Growing up in two different cultures is not easy.
Conflict related to differences in culture between immigrant parents and their Canadian-born children is more common than you might think. It often produces confusion as it can be difficult to make sense of differing sets of cultural values and expectations. Common challenges include difficulty feeling accepted, feelings of disconnection, and difficulty answering the questions “who am I?” and “where do I belong?”. It is also common for individuals to keep secrets and hide parts of themselves in an attempt to avoid conflict.
Cultural stress can impact many parts of your life.
Difficulties with bicultural stress can lead to a sense of inner confusion, feelings of low self- esteem, shame, guilt, and a sense of aloneness and isolation. Depression, anxiety, body image/eating difficulties, and relationship problems can also result. Whether you are born in Canada and navigating differences with your parents, partner, or friends; or you have recently moved to the country and are having difficulty adjusting, know that you are not alone in your struggle.
You can make sense of the confusion and resolve the conflict.
In our work together, we will help you make sense of the confusion by examining your multiple identities and helping you accept yourself as a unique mix of these. You will also learn strategies to resolve inner conflict related to differing cultural value systems and expectations and learn to better communicate your needs with loved ones. We will also address related feelings of anxiety, depression, and relationship problems that may be getting in the way of you living a satisfying life.