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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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

Historical/Intergenerational Trauma Racial Identity Family Conflict

— Divya Jain, Clinical Psychologist
 

Being an immigrant woman, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to leave a whole world behind and find yourself navigating constant newness. I also know how key it can be to have a safe, compassionate space while undergoing that process in order to feel grounded and to successfully handle the transition to your new life. I have worked for many years with recent immigrants processing the exhilaration and at the same time the grief that often comes with the journey.

— Nancy Juscamaita, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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
 

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

You want to make a home out of your new land. You want to be accepted, understood, and to belong. You want to have no regrets about coming to a new country. You’re tired of always feeling like an outsider. Dealing with language barriers, difficulty making friends, eating unfamiliar food, not knowing how to navigate getting basic health insurance. So you end up feeling frustrated, angry, unaccepted, and alone. The truth is, you deserve to feel like you belong here. You deserve to have a home. I’ve been in your shoes and I know what it’s like. I’ve been where you are and I know what it’s like to feel lost. I’ve navigated my own journey of finding where I belong. I'll simply hear you out and work to understand your struggles. We’ll identify the most pressing issues that are getting in your way, and prioritize which of them to tackle first. We’ll break everything down into steps that you can take action on right away.

— Radmila Hollnagel, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Charlotte, NC
 

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

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
 

As a first generation immigrant I understand the unique challenges individuals face when it comes to assimilating to the dominant culture while also maintaining a sense of belonging to your country of origin. I have worked extensively with youth and their families around issues of honoring where they have come from while navigating the ideals of a capitalist and individualistic society.

— Agata Kubinska, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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
 

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

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
 

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

I have the experience not only of having, myself, lived and worked in other countries in my adult life, but of having worked with refugees, immigrants, dislocated peoples, expats living abroad, and persons who have returned to their country of origin, as well as, those unable to return to the country of origin. I have an existential and person-centered non-pathologizing lens through which each person's lived experience is honored and is at the core of the therapeutic relationship.

— Melanie Chitwood Accepting New Client, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in -person in Seattle & Auburn with video sessions for persons in CA, FL, and the rest of Washington State.,
 

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 specialize in providing immigration evaluations for clients seeking a Hardship Waiver (601 & 601-A) on grounds of inadmissibility. Evaluations focus on hardship factors to qualifying family members who are US citizens or lawful permanent residents. Evaluations can potentially help relatives that are at risk for deportation.

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

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

Together we will explore issues of home, belonging, and identity, as well as cultural expectations, individuality, and choice.

— Vivienne Kim, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

Supporting clients who have immigrated to the States is a personal area of work for me, being someone who has also walked down that path. Having to deal with cultural transitions, identity exploration, visa stress, systemic barriers, and experiences of racism is only a window into what being an immigrant in this country means. I am to work with clients through the multitude of barriers and provide space of connection and relatability

— Raihaan Attawala, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA