Effective Psychotherapy for Asian Americans: From Cultural Accommodation to Cultural Congruence
Version of Record online: 14 SEP 2011
© 2011 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 242–245, September 2011
How to Cite
Leong, F. T. L. and Kalibatseva, Z. (2011), Effective Psychotherapy for Asian Americans: From Cultural Accommodation to Cultural Congruence. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18: 242–245. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2011.01256.x
- Issue online: 14 SEP 2011
- Version of Record online: 14 SEP 2011
- Received May 17, 2011; accepted June 28, 2011.
- Asian Americans;
- cultural accommodation in psychotherapy;
- cultural congruence
[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 18: 242–245, 2011]
Hall, Hong, Zane, and Meyer present mindfulness and acceptance psychotherapies as promising treatment modalities for Asian Americans, address possible cultural discrepancies, and propose to adapt the diverging elements into culturally syntonic ones. In this commentary, we discuss how the heterogeneity among Asian Americans suggests the existence of a wide variation of individual differences despite group similarities. We point out the importance of cultural accommodation in psychotherapy, where the therapist accommodates for differences in beliefs, values, and norms implied in the existing theory. Finally, we propose that the underlying principle of effective psychotherapy with ethnic and racial minority clients is cultural congruence, or identifying and selecting culturally congruent processes and therapeutic elements by incorporating both cultural and individual variations.