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

 

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

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

Being a Brazilian immigrant myself and having worked with many Brazilian families, I feel passionate about working with immigration issues.

— Andressa Osta, Counselor in Woburn, MA

Words like "home", "culture", and "mother tongue" can feel tender to those whose roots have been uprooted. No matter how recently or remotely one emigrated, the process of belonging is always underway. Transnationality can reveal it's complexity with each life cycle, adding a special kind of heart tug during events such as: death of relatives, birth of a child, loss of a friendship, a move, marriage, divorce, medical diagnosis, etc. I am here for you!

— Silvia Gozzini, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in PORTLAND, OR

Picking up and leaving everything you have ever known to move to a different country is harder than what most people think. It can take many years to build the life that you want and many more years managing the expectations from those back home. Those expectations are heavy. On top of it, you are juggling the expectations of an adopted country and what it means to be a success here. Let me be of support; I have over ten years of experience working with immigrants and their families living.

— Tara Genovese, Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

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, Counselor in New York, NY

Everyone's immigration process is different. Even though, I am an immigrant, I don't claim to fully understand your story. However, I hope my first hand experiences in dealing with the pain and distress of being uprooted, and transplanted in a foreign land would help me to assist you in your process of getting grounded in this country you currently call home.

— Hiedi Chan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, 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

As a third culture kid (TCK) adult, my sense of belonging to a certain culture and the idea of "home" have been both a struggle and a privilege. I come from a multiracial background and immigrated to this country as a young adult from South East Asia. From my personal and professional experience dealing with racism, marginalization, oppression, and much more I now focus on supporting others navigate how these issues affect their lives.

— Olivia Weber, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY
 

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

Our identities are informed by values, experiences, the cultural and immediate contexts we live in. The circumstances and age of migration, and need for belonging and acceptance compounds adjustment to indigenous cultures and the host culture at home, school /workplace, and the community. This can impact mental health (anxiety, depression, displacement, confusion). Using mind-body approaches, I explore ways you interact with multiple contexts, and systemic factors that impact your mental health.

— Lavanya Devdas, Psychologist in Doylestown, PA
 

As an immigrant, I often ponder questions of home, identity, and belonging. Having lived and studied in other countries, I understand the challenges people face when they leave home and move to a new place. Whether you left home willingly or unwillingly, you have mixed feelings about your new home and the one you left behind, about the different people, values, cultures, and ideas you encounter. You want to belong, yet you may still feel like an outsider.

— Nyambura Kihato, Licensed Professional Counselor in Duluth, GA

Words like "home", "culture", and "mother tongue" can feel tender to those whose roots have been uprooted. No matter how recently or remotely one emigrated, the process of belonging is always underway. Transnationality can reveal it's complexity with each life cycle, adding a special kind of heart tug during events such as: death of relatives, birth of a child, loss of a friendship, a move, marriage, divorce, medical diagnosis, etc. I am here for you!

— Silvia Gozzini, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in PORTLAND, OR