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Dissertation

The Asian-American Gestalt Therapy approach

15 April 1994

Abstract

The Asian-American Gestalt Therapy Approach (AGTA) is a proposed model of psychotherapy with Asian-Americans who strongly identify with traditional Asian culture. This paradigm combines Asian cultural characteristics with Gestalt theory in an integrated therapy schema. The four AGTA components are: (1) Actively Explore Figure, (2) Accommodate the Family Context, (3) Advocate a Holistic Orientation, and (4) Acknowledge Culturally Sanctioned Helping Methods. This approach recognizes the importance of accounting for cultural factors in conducting. psychological inquiry and research with psychotherapy models. The nee&for culturally relevant psychotherapy approaches is increasingly pressing. This urgency is reflected in the continued cultural diversification of American society and the scarcity of culturally responsive psychotherapies. The AGTA attempts to take cultural factors into consideration in developing a psychotherapy approach relevant to Asian-American clients and possibly to other cultural groups as well.


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