5306 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA  206-403-1148

 Multicultural Counseling

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Do I Need a Multicultural Therapist?

You are a cultural being with many intersecting identities of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, geographic location, national origin, language, immigration status, etc. You come from a specific historical, cultural, and family background that has brought you to this point in your life and shaped who you are. To miss this part of your story is to miss a large portion of who you are. A multicultural therapist seeks to understand your struggles and strengths within your unique cultural context and to provide therapy that is tailored to your whole person.

Research has shown that having a trusting and supportive relationship with your therapist is a big part of what makes therapy work. 

Therefore, it is important to find a therapist who can understand your identity and lived experiences to establish safety and trust. 

Many clients prefer to work with a therapist who share some of their identities because the shared cultural background can create a sense of familiarity, understanding, and safety. Although having shared identities between you and your therapist is important, research has also shown that working with a therapist who has a high level of multicultural humility and responsiveness, no matter their identity, is crucial to a positive outcome in therapy. You are more likely to connect well and get better faster working with a therapist who has the training and expertise to understand how culture plays a role in your mental health.  

“I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. ​For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, ​we shall be one.”


Here at Thrive for the People, we are committed to creating a healthy and supportive environment where all staff and clients are treated with dignity and respect and where diversity, equity, and inclusion are the norm. We pride ourselves on finding a good match between client and therapist because we know that the relationship is so important. We will only recommend one of our therapists if we truly believe they are a good match for your needs and can help. If you are looking for a multiculturally sensitive and anti-oppression therapist, contact us today to learn more about multicultural counseling. Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if one of our multiculturally-affirming therapists is the right fit for you. 

Begin Multicultural Counseling in Our Ballard Clinic

Whether you are looking to explore and understand your identity or to process the impact of bias, discrimination, and oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, colorism, classism, etc.) counseling with a multiculturally-affirming therapist can help. It can make all the difference to have a therapist who understands your intersecting identities from an anti-oppression lens. If you are looking for a compassionate multicultural counselor, please contact our psychotherapy clinic today. We can answer any questions you have about the process and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. We will begin by getting to know each other in a free 15-minute phone consultation and see how we can work together to create a culturally relevant treatment plan.


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In-Person and Online Therapy

Our office is located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

5306 Ballard Ave NW,
Seattle, WA

Can’t make it into the office? We also offer online therapy for your convenience.

Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit.