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A language barrier can make it impossible to communicate effectively, thwarting your therapy experience from the start. Good communication between you and your therapist is key to success in therapy.

If English is your native language and you feel most comfortable expressing yourself in that language, you should seek therapy from a bilingual therapist or a English-speaking therapist. Wherever you are located in California from Alameda to Yucaipa or even Montclair, or anywhere else nearby, Mental Health Match can help you easily find an experienced therapist or counselor who best meets your needs.

Ways a Language Barrier Can Hinder Therapy

Here are several ways that a language barrier can decrease the effectiveness of therapy and counseling:

  • It can cause a misdiagnosis based on an insufficient understanding of your symptoms.
  • Your therapist may misunderstand statements or cultural factors important to your health.
  • Without good communication, you may not fully understand the therapist’s treatment plan.

Due to the above reasons, it’s in your best interest to see a therapist who speaks your native language. We also encourage you to read licensed therapist Meredith Walker’s article to learn about additional things to consider when choosing a therapist.

See a Therapist Who Speaks Your Native Language Today!

Licensed English-speaking therapists are available to get to know you, pinpoint your issues, and create a plan to get you on track toward a happier life. With Mental Health Match, finding a qualified bilingual therapist is easy! Start by browsing experts below or by using our free therapist matching tool.

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Tracy Shapiro
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Some of the schools of psychotherapy I draw from are: Feminist, Narrative, Somatic, IFS, Psychodynamic, and Depth/Jungian. A flexibility in approach helps me meet different needs at different times.


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Some of the schools of psychotherapy I draw from are: Feminist, Narrative, Somatic, IFS, Psychodynamic, and Depth/Jungian. A flexibility in approach helps me meet different needs at different times.

Something to know about my approach is:

I will undoubtedly (and sincerely) smile, nod, and at times ask, “how did that make you feel?” I will also ask other kinds of questions, share my thoughts with you, reflect on patterns that may be emerging, and offer tangible tools.

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  • Anxiety
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  • grief
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  • Neurodivergence
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Chris Datiles
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Help you learn about your needs and how to communicate boundaries so that you can navigate loss, change, and burnout from a place of self-compassion. We'll make meaning together about your values, life experiences, and what you envision for yourself.


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Help you learn about your needs and how to communicate boundaries so that you can navigate loss, change, and burnout from a place of self-compassion. We'll make meaning together about your values, life experiences, and what you envision for yourself.

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Therapy with me is an opportunity to practice how you want to show up in relationships with yourself and with others. My style is collaborative, integrates mutual feedback and mindfulness techniques, and is grief and trauma informed.

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  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief counseling
  • LGBTQ+
  • Life Transitions
  • Men's Issues
  • Racial Trauma
  • Relationship issues
  • Self Esteem & Confidence Issues
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma
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Rachel Mitchell
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explore and develop understanding of your concerns, deepen emotional connection and awareness, and improve relationship satisfaction. We will craft tools to help you build healthy relationships with family, friends, and partners throughout your life.


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explore and develop understanding of your concerns, deepen emotional connection and awareness, and improve relationship satisfaction. We will craft tools to help you build healthy relationships with family, friends, and partners throughout your life.

Something to know about my approach is:

I use a variety of approaches combining cognitive and emotional frameworks to identify patterns, thoughts, feelings, and communication styles. I serve as a guide to untangle old habits and build new paths for growth for individuals and relationships.

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  • Kink
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  • Relationship Distress
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Issues
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual Trauma
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D. Sophia Wise
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Explore thinking patterns and behaviors that perpetuate your anxiety, panic, and depressive symptoms. We will explore strategies that will help you improve your overall functioning whether it be interpersonal, occupational, social, or academic.


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Explore thinking patterns and behaviors that perpetuate your anxiety, panic, and depressive symptoms. We will explore strategies that will help you improve your overall functioning whether it be interpersonal, occupational, social, or academic.

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As a strengths-based therapist, I will teach you strategies to better manage your emotional responses, build confidence in order to face life’s challenges, and build more healthy styles of thinking to reduce depression, anxiety, and panic symptoms.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Depression
  • Functional Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Life Transitions
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Panic Disorders
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Dr. Matthew Meyers
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Past- Present- Future- Solutions- Goals


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Past- Present- Future- Solutions- Goals

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Solutions Interactive Homework Reflective Questions

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Anger Management
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  • Generalized Anxiety
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Dr. Matthew Meyers remote and phone therapy in California, Florida, Nevada