Asian American Therapy
What’s unique about therapy for Asian-Americans?
Studies have shown that Asian-Americans are 3 times less likely to seek out therapy than other Americans. The pressure to succeed academically, financially, and professionally often leads to depression and other mental health issues for Asian-Americans. In 2016, suicide was the leading cause of death for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders between the ages of 15 and 19.
Even if it’s brought up in conversation, Asian-Americans tend to refuse to acknowledge their own mental health issues when they exist. Other studies have shown that Asian-Americans often avoid seeking treatment or using mental health services because it would be admitting the existence of a mental health disorder.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Asian-Americans can find help and support for what they need by meeting with a therapist who understands them, shares their background, and has experience working with people within the community.