Intercultural Therapy is a form of talk therapy recognising and valuing the differences and similarities of people various aspects of race, ethnicity, culture, language, gender identification, ableism, socio-economic realities of the individual. An adult’s culture will be weight throughout every aspect of the therapeutic process.
The therapist is more culturally aware, emphasis on individualism and has an awareness of dominate cultural values at the same time facilitate an understanding that white cultural values are not normative or universal.
Intercultural Therapy works cross-culturally and doesn’t avoid to discuss inequality, race and institutional discrimination. Rather than stigmatise or even problematise a person’s race, ethnicity and different language relationship collaboratively dismantle oppressive structures to help you to find your voice.
Traditional therapeutic approaches have worked less with therapist’s and client’s cultural differences while Intercultural Therapy ensures they are safely explored and embraced. Intercultural Therapy embeds traditional therapeutic approaches such as integrative, psychoanalysis, person-centred, relational and intersectional.
It is essential the therapist works with varied populations and is knowledgeable, sensitive and comfortable about cultural differences to establish the necessary trust to work with clients of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds. The therapists must reflect on their own biases, lack of awareness or lack of understanding of the issues affecting specific groups. The quality of the relationship established between the therapist and the client is key to success.
Who can benefit from Intercultural Therapy?
Anyone of minority groups, including immigrants and refugees, who feel marginalized by majority members of society and institutions. Family and group therapy, children and teenagers and adults as long the therapist understands the psychosocial issues that affect the development of marginalized clients and the unique problems they face.