Therapy with South Asian American Women
Shipra Maurya, PsyD
Friday, Nov. 4th, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mahajan (2015) coined the term 'two Americas' referring to Asian Americans living in two distinct Americas; one is their inner family world (i.e., their family of origin), Asian community, and their cultural ideology. The other is their external social world, living with the dominant culture and Western ideology (Sun et al., 2016; Wong-Padoongpatt et al., 2017). These two 'Americas' or experiences constantly have to adjust to core family cultural values and acceptable social norms within the dominant culture (Sun et al., 2016; Wong-Padoongpatt et al., 2017). Because of the bi-cultural nature of AAs' experiences, microaggressions can contribute to their acculturative experiences, severely impacting their health and well-being.
According to Sue et al. (2007), "Nearly all interracial encounters are prone to the manifestation of racial microaggression" (284). Different forms of microaggressions, such as overt, covert, everyday environmental, behavioral, or verbal negative attitudes towards minority groups (Sue et al., 2007), are a part of their daily existence where ethnic minorities can develop acculturative stressors (Sun et al., 2007; Williams, 2020; Wong-Padoongpatt et al., 2017).
This presentation will examine and clarify the specific challenges that South Asian American (SAA) girls and women experience as well as when they are treated by Eurocentric American (EA) therapists. Ethnic minorities (in general), when in therapy, may have to keep explaining or cannot explain their unique experiences of intersectionality, institutional racism, racial battle fatigue, and intergenerational / transgenerational / historical trauma. Lastly, Dr. Maurya will give tips for therapists working with these clients to improve the client's experience of working with an EA therapist. Learning Objectives
- Learn two ways the "model minority" stereotype harms clients of color.
- Learn the 3 types of microaggressions EA therapists unknowingly commit.
- Learn 3 ways to improve the experience of SAA clients in the therapeutic setting.
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About Shipra Maurya, PsyD
As a second-generation Asian Indian American born of immigrant parents, as well as research in this area, Dr. Maurya has a vast understanding of acculturative stressors, microaggressions, and identity formation issues. She works with individuals with identity development stagnation. Dr. Maurya is also a board-certified Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, yoga and meditation teacher which offers a unique perspective and cultural integration.
Dr. Maurya integrates polycultural social justice methodologies into cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy: yoga, and meditation with a collaborative style. Her desire to work as a clinical practitioner is because few clinicians of her descent occupy this field. She is passionate about serving people within the minority community and families struggling with acculturative stressors and bi-cultural identity challenges, as well as Neurodivergent individuals and Neuro-diverse couples.
Dr. Maurya's areas of expertise include:
- Identity development
- Acculturation issues
- Microaggression experiences
- South Asian American women
- Neurodivergent individuals
- Neuro-diverse couples
She can be reached online through her work at Mind-Body Care (https://www.mbcare.us) or at her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drsmaurya-psyd/.
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