America is the home to millions of people with diverse cultural backgrounds whether they are first-generation immigrants, religious or spiritual people, LGBT, or other social factors. Those personal identifiers can be sensitive things for people to openly talk to about.
You can be one of those people and may find it hard to know who you can turn to that will understand who you are and what challenges you are going through. And that’s okay. Lucky for us, we live in a time where Multicultural Therapy exists.
Don’t worry if you don’t know what that is or if this is the first time you are hearing about it. We are going to briefly explain what is, how this form of therapy can be beneficial, and where you can find a Multicultural Therapist.
What is a Multicultural Therapy?
Alliant University describes multicultural therapy so well that we aren’t going to change their words at all, “Multicultural counseling characterizes the counseling practice that offers effective interventions to culturally diverse clients. Race, ethnicity, and culture influence a client’s identity and life circumstances. Other factors, such as gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion, and ability may also play into the context of a given client’s mental health, and relational or personal issues.” This is the best way for us to describe Multicultural Therapy to you in a nutshell.
Is Multicultural Therapy Beneficial?
The answer is yes.
As we mentioned above, there are many aspects of our personal identity. More often than not, we are exposed to stereotypes and stigma when it comes to mental health, which may not always be a good thing.
You need to break that negative cycle and work with a therapist who will help you change your current perspective to a more positive one and for you to be more willing to seek help, so you can be mentally healthy and be a productive individual of society. You also want a therapist that will understand you on a different level whether that’s through cultural beliefs, gender identification, race, religion and other social factors and that’s when a Multicultural Therapist comes in.
A Multicultural Therapist receives a significant amount of training in diverse areas, so they can better assist a more diverse population that is underrepresented in the mental health world. Their training allows them to be the following with you:
- Sensitive to your race
- Understand the impact of your cultural beliefs on mental health
- Understand your cultural values when it comes to relationships, core beliefs, communication and ethics
- Use different approaches that don’t magnify the stigma of mental health
- Understand your spiritual beliefs and use it as a tool for healing
- Use culturally sensitive communication to avoid triggers
- Use various communication styles appropriate to your cultural background
With all of this training, the Multicultural Therapist can be more sensitive, culturally aware, and compassionate. They are better able to cater to your needs and this makes them stand out in comparison to a more traditional approach to therapy.
The multicultural therapy approach is different because the therapist is mindful and fully aware of your beliefs and attitude toward the therapy process. This will allow the therapist to carefully select the appropriate intervention for you. Also, they are mindful of your cultural stigma when how they describe conditions and recommended therapies to you.
Therefore, this may bring a lot more ease to you if you’re a bit more skeptical about therapy. We want you to feel like you can trust and connect with your therapist.
Looking For A Multicultural Therapist?
Finding A Multicultural Therapist can help you find the best Multicultural Therapist for your needs via our therapist directory. If you need help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (909) 359 2463. One of our team members will be happy to assist you.