Immigrants Rising’s Wellness Support Groups help undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to community.

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These 6-week Wellness Support Groups led by trained mental health providers or registered clinicians, are designed to help undocumented people feel less alone and more understood. The weekly virtual sessions are closed; meaning that advance registration is required, with the goal of creating a confidential space where 10-12 participants can feel grounded, find community, and share their unique experiences, challenges, and successes with one another. Note: though participation can be therapeutic, the groups are not a form of therapy.

Upcoming Support Groups

April 2021 API Support Group

API Support Group

This group is designed to support anyone who identifies as API. We will discuss issues the API population faces, especially the current social and political climate. Topics include but are not limited to: discrimination and violence against API; COVID-19 and its effects on our community; model minority myths; the concept of family; feeling of guilt; interdependency; Tiger mom attitude; culturally specific communication styles; generational gaps; and assimilation into mainstream culture.

About the Facilitator

Akiko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Her first career was as a dancer and then she worked in the entertainment industry. Akiko moved to London to become a dance movement psychotherapist, and later obtained her doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Hawaii. She completed the clinical psychology postdoctoral respecialization program at California Professional School of Psychology/Alliant International University and is now a licensed psychologist in California. Akiko has worked at mental health clinics and hospitals in Tokyo and London, schools in London and San Francisco, and community mental health programs in San Francisco. She currently works in private practice located in San Francisco’s Japantown. She is a former president of the San Francisco Psychological Association.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Tuesdays beginning on May 4, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. PT / 9:30 – 11:00 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

April 2021 Chair Yoga and Meditation Support Group

Chair Yoga/Meditation Support Group

Chair yoga is a gentle practice that allows for poses to be performed while seated and/or with the aid of a chair. Yoga helps with increased flexibility, strength, and bodily awareness. Yoga also helps with managing anxiety, stress, and depression.

What to expect:

  • Gentle movements and postures.
  • Coordination of breath and movement.
  • Introduction to meditation.

How to prepare:

  • Dress comfortably.
  • Have a chair nearby, if possible. Alternatively, you can sit on a yoga mat (actual yoga mat, towel, blanket, grass, floor, etc.).
  • Whatever you need nearby: water, tea, candle, crystals, anything!
About the Facilitator

Ariana (they/them/their) identifies as a queer, nonbinary, child of immigrant parents de Jalisco y Tijuana. Ariana is first generation, bilingüe, y was raised in the emotional and physical borderlands of Mexicanidad y los Estados Unidos. In 2019, Ariana became a certified yoga instructor and founded POC meets Rainbow, a movement that centers the wellbeing of QT/BIPOCs in the yoga and meditation wellness world. They also hold a master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, including certification in LGBT Human Services and Mental Health. Ariana is a psychotherapist in California.

#LMFT110793 | arianalozano.com | @poc_meets_rainbow

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Thursdays beginning on April 29, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

May 2021 Undocuwomen Support Group

Undocuwomen Support Group

The support of sisters is unique and nourishing. This group is open to all undocuwomen seeking a space for sharing and connection in times of uncertainty. Exploring an intersectional identity can lead us to learn new coping skills and strategies from one another as we examine the impact of our multiple identities. The themes we’ll explore in this group will be determined by the first session—because you know your support needs best. We will come as we are, share what we know, and celebrate one another’s successes.

About the Facilitator

Virginia Garcia, a Licensed Professional Counselor – Associate, is the daughter of a Bracero father and an activist mother, both Mexican immigrants in the Midwest. She is currently a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio while living, working, and loving in the borderlands of Laredo, Texas. While Virginia has worn many career hats, she’s focused on uplifting immigrant populations via activist groups such as the Laredo Immigrant Alliance and the No Border Wall Coalition, among others. She is currently a counselor-associate for Usawa Services and embarking on a new venture with Solsana Wellness. She lives in a creaky historic home with her partner and way too many pets.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Thursdays beginning on May 13, 2021
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

Interested in facilitating a support group?

