Back To Roots An Intervention For Eliciting Greater Emotional Depth

I have, for years, worked in a multicultural, multiethnic practice. In such environments, it is common for English (at least standard English) to be a second language. As an existential therapist, it is always my process to join with my clients where they are emotionally, intellectually, and interpersonally. Personally, I am a monolingual English-speaking therapist.

Many authors (Santiago-Rivera, 1995; Santiago-Rivera & Altar-riba, 2002 ) have argued that emotion may be language specific and that emotional depth is most tied to the primary language of individuals. In short, people do not feel something in one language and translate it to another easily. In fact, some emotions are tied to and locked into a personal cultural context.

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