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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For almost 20 years, I have I served as a subject matter expert, and provided specialized therapy to international students at a university counseling center. I also led educational workshops on the experience of immigrants in a new country, a new culture and with a new language. I understand your experience from within: I myself immigrated to the US a while back and have experienced (and overcame) many of the challenges that immigrants face. I would love to help you!

— Rina Schul, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

This specialization comes from a lived experience. I was born and raised in South Korea until the age of ten, when I immigrated to the United States. I experienced, first-hand, all of the immigration trauma and hardship, including the grief of leaving behind a country, a culture, a family, and the ensuing loneliness and confusion during the process of acculturation.

— Chong Concannon, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in , MD
 

I conduct Immigration Evaluations for: VAWA, Hardship Waiver, U Visa, T Visa, and Asylum cases. I work closely with individuals, families, and their attorneys that are seeking legal haven in the USA for a better, safer, and brighter future. Being an immigrant and a child of immigrant parents taught me firsthand the impact of intergenerational trauma and how challenging it is to be the first one to heal these cycles in a community where mental health is taboo.

— Yisbel Panayiotou, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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
 

Historical/Intergenerational Trauma Racial Identity Family Conflict

— Divya Jain, Clinical Psychologist

I am a bilingual therapist fluently in English and Mandarin. I am familiar with culturally competent therapy and service. Born and raised in Taiwan, I have worked and clinically trained in the U.S in various Asian mental health setting including hospital outpatient department, community mental health clinic, school-based mental health services, and private practice. As an Asian American psychotherapist, I naturally connect with immigration and acculturation issues that clients experience.

— Suzie ShihShin Wu, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA
 

In addition to providing therapy, I also conduct Immigration Psychological Evaluations to assist individuals and families in their immigration process. If your attorney suggested that you obtain a report from an immigration evaluation therapist, you’ve come to the right professional. I have worked with individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and I’m experienced in conducting psychological assessments.

— Rebeca Melendez, Counselor in Coral Gables, FL

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
 

Currently offering immigration evaluations for hardship waivers. Evaluations can potentially help families at risk of deportation. I'm a graduate of the Immigration Evaluation Institute. I'm also listed on the Immigration Evaluation Directory, this directory is the primary resource for U.S.-based immigration attorneys.

— Hector Ventura, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tampa Bay, FL

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
 

Specialties include: An Immigration Evaluation adds tremendous value to an immigration case. They are critical in detailing a client's mental health, trauma history, and compelling reasons for leaving their country of origin. Through my work with immigrants and their families, I conduct evaluations to assist with the immigration process. I've conducted evaluations for a wide range of immigration cases, including asylum and extreme hardship waivers.

— Valeska Cosci, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Venice, CA

I come from a unique background of spending my early childhood in South Korea and navigating the issues of adapting to a new culture after immigrating to the United States. I'm also passionate about raising awareness about the importance of therapy and destigmatizing mental illness in Asian American communities.

— Janae Kim, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

Immigration/acculturation brings many demands at once: language barriers, a different culture, and new hopes, expectations, and stressors. These changes can cause issues as individuals and families grow and change, especially between generations. Therapy can help you explore your identity and move forward while holding onto what you treasure most. I speak Spanish at a non-native advanced level and have worked extensively with immigrants and the children of immigrants from Latin America.

— Rachel Shopper, Counselor in Asheville, NC

Personal Growth Values Clarification Racial Identity Family Conflict Historical/Intergenerational Trauma

— Divya Jain, Clinical Psychologist
 

As the daughter of an immigrant, I grew up torn between two cultures. I acknowledge the internal pressure this creates. I love to work with clients on acknowledging their unique experiences as immigrants and children of immigrants. This includes processing: discrimination, immigration, language loss, erasure, survivor guilt, the grief of having family far away, perfectionism, and many more experiences.

— Daniela Childers, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Gainesville, FL

I understand the experience of immigrants and expats. My experience with both Eastern and Western cultures, deepened my appreciation of diversity and non-eurocentric worldviews. I offer a high level of cultural sensitivity, cross-cultural and multicultural perspectives in my work as a psychotherapist, professor and author.

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

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 Milpitas, 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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA
 

As an immigrant, I understand first hand the challenges one faces around acculturation and assimilation. Going through the immigration process can be scary and the pressure from the society along with family pressure can result in stress while feeling like you don't quite fit in. As your therapist, we will delve deeper around the challenges you face and assist you in feeling confident with yourself and finding healthy ways to cope with potential anxiety that can arise.

— Avni Panchal, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA