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.

Meet the specialists

Being an immigrant myself, I have some understanding of the process. However, it is important to understand a person not just based on their ethnicity or race, but from all of their reference groups (race, ethnicity, social class, religion, and gender). I believe that a person's combination of reference groups is what combines together to create their identity. It goes without saying that no two people are alike. My goal is to help clients better understand themselves in the context of their environment.

— Sweta Venkataramanan, in New York, NY
 

I provide clinical evaluations for asylum applicants and others who are trying to obtain legal residency.

— Anna Grinshpun, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL

INTERNATIONAL COACHING: as "quadrilingual" expat, I coach international families/expats toward successful integration in new cultures.

— Pascale Brady, Counselor in Gaithersburg, MD
 

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.

— Radmila Hollnagel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

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 Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC
 

I write psychological assessments to support immigration cases in the US in order to help families stay together. I provide therapy to immigrants in my Austin practice, as well with online therapy. For US citizens who are adjusting to living abroad, I offer online video therapy. I specialize in cross-cultural issues within marriages, families and in-law relationships.

— Megan Zesati, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX