We are all multicultural beings with varied life experiences. When working with a therapist, it is important to consider how your different intersecting identities may play a role in your presenting concerns. Consider your different identities: Age, Disability/Ability, Ethnicity/Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Socio-economic status, Indigenous Origin, Nationality, and Gender. You may also want to consider other identities such as child, partner, parent, friend, student, etc. How do these identities impact your day to day life? Are there a few identities that stand out to you as being more present and important?
Two individuals experiencing the same event may have different responses based on their differing identities. Racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and several other “isms” aimed towards our unique identities can impact us in direct and indirect ways which can lead to a lower well-being and an increase in mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression.
Therapy & Identity
In therapy, it is important to reflect on these identities, your cultural background, your experiences, and whether these play a role in your presenting concerns. Doing so provides a holistic view into your life story and helps cater therapy to your unique needs. At Silicon Valley Therapy, we approach each individual client from a holistic lens. We want to get to know you, understand your intersecting identities, and help you find meaning and support you with your presenting concerns.