Starting over is rarely easy. For immigrants coming to the United States, a slew of new challenges await. Psychological needs are often swept under the rug due to cultural attitudes, lack of financial resources or health insurance, or simply lack of knowledge about how to access mental health services.
The challenges of immigration
New immigrants face a variety of challenges. These may include adjusting to a different climate, learning English, securing employment, and figuring out how to navigate a whole new system of resources. With a variety of stressors at play simultaneously, it is not surprising that new immigrants often struggle with mental health issues.
For refugees and other immigrants who are unable to return to their countries of origin, the struggle is even more complex. Loneliness, isolation, and loss of connection with family left behind are all overwhelmingly painful feelings for anyone to experience. For those fleeing persecution and threats to life or safety, it is common to think about loved ones who were unable to make the same journey to safety. Doubts and regrets about one’s decision can lead to feelings of hopelessness or guilt that can be hard to explain to others.
This population faces specific challenges in addition to what we often think of as the “immigrant experience”. PTSD is common and symptoms are often exacerbated while one’s legal status is pending. There is constant fear that one will be forced to return to the country they originally fled.
Help for immigrants
Reaching out for help is almost never an easy step, but it is usually a necessity for immigrants applying for waivers to remain in the U.S. A language barrier can be an issue, as well as affordability.
At E-Town Wellness, we are committed to creating a professional, safe environment that allows you to find hope and healing within the necessary process of undergoing a mental health assessment for immigration purposes. Anna Grinshpun, LCPC specializes in working with immigrants from Central Asia and other parts of the former Soviet Union as well as South Asia and Africa. Whether you are applying for asylum or another type of immigration waiver (such as based on VAWA or extreme hardship to a qualifying US citizen) you will find that our rates are extremely competitive. Anna’s evaluations are thorough and based on years of experience and input from immigration lawyers.
If you have a pending immigration case, your lawyer might recommend a mental health evaluation. For more information, please give us a call, or fill out the contact form and click Send.