Find Asian & Asian-American Therapists in NYC

For many Asian and Asian American individuals, the stigma of seeking therapy is especially pronounced; studies have shown that Asians use mental health services at one third the rate of their white peers. As a result, many Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders feel more comfortable working with a therapist who is also Asian or Asian-American. Asian-Americans will often view individuals from this broad community as more in a position to understand their culture, values, and experiences.

While it can be difficult to find therapists from diverse backgrounds, there are fortunately many Asian and Asian-American therapists in NYC. Find Asian therapists in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens below. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video or book a free initial call to find a good fit!

Asian & Asian-American Therapists in NYC

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How to find Asian and Asian-American therapists in NYC

How many Asian or Asian American therapists are there in the U.S.?

According to the American Psychological Association, Asian and Asian-Americans account for 4% 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.

How much are Asian-American therapists’ average session fees in NYC?

Regardless of race or ethnicity, therapists in New York City charge on average $150 - $200 per session. 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.

Mental health stigma among Asian-Americans in NYC

It’s important to recognize that stigma continues to be a barrier for Asian-Americans considering mental health care, even in cities as welcoming of therapy as New York.

Among the 40% of adults with a mental illness in the U.S. who receive treatment in any given year, Asians were three times less likely to use mental health services than their white peers. 

Much of this discrepancy is driven by stigma, and individuals feeling ashamed for needing help. Asian-Americans report experiencing higher rates of feeling inferior to those who have not had a mental health challenge, and are less hopeful that individuals with mental health challenges could be contributing members of society. Education to promote the importance of seeking mental health treatment is an important component to decreasing discrepancies in access to care involves. It may help to hear from other people in the Asian-American community who have sought treatment, and are open about their experiences.

Why do so few Asian Americans seek therapy?

Typical concerns that prevent Asian Americans from seeking therapy may include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Shame about admitting the need for emotional and/or mental help

  • Fear of being perceived as someone who easily accepts failure

  • Fear of being perceived as “broken”

  • Fear of disappointing family and friends

  • Fear that therapy necessitates disrespecting one’s parents or family

  • Assumption that an individual will be able to just “get over it”

  • Reluctance to turn to “outside” help, e.g., a stranger, rather than one’s own community

  • Worries that emotional needs are a burden to others

  • Worries that mental illness is not a legitimate illness

  • Conflicting spiritual beliefs, or fear of judgment from close-knit religious communities

  • Concerns that older generations may not understand the point of, or need for, therapy

  • Disappointing prior experience with therapy, e.g., previous mental health practitioner or support group didn’t understand cultural nuances

Additionally, the pressure of the “model minority” stereotype may discourage Asian-Americans from exposing internal conflict, frustration, or pain.

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