Kim (1998), working with interracial, international couples, offers important treatment approaches for use with Asian/Asian American women in powerless (marital) relationships. First, the mental health professional should see the wife first. Doing so communicates to the wife that what she has to say is valued and allows the creation of an alliance between her and the therapist; it also breaks the subordinate-dominant nature of the relationship. Second, the therapist must not use the husband as an intermediary; this will only reinforce for both wife and husband his position of power. Third, the practitioner must be very patient; traditional Asian/Asian American women require a long time to feel comfortable with a therapist and to assert their needs and issues and to self-disclose their pain.
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