Immigration/Acculturation

Making the decision to leave one’s home to make a new life in another country is not an easy one. In today’s context of worldwide migration and globalization, individuals, families and communities affected by immigration and acculturation have unique needs. Adapting to and coping with a new culture can be stressful and can cause anxiety – particularly if you don’t speak the language. Although every circumstance is unique, some immigrants or refugees may have also experienced trauma on their journey – in addition to significant culture shock. If you are an immigrant struggling with adapting to life in a new community, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s immigration/acculturation specialists today.

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I specialize in working with second generation immigrants dealing with the stress of straddling different cultures, languages, and expectations while also trying to nurture themselves where they are.

— Maryam Elbalghiti-Williams, Clinical Social Worker in Hyattsville, MD

As an immigrant, I can relate to your experience. I have worked with immigrants and their families through all of my training. I look forward to hearing your immigration and acculturation story. I continue to stay on top of immigrant and racial issues in our country so that I can help individuals from various races and religions as they navigate through their racial identity, immigration story, and the challenges that they face.

— Liliana Ramos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA
 

I am a Salvadorian Mexican American, and I understand the struggles of feeling like you don’t fit in in either culture. The struggles of having monolingual parents, the stress of having to be their interpreter and scribe, parent to your younger siblings and filter what information comes across into your household. Luckily, I was also witness to how hard work pays off and the power of setting goals and doing everything in your power to achieve them.

— Christina Vasquez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Walnut Creek, CA

Many of my clients are first- or second-generation immigrants, some of whom experience stress related to cultural differences between their current and former homes. I respect clients’ decisions to find ways to honor aspects of both cultures. I am against the idea of treating white, American values as “normal” and anything else as a problem. I am also a descendant of immigrants and have the lived experience of being separated from ethnic traditions by past generations who chose to assimilate.

— Matt Bouse, Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI
 

"We came here for you"-is a familiar phrase many heard growing up from their immigrant parents. Feelings of guilt, depression, shame, confusion, and obligation are often experienced by members within immigrant families. Both offspring and parents from such families can feel a sense of misattunement with each other. My dissertation explored the role of empathic guilt in Chinese American immigrant families. Therapy can help process these experiences and help us move forward.

— Toni Li, Psychologist in Oakland, CA

I offer cross-cultural and multicultural psychotherapy. I identify as being multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual. I understand the experience of third culture kids, immigrants, refugees and expats. My experience with both Eastern and Western cultures, deepened my appreciation of diversity and non-eurocentric worldviews. My inclination to understanding the cosmology of diverse peoples and the dynamic of cross-cultural interactions led me to specialize in the psychology of immigrants.

— Dr. Nadia Thalji, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I'm an immigrant from Greece and the Middle East who is now naturalized in the United States. As someone who identifies as racially ambiguous, I'm passionate about serving immigrant communities and addressing cross-cultural dynamics. I know firsthand how branching out while maintaining a connection to your culture can feel impossible. In therapy, I will work with you through a culturally-humble and culturally-affirming lens to help you navigate these challenging dynamics.

— Anny Papatheodorou, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Lafayette, CA

My personal experience immigrating has awaken a desire to help others who are experiencing all the emotional, physical, financial, and social effects of immigrating. Throughout my studies I have also focused on the effects that immigrating can have on mental health wellness.

— Carolina Castano, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cincinnati, OH
 

I help folks address issues that arise from 1, 1.5, & 2 generation immigration. Many BIPOC & SWANA immigrants face additional challenges in navigating cultural, familial, ancestral, intergenerational pressures and conflicts between homeland culture and the new culture. Folk often face anti-immigrant oppression, and navigate issues of imposter syndrome, micro-aggressions, code-switching, perfectionism, & cultural pressures to succeed, stand out, or blend in.

— Nima Saalabi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

As an immigrant from Taiwan. I understand the many difficulties adjusting to the new environment and learning a new language. As well as the feeling of uncertainties the future has in store for you. I take a nonjudgmental stance and strive to make you feel like you belong.

— Serena Hsieh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arcadia, CA