As a woman of color, I know how important it is to have a therapist that makes every effort to understand all aspects of me and my mental, physical, and spiritual health, which includes aspects of my race, identity and culture.
In multi-cultural therapy, I try to address my client’s concerns of gender identity, religion, ethnicity, race, income, disability, or any other social factor that falls out of the majority. Issues that arise from minority groups can be oppression, racism, or any kind of marginalization, and these are all relevant to treatment.
I am knowledgeable about, sensitive to and comfortable with cultural differences which allows me to focus more on individualism than in some traditional therapy settings where it’s more of a universal approach.
Because I understand the psychosocial issues that affect the development of marginalized people, I understand the unique problems they face,allowing me to better help them.
Since my style of therapy is eclectic, using different modalities based on each clients’ needs, it’s important to know that a client’s culture is going to have an influence on that. It needs to be weighed on every aspect of the therapeutic approach.