INTEGRATION OF MULTICULTURAL AND PSYCHOANALYTIC CONCEPTS: A Review of Three Case Examples With Women of Color

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Abstract

Psychoanalytic theories and multicultural concepts play a very significant role in understanding the discriminatory and traumatic experiences of clients of color. These experiences become integrated into the psyche and form defense mechanisms that are deeply rooted and can impact interpersonal relations throughout their lives. This article examines 3 case examples of the shared experiences of therapists and women of color. The therapists share their interactional relational process in their therapeutic experiences and the impact it had on their clients and themselves. The therapeutic processes of each therapist was examined in relation to multicultural theories, models, and concepts, such as racial/ethnic and language identity development, acculturation, colorism, and gender. Reviewing each case revealed that the knowledge and awareness of multicultural concepts proved to be a very powerful impact in the understanding and healing process for each client and their therapist.

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