The guijin therapist and the nature of therapeutic truth: A relational perspective

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The professional literature is replete with examples of the benefits of the client-clinician dyad being of the same ethnic group. Noted advantages include a perceived implicit understanding of the client's subjective experience and a furthering of the therapist's personal and professional growth as a result of the therapeutic interaction. This paper suggests that there are also benefits to the clinician being considered a guijin or "outsider" to the client's culture of origin. Utilizing a relational perspective with an emphasis on multiple self-state theory, this paper will discuss the advantages of being perceived as an outsider when working with an Asian bicultural client.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-19
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005



  • Bicultural
  • Cross-cultural
  • Multiple self-states
  • Relational theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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