As a lifetime member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and one of the few bilingual Spanish speaking MFT's in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is validating and exciting to see CAMFT taking a public stance on keeping families together.
I frequently work with immigrants who request a psychological evaluation as part of an immigration case. Some immigrants are facing deportation and will be separated from their spouses and/or children, others are terrified to return to their countries of origin where a threat to safety is imminent, and others have been victims of violent crime in the United States and have helped U.S. law enforcement identify a violent criminal.
East Bay Area Therapy is owned by Grace Pacheco, M.A., MFT, a bilingual psychotherapist who often provides expert court testimony at San Francisco Immigration Court. She is thoroughly aware of the positive effects of a social support group on mental disorders, the value of physically intact families among those from collectivist cultures, and the risks that a loss of of a support system poses to one's mental health and general well-being.
Grace Pacheco, M.A., MFT is a adamant supporter of human rights, the right to a fair and just trial for all, and the availability of health services available in one's language of choice. She speaks fluent Spanish and English and has access to language interpreters who speak Haitian Creole, Mayan languages (Mam & K'iche'), Brazilian Portuguese, Tigrinya, Arabic, and others to offer the best standard of care for immigrants from all over the world.
Check out the article on CAMFT's support of keeping families together, at the link below: