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

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

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

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
 

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

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
 

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, Counselor in New York, NY

Diversity characterizes today’s mental health field. I believe that a culturally congruent practice can improve access, promote positive outcomes and reduce disparities. I am fascinated with your cultural values, beliefs, worldview. Please share them with me, let me into your world and together we'll work on improvements to better your life.

— Radmila Hollnagel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC
 

Much of my graduate school training was in cross-cultural psychology, including understanding how culture is important in helping clients who struggle with various mental health problems. I use a cultural lens to view each of my clients and consider how culture has shaped them over time.

— Catherine Bitney, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX
 

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 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
 

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 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 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

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 Cedar Hill, TX
 

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

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
 

Each person on staff receives training in this area multiple times a year. Culture sensitivity is also part of our mission.

— NYC AFFIRMATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

I am an immigrant myself and worked with multicultural issues.

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