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

Black and Undocumented Support Group

Black & Undocumented Support Group

The focus of this group will be to help participants identify mindfulness practices to incorporate into their lifestyles. Mindfulness can improve emotional well-being, and together we will explore how it helps; discuss how people experience stress; learn to identify dysregulation; understand the impact of connecting mind, body, and soul; and several categories of mindfulness practices.

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 November 3, 2022
Time: 4 p.m. PT / 7 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

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 November 1, 2022
Time: 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

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 November 2, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

Formerly Undocumented Support Group

Formerly Undocumented Support Group

This group focuses on providing support to formerly undocumented individuals. When your immigration status changes, so do many other aspects of your life. Rebuilding a peer group, finding support, and adapting to your new status can be challenging, but you are not alone. Join us!

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 November 4, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET

REGISTER HERE

Undocuwomen Support Group

Undocuwomen Support Group (Tuesdays)

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

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 November 1, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET

Registration is closed for this session.

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

Stephanie Del Chiaro is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. She helps people find meaning, give language to experiences, develop deeper self-understanding, and create more peace in their lives and relationships. Stephanie provides therapy through a lens that embraces her client’s culture and lived experience. The work that she does with clients is led by the client and builds upon their strengths, values and personality. She infuses humor, creative and visual arts, and an eclectic mix of therapeutic modalities that best suit each client and their situation.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Wednesdays beginning on November 2, 2022
Time: 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET

Registration is closed for this session.

Interested in facilitating a support group?

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

Click here to see previous support groups.