Cross-cultural therapy incorporates the client’s cultural background as an important part of psychological assessment and treatment. This type of therapy is helpful for clients from diverse cultural backgrounds, including refugees, asylum seekers, or migrants.
Cross-cultural therapy emphasizes the therapist’s understanding of a client’s background, ethnicity, and belief system. Therapists can incorporate cultural sensitivity into their work to accommodate and respect differences in opinions, values, and attitudes of various cultures and different types of people.
Cultural sensitivity practices can be applied to any type of therapy; these practices may help the client feel more comfortable, making the treatment more effective. Research has helped document the positive effects of cultural sensitivity practices and has also outlined examples of how therapists can be more culturally competent in their interactions with clients of different backgrounds.
At Sehat Psychology, we have delivered culturally sensitive therapy to clients with a wide range of psychological disorders and culturally diverse backgrounds.