SUPPORTIVE COUNSELING services
Our counseling & supportive services:
- Are language and culture specific;
- Use a communication style that is non-threatening and familiar;
- Affirm that the woman or family might be a recent arrivals to the U.S. and therefore unaware of the legal and social system and services that might be available to them as well as their rights;
- Recognize the fact that the African immigrant woman and families face multiple forms of racial and culture-specific discrimination and oppression in the systems and structures that are different from the kinds of gendered discrimination commonly faced by non-immigrant women; and,
- Acknowledge the fact that Africans in general and African women in particular endure specific stigma/stereotyping/discrimination in the United States because of who they are and where they come from.
Our counseling team is supported by a number of professionals with experience in acculturation stress and trauma, which informs their work with individuals and groups. Trained advocates are available to provide crisis intervention services to women and families in need.