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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There are multiple layers and intersections to our identities. I have a background in social work and often view issues through social justice lens. There are so many factors which impact our identities and I enjoy getting the opportunity to support people experiencing these struggles.

— Sonja Crisosto, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

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

As a person of color, I draw upon my own culturally-informed experience to understanding and working with multicultural issues. I have taught classes and presentations on multi-cultural issues and I have held support groups for marginalized populations and have pursued continuing education in culturally-informed clinical approaches. I combined my multi-cultural education, training, and personal experience to support and facilitate the exploration and healing within marginalized communities.

— Augustino-Chloe Tierramar, Counselor in Boulder, CO

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

My practice is professional, supportive, direct, and affirming. I welcome clients of all of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual expression, physical ability, relationship structure, and religious affiliation. Your mental health and sexual wellness matters. I bring my experience as a mother, spouse, career professional into my sessions. I meet you where you are, listen deeply, and empower you on your healing journey.

— Stacey Wright, Psychotherapist in Tucker, GA

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 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 A. Ponder, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

I am a cisgender queer Latinx female who has worked as a therapist focused on intersectionality for over 16 years, attempting to help empower and support historically marginalized communities. I have focused on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations in everything I do, including clinical work, publications and consultations/trainings. I am interested in understanding the various influences on your life, including individual, family and societal forces, so that we can promote healing in a holistic way.

— Geneva Reynaga-Abiko, Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC

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

Personal life experience and 6 years professional experience

— Myra Flor Arpin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Shoreline, WA

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

One size does NOT fit all in therapy and culture plays a HUGE role in that. With each therapy intervention that we collaboratively work on, your culture and values are at the forefront and will be honored in our therapeutic relationship.

— Michelle May, Counselor in West Bloomfield, MI

I come from a Jewish background and believe that we all have so much to offer, in our own unique ways, no matter what religion, lifestyle, or culture you appreciate. Embracing our values, recognizing our differences, and appreciating our uniqueness is essential for feeling better, growth, self-development, and having good relationships.

— Sarah Greenspan, Psychotherapist in Seal Beach, CA

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

I am a cultural diversity practitioner and social justice educator. I bring this with me into my practice. It is important that all clients recognize they are valued, seen, and that they are respected.

— Jacqueline Burnett-Brown, Marriage & Family Therapist

Many of the clients who see me experience identity issues or trauma symptoms related to racially based or intergenerational traumas. My professional training and experience as an activist and advocate spanning decades underlies much of my focus on racial and social justice. I'm particularly attuned to issues of "difference" among those whose experiences do not reflect dominant thinking regardless of whether that experience reflects marginalization: Mixed-race, interracial and multicultural.

— Meira Greenfeld, Psychotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

I received a great graduate and post graduate education where culturally sensitive therapy was emphasized and in addition through additional training annual training.

— Sandra Nunez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in san diego, CA

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

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