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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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 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

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

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 tucker, Psychologist in Providence, RI

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

This sensitivity implies knowledge borne of dialog with other cultures in and outside the workspace. Cultural sensitivity includes ethnic, religious and national differences with the cultures created by the dispossessed populations of poor, aged, and LGBTQ+ individuals. This practice is based on not harming others because in doing so, we are harmed. We can draw boundaries in functional ways.

— Antonia Allison, Marriage & Family Therapist in Diamond Bar, 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

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

I welcome clients of all of cultural and ethnic backgrounds with the understanding that our culture, ethnicity, and race play a role in how we identify and express ourselves. The main take away is that YOU and your mental health matter. I meet you where you are and hope to provide a safe space for all to be heard and empowered throughout the healing process.

— Tiffanie Rodriguez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

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

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

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

My healing framework is explicitly trauma-informed, anti-racist, queer and trans-affirming, fat and body positive and anti-oppressive. I also offer anti-racism coaching for white folx seeking a well-held supportive container to unlearn whiteness and racism.

— horizon greene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

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

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

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 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 ,

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

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