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.

Meet the specialists

My approach values naming and working with external or environmental factors, whether that be cultural, social, economic or ideological forces, their corresponding systems and institutions and their impact on individuals.

— Davin Reich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in BROOKLYN, NY

Cultural context matters. All parts of your cultural identity, such as race, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, age, sexual/romantic orientation, religious orientation, and ability status are important in exploring your whole experience during the therapy process.

— Canh Tran, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

In all of my work, I am actively considering the cultural implications of what the clients bring to sessions. I honor their experiences and try to maintain a curious position as to better understand cultural influences on their experiences prior to intervening.

— Shaquinta Richardson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Spartanburg, SC

My Masters degree in Human Relations gives me the background to be flexible and truly honor people and their experiences without assuming pathology. This is balanced with the scientist-practitioner model.

— Melanie Skipper-Relyea, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Prairie, TX

I practice with an "environmental" or "external" lens. While this indicates being attendant to cultural forces I broaden it to include social, material and ideological factors as well as their corresponding systems and institutions.

— Davin Reich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in BROOKLYN, NY

Through my own experience of navigating the world as a POC and through academic learning, I have learned the importance and value of always considering someone's culture when working with them. Not only because one's culture informs their outlook on life, but also inversely, because of the insidious effects of cultural expectations on one's self-esteem & self-growth. I do not pretend to be all-knowing, and always stay culturally humble.

— Prerna Menon, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

I offer culturally sensitive therapy to help you to navigate the world as a person of color.

— Racquel P. Jones, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

To me, being a culturally sensitive therapist means viewing my client as an intersection of all of their unique identities and accepting and honoring those identities. I identify as a first-generation Pakistani-American Woman of Color and I recognize that even client's who may identify the same or similarly still have their own unique worldview and experiences. My job is to accept my clients as they are and do my own work outside the therapy room too to learn and honor their unique cultures.

— Sarah Shah, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

What Elizabeth truly enjoys about being a therapist is hearing other people’s stories, and helping her clients realize and utilize their individual strengths. She enjoys having a broad diversity of clients, and accepts clients of all genders, races, faiths, identities, and orientations.

— Elizabeth Kovacs, Clinical Social Worker in Cornelius, NC

I have extensive training and experience in creating safe spaces to address with honesty and authenticity hard truths about difference, oppression, and privilege. In my practice, I am dedicated towards empowering voices that have been unfairly marginalized.

— Ben Greenberg, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in Athens, GA

Being fluent in Spanish and the daughter of Argentine immigrants has instilled in me a passion for working with culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse clients. I am committed to cultural sensitivity within my clinical work and interpersonal relationships. I find it imperative to be empathic and genuine, and I understand that each individual has unique needs, backgrounds, and lives within different systems and cultures.

— Daniella Lang, Clinical Psychologist in Weston, FL

I examine individual factors such as ineffective thought and relational patterns when exploring low mood, or constant worry, or relational and transitional challenges in therapy within the context of your lived experiences. I explore early childhood experiences to understand values, cultures, and context that influence your responses to the present challenges. What does this do? It makes our exploratory work together relevant to you, and helps me tailor coping strategies to who you are.

— Lavanya Devdas, Psychologist in Doylestown, PA

I have advanced post graduate training in multiculturally responsive psychotherapy as well as training as a transgender ally.

— Kelly Kampf, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Doylestown, PA

Ph.D. degree included a specialized emphasis in Multiculturalism and Community Psychology

— Tamika Damond, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

As an internal student and immigrant from Taiwan almost two decades, I have a deep understanding about the struggle of trying to survive, fit in, or/and adapt to another (dominant) culture and the impact of acculturation. Other than my personal experiences, I've had additional trainings in cultural competency and worked with diverse populations. With cross cultural sensitivity, I create a safe place for clients to explore their internal and external experiences, so that they can heal and grow.

— Juei-Chen Chao, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

My approach values naming and working with external or environmental factors, whether that be cultural, social, economic or ideological forces, their corresponding systems and institutions and the way they impact individuals.

— Davin Reich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in BROOKLYN, NY

Ensuring that the therapeutic environment has an understanding of the clients background, ethnicity, and belief system is essential in building rapport and setting the foundation for the therapeutic relationship. I ensure that this practice is followed when working with clients in order to provide an environment conducive to a healthy therapeutic relationship.

— Diana Hope, Counselor in Mcdonough, GA

I am culturally sensitive in all my work and experienced in working with clients from a multitude of faiths, life views and ethnicities.

— Simone Ayers, Counselor

How we see the world is in every way affected by the culture, whether by familial orientation or current surroundings. Culture can mean the ethnic or religious background we come from, but it can also mean the family that we come from or have created. Culture is fluid. And it's essential that when we explore our patterns, values, and goals that we do so with an awareness of how our ideas and thoughts are informed and influenced.

— Tara Genovese, Clinical Social Worker

You are the expert of your own experience. I've adapted many of the techniques I've learned in my education and experience to ensure that our time together is meaningful for you and works for you, given your cultural context.

— Cass Manalastas, Creative Art Therapist

My graduate training program specially focused on social justice and providing culturally sensitive therapy. I have been trained by racially diverse mentors and have experience with many different cultural groups including clients who identify with various races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, national origins, ability statuses, genders, sexual orientations, and immigration statuses.

— Meg Blattner, Psychologist in Lutherville-Timonium, MD

It is one of my passions to help clients explore the intersection of their different identities and how those various identities have shaped them and their choices. My specialties in this area include helping clients navigate cross-cultural interactions in their lives, healing from cultural and identity- based traumas including experiences of discrimination, and helping cross-cultural couples and families navigate some of their unique struggles.

— Kaley Sinclair Jiawon, Counselor in Orlando, FL

Culturally sensitive therapy emphasizes the therapist's understanding of a client's background, ethnicity, and belief system. As a therapist, the instrument that I use to enact my professional work is myself – I attended a graduate program that infused social justice and racial-cultural framework in all courses. It enhanced my awareness of my own interpersonal style, skills, and biases, which allows me to perform culturally-relevant and psychologically-appropriate across the lifespan.

— Nastassia Betcher, Counselor