Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Clients

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) individuals describe those who come from a different cultural background, where they were born overseas, or their parents were born overseas, who may speak a language other than English or identify strongly with a particular culture or religion.

Quite a significant number of individuals from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds who experience mental health issues are often reluctant or unable to seek help. This is often due to a lack of professionals/mental health services that are culturally appropriate or informed, or they are just not available in their language. Other issues that may hinder these individuals from seeking help are; stigma about mental health in their culture, different cultural conceptions of mental health, different understanding and presentations of mental health symptoms in different cultures, or lack of awareness about Western health systems.

Some issues that we often help CALD clients work through in counselling are:

  • Language barriers
  • Social isolation, integration and “culture shock”
  • Cultural and social identities, especially in young CALD individuals
  • Homesickness and building a new life
  • Bullying, rejection, and discrimination

Culturally Sensitive Counselling

Melbourne Counselling psychologist Apurva specialises in culturally sensitive counselling. We accommodate and respect differences in opinions, values, and attitudes of various cultures and personality types. We strive to help guide you through the issues and challenges that are presented.

If you’re looking for a bilingual counsellor we are able to assist in both Hindi and Marathi.