Our founder, Jafar Kareem, established intercultural therapy as a method of working therapeutically with the individual experience of patients:
‘taking into account the whole being of the patient – not only the individual concepts and constructs as presented to the therapists – but also the patients’ communal life experience in the world, both past and present. The very fact of being from another culture employs both conscious and unconscious assumptions – both in the patient and in the therapist.’ (Kareem, 1987)
Any form of psychotherapy or counselling can help you work through difficulties or distress, but intercultural therapy is particularly sensitive to the importance of race, culture, beliefs, values, attitudes, religion and language, so it is especially beneficial amongst culturally diverse groups.
Intercultural therapy takes into account external realities such as racism, sexism, refugee status, physical health and abilities and poverty.
It also recognises the differences and similarities of various aspects of culture between the client and therapist. Being able to connect with your therapist on a cultural level can enable a deeper level of communication and a more effective therapeutic experience.