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

Practicing from cultural humility, letting you identify how your cultures have influenced your identity, ideas around agency and behaviors. Identifying as a Hispanic and Asian myself (Filipino and Salvadorian), and a first generation child of my immigrant parents. These identities are constantly being negotiated by my environment and socio-cultural location. I hope that we can create a space for you to feel safe and heard in your social location.

— Rio M., Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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

I am an immigrant myself and worked with multicultural issues.

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

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

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

As a German-Norweigen-Polish American (basically a white guy) who grew up in the midwest who married a woman who immigrated from Korea I learned a great deal about myself and how I and others experience differences as well as similarities. I was immersed in the Korean-American community for 17 years and playfully consider myself an American-Korean-American. A diversity of life experiences and view points is beautiful and it is a joy to learn from one another.

— John Loppnow, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in La Canada, CA

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, economic/material and ideological factors as well as their corresponding systems and institutions.

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

I recognize that each of us has a unique story lived during the years of being on the planet. This story is impacted by various factors which create the human body into which we were born. I take these aspects of a person's individual experience and identity into account. These include, but are not limited to: age, developmental and physical disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, indigenous heritage, nation of origin, gender and body shape/size.

— Maggie Ritnour, Therapist in Brooklyn, 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

I have worked cross culturally my entire career. Through teachings of Ken Hardy, Shelley Harrell, Beverly Tatum and others I have learned to adopt a cultural humility approach in working with clients. I also continue to unpack and deconstruct issues of white privilege and the institutionalized ways that white supremacy affects everything. I have contributed to book on how to supervise and train White therapists in fostering multicultural competence and humility.

— Jami Winkel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Education and experience in this Specialty Treatment Orientations.

— Yozaira Leon Santiago, Counselor in Waynesboro, VA

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.

— (CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS) Sophia O'Connor, Sex Therapist in Denver, CO

If CBT is the 'backbone,' culturally-sensitive therapy is the 'heart' of my work with clients. I am highly sensitive to multicultural issues, social factors, and microaggressions that disproportionately affect persons of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and others who have been poorly represented by traditional, mainstream constructs of diversity. I am an advocate, an ally, and a collaborator -- I welcome clients with openness & curiosity, regardless of background or upbringing.

— Charlene Chow, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

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 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.

— Sarah Craig, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

As a culturally sensitive therapist its my goal to foster support and understanding for clients who come from different cultural backgrounds or experiences. Allowing clients to express themselves through the lens of their cultural understanding and upbringing and working with them to feel comfortable. I am also an immigrant to this country and a third culture kid and have personal experience with acculturation issues and feeling of isolation, and not feeling accepted.

— Olivia Weber, Creative Art Therapist 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

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

Being attuned to each person or couple/family's developmental background and experienc broadens the concept Culturally sensitive therapy to include anything and EVERYTHING that may be relevant. Attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors develop and/or are promoted for each person to survive the stress, demands, challenges... and sometimes, trauma of their childhood and/or community. That community may be an ethnic, racial, or religious community, but it also may be one's family of origin.

— Ronald Mah, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Leandro, CA

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

I have worked in a Culture and Emotion Research Laboratory with Dr. David Matsumoto, a leading psychologist who studies culture, during my undergraduate studies. I have also worked in organizations serving Asians, managed a social work program in Singapore, co-founded a non-profit to assist the refugees and asylees, participated in development of mental health care in a developing nation, and provided psychotherapy for Asian-American clients who sought me out for culturally relevant treatment.

— Su Su Maung, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I often say that while CBT and psychoanalysis are my preferred treatment orientations, Multicultural Competence is my orientation to treatment. Being multiculturally competent means shutting up and really listening when someone's experience of the world is different from yours because of differences in race, gender, class, culture, and sexuality. It also means not assuming that because you share a cultural identity, that this somehow erases the other person's individuality and personality. It means sitting in that tension between what makes us different, and what makes us all the same. For me, it also means owning to your mistakes, and understanding that while one's intent may not be malicious, it's the results of one's behavior that matters.

— Daniel Gaztambide, Psychologist in New York, NY