Transference and Empathy in Asian American Psychotherapy: Cultural Values and Treatment Needs

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The Asian American population is increasing rapidly and, not unpredictably, so are its mental health needs. A number of cultural factors and stressors common to Asian Americans pose obstacles to the successful employment of Western psychotherapy approaches and counseling—-for example, the central role of the family in Asian life and the culturally based, traditional stigma associated with mental health problems. The authors, all practicing psychotherapists, focus on the critical aspects of transference and empathy in their consideration of the mental health approaches and therapies appropriate to ethnic minority population.

The work has value as a resource for professionals and as a training guide for those intending to practice as psychotherapists and counselors in minority communities. It offers extraordinary insights and practical guidance through the use of case studies. Not only do these identify problems stemming from the racial differences between client and therapist, but they also provide rich clinical examples of case diagnosis, treatment plans, and client status statements. This is an important book that will further both the theory and practice of psychotherapy among minority populations.

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Eight papers from an August 1987 forum in Boston examine issues relating to psychotherapy with Asian Americans, focusing on transference and empathy as two critical aspects needing to be reevaluated. They include theoretical studies, and clinical cases dealing with biracial identity confusion, somatic delusions, bridging generations and cultures, and other aspects. Includes a general annotated bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275944933
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1993
  • Pages: 170
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Contextual Factors in Psychotherapy with Asian Americans 3
2 Transference 15
3 Empathy 35
4 A Case of Biracial Identity Confusion 65
5 Synthesizing Eastern and Western Psychotherapeutic Approaches 77
6 A Case of Somatic Delusions 91
7 Bridging Generations and Cultures 105
8 Linking Theory and Practice 121
Annotated Bibliography 139
Index 149
About the Authors and Contributors 155
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