Counseling Psychology in Chinese Communities in Asia: Indigenous, Multicultural, and Cross-Cultural Considerations

S. Alvin Leung, Ping-Hwa Chen

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This article examines the need to develop an indigenous counseling psychology in Chinese communities in Asia. The cross-cultural limitations and applications of counseling psychology are discussed, using the literature on multicultural counseling and competence as illustrations. The authors elaborate on the scope and nature of indigenous counseling psychology and discuss how indigenization of counseling psychology could be carried out in Chinese communities in Asia at the local, national, and application levels. Meanwhile, several multicultural themes in Chinese communities in Asia were identified as possible focus of indigenous research and practice efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)944-966
Number of pages23
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1



  • Chinese counseling psychology
  • cross-cultural
  • indigenization
  • multicultural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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