Culturally Competent Therapy
We are a practice that affirms and celebrates diversity. We make it a priority to offer cultural therapy that provides the type of experience that will most benefit you. Culturally competent therapy means that we work to understand the culture that you come from while also fully recognizing that you are an individual. In other words, we respect your culture and offer treatment in line with your beliefs, but we don’t assume anything at all about you based on your culture.
We don’t ever expect you to educate us about your culture, whether that is a culture influenced by your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, religious beliefs, ability status, etc.
Instead, we come to the table with a deep appreciation for different cultures and backgrounds, and a strong willingness to educate ourselves. At the same time, we are genuinely curious about you as an individual and what your own culture uniquely means to you.
Individually, we also have an awareness of the forces of power and privilege that are active in our own lives and that can come into the therapy room with us. We believe that expressing and acknowledging our places of privilege are sometimes a necessary and appropriate part of the therapeutic process. We are ready and willing to talk to you about that, if needed and wanted.
We want to help you explore whatever issues, conflicts, concerns, goals, and dreams you have. If that means working within a certain cultural paradigm, we are happy to help you with that. If it means offering other insights to complement your experience, we can offer that as well. We can meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be.