Culture/Ethnic Support

Culture can be viewed as the values and norms that the members of a group hold, follow, or create. It is not always influenced by a single entity but it is multi-layered, influenced by many aspects such as by a region, religion, gender, class, and individual issues.

There is significant evidence to show that culture plays a significant role in how we understand our mental health but that different cultures see mental health differently, which can play a key role in how we manage and perceive our illness. Counselling can help identify culture infused ideologies and help you to counter mental health issues that arise from culture conflict.

Beliefs such as possessions by spirits, yin/yang imbalances, the ‘evil eye’, ‘black magic’, or the breaking of taboos may still be present in your household, so talking about how you feel might be difficult and can be isolating.

You may feel like your culture holds many barriers in you being able to express yourself properly, not only within the family unit but also within the outside world. Maybe you feel that other people around you, do not understand what it is like to live in your cultural household and the constraints that can come with along with the pleasures that it comes with. That is why, here at Be U Counselling Services in Poole, we ensure that you are not uncomfortable in sharing your thoughts and opinions and try to respect own beliefs about what matters to you.

How I Can Help?

Be U Counselling Service in Poole, Bournemouth, and Dorset can help you understand the culture you live in a lot better. Exploring the cultural idea, beliefs, and values in a safe, non-judgemental place and can help you understand the perceptions and behaviors of family and friends and help you respond better to them. The counselling room will also allow you your personal space to talk openly and honestly without judgment.

I offer a free 30-minute no-obligation session, where you can come and meet me, ask me questions, or use it as a short counselling session to get a feel for what to commit to. This session will allow you to ascertain if you feel comfortable working with me and can build a therapeutic relationship with me which is important for counselling. If you are happy after the 30 minutes and would like to continue the counselling sessions, I will book you for an assessment session where we will set out a therapeutic contract.