Psychotherapy is a highly personal process that relies on both verbal and non-verbal communication. For it to be most effective, you need to feel comfortable enough with your therapist to express yourself freely, and you need your therapist to be sensitive to the nuances of your language to fully understand you. Even if you have become fluent in English, you may still feel more comfortable thinking, feeling and expressing yourself in your native language. Therefore, it is very helpful to have a therapist who speaks your language or, at least, who can appreciate the challenges inherent in not being able to use your mother tongue.
In addition to English, I am fluent in Russian and Hebrew. I speak conversational Spanish, and I am quite familiar with Latin culture. I have experienced the process of immigration, residence and emigration firsthand. Living in various countries has greatly enhanced my sensitivity to cross-cultural transitions, diversity issues and the process of acculturation. It has also furthered my understanding of the central role that language plays in interpersonal relationships. I have extensive experience working with people from various cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds and providing culturally-sensitive psychotherapy.
For more information, please feel free to call or email me. I look forward to speaking with you.