Finding a Culturally Responsive Therapist
Therapy is a highly personal experience and involves trust and mutual understanding between a patient and a therapist. When sharing your story—where you have been, where you are now and where you want to be in the future—you want a clinician who understands you. Here are some options and tips to finding a therapist who is culturally competent or who shares your identity.
Whether you have insurance with CareFirst or Kaiser Permanente, the EAP can help. Contact the In-House Employee Assistance Program by phone or email and an EAP specialist can refer you to a culturally competent therapist. The In-House EAP counselors strive to refer therapists who they know and recommend. Employees with Kaiser can receive coaching on how best to advocate for yourself in finding the right Kaiser counselor for you. Employees can also receive free counseling through the EAP.
EAP contacts are:
In-House EAP 240-314-1040
Jeff Becker, LCSW-C, CEAP
Robyn Rosenbauer, LCSW-C, CEAP
External EAP – KEPRO 866-496-9599
Psychology Today also maintains a list of therapists, psychologists, treatment centers and support groups. At the top of the page, select “Find A Therapist.” You can search based on a variety of criteria, including ZIP code, insurance, ethnicity served and types of therapy.
This article, 6 Steps to Finding a Great Therapist of Color, has information on how to search for a counselor who shares your identity (be it ethnic, racial or cultural), or who is also a person of color.
The EAP knows the importance of “client-therapist fit” in counseling and is here to offer support in finding the right counselor for you or your family member. You may want to interview more than one counselor to find the right match. Don’t give up! Your mental health and well-being is too important.