Please contact our Mental Health Team at mentalhealth@immigrantsrising.org for more information.


Past Support Groups

Foundations of WellBEing facilitated by Bianca L. Rodriguez, MA, Ed.M, LMFT

Foundations of WellBEing facilitated by Bianca L. Rodriguez, MA, Ed.M, LMFT
Foundations of WellBEing is a 6-week course that will provide participants with an understanding of how personal transformation works and how to navigate it gracefully. Part of the process includes learning to regulate your emotions, build self-love/esteem, listen to your intuition, and surrender to the flow of the Universe. Participants will gain actionable steps to immediately begin using in real world scenarios to see results, including increased happiness, clarity, and meaning.
Redefining Rest in the Latinx Community facilitated by Dr. Susana Marquez

Redefining Rest in the Latinx Community facilitated by Dr. Susana Marquez
The goal of this group is to teach participants the importance of resting to better their mental and emotional health. We will explore the negative connotations placed on “rest” by our community or family members, as well as the deeply rooted emphasis on “work and grind.” Participants will identify healthy ways of resting and creating a healthy balance between work and rest. They will learn how to effectively communicate the need to rest to family members, and how to set boundaries around it.
UndocuAPI Support Group facilitated by Lina Hannigan, Ph.D.

UndocuAPI Support Group facilitated by Lina Hannigan, Ph.D.
There are 1.7 million undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander (API) immigrants in the U.S., with the vast majority living in California. However, the phrase “undocumented immigrant” often evokes imagery and services intended specifically for the Latinx community. As a result, the diverse needs and identities of the API community are commonly overlooked. This group is a place for API individuals to come together to hear and be heard, sharing stories that express each person’s unique experience and culture. Through thoughtful questions and prompts, we will build the strength of community that comes from recognizing common values, empathizing with familiar pressures, and finding comfort in our shared humanity.

Immigrants Rising’s Wellness Support Groups help undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to community.

Graphic for Wellness Support Groups

These 6-week Wellness Support Groups led by trained mental health providers or registered clinicians, are designed to help undocumented people feel less alone and more understood. The weekly virtual sessions are closed; meaning that advance registration is required, with the goal of creating a confidential space where 10-12 participants can feel grounded, find community, and share their unique experiences, challenges, and successes with one another. Note: though participation can be therapeutic, the groups are not a form of therapy.

Upcoming Support Groups

April 2021 API Support Group

API Support Group

This group is designed to support anyone who identifies as API. We will discuss issues the API population faces, especially the current social and political climate. Topics include but are not limited to: discrimination and violence against API; COVID-19 and its effects on our community; model minority myths; the concept of family; feeling of guilt; interdependency; Tiger mom attitude; culturally specific communication styles; generational gaps; and assimilation into mainstream culture.

About the Facilitator

Akiko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Her first career was as a dancer and then she worked in the entertainment industry. Akiko moved to London to become a dance movement psychotherapist, and later obtained her doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Hawaii. She completed the clinical psychology postdoctoral respecialization program at California Professional School of Psychology/Alliant International University and is now a licensed psychologist in California. Akiko has worked at mental health clinics and hospitals in Tokyo and London, schools in London and San Francisco, and community mental health programs in San Francisco. She currently works in private practice located in San Francisco’s Japantown. She is a former president of the San Francisco Psychological Association.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Tuesdays beginning on May 4, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. PT / 9:30 – 11:00 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

April 2021 Chair Yoga and Meditation Support Group

Chair Yoga/Meditation Support Group

Chair yoga is a gentle practice that allows for poses to be performed while seated and/or with the aid of a chair. Yoga helps with increased flexibility, strength, and bodily awareness. Yoga also helps with managing anxiety, stress, and depression.

What to expect:

  • Gentle movements and postures.
  • Coordination of breath and movement.
  • Introduction to meditation.

