Intercultural Psychotherapy

For Immigrants, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Ethnic Minority Patients

  • Meryam Schouler-Ocak
  • Marianne C. Kastrup

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ronald Wintrob, John M. de Figueiredo
    Pages 1-24
  3. Marion C. Aichberger
    Pages 25-28
  4. Adam Montgomery, Antonio Ventriglio, Dinesh Bhugra
    Pages 29-46
  5. Neil Krishan Aggarwal, Roberto Lewis-Fernández
    Pages 47-57
  6. Thomas Wenzel, Boris Drožđek, Anthony Fu Chen, Maria Kletecka-Pulker
    Pages 59-80
  7. Meryam Schouler-Ocak
    Pages 81-91
  8. Adil Qureshi
    Pages 119-130
  9. Sofie Bäärnhielm, Frida Johansson Metso, Anna-Clara Hollander
    Pages 131-149
  10. Volker Haude
    Pages 151-160
  11. Limore Racin, Simon Dein
    Pages 161-175
  12. Davor Mucic, Donald M. Hilty
    Pages 205-229
  13. Jessica Carlsson, Sabina Palic, Erik Vindbjerg
    Pages 231-249
  14. Sergio Villaseñor-Bayardo, Carlos Rojas-Malpica, Martha Patricia Aceves-Pulido, Daniel Delanoë
    Pages 305-315
  15. Jan Cambridge, Swaran Singh, Mark R. D. Johnson
    Pages 317-330
  16. Kiyoshi Nishimura
    Pages 331-347
  17. Dahlia, Marthoenis
    Pages 349-359
  18. Reham Aly, Farooq Naeem, Afzal Javed
    Pages 361-376

About this book


This book is intended to sensitise psychotherapists, to strengthen practitioners’ intercultural competence and to encourage them to form psychotherapeutic relationships with people with an immigration background who are suffering from mental health problems. In this context, intercultural psychotherapy refers to the therapeutic work between psychotherapists and patients who hail from different cultural contexts, which often considerably hampers language- and culture-based understanding. In the current context of globalisation and growing crises around the world, an increasing number of people with a migration background require psychotherapeutic treatment; as a result, intercultural psychotherapy may well become the rule rather than the exception. Psychotherapists are therefore challenged to adapt to such a context. Overcoming these barriers requires certain competencies such as working with a qualified interpreter. Contributions from international experts from the field of intercultural psychotherapy provide vital insights into the theory and practice of intercultural work with patients suffering from conditions such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and schizophrenic disorders. These interdisciplinary specialists describe their work, share valuable lessons learned, and put forward concrete recommendations.


Transcultural psychotherapy Cross-cultural Psychotherapy Working with interpreter Cultural competence Immigration background Mental health problems PTSD Depression Personality disorders Schizophrenic disorders

Editors and affiliations

  • Meryam Schouler-Ocak
    • 1
  • Marianne C. Kastrup
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychiatric University Clinic of Charité at St. Hedwig HospitalGermany
  2. 2.CopenhagenDenmark

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