Dr. Franco published an article on Psych Central Pro about how to work towards cultural competence in therapy. When you come from a different culture than your client, sensitivity and openness are necessary to understand your client’s background and help them. Dr. Franco writes,
It takes years to fully understand another culture and, even then, looking at another culture through our own eyes is highly problematic and limiting. […] Cultural openness can be a complement to cultural knowledge. With openness, sensitivity and self-awareness the therapist can form therapeutic relationships with clients who have very different personal histories and backgrounds.
There are three steps that you need to take to work towards cultural competence in therapy:
- Understand your own culture,
- Keep it simple, keep it individual,
- and Focus on the relationship.
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