How to prepare:

  • Dress comfortably.
  • Have a chair nearby, if possible. Alternatively, you can sit on a yoga mat (actual yoga mat, towel, blanket, grass, floor, etc.).
  • Whatever you need nearby: water, tea, candle, crystals, anything!
About the Facilitator

Ariana (they/them/their) identifies as a queer, nonbinary, child of immigrant parents de Jalisco y Tijuana. Ariana is first generation, bilingüe, y was raised in the emotional and physical borderlands of Mexicanidad y los Estados Unidos. In 2019, Ariana became a certified yoga instructor and founded POC meets Rainbow, a movement that centers the wellbeing of QT/BIPOCs in the yoga and meditation wellness world. They also hold a master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, including certification in LGBT Human Services and Mental Health. Ariana is a psychotherapist in California.

#LMFT110793 | arianalozano.com | @poc_meets_rainbow

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Thursdays beginning on April 29, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

May 2021 Undocuwomen Support Group

Undocuwomen Support Group

The support of sisters is unique and nourishing. This group is open to all undocuwomen seeking a space for sharing and connection in times of uncertainty. Exploring an intersectional identity can lead us to learn new coping skills and strategies from one another as we examine the impact of our multiple identities. The themes we’ll explore in this group will be determined by the first session—because you know your support needs best. We will come as we are, share what we know, and celebrate one another’s successes.

About the Facilitator

Virginia Garcia, a Licensed Professional Counselor – Associate, is the daughter of a Bracero father and an activist mother, both Mexican immigrants in the Midwest. She is currently a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio while living, working, and loving in the borderlands of Laredo, Texas. While Virginia has worn many career hats, she’s focused on uplifting immigrant populations via activist groups such as the Laredo Immigrant Alliance and the No Border Wall Coalition, among others. She is currently a counselor-associate for Usawa Services and embarking on a new venture with Solsana Wellness. She lives in a creaky historic home with her partner and way too many pets.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Thursdays beginning on May 13, 2021
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

Interested in facilitating a support group?

Please contact our Mental Health Team at mentalhealth@immigrantsrising.org for more information.


Past Support Groups

Foundations of WellBEing facilitated by Bianca L. Rodriguez, MA, Ed.M, LMFT
UndocuAPI Support Group facilitated by Lina Hannigan, Ph.D.
Redefining Rest in the Latinx Community facilitated by Dr. Susana Marquez

Immigrants Rising’s Wellness Support Groups help undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to community.

Graphic for Wellness Support Groups

These 6-week Wellness Support Groups led by trained mental health providers or registered clinicians, are designed to help undocumented people feel less alone and more understood. The weekly virtual sessions are closed; meaning that advance registration is required, with the goal of creating a confidential space where 10-12 participants can feel grounded, find community, and share their unique experiences, challenges, and successes with one another. Note: though participation can be therapeutic, the groups are not a form of therapy.

Upcoming Support Groups

UndocuAPI Support Group

UndocuAPI Support Group

There are 1.7 million undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander (API) immigrants in the U.S., with the vast majority living in California. However, the phrase “undocumented immigrant” often evokes imagery and services intended specifically for the Latinx community. As a result, the diverse needs and identities of the API community are commonly overlooked. This group is a place for API individuals to come together to hear and be heard, sharing stories that express each person’s unique experience and culture. Through thoughtful questions and prompts, we will build the strength of community that comes from recognizing common values, empathizing with familiar pressures, and finding comfort in our shared humanity.

About the Facilitator

Lina Hannigan, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and wellness coach in private practice. She earned her doctorate degree at Alliant International University, specializing in health psychology. She received extensive training in primary care behavioral medicine and chronic pain management at UCSF/SFGH and Kaiser Permanente, integrating the physical and mental domains to optimize health. As a Japanese American whose parents were immigrants, Lina grew up navigating between cultures. She worked as an English teacher in a small town in Hokkaido, Japan, before going to graduate school with a commitment to serve the API community. She is a member of NichiBei Care, providing services to Japanese-speaking individuals, and Frontline Workers Counseling Project, providing pro-bono services during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is proud to be a volunteer therapist at Immigrants Rising.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Mondays beginning on October 18, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. PT / 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

