Athiya's journey started in this field because of her desire to integrate physical, mental, and emotional health into society. Throughout her career, Athiya has gained valuable experience and knowledge from various work and internship experiences in different sectors such as private, public, NGOs, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and organizations, serving people from different cultural backgrounds, educational levels, and age groups. Each encounter has shaped her understanding and allowed her to be part of a meaningful community and gain valuable experience. Her primary goal is to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health and raise awareness about its importance. She constantly researches new topics and trends in the field to broaden her understanding of various disciplines and gain expert insights. Through her education and services, she aims to empower individuals to take charge of their mental well-being and foster lasting improvements. Her mission is to positively impact people's lives by breaking down barriers and offering unwavering support to those in need. Athiya's dedication and passion drive her to be a catalyst for change, making a difference one step at a time.
Cultural neutrality in digital therapy: Therapists' perspectives through Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions.
This presentation investigates the relationship between digital therapy and cultural diversity, as well as their significant impact on the therapeutic process. We conducted a short survey with mental health practitioners to understand how cultural bias affects clinical outcomes while working with clients on an online platform. Drawing upon Dr Geert Hofstede's well-established framework of six cultural dimensions, we illustrate how digital therapy acts as a catalyst for
promoting cultural neutrality. This involves recognizing, empowering, and seamlessly integrating individual behaviours and cultural nuances within the psychological interventions and treatment. Through our study, we shed light on the transformative potential of digital therapy, highlighting its role in creating an inclusive and culturally sensitive therapeutic environment.
Keywords: Digital therapy, cultural neutrality, therapist’s perspectives