My experience with working with diverse families in my professional life has been a positive, rewarding experience. From this, I have adopted many life lessons and broaden the social lens that I use to see the world. Additionally, my experiences with diverse families has informed the way I interact with people and partially contribute to my goals of making positive impacts socially, politically, and in my field of work.
More than anything, I want to be an advocate and ally to underrepresented people by expanding my knowledge and clinical practice to be inclusive and culturally sensitive. This article posted on Psychology Today explains culturally sensitive as the following:
“Cultural sensitivity also allows a therapist to gain and maintain cultural competence, which is the ability to first recognize and understand one’s own culture and how it influences one’s relationship with a client, then understand and respond to the culture that is different from one’s own. The need for this understanding may be based on characteristics such as age, beliefs, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.”
I believe that therapy, is one of many ways to help families who experience oppression. Historically, families that are underrepresented, or from marginalized populations, have often been treated with hostility and restrained by institutions in society.
“To battle social challenges and barriers, therapists help diverse families by considering the role of environmental factors that contribute to stress and negatively impact mental health.”
Anytime you interact with a family, you’re interacting with the people in the room and the many connections of family outside the room. From that point, I offer that it is important for clinicians offer sensitivity to what the world looks like from the families’ point of view.
Clinically, I appreciate creating change for all clients in the here-and-now experience. I think this is also a great tool for families. I also believe it’s important to reconstruct communication (both internal and in the family) in therapy. I find that individuals’ internal dialogue is one of the most powerful tools people use to work out meaning and comprehension of their lives, their environment, and the people they interact with. From my research, clinical practice, and research experiences, I believe, that having a secure base in family and immediate relationships provide a haven for experience and expression.
Over time, I have observed these therapeutic techniques are great ways to get the family to understand each other’s perceived roles and rules within the familial system. At Perspectives we are inclusive and want to help your family in the best way possible. Connect with us to assist you further.
Perspectives Therapy Services is a multi-site mental and relationship health practice with clinic locations in Brighton, Lansing, Highland, Fenton and New Hudson, Michigan. Our clinical teams include experienced, compassionate and creative therapists with backgrounds in psychology, marriage and family therapy, professional counseling, and social work. Our practice prides itself on providing extraordinary care. We offer a customized matching process to prospective clients whereby an intake specialist carefully assesses which of our providers would be the very best fit for the incoming client. We treat a wide range of concerns that impact a person's mental health including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, low self-worth, life transitions, and childhood and adolescent difficulties.