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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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
 

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 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
 

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

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
 

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

"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 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

Calvary Counseling Center offers Extreme Hardship Waivers, Political Asylum Waiver, and Domestic/Spousal Abuse Waiver.

— Janice Chambers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Manassas, VA
 

Being an immigrant of color, I understand the struggle that comes with immigration and the acculturation stress that builds if one is not willing to "forego" their identity. I use a trauma-informed relational approach to help clients find a balance between Assimilation and Marginalization, in order to work towards healthy integration.

— Prerna Menon, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

As an immigrant myself, I have personal experience in the implications of migration. Over the past fifteen years, I have worked with immigrants seeking help in the acculturation process. I am familiar with the stages of acculturation, and how to help you process and move towards finding a degree of comfort in the new culture.

— Maria Daverede, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

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 myself, I am familiar with acculturation or the lack of, the effects of an unhealthy cultural/ethnic/racial identity development and how these issues can greatly impact our self-worth and/or mental health. This also includes first generation teens and adults who may struggle with the pressure of being defined by other people's perceptions. This is where my personal and clinical experience can help you claim your own definition of yourself.

— Angela Calderon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pueblo, CO
 

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

Living in a new country is a journey that can provide many advantages and also disadvantages with regard to mental health, adjustment, and finding one-self. As an immigrant myself, I have lived the struggles of learning a new language, culture, system, and being separated from those important to me. With my professional experience, I have supported many individuals in funding an ideal balance with processing their migration journey, stay, trauma, and decision making skills.

— Dahiana P. Grisales, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dover, NJ
 

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

Immigration and acculturation issues affect individuals of all ages. Being the daughter of immigrant parents, I am aware of the hardships of this population. During my graduate studies, I worked primarily with individuals and families experiencing immigration/acculturation concerns.

— Dulce Figueroa, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Houston, TX
 

Cultureshock, reverse cultureshock, codeswitching, social location, and cultural hybridity are all familiar themes for me. Moving to a foreign country as a young adult gave me experience in immersion into a culture with a different language, history, set of social expectations, relationship to time and money, geopolitical identity, and diet. I hold a variety of experiences working with others from diverse backgrounds in the U.S., abroad, and within international organizations.

— Sabrina Sierra, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

As an internal student and immigrant from Taiwan almost two decades, I have a deep understanding about the struggle of trying to survive, fit in, or/and adapt to another (dominant) culture and the impact of acculturation. Other than my personal experiences, I've had additional trainings in cultural competency and worked with diverse populations. With cross cultural sensitivity, I create a safe place for clients to explore their internal and external experiences, so that they can heal and grow.

— Juei-Chen Chao, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I grew up in a small North Carolina town in the 70s and 80s. My parents are immigrants from India, and in this little town, my family was markedly different from the other families around us. Becoming acculturated was difficult. Still is. I have worked hard to notice how I've abandoned certain parts of me or struggled to accept parts of me that I weren't accepted by those around me. I look forward to helping you on your journey and bringing my training and expertise in this area to our work.

— Annu Sood, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA