Counselors must understand that relationship boundaries considered ‘healthy’ by the dominant culture in the U.S. don’t automatically apply to immigrant and bicultural clients.
It is imperative that all counselors, regardless of setting, are able to recognize and respond appropriately to behavioral addictions.
When placed in historical context, it becomes easy to understand why many Black Americans remain skeptical that mental health professionals are truly here to help them.
‘Developing balance therapy’ helps provide clients with the necessary skills to stabilize or self-regulate so that they can proceed on to deeper trauma work.
Clients who have experienced domestic violence need to find safety and validation in the therapeutic relationship, not be pressed to answer questions about why they didn’t leave their abuser.