Finding Cultural Balance with Individual Psychotherapy

Culturally sensitive therapy that matches your cultural and emotional needs to reach harmony and healing.

Cultural Sensitivity Makes All the Difference

I am proud of the fact that I am a culturally sensitive psychotherapist. It’s not something I throw around because it has a nice ring to it (although it kinda does). It’s something that I have been learning, practicing, and living not only since becoming a therapist - but also for my entire life.

Psychotherapy often misses the mark when it comes to black people, Indigenous groups, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ folks. I think it’s important to acknowledge this because much of the community I work with falls into these groups. 

We will be creating a therapeutic practice that works for US. I’m a big proponent of taking what works from psychotherapy and leaving the rest behind. There’s a lot that can be gleaned from better understanding our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

I believe this is best achieved in a context that takes our cultural background and identities into consideration. I strive to create a space that is safe, accessible and affirming so you can feel just a little more comfortable showing up as your whole self. 

It is not easy to be stranded between two worlds, the sad truth is that we can never be completely comfortable in either world.

You Don’t Have to Wear a Mask

Too often, people are taught that in order to be accepted or loved, they must hide or suppress parts of themselves that other people don’t understand. This can create a lot of pain and internal conflict, which can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Culturally, I am Nigerian-American. Although I grew up in the U.S. seeped in its unique brand of individualism, racism, and golden opportunity, my family took care to hold on to many of our Nigerian customs and values - including a unique brand of pride (if you know, you know). 

Existing in two cultures is not an easy experience. There’s often a feeling of “not quite fitting,” and people who experience this can navigate it very differently. As we start the process of creating our own lives and paths, we can also start the process of integrating our different cultures. 

Whether it’s being the child of immigrants, having a multiracial identity, or growing up in a different culture than the one you’re in currently, I work with people of intercultural backgrounds to understand and process their unique experiences. You can find ways to embrace the different parts and find cultural balance.