Latinx people make up more than 18% of the American population. If you’ve ever wondered what the Latinx experience is like, and how cultural values differ and coincide with your own, today’s episode is for you. Dulce Orozco is an immigrant therapist, helping women of color from immigrant families to put themselves first. Tuning in, you’ll hear why this can be more of a challenge for Latinx women, along with some of the other unique struggles that immigrant women often experience entering motherhood. You’ll hear how the movie Encanto succeeds at representing Latinx family values, and why it is so important to maintain a sense of cultural humility when you’re trying to understand the struggles of those who are different from you. Dulce shares her hopes for the world her daughters are growing up in and gives us a word of encouragement for the journey of looking for a therapist. Hear all this, along with how Dulce works to offer meaningful support to immigrant mothers raising first-generation Americans. Thanks for joining us.
Key Points From This Episode:
An introduction to today’s guest, immigrant therapist Dulce Orozco.Dulce’s history leading up to living and working as a therapist in America.Her work with women of color from immigrant families to help them put themselves first.How she became involved in working with corporations to better support employees of color.What it was like to experience the United States for the first time.The path to becoming a therapist, starting with studying communications.Perceptions around mental health within the Latinx community.What is different about the Latinx experience of becoming a mother.The element of guilt Latinx moms experience for doing better than their own parents.How the qualities of an immigrant make them unique.The code-switching that happens without you even noticing.Dulce’s feelings about the cultural representation in the movie Encanto.How Latinx family values differ from Western ones, which comes with good and bad.Why we can learn so much from cultural humility.Some of what she hopes to see her children experience, including self-compassion.A word of encouragement not to get discouraged when you’re looking for a therapist.The workshops and support groups she offers to women of color.
“I work with women of color, from immigrant families, not only Latinx women, but women of color in general, helping them to put themselves first, which I think is hard for women in general, but it has a different flavor when it comes to Latinx women.” — Dulce Orozco [0:03:26]
“If you’re thinking about therapy, it might not be easy, you might have to send that email a couple of times again, but please don’t give up. The right therapist is out there for you. It might be a process to get it, but again, try not to get distracted on the way.” — Dulce Orozco [0:42:11]
Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
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Dulce Orozco on LinkedIn
Dulce Orozco on Email
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