As an immigrant, you face so many different challenges. You have left an entire important world behind. You are working to adjust to a new life. Even when things are going great, there are a lot of emotions to work through. Therapy can help you adjust through the good times and the ones that are particularly hard.
Therapy for Immigrants
You may be wondering what it means to get counseling as an immigrant? In most ways, it’s the same as any other type of therapy. We want to help you deal with the issues that are at the forefront of your mind. We also want to work with you to set and meet your goals so that you can live the life you dream of.
However, counseling for immigrants also takes into consideration your very unique situation. You may want help with issues that are directly related to the experience of being an immigrant. Those issues may include:
- Grieving the loss of family, home, and culture
- Redefining what home means in a new place
- Facing racism, classism, and other social issues
- Figuring out how your identity fits in to this society
- Reconciling your hopes, dreams, and expectations with your current feelings and experiences
- Dealing with multi-generational family issues as children and parents adapt in their own ways
Culturally Sensitive, Clinically Effective
We believe in offering compassionate therapy that recognizes the importance of your culture and your experience as an immigrant while also celebrating who you are as an individual. We are sensitive to the unique challenges facing immigrants today, especially in this political climate. We believe in the value of your cultural experience.
We don’t expect you to inform us or educate us about your culture. It is important to us to educate ourselves, without ever making any assumptions about what is true for you. We see you as an individual with a rich cultural past and we come to the therapy room with a deep curiosity for what your own experience is. We want to know who you are, what matters most to you, what fears you have, and how we can help you to achieve your dreams.
When It’s Time to See a Professional
People often wonder whether or not they “need” to see a professional therapist. Therapy can help you no matter what you are dealing with. You may not think that your problems are “that bad” but you don’t have to wait to be in crisis before seeking help. Therapy can help support you whether you’re struggling just a little bit, feeling completely in crisis, or somewhere in between. Therapy can even help you if you’re just seeking to express your feelings as you redefine your identity in a new home.
If you wonder whether or not a professional can help as you navigate the unique challenges that you face as an immigrant to this country, try giving us a call today. We are happy to answer any questions you might have so that we can make this new life transition as comfortable as possible for you.