Counseling psychology

Many people come to the United States from other cultures and find it necessary to blend their culture with dominant cultural traits in the U.S. through acculturation. Acculturation is the process of adopting aspects of and integrating into another culture while maintaining aspects of one’s original culture. Some come here to escape their home cultural traditions for various reasons and find it necessary to adopt the dominant U.S. cultural traits as a replacement. This is known as assimilation. Some clients come to counseling because they are having difficulties adjusting to living within a new culture. What is the role of the counselor here? Should the counselor help the client move towards acculturation or towards assimilation? Why? Are there other options besides assimilation or acculturation? Support your answer with information from scholarly sources such as peer reviewed journal articles.

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