We all have a very diverse background. For some, families immigrated from another country, moved from the East coast to the West coast (U.S.). Some individuals grow up in a blended family system. One parent might be from Latin America, while the other parent might be from the Middle East. And some, leave their birth countries and move to the U.S.
Now imagine, you are in the U.S., your extended family is left behind, your language, your culture. You bring some of those aspects with you, but now you have to deal with learning a new language, different values and roles, different culture, different food and tastes, different laws and social expectations. You feel lost, sometimes you might feel depressed, feel worry and nervous, withdraw and isolate from others, difficulty making new friends, you might have issues with sleep because you often worry and think about what “you left behind”.
It can feel very difficult and overwhelming because you now feel you have to make a decision. Some people find it easy to adopt the norms and values of the “dominant” culture. Some people simply want to preserve their own culture of origin. Some are able to integrate and adapt both cultures. And, some are unable to adopt the new “dominant” culture and also end up rejecting their own during this time.
Notice if the scenario above sounds familiar to you. Notice if you experience any of the following, but not limited to:
Confusion with who you are
Struggling with identity
Feelings of guilt
Worry that you don’t fit it
It is overwhelming and it can feel lonely. Do you need someone to talk to? Let me walk with you through your journey and work together to find ways to explore what might be helpful for you.