Asian & Asian-American Therapists

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While it’s not uncommon for therapy to have a certain stigma attached to it, for many Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), that stigma is especially pronounced.

As a result, AAPIs may feel most comfortable working with a therapist who is also AAPI, as therapists from this community may be more in a position to understand their culture, values, and experiences.

Read more below about stats on Asian and Asian-American therapists, what topics they can help clients with, and how to find the right therapist for you!

Asian and Asian-Americans therapists by the numbers

It’s easier to find Asian therapists in certain parts of the country

While there are more Asian-American therapists in certain parts of the United States – such as NYC, California, and Hawaii – it can be difficult to find AAPI therapists in other parts of the country.

The percentage of Asian psychologists is increasing

From 2005 to 2013, there was a surge in the number of Asian and Asian-American individuals in the psychology field of 79.5% – from 2.4% to 4.3%.

Despite rising numbers, Asian and Asian-Americans remain underrepresented in the psychology workforce  

Though 5.6% of the US population is of Asian descent, Asian Americans account for the aforementioned 4.3% of the psychology workforce – with a total of 3,576 Asian and Asian-American psychologists.

There are additional Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander social workers, counselors, and psychiatrists. [1]

Cost of sessions with Asian-American therapists

Session fees depend on region

Regardless of race or ethnicity, therapists’ session fees will depend on the geography. In cities with high cost of living such as NYC, therapists’ fees will range from $150 - $200 per session.

Asian-American therapists may offer sliding scale fees

Many Asian-American therapists offer a sliding scale, or lower fees, for individuals who cannot otherwise afford to pay for therapy.

These lowered fees may, for example, be offered to Asian-American college students who are unable to ask their parents to pay for therapy, due to stigma and lack of understanding for mental health in their culture and family of origin.


Unique concerns that Asian-American therapists can help clients with

While Asian Americans experience mental health challenges as any other demographic, therapists in the field also identify potential causes of additional stress. These include:

How to find Asian and Asian-American therapists near you

Determine which type of therapy you want

When you first start looking for a therapist, you may notice different letters and titles following a therapist’s last name. The letters indicate the services the therapist is licensed to provide and the level of training they have received.

The most common abbreviations are:

Prioritize personal fit

Finding a therapist you trust and who puts you at ease is the absolute most important part of a successful therapy experience!

More than any other factor, look for a therapist you connect with – and who makes you comfortable being open and honest.

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If you can’t find the perfect therapist who shares your background, don’t give up

If you are struggling to find an Asian therapist who fits your schedule, budget, and/or specific mental health needs, try looking for therapists who explicitly address topics around multicultural counseling in their online presence. Keywords to look for can include:

Use your initial call to ask questions about what clients and cultures they’ve worked with, and how they might be able to help you.

Start your search on an up-to-date platform where providers are vetted

Use a site like Zencare to find therapists with up-to-date listings on availability, payment info, and location. Watch intro videos of each provider, and book a free call to assess whether you feel comfortable with each therapist!

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