging across our difference I work to understand and integrate your larger social cultural identity, your family culture and your inner world that includes all three levels beyond human universals. I support you to find ways to heal, change and grow within your relationships and all other aspects of your life while honoring your cultural identity and heritage.

— Natalie Spautz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

I have not only education and training but lived life experiences.

— Davonna Wilson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR

I think this is a key foundation to any therapy.

— Heather Tahler, Psychologist
 

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

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. By providing this space, I keep in mind I am not an expert on everyone's culture, while not expecting those to educate me so that they feel comfortable.

— Cheyenne Bellarosa, Counselor in Aurora, CO
 

Culture informs how we view and understand our values and others around us. It's important to integrate that into therapy, as well as for me to respect and understand your perspective.

— Kameryn "Yams" Rose, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

I think it will be most meaningful to include a real patient review: “Dr. Ambardar has tremendous insight into personal & collective trauma & the impact of ancestral trauma on a person's life. It is not often you come across a professional who has an in-depth understanding of collective trauma & its impact on an individual's life. Her work & her insights have been supportive in my own healing journey. I highly recommend anyone wanting to connect with their ancestral histories to work with Dr. A"

— Concierge Psychiatry | California + New York | Dr. Sheenie Ambardar, MD, Psychiatrist in Beverly Hills, CA
 

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

Culture plays a large role in how we express ourselves, how we are viewed by others, and how we experience our every day life.

— Samantha Fitzgerald, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

All of us are conditioned by our surroundings — our families, communities, societies, culture — without exceptions. No matter your creed, gender, colour, etc., we carry experiences from our past, tinted by the world around us. Understanding who we are requires understanding these influences; otherwise, we cannot tease out who we are at our "core," from what we've been taught. Even if there is overlap, there is also a difference! I look forward to sifting through the layers with you.

— I-Ching Grace Hung, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA