Asian Americans in Couple and Family Therapy
The topic of working with Asian American families and couples in psychotherapy is quite complex, and it is difficult to summarize in a very brief article. However, it is possible to discuss a few principles that might serve as a guide to such work. First, it is important to keep in mind that the term “Asian American” is very broad and can include many different people from many different countries, such as China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India, etc. The rationale for such a term rests on the assumption that many of these nationalities share similar cultural patterns. This is true despite the diversity in language and other major differences, such as having different histories in the USA and living in different communities, for example. The general recommendation when working with any ethnic or cultural group is to “never assume” the client fits perfectly within expected norms or common cultural patterns or set of beliefs. The therapist should always carefully explore the...
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