Non-Western Therapy in a Western Therapy Model

I had a discussion about therapy with a psychologist recently. She was saying that we needed more “non-Western” interventions for people of a specific group. This psychologist is herself “Western” (she started our conversation by noting her country of origin). She seemed unwilling or unable to discuss specific ideas or things tried with this group which were “non-Western”, but proceeded to promote the structure of therapist “support” – this includes a system where the therapist has regular meetings with someone considered more senior and works through any issues in counselling others. I smiled as she spoke, wondering if she realised how “Western” this structure – known as supervision – is. In the midst of a conversation where she spoke of offering non-Western therapeutic assistance, she fell back into what she knew. How are we to attempt to break free of dominant modes of operating as therapists, when everything in the professional sphere is part of these dominant modes of therapy? Can we attempt to change the power imbalance of therapy – decentering the therapist for an emphasis on the knowledge, power and expertise of the person seeking therapy – and then fall back into the professional power imbalance of the therapist and supervisor? People learn the vocabulary of empowerment and use it because it is socially acceptable to talk about such, but do not want to give up their own power.