What should you look for in a culturally responsive therapist?


When looking for a therapist for multicultural communities, it is important to find someone who is culturally sensitive and aware of the unique experiences and challenges faced by individuals with varied cultural identities. We know that the strongest predictor of success in therapy is the relationship between therapist and client, which helps generate empathy and understanding. This comes into play when we seek out a professional with whom we may have some overlap in identities. The following qualities in a multicultural therapist would be ideal:

It is important to remember that finding a culturally competent therapist who is a good fit for you is a process and it may take time to find the right one. Don't hesitate to interview multiple professionals before finding the best fit. And know that you are allowed to check in and have a conversation about these ideas at any point in time with your therapist!