Multicultural Counseling Service
Providing Therapy across different cultures in Taunton and UK
I provide a culturally sensitive counselling service based in Taunton-Somerset working particularly with difference and diversity without focusing on a person’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religious belief, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, ability, military or veteran status, source of income or political affiliation. I also would love to offer counselling support immigrants and refugee in who are in the UK
I welcome culturally diverse clients from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups (BAME) in Taunton, Somerset and further a field.
When immigrants or people from other cultures in the UK face mental health issues, counselling may not be the first option they explore for relief. When they seek counselling, they often encounter a cross-cultural struggle to understand and be understood by British counsellors. We are able to cross that divide.
Why multicultural counselling
I offer multicultural counselling which offers effective interventions to culturally diverse clients in Devon and Somerset and across the UK. Race, ethnicity, and culture influence a client’s identity and life circumstances. Factors, like gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion, and disability may also play into the context of some client’s mental health, and relational or personal issues.
Today’s counselling clientele in Taunton and across the UK may be different from what they did in past decades, as an increasing number of clients from all populations are seeking therapy and mental health support due to declining stigmatization and increasing globalization.
Technology has provided me opportunities to meet new diverse counselling clients through various channels: in-person, over the telephone, and online through video conferencing via Zoom and skype.
This changing landscape of professional clinical practice has led me to clients who come from different cultures, this has brought about the development of multicultural counselling, a distinctive competency which I am developing.
Diverse ethnic counselling team:
The long-term goal is for Acorn therapy to build a team made up of therapists and counsellors from diverse ethnic backgrounds who work singly and as a Team. We would love to have therapists who are able to offer therapy in languages other than English
Health and experiences:
Our health and wellbeing may be materially affected by adverse experiences throughout our life due to your race and or culture. We would like to play a part in addressing this inequality through a dedicated and empathetic service for all persons of colour, regardless of age, disability, gender, belief and sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership.
I am developing a self-reflective practice, which means that, if needed, I can congruently speak of difference and enable any issues of race, cultural sensitivity to be understood by me and the client in culturally diverse sessions.
Non English speaking clients:
I am aware that several clients from the black, ethnic and minority groups may have difficulty speaking and understanding English. Some of the older ethnic minority clients have never received a formal education and cannot read or write. Some younger clients speak very broken English especially refugees, asylum and emigrants. Even among clients who are conversant in English, some find that it is far more comfortable talking about complex emotional issues and trauma in their native language.
When you come to us, you can be reassured that we will:
- Be supported by a qualified, trained and experienced counsellor.
- Have a safe and confidential environment for your counselling.
- You will get ongoing support for as long as it takes.
- We will provide you with an affordable service.