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

UndocuAPI Support Group UndocuLatinx Support Group UndocuLatine Grupo de Apoyo (UndocuLatinx Support Group in Spanish)
UndocuLGBTQ+ Support Group UndocuLove Support Group UndocuWomen Support Group

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

UndocuWomen Support Group

Undocuwomen Support Group (Wednesdays)

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

Lina Hannigan, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist 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 couples. She is proud to be a volunteer therapist at Immigrants Rising.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Wednesdays beginning on January 18, 2023
Time: 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET

Please check back in mid-February for March registration info.

UndocuWomen Support Group

Undocuwomen Support Group (Thursdays)

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

Akiah Robinson Selwa, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, and founder/president of Sunrise Therapy Center (SCT), Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Inc. Akiah has over 21 years of work experience as a domestic violence prevention advocate, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, anti-trafficking abolitionist, and clinical program manager in the public health and private practice sectors. Akiah is very skilled in working with families, individuals, children, the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) population, domestic violence/trafficked survivors, and members of the adoption/foster care constellations. Akiah approaches treatment with cultural humility that promotes acceptance, empowerment, and creativity. Akiah has developed specializations in biblical counseling, trauma-informed therapy, Somatic-Experiencing treatment, family therapy, and play therapy.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Thursdays beginning on January 19, 2023
Time: 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET

Please check back in mid-February for March registration info.

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

Huyen “Kiki” Vo, LCSW, is a DACAmented Vietnamese immigrant, a licensed psychotherapist, and a mental health clinician at Stanford Medicine, Children’s Health. She has the privilege of providing services to children, adolescents, individuals, and families from diverse backgrounds (e.g. low-income, AAPI, mixed status, undocumented, BIPOC, LGBTQ, etc.) throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She values a holistic and collaborative approach to care, utilizing a trauma-informed cultural humility and strength-based lens to promote clients’ self-determination, potential, and resilience. She honors each client’s unique history, cultural background, personality, and lived experience, and meets them where they are in their respective self-discovery/healing journey.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Tuesdays beginning on January 17, 2023
Time: 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET

Please check back in mid-February for March registration info.

UndocuLatinx Support Group

UndocuLatinx Support Group

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

Jose Perez, LMFT, is a DACAmented licensed marriage and family therapist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jose has the privilege of running the mental health department at Samaritan House San Mateo where he helps increase access to mental health for uninsured immigrants. Additionally, Jose has a private practice specializing in immigrant mental health and treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and acculturation difficulties. Jose aims at providing a collaborative approach to care utilizing strength-based approaches to help clients reach their self-actualization, resilience, and healing. In his spare time, Jose is finishing his PsyD in clinical psychology and enjoys hiking and trying new foods and eateries.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Wednesdays beginning on January 18, 2023
Time: 5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET

Please check back in mid-February for March registration info.

UndocuLatine Grupo de Apoyo (UndocuLatinx Support Group in Spanish)

UndocuLatine Grupo de Apoyo (Español)

Vivir con estatus indocumentado signifíca enfrentar la incertidumbre a diario y darnos cuenta de cómo afecta muchos aspectos de nuestras vidas. En este grupo, discutiremos colectivamente las diferentes formas en que la incertidumbre afecta la vida, las relaciones y el bienestar de cada participante. Como grupo, también tendremos la oportunidad de reflexionar sobre las experiencias en las que lidiamos con la incertidumbre en el pasado y cómo informan nuestras experiencias en el presente. Haremos espacio para conectarnos, apoyarnos y aprender unos de otros a lo largo del proceso grupal. La facilitadora presentará y guiará a los participantes a través de estrategias de afrontamiento y técnicas de relajación que se pueden utilizar en cualquier momento.

Sobre el Facilitador

Mayra Jiménez, LMFT, es una terapeuta matrimonial y familiar con DACA viviendo en el sur de California. Ha trabajado en el sector de la salud mental sin fines de lucro durante más de 10 años en una variedad de funciones, desde la coordinación administrativa hasta el trabajo clínico y la supervisión. Ella utiliza sus experiencias vividas para guiar la manera en la que involucra a sus clientes en la terapia. Sus puntos fuertes están en el uso de un enfoque directo pero suave para ayudar a los clientes a través de sus luchas. Mayra aplica sus propias experiencias para informar su enfoque al mismo tiempo que mantiene en cuenta las experiencias únicas de los clientes. Mayra disfruta el desafío de poder brindar servicios de salud mental a comunidades que normalmente no tienen acceso o no están abiertas al tratamiento de salud mental.

Horario e Información

Fechas: 6 miércoles consecutivos a partir del 18 de enero de 2023
Hora: 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET

Please check back in mid-February for March registration info.

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

Muriel Casamayor, LMFT, is a Latina therapist in California. She specializes in serving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) living with depression, anxiety and trauma. Muriel understands the journey of immigrating to another country and rewriting your own narrative. Her practice is located in Riverside and Tustin, but she provides telehealth services throughout California.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Fridays beginning on January 20, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET

Please check back in mid-February for March registration info.

UndocuLove Support Group

UndocuLove Support Group

If it feels like navigating romantic relationships while undocumented adds another layer of complexity to your life, you are not alone. This group is open to any person navigating mixed status relationships and/or dating while undocumented including folks of all sexualities and gender identities. Over the course of six weeks, we will share stories about dating and partnerships, mirror and validate one another’s experiences, and build community in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. The themes discussed throughout the six weeks will be determined by the participants, because you know best what support you need.

About the Facilitator

Mayra Jimenez, LMFT, is a DACAmented Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Southern California. She has worked in the non-profit mental health sector for over 10 years in a variety of roles, starting from administrative coordination to clinical work and supervision. She utilizes her lived experiences as a way to guide the way she engages clients in therapy. Her strengths are in using a direct but soft approach to help clients through their experiences and struggles. She is able to use her experiences to inform her approach while also taking into consideration the unique experiences of clients. Mayra enjoys the challenge of being able to provide mental health services to communities that typically not access or are open to mental health treatment.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Tuesdays beginning on January 17, 2023
Time: 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET

Please check back in mid-February for March registration info.

Interested in facilitating a support group?

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

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