1st Edition

Counseling and Psychotherapy for South Asian Americans Identity, Psychology, and Clinical Implications

    356 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    356 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This essential text explores what it means to be a South Asian American living in the US while seeking, navigating and receiving psychological, behavioral or counseling services. It delves into a range of issues including cultural identity, racism, colorism, immigration, gender, sexuality, parenting, and caring for older adults.

    Chapter authors provide research literature, clinical and cultural considerations for interviewing and treatment planning, case examples, questions for reflection, suggested readings, and resources. The book also includes insights on the future of South Asian American mental health, social justice, advocacy, and public policy.

    Integrating theory, research, and application, this book serves as a clinical guide for therapists, instructors, professors and supervisors in school/university counseling centers working with South Asian American clients, as well as for counseling students.

    Part I: History and Evolution of South Asian American Psychology

    Chapter 1: South Asian American Counseling and Psychology

    Chapter 2: Casteism, Colonization and Colorism

    Part II: Immigration, Acculturation, and Identity Development

    Chapter 3. Implications of Immigration, Racism, and the Current Sociopolitical Climate

    Chapter 4: South Asian American Identity

    Chapter 5: South Asian American Multiracial, Multi Heritage and Diaspora Identities

    Part III: Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Influences in Psychological Adaptation

    Chapter 6: Impact of Gender Socialization and Cultural Norms of South Asian Americans

    Chapter 7: South Asian American LGBTQIA+ People and Communities: Developing Spaces of Empowerment and Liberation in Mental Health Settings

    Chapter 8: Religion Spirituality and Clinical Implications

    Chapter 9: South Asian American Marriages and Dating

    Part IV: Raising Families, Working with Elders and Providing Counseling Services

    Chapter 10: Considerations for South Asian American Parenting and Families

    Chapter 11: Counseling South Asian American Youth

    Chapter 12: Counseling Older South Asian Americans

    Chapter 13: Exploring the Nuanced South Asian American Therapeutic Relationship

    Part V: Future of South Asian American Mental Health

    Chapter 14: South Asian American political Movements and Mental Health: the Importance of Advocacy, Social Justice, and Public Policy


    Ulash Thakore-Dunlap is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, faculty at the Wright Institute MA Counseling Psychology Program, and is a current doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at San Francisco State University (anticipated to graduate, 2023).

    Dr. Devika Srivastava is a licensed Psychologist who has significant research, policy, programming, and clinical experience in mental health and is a former Psychiatry professor who is currently in private practice (Devika Srivastava Ph.D. LLC) in Texas and Florida. She focused on issues of Asian Americans, people of color, children of immigrants, and diasphoric communities.

    Dr. Nita Tewari is a consultant, educator and former Staff Psychologist and lecturer at the University of California, Irvine with publications in Asian American Psychology and South Asian American mental health.

    "For decades, the experiences of South Asian Americans had been minimized or erased in Asian American Studies, Counseling, and Psychology. With chapters covering topics like colonialism, parenting, gender, and sexuality, the editors provide the first comprehensive text about the mental health experiences of this umbrella group. Through case studies, South Asian American readers may feel validated in learning how others navigate issues like identity development and cultural conflict; meanwhile, mental health practitioners will gain foundational insights to assist in serving a population that is typically excluded from their training or textbooks."

    Kevin L. Nadal, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, City University of New York, and Past President of Asian American Psychological Association

    "This is the book that all clinicians working with South Asian American clients have been waiting for. The unique issues related to migration, culture, assimilation, social class and caste, religion, and colonialism all impact treatment planning and case conceptualization, and are issues that are often not traditionally covered in graduate training. This volume recognizes the heterogeneity of South Asian American clients, finally addresses intersectional issues associated with gender, colorism, LGBTQIA+ identities, and aging, and brings together authors with expertise in working with this diverse population."

    Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Clinical Psychologist, Author