Twenty Cambodian refugees with premigration histories of trauma received
an average of 16 sessions of individual therapy from a Cambodian bicultural
counselor at a trauma treatment center in Sydney, Australia. Nineteen of
the 20 patients reported that during treatment they had been willing to
talk about their trauma histories, a finding that raises doubts about the
commonly held belief that Asians are not psychologically minded and avoid
disclosing emotionally sensitive information to health care workers.
However, self-disclosing therapy alone did not appear to benefit these
patients. Only four patients found talking about their trauma story
directly helpful in improving their emotional state, and three of the four
found the relief to be transitory.