The immigration process can be very confusing and stressful for applicants. The best way to combat these feelings that cause anxiety is to be prepared before you walk into your meeting with a mental health clinician. Here is the truth about the referral to a clinician most of you don’t know.
An attorney will often recommend you seek out the expertise of a clinician who specializes in conducting immigration evaluations, because your case may lack some of the concrete evidence needed to substantiate a defense. No medical records, police reports, or other supportive documentation to submit for evidence leads many attorneys to rely on the clinical knowledge a well-trained clinician possess. These well-trained clinicians can pull past childhood experiences, life stressors in adulthood, and most recent legal proceedings together to clinically articulate the current or potentially future mental health challenges if an individual is removed from the country (United States). Typically, the interviewee is a family member or the applicant petitioning to the courts.
5 tips to help your case!
By: JereMy J. Rankins, MA LPC
Therapy for You
Trauma in minority communities. What do the stats say?
Article written by Professional Counselor
Jere’My J. Rankins, MA
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Trauma in the minority community
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Here are the Facts…
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has a wonderful training that offers insight into the effects of Trauma amongst lower-income and minority communities.
For contextual reasons we will need to define what Disproportionality means: A particular race or cultural group is over-represented in a program or system.
For Example, in Texas:
Here is what you do about it
Therapy is an approach people take to work through issues in a systematic way. Admitting to having a possible problem is only the beginning to recovery. When we admit to having mental health challenges we can then start focusing on the treatment.
Oftentimes therapy clients will come into my office not realizing they have an issue or a specific problem until it is processed through exploring history and experiences. There is learning in taking a step back and observing behavioral patterns in our routines. Our behaviors will often reflect how we see and navigate the environment we live in. A clinician who is well versed in the areas of human development and behavior can assess these behavioral patterns and diagnose an issue with precision.
Therapy is an alternative to learning skills and strategies for healing. A therapist can also be your punching bag, figuratively speaking. Many people need someone to express thoughts and feelings without judgment and we are those professionals who are trained and qualified to give you non-judgmental feedback if you are willing to receive it with love. An open heart makes for great progress in therapy.
Self-Care and Love
The simplest form of healing is, to begin with loving yourself. Most people think that their children or family come first. How many times have you seen that on a social media post or headline? This lives on many dating profiles, “My kids come first.” That is the biggest red flag. If you are pouring into other people and loving others before yourself then it is only a matter of time before the strain of life stressors becomes too much. You begin lashing out at those you love the most. You may end up becoming easily irritable and constantly in a down mood. Your ill mood may spill over into your physical health and you may have gastrointestinal complications. You may suffer from migraine headaches and other health-related illnesses that are directly associated with your mental challenges.
Do us all a favor and start loving yourself more often. We need you to be well enough to take care of those who need you the most.
Here are some strategies and recommendations for helping you improve your mood:
Turn your Minor setback into a Major comeback.
by Jere’My J. Rankins, MA LPC
Perspective means everything when we experience life's many challenges. Where are your thoughts?