UndocuLatinx Support Group

UndocuLatinx Support Group: Finding Hope & Coping with Uncertainty

Life with an undocumented status means facing uncertainty on a daily basis and noticing how it impacts many aspects of life. In this group, we will collectively discuss the different ways that uncertainty affects life, relationships, and wellbeing for each participant. As a group, we will also have an opportunity to reflect on experiences confronting uncertainty in the past and present. We will make space to connect, support, and learn from one another throughout the group process. The facilitator will introduce and guide participants through coping strategies and relaxation techniques that can be utilized at any point.

About the Facilitator

Nidya Ramirez Ibarra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who practiced at a non-profit organization for the past 8 years as Bilingual Staff Therapist with many Spanish-speaking undocumented immigrant families, individuals, and children who have suffered intimate partner violence and sexual abuse. Recently, Nidya transitioned into working as part of the Mobile Crisis Response Team in San Diego County. Until recently, Nidya lived with an undocumented status for 32 years. As an immigrant and a former community organizer, she entered the mental health field aware of how emotional, societal, and psychological well being intersect in the lives of individuals and families.

In 2020, Nidya co-founded the UndocuTherapist Network with Martha Melendrez to build community amongst individuals living with an undocumented status in the mental health field.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Fridays beginning on October 15, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:10 p.m. PT / 4:00 – 5:10 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

UndocuLGBTQ+ Support Group

UndocuLGBTQ+ Support Group

Being LGBTQ in a heteronormative society isn’t easy, and it can be more challenging when you are from a culture that is not accepting of your identity. Add to the mix the pressures of being undocumented, and you have yourself an intersectional identity that can be ripe for distress! This group is open to all individuals who identify as LGBTQ seeking a safe space. Over the six weeks, we will share stories that can be mirrored and validated, discuss relevant issues facing our community, and build community in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. The themes discussed throughout the six weeks will be determined by the participants, so anyone who is LGBTQ can join and show up as you are.

About the Facilitator

Jin S. Kim, MA, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist working in a private practice out of Los Angeles, California. Jin spent ten years working in the Silicon Valley tech industry and his own experience managing mental illness, along with the unique challenges of navigating the world as a gay, lifelong stutterer, and first generation Korean American, led him to find his next career calling as a therapist. Jin enjoys working to empower and uplift LGBTQ folks, people of color, and those who find themselves at the intersection of various identities. His experience as a person with intersecting identities has influenced his strength-centered and affirmative approach. He has clinical experience working with a diverse population, from LGBTQ youth and adults to single mothers experiencing homelessness and managing dual diagnosis mental health issues.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Mondays beginning on October 11, 2021
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

Interested in facilitating a support group?

Please contact our Mental Health Team at mentalhealth@immigrantsrising.org for more information.

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A Second Opinion

Creative Writing Class, Educator, Leadership Council, Staff

"I wanted to get a second opinion because I hoped the first attorney had overlooked something. Or maybe things had changed. I'm so happy that I did get a second opinion because I learned that I had a potential remedy through political asylum."

Julio Navarrete

Creative Writing Class, Educator, Leadership Council, Staff

"Immigrants Rising to me is a community that will welcome you with open arms and support you even through your most difficult moments."

Denia Perez

Creative Writing Class, Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team, Scholar, Staff

"Immigrants are resourceful, resilient people who have the same dreams as generations who came before us"

Denia Perez

Creative Writing Class, Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team, Scholar, Staff

"Because I know how hard it is for people to get status, I wanted to find a way to advocate for other undocumented people"

Josias Aguiar

Creative Writing Class, Scholar

"Just in coming together, as a community, there's been some healing, especially when people feel scared or uncertain."

Krsna Avila

Creative Writing Class, Fellow, Leadership Council, Legal Services Team, Staff

"People can still succeed in their education and careers, despite all the negative policies around us."