Our cultural values, ethnic and religious background, and transgenerational aspects play a large part in our sense of identity and belonging. For many, living in a globalised world means moving across cultures much more rapidly than our ancestors used to do and living far from our ‘tribe’ or family.
Despite some advantages, the psychological impact of being uprooted and the lacking a sense of belonging, is familiar to those living in a culture different from their own. Some people who left their cultural home a lifetime ago may struggle with belonging both to their culture of origin and the new culture they live in. Those who have been displaced for political reasons are often faced with difficult feelings of anger, sadness and resentment towards their own culture.
Psychotherapy can help you explore the impact of cultural issues on identity and your sense of personal integration. Some of our therapists are multi-cultural and multi-lingual, having lived and worked in different countries. Working with a psychotherapist who has a broad world view and understanding of the impact of cultural aspects on psychological well being can be helpful in achieving a better understanding of yourself through looking at the influences which shaped you into who you are, and an exploration of who you wish to become.
To find out more get in touch with Brighton & Hove Psychotherapy today and arrange an initial consultation.