TREATMENT STRATEGIES FOR ASIAN AMERICANS

When counseling Asian clients, use restraint when gathering information. The stigma of mental illness goes against the sharing of private matters.

Prepare clients for counseling through role preparation by explaining:

1. What happens in therapy
2. Verbal disclosure
3. Problems typically encountered
4. Roles of the therapist and client
5. Need for consistent attendance
6. Misconceptions of therapy

The roles of the therapist in treating Asian clients are to:

1. Look at specific problems brought in by client.
2. Take an active and direct role as the client will expect direction.
3. Conduct a thorough analysis of environmental concerns such as basic tenants of life.
4. Consider intergenerational conflicts (i.e. roles, culture conflict, etc.).
5. Focus on time limits with concrete resolutions.