Culturally Competent Therapy and Multicultural Counseling for Young Adults, Adults, and South Asians

Arati has a specialized niche in providing culturally competent and inclusive therapy. Her focus is on helping those struggling with anxiety, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, people pleasing, stress/burnout, grief/loss, life transitions, and South Asian mental health.

Mindfulness + Anxiety Counseling

We all experience anxiety in life, some anxiety is healthy and normal like when we are experiencing something new or different (going on an interview, waiting on a phone call about a medical results, going on a new adventure, moving, etc). However, when anxiety becomes unmanageable, it can affect and interfere with all aspects of your life: work, school, relationships, hobbies, etc.  Read more…

Therapy for Perfectionism

Perfectionism is not the same as striving for excellence or having high standards. While striving for excellence can be motivating and lead to personal growth, perfectionism can be detrimental to mental health and well-being when it becomes obsessive, rigid, and unattainable. Read more…

Therapy for Life Transitions

Some major changes in life are exciting and good. Others not so much. Even with positive changes, you may experience anxiety, stress, worry, or grief. Whether you are in the midst of a big or small life transition, some changes can be difficult to traverse alone. Read more…

Grief + Loss Counseling

Grief in itself is a bit hard to define. It is an emotional response (generally lots of confusing mixed emotions) to the loss of someone or something that was known to us. Grief also shows up when we experience life transitions or change in our lives. Read more…

Therapy for Stress + Burnout

Is it hard for you to relax when you are home or on vacation because you are worrying about something you need to do for work or school? Are you “always” in work mode? Has your social life disappeared because you are always working? Read more…

South Asian Therapy

You often feel like you are floating between two or more different worlds or as if you have a split personality. You are one person with friends or at work and another person with family. You dance between these worlds, you can never really settle, and it’s exhausting trying to fit in everywhere. You don’t feel solid in owning your identity because your struggle to know who you are and where you belong. Read more…

Arati Patel LMFT Culturally Competent Therapist located in Agoura Hills and Ojai, CA

Arati understands that each person’s journey is unique and deeply influenced by their cultural background. She is committed to providing culturally-competent therapy services, acknowledging the importance of cultural diversity and its impact on an individual’s mental health and well-being. Her goal is to create a safe and inclusive space where individuals from all cultural backgrounds can thrive and receive the support they deserve.


Arati believes that cultural competence is an essential aspect of providing effective therapy. She has undergone extensive training and have a deep understanding of cultural nuances and the impact they can have on mental health. She recognizes the importance of considering factors such as language, religion, values, traditions, and family dynamics when working with clients.

What is Culturally Competent Therapy?

Culturally competent therapy is an approach that recognizes and respects the cultural, racial, ethnic, and social identities of clients. It involves understanding and appreciating the diverse backgrounds and experiences of individuals, and tailoring therapy to meet their specific needs. Culturally-competent therapy goes beyond simply acknowledging diversity; it actively incorporates cultural understanding into the therapeutic process.

Culturally Competent Therapy with Arati looks like:

  1. Respectful and Inclusive Environment: Arati creates a welcoming and non-judgmental space where you can freely express your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. She understands the significance of your cultural identity and will honor it throughout the therapeutic process.

  2. Culturally-Informed Assessment: She conducts comprehensive assessments that take into account your cultural background, experiences, and beliefs. This helps her gain a deeper understanding of your unique needs and tailors her approach accordingly.

  3. Customized Treatment Plans: Arati recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work in therapy. She will work collaboratively with you to develop personalized treatment plans that incorporate culturally relevant strategies and interventions.

  4. Cultural Sensitivity: She continuously educates herself on cultural competence, staying up-to-date with the latest research and best practices. She is committed to providing culturally sensitive therapy that respects and values your unique cultural background.

  5. Collaboration and Empowerment: Arati views therapy as a collaborative process. She strives to empower you to actively participate in your healing journey, drawing upon your cultural strengths and resilience.

Take the First Step:

If you are seeking culturally competent therapy that acknowledges and respects your unique cultural identity, we are here to help. Arati is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for individuals from all cultural backgrounds.

Contact her today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how our culturally competent therapy services can support your mental health and well-being. She looks forward to embarking on this journey with you.

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