Therapeutic Alliance through Person-Centered Therapy: An Influential Factor in Long-Term Utilization of Mental Health Services among Asians in the United States

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Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects

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Jorgenson, Lahela Ashlee Rice
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Asian; Asian American; Therapeutic alliance; Mental health; Person-centered therapy; Influential factor; Utilization; Clinical Psychology; Psychology
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While the Asian population in the United States is growing vastly and there is an abundance of literature regarding barriers to utilization of psychological services for this population, there remains minimal research on positive or facilitative factors for those who do utilize services and do not prematurely terminate treatment. The purpose of this study was to explore possible factors that promote clients' utilization and commitment to mental health services, as reported by Asian clinicians working with an Asian American population. This study was performed through a descriptive qualitative approach consisting of semi-structured interviews with four clinicians providing mental health services in an integrative community mental health agency in Colorado. Results revealed that the therapeutic alliance and a personĀ­-centered therapeutic approach were meaningfully related to clients' long-term utilization of mental health services, despite barriers to engaging in mental health services including personal and cultural values, and beliefs and attitudes toward mental health and mental health services.