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Serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton, Oakville, London, and the surrounding areas, Anchoridge Counselling is here to support you in your transition to life in Canada.


Moving to a new country is more than overwhelming; it's life-changing and can be extremely stressful and take a toll on one's mental health.

As if learning the language isn't hard enough, many newcomers to Canada may struggle to find work in the career they had in their home country.

Because of this, they may find it hard to find affordable housing, make new friends and build a support network beyond their family. This stress can place strain on family and romantic relationships.

Newcomers may also find it hard to adapt to a completely different set of societal norms, behaviours and expectations. Some may seem foreign and others may not align with their religious beliefs.

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Common issues newcomers experience and how talk therapy can help:

Culture Shock: Talk therapy can assist individuals in navigating the emotional and psychological challenges associated with adapting to a new culture, such as feelings of disorientation, homesickness, loneliness, or confusion.

Language Barriers: Talk therapy can help individuals overcome language barriers by providing a supportive environment to practice and develop language skills, enhance communication abilities, and build confidence in expressing themselves in a new language.

Identity and Self-Integration: Talk therapy can aid in exploring and reconciling issues of identity, self-concept, and belongingness that may arise as a result of cultural transitions, assisting individuals in developing a sense of integration and self-acceptance.

Acculturation Stress: Talk therapy can address the stress and pressure associated with adapting to a new cultural context, including expectations, social norms, and societal challenges, assisting individuals in managing and coping with acculturation stress.

Social Isolation and Loneliness: Talk therapy can provide a supportive space to discuss feelings of social isolation and loneliness, explore strategies for building social connections, and develop coping mechanisms to overcome these challenges.

Discrimination and Prejudice: Talk therapy can help individuals navigate experiences of discrimination, prejudice, or xenophobia, providing emotional support, coping strategies and promoting resilience in the face of such challenges.

Cross-cultural marriage: a union between individuals from different countries or cultures. Although, union of diverse backgrounds are celebratory, sometimes cultural differences can affect the relationship. Talk therapy can aid individuals understand their partners or marriage from an individualistic perspective better.

Immigration stress: the process of immigration can be very stressful and hard to shake off.


Here are links to a few of our clinicians who specialize in counselling around newcomers concerns.

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RP (Qualifying)


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