Because of the intersectionality of all of the things that make us human, a good client/therapist relationship goes beyond color and gender. As previous studies have shown, many POC care less about their therapist having a like cultural background or race and more about their therapist’s ability to hear, respect, and understand them. They prefer someone who is culturally competent and can provide quality care in an unbiased manner, someone who they can trust and feel comfortable opening up to.
With most companies today pushing for inclusiveness and equality, it can feel a bit forced or insincere. Being culturally competent is more than just reading up on various cultures, races, customs, and beliefs, which come from a feeling of obligation to keep up with the sudden wave of companies jumping on the inclusivity bandwagon is not enough. Inequalities existed long before the murder of George Floyd. That is what needs to be addressed and understood to truly appreciate the struggles and concerns of intersectional patients and clients. The following resources offer insights and resources that can help white therapists become allies in the mental health field and their personal and professional lives as a whole and information for clients to find culturally competent/sensitive therapists.
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