Immigration is one of life’s most significant and difficult transitions.
Moving to a new country can be an emotional roller coaster — from leaving your home country and social support to adapting to a new culture, language and rules of a new society.
Our Women’s Immigrant Support Group provides a safe and compassionate environment to discuss and deepen the experiences around your process of immigration – and how it has impacted your life and/or subsequent generations in your family.
Who is the Support Group For?
This group has been created for Asian women (24-45 years) who have immigrated during their lifetime – or who are first generation Asian Americans.
The experience of adjusting to a new society can be painful. Challenges with integration are especially common in first-generation immigrant families. Like a fairy tale, your immigration experience can be passed down from generation to generation too. This may happen in very subtle ways, like family values, ideologies, stories and traditions.
The children of immigrant parents can be knowingly or unknowingly raised with the legacy of their parents’ immigration experience, which can impact how they perceive their social and racial identity in the world.
Whatever your experience, the support group is here to help.
The group is ongoing, with regular sessions in 2018.
If you’re interested, please fill out this form and we’ll send you more info.
Is This Support Group For Me?
Adjusting to a new language and other new cultural experiences can be challenging for a lot of individuals. This experience can be scary and disorienting and these challenges can get exacerbated by cultural and social isolation.
Together, as a group, we will explore our immigration related experiences, reconnect with our feelings and provide support for each other during this powerful and revelatory experience.
Further, the group will process what it’s like to be a minority in this country – and how that may have shaped your transition and life experiences. We also will explore the challenges you may have experienced settling into a new culture.
About the Facilitator
This support group is led by Kratika Choudhary, an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor under supervision from Addie Liechty — LCSW #63589.
Kratika has more than five years of experience as a therapist — both in India and the United States — and holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. While there, she worked for Northwestern’s Mental Health Human Rights Clinic, helping conduct and write reports for mental health evaluations for undocumented children and refugees.
As an immigrant herself, Kratika’s personal experience, coupled with her professional interests and experience in therapy with immigration related mental health issues, gives her a unique perspective about the challenges an immigrant can go through.
HOW TO SIGN UP
Our next support group will begin meeting in Fall, 2017. If you’re interested, please fill out this form and we’ll send over more information.
If you have any questions, please contact Kratika Choudhary.