Multicultural Issues / Diversity
Most people are looking for a therapist they can feel comfortable with, who will understand them, and not judge them. For some people, this means finding a therapist who is from their same gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. For others, it may not matter that their therapist is from the same background, but they at least want a therapist who will be sensitive to their particular experiences.
The therapists at IFC Wellness seek to provide therapy that is culturally sensitive and culturally inclusive. That means we understand that people from different cultural, racial, and ethnic groups have different values, beliefs, and practices, and that it is important to take these differences into account when working with individuals and families.
We have a diverse group of therapists - Black / African American, Latino / Hispanic, Asian / Pacific Islander, White / European American, and multiracial. We also have both male and female therapists and therapists of various religious faiths. We have therapists who speak English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Tagolog. Chances are, we have a therapist from your same or a similar background. If not, all of our therapists have received training in multicultural issues and work very hard at developing and maintaining a high level of multicultural competence.
At IFC Wellness, we seek to provide therapy that is culturally inclusive. That means, we are open to people from all backgrounds and do not discriminate based on culture, race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, or socioeconomic status.
At IFC Wellness, we seek to provide therapy that is culturally sensitive. That means, we understand that people from different backgrounds have different values, practices, and beliefs, and we are sensitive to those differences when working with individuals and families in therapy.
What is multicultural competence? For therapists, it means effectiveness working with people who are from different cultural backgrounds. All of the therapists at IFC Wellness have received training in multicultural competence. We have learned to be aware of how our own cultural backgrounds affect us and our work. We have learned about different cultural, racial, and ethnic groups, their values, practices, and beliefs. And we have learned various strategies for how to work with people from different cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
When people speak about diversity, they are usually referring to the country where someone was born, their race, or their ethnicity. However, diversity can also refer to other group differences, such as gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, and socioeconomic status. At IFC Wellness, we believe that all of these aspects of a person’s identity are important and seek to include them when working with clients.
We are available to provide education and training for your organization, company, school, or church on multicultural issues.