Most therapeutic methodologies dealing with the mind and emotions have been developed from within the Western Philosophical paradigm.
As a result, an individual that is descended from a particular cultural group grounded in essentially different core values, can sometimes be mistakenly neuroticised or pathologised for their traits by a therapist.
Cultural Sensitivity, Cultural Humility and Cultural Awareness are terms that have fairly recently been coined into order to bring in the dimension of Cultural Competency into the therapist training space.
Though at our core, there is a shared emotional and spiritual place binding us, the cultural layer is a complex and relevant aspect of our makeup that is vastly more deeply rooted than the story of our personal childhood journey.
The therapist therefore, needs to be culturally fluid, yet humanely centered.
My personal journey of having migrated from a vastly different culture has enriched my ability to share multiple cultural spaces in sessions with individuals from various backgrounds.