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Why Asian Americans need therapy

Why Asians need therapy
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Reasons for Stigma

Reasons for mental health stigma for Asians
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When to Seek Therapy

When to CONSIDER seeing a therapist, 

When you NEED to see a therapist,

When to get help IMMEDIATELY. 

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What are the benefits of therapy?

There are many benefits of therapy. Learn about the impactful 5!

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How to choose the "right" therapist

Picking names out of a list and reading endless profiles, what to look for? 

We outline 10 steps to help you find the "right" therapist for you.

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Why culturally informed therapy is a must

The 5 reasons culturally informed therapy is a must. 

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Does therapy actually work?

A valid question. Scientific research and our experience say yes. Therapy does work.  And, we practice psychodynamic therapy, which research shows not only works but continue working even after you stop therapy. 

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What is the therapist providing?

Five things the therapist is thinking and doing in session that is different from reading a self help book or talking to a friend.

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Other FAQs

How often do I have to go?

Going to therapy once a week, every week at the same time is ideal to provide the consistency for the work to deepen. Sometimes, in moments of crisis, twice a week appointments will be beneficial.  And, we realize that for some every other week is best due to the nature of the work, time constraints, and finances.  It's best to discuss your concerns with your therapist and decide on what would work best.

How long do I have to be in therapy?

The answer will vary. For some, therapy might be brief (under 20 sessions) if they are dealing with a specific event that is causing acute stress. For others, it might take many more sessions.  Most people find therapy helpful and stay in therapy even after the initial reason that brought them to therapy is resolved.  You have the right to stop therapy anytime and it can be discussed with your therapist.

I really want my brother (or mother, sister, cousin) to go therapy. Can you talk to them?

Therapy works best when it is self initiated. So trying to convince them to go to therapy might not work.  But maybe sharing information with them about therapy can lessen their resistance toward therapy.   Share articles on our website about therapy or bring them to one of our events.

How confidential is therapy?

Therapists are bound legally and ethically by confidentiality. We cannot disclose to a third party your name, whether you are a client, and the contents of our sessions without an official release of information from you.

There are exceptions when:

  • We believe that you are a danger to self or others 
  • There is suspicion of child, elder or dependent adult abuse
  • It is court mandated
  • Health insurance is involved

Will the therapist give me advice?

Therapists, at least Theralane therapists, will not give you concrete advice. They won't tell you whether you should take job offer, or move to a different city, or break up with boyfriend, or stop talking to a relative.  They will help you trust yourself to arrive at your own decisions. 

The question to ask yourself is why do I want the therapist to give me advice. Do I not trust my own ability to make decisions? Do I want someone to take care of me? Is it hard not knowing what the "right" decision is? I don't want to be responsible for the consequences, etc.

Can I see 2 therapists at the same time?

If you are in individual and couple/relationship therapy, you should have two different therapists. One for the individual work and one for the couple's work. In couple work, the client is the relationship. This doesn't mean the therapist will advocate staying together or breaking up, it just means that the therapist is focused on the dynamics of the relationship. Therefore, you want different therapist so there is no bias in the treatment.  With your permission, the therapists can consult with each other if they think it will be helpful.

For individual therapy, it's tricker to answer.  

The consensus is that you shouldn't have two therapists working on the same issue without knowledge of each other as it might interfere with progress of the therapy and even your safety.

Some therapists believe that you could have two therapists working with you on different issues using different modalities as long as those therapists are aware of each other and communicating with each other to coordinate your care.  

And, there is a possibility of finding a single therapist who is able to work with the entirety of your needs.  The same therapist can be specialized in ADHD and be aware of indigenous healing practices.  It might just take more time and effort to find them.

It's best to discuss your particular situation with a licensed therapist to see what would be best.