Lila Ramsahai, Integrative Psychotherapist and Masters’ degree in Intercultural Communication and Relationships.
“My passion for helping people and my keen interest in the human psyche are the main reasons for working as an intercultural psychotherapist since 2005” Lila Ramsahai
People across all cultures experience anxiety, depression or worries but how these are perceived can be quite different per culture and the type of help needed can therefore differ too. Regardless of it though reaching out for help is quite innate in all of us and good.
Intercultural or cross-cultural psychotherapy is particularly sensitive to the importance of race, ethnicity, and religion, and especially beneficial for culturally and linguistically diverse people.
Cross-cultural psychotherapy further helps understand cultural identity and identity crisis from many angles that can benefit multicultural individuals. Issues with identity can often originate through immigration, when brought up in a mixed-race household and through intercultural relationships.
HOW DOES INTERCULTURAL PSYCHOTHERAPY DIFFER FROM MAINSTREAM PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Clients will typically discuss the same issues in both types of therapies (mainstream and intercultural). However, culturally diverse clients will also discuss some additional issues concerning their race, cultural heritage, identity, or language usage in Intercultural psychotherapy.
Intercultural psychotherapy also recognises the differences and similarities of various aspects of culture between the client and therapist. Often clients seek to connect with their therapist on a cultural level to enable a deeper level of communication and understanding. It can allow a more effective therapeutic experience.
WHICH ADDITIONAL ISSUES DO PEOPLE DISCUSS IN INTERCULTURAL PSYCHOTHERAPY?
International or culturally diverse clients often bring up the following issues in sessions: cultural identity, identity crisis, the effects of multicultural and multilingual upbringing, coping with bi-racial identity, loss of mother tongue and mother tongue biases, belonging, language usage, racism, race and ethnicity, mixed-race upbringing, hybrid identity, isolation, acculturation, cultural values, cross-cultural parenting and more.