This advocates and insists upon self-awareness, cultural humility, and a commitment to understanding and embracing culture as paramount to an effective clinical practice.
We strive to identify, acknowledge, and appreciate our own cultural identities and those of others. This includes self-reflection upon privilege and power and the mindfulness and consideration of any/all potential clinical “blind spots”.
We understand that by definition we won’t know or “truly“ understand another’s culture. However, we strive to increase our knowledge base, to promote curiosity and education, and to cultivate an open mind and heart when considering cross-cultural influences. This may include areas such as: history, traditions, values, family systems, and expressions such as race and ethnicity; immigration and refugee status; tribal groups; religion and spirituality; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; social class; and mental or physical abilities of various cultural experiences.
Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates strives to respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, spiritual traditions, and other diversity factors in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of individuals, families, and communities and protects and preserves the dignity of each individual.
If you have further questions, considerations, or suggestions related to our cultural inclusion and diversity statement or policies, you are encouraged and invited to bring them up with your therapist or to contact us directly via our contact form.