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Culturally Informed Therapy

Being culturally-informed means acknowledging the impacts that systems, cultures, and identities have on one’s experience.

Here are some of the things to look for when seeking a culturally informed therapist.

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Cultural Competance

A culturally informed therapist undergoes ongoing training to develop cultural competence. This includes an understanding of their own cultural biases and a commitment to being open-minded and non-judgmental.

Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

The therapist is attuned to the cultural nuances of their clients. They are sensitive to how cultural factors may influence a person's worldview, values, communication style, and coping mechanisms.

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Customized Treatment Plans

Recognizing that one-size-fits-all approaches may not be effective, a culturally informed therapist tailors treatment plans to align with the client's cultural background and individual needs. This may involve incorporating culturally relevant interventions and practices.

Respect for Diversity

A culturally informed therapist celebrates diversity and respects the unique qualities of each individual. They avoid making assumptions based on stereotypes and are open to learning about the client's cultural identity and heritage.

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Addressing Microaggressions and Discrimination

A culturally informed therapist is equipped to address instances of microaggressions, discrimination, or systemic oppression that clients may face. They provide a supportive space for clients to discuss these experiences and develop coping strategies.

Exploring Cultural Identity

The therapist actively explores and discusses the client's cultural identity. This may involve examining how cultural factors contribute to the client's self-perception, values, and relationships.

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Cultural Humility

Embracing a stance of cultural humility, the therapist acknowledges that they are continually learning about their clients' cultures. They are open to feedback, actively seek to expand their cultural knowledge, and adjust their approach accordingly. This is an ongoing process I strive to prioritize through trainings and research.

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By integrating these principles into their practice, a culturally informed therapist fosters an inclusive and empowering therapeutic environment that respects and honors the diverse backgrounds of their clients.

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