Though therapy is of a personal nature, an individual’s mental health is often influenced by society and cultural elements that shape their experiences. For example, cultural customs can affect how someone describes symptoms or absorbs meaningful events.
It is important to me to honor my clients who come from different cultures and help them to feel valued rather than alienated. Having the ability to communicate is an integral component of how people connect to others. As someone who grew up in alternate cultural environments, I understand how to bridge the gap between familiar and unfamiliar territory.
I also wish to help my clients with culturally relevant goals, such as identifying their core cultural values and combining them with the expectations within their community. The ultimate goal is to integrate all the different facets of a person’s cultural identity in a way that lets them lead a harmonious and fulfilling life.