What is Culturally Sensitive Therapy?

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Culturally Sensitive Therapy emphasizes people’s various ethnic and cultural backgrounds within the therapeutic relationship.

Some approaches to therapy aim to treat every client the same — utilizing similar techniques, ways of communicating, and explanations of concepts. These therapists understand the importance of different cultures and recognize that these differences can impact the way someone experiences therapy. By bringing these experiences to the forefront of therapy, your therapist will validate your unique background and use it to work on your strengths and propel you toward your goals.

Your therapist will have foundational knowledge about your specific ethnic, cultural, and linguistic differences. They also will continue learning more about how your culture affects your life experiences.

Culturally Sensitive Therapy’s goal is to make you feel more comfortable and understood, not only when it comes to culture and ethnicity, but also religion, race, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

Your therapist will employ counseling techniques to help you on your healing journey. They also will serve as an advocate for your particular identities in the community by connecting you to culturally-sensitive resources. Ultimately, the therapy should make you feel comfortable and understood. When the therapeutic space is safer, you will be more likely to benefit from the process.

Therapists Who Specialize in Using Culturally Sensitive Therapy 

Michelle Gorden, LPC

Gainesville

Virginia

I’m Michelle Gorden, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I am currently training in Gottman Method for couples. I specialize in treating mood disorders, trauma, and PTSD. My background is ...

Erin Falconer, PhD, MSc, LMSW

New York

New York

I aim to create a safe space to collaboratively process trauma and work on issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic illness, relationship struggles, abuse, life and career concerns, and issues around identity and creative expression. I also specialize in helping people recover from coercive control and influence, including survivors of cultic abuse and high demand groups.

Lisa Audino

Belfast

Maine

A desire to change is often forged in hardships that are overwhelming, painful, and cause suffering. It can be a difficult path to navigate alone. A therapeutic relationship based on trust, open communication, respect, and empathy is fundamental to overcoming struggles. Whether it is during a transition, an acute issue, or mental illness, I work to provide a supportive, safe, and non-judgmental…

Linda Long, FNP-BC

Los Angeles

California

Specializing in Functional Medicine, Mental Health, Adolescent Medicine, Family Medicine, and Holistic Medicine, I treat a wide range of conditions including Women's Health, Anxiety, Depression, Menstrual issues, Mental health, Sexual health, Chronic fatigue, Digestive issues, Hormonal imbalances, Autoimmune disorders, Inflammation, Detoxification, Metabolic dysfunction, Nutritional deficiencie...

Denay Kelly, FNP-C, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Jacksonville

Florida

Hello and a warm welcome! I'm Denay Kelly, your compassionate Nurse Practitioner specializing in family practice, emergency medicine, Psychiatric and hospital medicine. With a rich educational background, including a Master's in Nursing, I've cultivated a wealth of expertise to ensure you receive top-notch care tailored to your needs. I value my patients and their opinion. The work we do togeth...

Lucia Marquez, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Albuquerque

New Mexico

I truly believe that every person is unique, with their own set of strengths and challenges. My main goal is to help you discover your true self and to provide you with the support you need to make informed decisions about your life. I understand that simply prescribing medication is not the answer to all problems, and I want to help you gain a deeper understanding of what's going on in your mi...
None of us becomes who we are in isolation. We'll work together in a safe and collaborative environment to set and follow the trajectory toward your own definition of success. I have experience with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and trauma. A specialty of my practice is working with transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and their families.

Henrietta Okpala, PMHNP-BC

New York

New York

Prospective clients considering collaborating with me should understand that my approach is rooted in empathy, selflessness, and attentive listening. I prioritize creating a non-judgmental space where individuals feel heard, understood, and supported. My commitment to holistic care encompasses addressing emotional, mental, and relational aspects of well-being. Through genuine empathy and a clie...

Christy Phelps, LPC

Sikeston

Missouri

I am a licensed professional counselor with 17 years of experience. Way back then, I believe I was born curious. At any given time, I find myself pondering the 'why' of something. This curiosity led me to want to understand why people do the things they do and why they think the things they think. It guided me to a career I love: being a therapist. I understand that the problems you bring to m...