Immigration/Acculturation

The U.S. immigrant population faces a unique set of challenges. Every experience is different and there can be a number of factors that impede or facilitate your adjustment in your new home. You may have experienced trauma on your journey or in your country of origin that can have a lasting effect on your health and happiness. Or perhaps you are having trouble connecting with your new community or are worried about the recent growing controversy about immigration policies. Whatever your experience, a qualified mental health professional can help you understand how immigration is impacting your life and provide you with useful tools for your challenges.

Local experts in Immigration/Acculturation

Joaquin Lopez (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

Drawing from my experience and identity as a Mexican American person, I understand the nuanced experience of code switching and managing family and social dynamics that come with being bicultural and bilingual (Spanish/English) in a mainstream dominant culture. Immigration issues create additional barriers that affect familial and social interactions.

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Art Chaklader (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

As an immigrant to the U.S. myself, I have had a lifelong experience of acculturation. Changing one's culture, or attempting to fit it into another touches each aspect of one's life. In doing so, it can rock your identity as a whole. Please consider setting up a consultation appointment, to receive some professional support on this journey.

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Vy Pham (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

My experience as a first generation immigrant and refugee from Vietnam permeates through my work as a mental health therapist. My family escaped Vietnam in fear of political persecution. When we arrived in the United States we were forced to assimilate in order to survive. The trauma of displacement, war, loss of identity/community/culture has shaped my upbringing. This firsthand experience allows me to truly empathize with those yearning for belonging and acceptance.

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Katya Stark (She/They)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

I have moved and adapted to multiple countries and cultures in order to pursue opportunities. This experience can be both fruitful and painful; I know firsthand what it means to be an outsider and grieve the loss of relationships and memories from my past. I support my clients in their journeys of building a new life in new places while acknowledging and processing losses that are inevitable when adapting to new environments.

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Laura Kosak (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

I have worked for many years with the Latinx community. I speak Spanish, having lived in Spain for about two years. I appreciate the challenges of life in a new country. Me especializo en ayudar a las mujeres a reconectarse consigo mismas y prosperar. Me dedico a ayudar a las personas a alejarse de la angustia del trauma, la ansiedad o la depresión y moverse hacia una vida más contenta y valiosa.

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