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Cultural Psychiatry Specialist

Genesis Psychiatric Solutions

Psychiatrist located in McLean, VA & Washington, DC

Adapting to a culture very different from your own can cause a range of mental health issues. To address this reality of modern-day, Dr. Ifeanyi Olele offers comprehensive cultural psychiatry services at Genesis Psychiatric Solutions, his practice in McLean, Virginia and Washington, DC. Dr. Olele’s holistic approach addresses stressors, such as discrimination, stigma, and work and life balance, with the goal to protect and preserve good mental health. If you’re feeling the strain of discrimination or having trouble assimilating into your new community, schedule a consultation today. You can call Genesis Psychiatric Solutions directly or use the online booking feature to make an appointment for an in-office visit or telepsychiatry services if you’re inside the greater Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas.

Cultural Psychiatry Q & A

What cultural issues can affect mental health?

As an immigrant to a new country, there are many hurdles to face in both your physical environment and your mental health. Common issues immigrants face in a new culture include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Discrimination
  • Lifestyle changes

As a result of living in a new place and adapting to a new culture, you can become overwhelmed by feelings of homesickness, unhappiness, and imbalance in your work and personal life.

Who can benefit from cultural psychiatry services?

In addition to new immigrants of the United States, there are many groups that may feel separated from life in America due to:

  • Gender
  • Disabilities
  • Ethnic background
  • Economic status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Language barriers
  • Religious beliefs

The judgment and actions of others concerning these differences can affect your mental health and well-being. It’s common to develop feelings of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and actions when your stress becomes overwhelming.

What can I expect during a cultural psychiatry session? 

Dr. Olele creates a comfortable, open environment for you to discuss your feelings and emotions. He encourages you to share your experiences as an immigrant, such as discrimination, and how it affects your well-being.

To address your specific needs, Dr. Olele creates a customized care plan to address mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, in relationship to your cultural life experiences. This plan may include guidance to improving your overall physical health and changing your patterns of thinking to better manage the issues you face.

The goal of treatment is to help you find balance in your new culture while remaining true to your roots. He may discuss specific topics, including your faith and religion, to determine how to make a smoother transition into your current life, especially if you’re a first-generation immigrant.

Additionally, Dr. Olele can help you navigate the taboo issues of mental health problems concerning your culture. As some religions and cultures disregard the existence or importance of good mental health, Dr. Olele can provide you with support for medically addressing your health issues using medications or talk therapies to reduce your symptoms.

Call or make an appointment online today with Genesis Psychiatric Solutions in McLean, Virginia and Washington, DC. If you’re outside of Virginia, be sure to ask about available telepsychiatry services.