Did you grow up in an immigrant househould?

Support for adult children of immigrants is here.

  • How do you feel about balancing your parents’ cultural expectations with your own desires and aspirations?
  • Have you experienced any difficulties or stress related to language barriers or cultural differences between your family and the broader community?
  • Do you ever find yourself comparing your achievements or lifestyle to those of your peers who don’t come from immigrant backgrounds?
  • Have you noticed any changes in your mood or energy levels during significant life transitions, such as moving to a new country or starting college?
  • How do you cope with feelings of loss or nostalgia for your parents’ homeland, especially if you were born or raised in a different country?
  • Have you ever felt pressured to succeed academically or professionally to fulfill your parents’ expectations or to overcome stereotypes about immigrant families?
  • How do you manage stress or anxiety related to financial instability, job insecurity, or concerns about the immigration status of yourself or your family members?

Let’s be honest: there are plenty of concerns to consider in today’s world.

As an adult child of immigrant parents, is it normal to question your cultural identity and societal expectations. It can be challenging to balance your parents’ cultural values with your personal aspirations, navigate language barriers and cultural differences, and cope with the pressures of academic or professional success.

Significant life transitions can also contribute to feelings of anxiety, low self-worth, and grief over cultural displacement. Financial concerns and immigration status can further exacerbate stress and mental health challenges. Overall, these questions highlight the multifaceted experiences and potential triggers for depression, anxiety, low self-worth, life transitions, and grief among children of immigrant families.

As a Filipino-American and immigrant myself, I offer multilingual therapy to adult children of immigrants.

You do not need to suffer alone, and therapy can help you live a happier and more content life. Counseling can help you learn more about how your thoughts and emotions affect how you feel. You can learn how to be in control of your life and feel empowered to handle whatever comes your way.


Depression is more than feeling sad. Depression interferes with your daily life, impacts your quality of life, and may result in problems at work, school, and in relationships. Depression can be treated, and there are many ways that a therapist can help you manage symptoms and feel better.

I specialize in supporting adult children of immigrants with depression. I can help you uncover underlying patterns, process unresolved emotions, and develop healthier coping strategies.

Therapy for depression includes identifying triggers, developing coping skills, and learning communication techniques to help manage stress.

Reclaim your sense of joy, purpose, and emotional well-being.

Depression Therapy | Irene Velasco, MFT | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist | Vallejo CA
Anxiety Therapy | Irene Velasco, MFT | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist | Vallejo CA


I specialize in working with adult children of immigrants with anxiety, I provide a supportive and culturally sensitive environment where you can explore and address the unique challenges you face. Together, we can delve into your cultural identity, family dynamics, and the impact of acculturation on your mental health. I offer personalized strategies and coping mechanisms to help you manage anxiety symptoms effectively. We can work on reframing negative thought patterns, building resilience, and fostering a deeper understanding of your experiences.

My goal is to empower you to navigate your cultural background with confidence, establish healthy boundaries, and cultivate a sense of emotional well-being and self-acceptance.

Learn the tools and skills needed to feel empowered.

Low Self-worth

As an adult child of immigrants, struggling with low self-worth can stem from various sources. Cultural expectations and comparisons to high-achieving family members or peers may create pressure to excel, leading to feelings of inadequacy or imposter syndrome. Additionally, experiences of discrimination or marginalization based on ethnic or immigrant status can erode self-esteem and contribute to a sense of not belonging. Moreover, navigating multiple cultural identities and trying to assimilate while maintaining a connection to heritage can create internal conflicts that impact self-image.

Find your confidence..

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Groups of people sitting together.

Life transitions

As an adult child of immigrants, navigating life transitions can be particularly challenging due to a myriad of factors. Firstly, there’s the pressure to meet both traditional cultural expectations and societal norms, leading to conflicting priorities and decisions. Additionally, cultural differences and language barriers may create misunderstandings or difficulties in accessing support networks during transitions. Moreover, the expectations of success and stability, often tied to fulfilling parents’ sacrifices, can intensify stress and self-doubt during major life changes. These combined factors can contribute to feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and a sense of being caught between two worlds, making life transitions especially daunting for adult children of immigrants.

Feel in control of your life.


As an adult child of immigrants, grief can be a profound and complex emotion. It may stem from the loss of cultural traditions, language fluency, or a sense of belonging to one’s ancestral homeland. Additionally, the physical distance from extended family members can contribute to feelings of grief and longing. Moreover, witnessing the challenges and sacrifices made by immigrant parents can evoke a sense of loss for the opportunities they may have sacrificed for their children’s future. The intergenerational gap in experiences and the pressure to assimilate while honoring cultural roots can also amplify feelings of grief and disconnection.

Release your pain, and find a path forward.

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Ready to feel more confident and in control?

Irene Velasco, MFT | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist | Vallejo CA


I specialize in therapy for adult children of immigrants. Depression, anxiety, grief, lack of self-confidence, and challenges with life transitions are signals that you might benefit from psychotherapy to understand the cause of your suffering. You can heal and feel better, and you don't need to suffer alone. Joy is possible, and I'm here to help.

As a Filipino-American and immigrant myself, I offer multilingual therapy.

Irene Velasco, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
California License Number 94890

Phone: 707-334-2607

Email: info@irenevelasco.com

Fax: 707-230-5569


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