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Am I a Culturally Competent Therapist?

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Apparently therapists rate themselves higher than their clients rate them when it comes to cultural competence.

I’ve done lots of therapy training focused on sociocultural awareness and the importance of social advocacy. But I think that how we hold ourselves in the work shows immediately in how we honour the relationships that are forming and formed. I practice in a person-centered way so that inherently comes with the gentleness of aiming to set aside judgments and assumptions to really listen to the person on the couch and to check-in about whether we are on the right track with the work etc. This is a nice refresher from models based on pathology and an authority figure who will tell you what’s wrong with you.

I approach the work with a lot of heart.

I see myself as a life-long learner and I’d love to think of myself as having cultural humility, but I am of Northern European decent and while I intend to continue ongoingly to look at blindspots in regards to the ways that I benefit from privilege, I am also very happy to stand corrected if I am missing something!

Most people say that me just expressing the openness to discussing these issues is enough to feel comfortable in the work with me … but I always welcome feedback from students and clients alike!

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ANGELA CARUK

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