Psychotherapy is talk therapy and relies on words to be helpful. Therapy is also a western concept so it can feel quite uncomfortable to talk about personal problems outside the family. In the US, when your native language is not English, the helpfulness of therapy may be limited because language is a problem. Culture can also make things hard.
It helps to have a therapist who can speak your language and understand the cultural roots and background that are important to you.
When you think about getting help for a personal problem, you are trusting a stranger to help you. As you look for a therapist, you want to think about their education, training, and experience. In some cases, language and culture can be even more important and having those in common with your therapist might feel critical for you.
Sometimes however you don’t have a choice. The majority of therapists in the US rely on English, making this process hard. Language, however, is important, especially in therapy, because talking, listening, and understanding are necessary to get help. We hope that you don’t have to give up using your own language to get that help.