Duality of Cultures

Duality of Cultures

Published On: April 16, 2018

Being a first generation South Asian Canadian woman, I have both experienced and seen in my practice the challenges which South Asian immigrant parents and Canadian born youth face. There is a constant struggle, due to the duality of cultures. Parents who have immigrated to this country came with dreams, hopes and aspirations for a promising future for themselves and their children. They have had their own settlement issues and difficulty acculturating. In addition, parents have a desire to keep cultural traditions alive and want their children to be able to follow those same traditions. However, adolescents tend to struggle between cultural traditions and Canadian values.

Youth experience social life, education and culture much differently in Canada, as compared to their parents back home. Having an open discussion at home can be a struggle in areas such as dating, drugs, alcohol, as well as safety on social. Whether it’s an inability for parents to understand their teenagers or poor communication between the adolescent and their parent, minors are impacted on several levels. This can result in low self-esteem and poor mental health, including suicide ideation. Through counselling, risk-assessments and goal setting, our youth can be provided with a safe space to openly share concerns while being supported.

For more information about therapeutic and counselling services for your youth, contact Bayridge Counselling Centre now at 905-319-1488.

You can visit us at any of our Counselling Centers in Burlington, Brampton, Hamilton, Grimsby, Mississauga, Muskoka, Oakville, St. Catharines and Kitchener/Waterloo.

Photo by cuncon on pixabay

Similar Articles


Choose an Appropriate Time When Convincing Someone To Go To Therapy

Published On: May 18, 2024

Therapy can be incredibly beneficial, not just to those with mental health issues but to…

Read More
Marriage Counselling in Canada

How to Handle an Emotionally Cheating Partner

Published On: April 19, 2024

Does your partner feel distant? Are they not connecting with you on an emotional level?…

Read More
Couples Counselling in Canada

I Am So Tired of Fighting

Published On: April 19, 2024

Harville Hendrix said, “We are born in a relationship, hurt in a relationship and healed…

Read More
Online Counselling in Canada

Steps to Deal With Difficult In-laws

Published On: March 28, 2024

Taking steps to deal with difficult in-laws can be a hard pill to swallow, especially…

Read More