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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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 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

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

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

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 use a systemic and non-pathologizing approach in order to look at the different life stressors that our society, environments, family, and educational systems have created and imposed upon us through time.

— Saren Craig, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , OR

I have worked with BIPOC families entering parenthood for several years. During that time I have learned how important is to consider the ways in which race and culture inform a person's stressors, protective factors, and parenting styles. As a woman of color, I also understand from a personal perspective the importance of recognizing the influence culture and race having in our experiences.

— Luisa Bakhoum, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

Diversity characterizes today’s mental health field. I believe that a culturally congruent practice can improve access, promote positive outcomes and reduce disparities. I am fascinated with your cultural values, beliefs, worldview. Please share them with me, let me into your world and together we'll work on improvements to better your life.

— Radmila Hollnagel, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Charlotte, NC

As an immigrant, I recognize that we are all a product of our culture and that cultures contextualize what we believe to be good, acceptable, appropriate or permissible. Cultures also define what success means, what importance failures deserve and our relationships with those around us. I will help my clients by understanding their cultural substructure and help them build solutions that are respectful of the aspects of their cultural tapestry they want to maintain.

— Foad Afshar, Psychotherapist in Manchester, NH

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

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

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

Biases and barriers exist which can negatively impact a person's ability to heal. The importance of cultural humility in providing compassionate care is essential. Together we will explore relational concerns to ensure goodness of fit and in dialogue create a physically and emotionally safe place for an optimum therapy process.

— Daniel Pagano, PhD, Psychoanalyst in NY, NY

More westernized modalities focus on symptoms, whereas other cultures may include other facets of life like one's story and legacy. Communal trauma exists and can influence biographical change. Without the inclusion of one's culture and communal history; it is possible that both areas of dis-ease and appropriate treatment methods may be overlooked.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in , VA

Our practice takes an anti racist stance in all the work we do. We use a social justice framework in our work, understanding that we are constantly learning, educating ourselves, and being humble about our client's needs. Often certain behaviors and beliefs are pathologized by clinicians without taking into context a person's cultural beliefs and history.

— Karen Rothstein Pineda, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Oak Park, IL

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