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Gender- and Culture-Sensitive Therapies

The United States is one of the most racially, linguistically, and culturally diverse countries in the world. This diversity can influence belief systems and emotional expression, and ultimately influence the way in which one experiences distress. From a counseling perspective, the diverse nature of the United States raises issues around ethics, multiculturalism, and best treatment practices. This entry explores how cultural differences affect who seeks therapy, the therapeutic relationship, and how clients experience wellness. Moreover, it discusses types of culturally sensitive therapies, how gender differences and gender roles relate to the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, and types of gender-sensitive therapies.

Cultural Differences

The American Counseling Association (ACA) has charged counselors with gaining the knowledge, skills, and awareness to provide adequate client-centered care with the ...

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