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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 American Sign Language is your native language and you feel most comfortable expressing yourself in that language, you should seek therapy from a bilingual therapist or a American Sign Language-speaking therapist. Whether you are located in downtown Santa Barbara, the suburbs of Santa Barbara, other nearby places such as Ventura, Lompoc, or anywhere else in California, 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 American Sign Language-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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I aim to forge a deep and trusting relationship, so that you feel comfortable discussing your most protected thoughts and feelings.

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I take a humanistic approach and often use motivational interviewing. I also utilize many other modalities including but not limited to CBT, DBT, and TFCBT.

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I take into account your biology (physical health), psychology (mental health), social environment (relationships), and spirituality to better understand what is ailing you and find the best way to treat the issue.

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My therapy approach uses techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) , interpersonal therapy (IPT) and person centered therapy with a healing centered , anti-racist and culturally sustaining approach.

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Facilitate safe space, Set and accomplish your goals , learn coping skills that fit for you, connect better with yourself and others, and make effective changes wherever you see fit in your life.

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I can be structured and flexible. I work based on what your need is in the moment. I aim to be collaborative and will highlight opportunities to grow. I love to help my clients build self compassion by learning to honor their needs unapologetically.

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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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