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


I'm non judgmental and culturally humble. I don't make any attribution in advance. I'm open to listen without bias.

— Gioia Schuler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Our experiences are shaped by our social identities and the society we live in. Our emotional and attachment experiences are no exception to this truth. Mental and sexual health is a social justice issue and I believe that culturally sensitive psychotherapy is paramount to effective therapy. I routinely check-in on how your identities and mine might be shaping the dialogue and bringing awareness to the ways in which this might be playing into our work together.

— Sophia O'Connor, Sex Therapist in Denver, CO

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 Denver, CO

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

When appropriate, incorporating culturally sensitive therapy is essential in helping support progress sin therapy.

— Daniela Paolone, Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

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 in ,

I will never be able to fully understand and embody all that you have experienced in your life. However, culturally sensitive therapy allows us to use that positive, safe, and trusting relationship we've established for me to better understand your cultural identity, values, and beliefs in order to best support you in your journey.

— Peggy Fulda, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

My work style is strongly influenced by feminist-multicultural-social justice frameworks, with the highest priority in understanding and empowering you, and helping you transcend past/present wounds and trauma towards a holistic wellness. This means I would like to fully see and understand you through your historical/socio-cultural backgrounds as well as your intersecting identities and how you have learned to navigate the systems. I would be honored to help you become the empowered you.

— Lina Pranata, Psychologist in Seattle, WA

I work with couples experiencing conflict due to cultural differences lean how to celebrate and enjoy these differences using a unique combination of psycho education and intimacy based communication skills that takes on average 6 months. Learning how to focus on the real cause of your conflict is liberating, and is based in learning how to be selfish by paying attention to your inner cues and identifying needs. I work to help you set healthy adult boundaries that create intimacy.

— Triva Ponder, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

I have worked with many people who are African Americans, from other countries and Queer in the course of my career. I try to be very aware of my clients past and present life and I am always open to being told when I am insensitive.

— Deborah Hellerstein, Therapist in Chicago, IL

I am an immigrant myself and worked with multicultural issues.

— Junko Yamauchi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Clara, CA

We live within systems-families, neighborhoods, communities, school, workplaces, recreation, towns, cities, states, countries, the world & each of these systems has a culture of it's own. Our ethnicity, beliefs, customs, gender identity, economic status, religion, etc. all contribute to our cultural identity. I commit to acknowledging, and having awareness of: access, privilege, bias, and systemic barriers, as it is crucial in helping clients achieve their personal goals.

— Christine Babinec, Licensed Professional Counselor in Beaverton, OR

Part of the reason for starting my company came through the understanding that I cannot help everyone in a culturally aware way as a heterosexual white woman. Having people work with a therapist they feel connected and safe with is the first priority, so real support and change can occur. The only way that is possible is through connecting a diverse group of therapists and offering the choice to the person seeking support. They can ask for what they need and find the person who fits those needs.

— Emery Mikel, Therapist in New York, NY

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

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

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

We are all informed and shaped by layers of cultural contexts, inseparable from our material and psychological realities. I engage in relentless interrogation of psychology's false neutrality and unacknowledged cultural influences, and practice self-reflexivity towards the role my social locations play. Attention to how our perspectives, experiences, and selves are culturally mediated recognizes the complex nuances beyond theories and simplistic categories.

— Jessamyn Wesley, Licensed Professional Counselor in portland, OR

I am Chinese-American, bicultural, and bilingual (in Cantonese). Growing up and navigating between two cultures, I am aware that culture can play a big part in understanding your place in this world, being heard, and understood. With whom and where a person grows up, shapes how one sees themselves and the world. That is why I take into culture and family background into consideration of my therapeutic approach.

— Heather Lam, Counselor in Pasadena, CA