"We know what we are but not what we may be."
- Ophelia in Hamlet
Immigration Psychological Assessment
When filing for certain immigration benefits, and when defending oneself from deportation in a case that is pending before an Immigration Judge, a good psychologist can make a great deal of difference.
Dr. Peters has been working with immigration issues over the past ten years and to date has assisted over five hundred individuals/families with finding successful resolution to their immigration issues. Psychological evaluations can have a significant impact on a successful immigration application, and Dr. Peters has a deep understanding of what constitutes a good immigration psychological report. Her expertise and clinical background in areas to include assessment of personality and mental health disorders, emotional/physical trauma, domestic violence, mood disorders, child development, cognitive assessment, and forensics add the necessary expertise to her opinions and her evaluations. She has years of experience in working with immigrant populations from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Peters routinely provides evaluations in cases of U visa, VAWA (spousal/partner abuse), Waivers, Asylum, and Citizenship (Form 648) Waivers. She has provided expert testimony in Immigration Court on numerous occasions.
Emotional trauma can result from a variety of life experiences. Trauma and trauma based symptoms and struggles do not just occur following the major traumas of life. Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. An individual’s response to an emotionally upsetting event can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that can be effectively treated with trauma focused treatment.
Dr. Peters has 18 years of experience in the area of treating emotional traumas. She has worked with thousands of trauma survivors to include sexual abuse/assault, domestic violence, combat related trauma, child trauma, medical trauma, MVA, and loss. Dr. Peters has advanced trainings in understanding, assessing and treating post-trauma issues and PTSD. She uses proven and empirically validated treatments with survivors of trauma to improve the outcome of successful and lasting treatment effects. Dr. Peters is trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and holds the highest credentials, Approved Consultant, recognized by the Eye Movement and Desensitization International Association. Dr. Peters routinely provides consultation to other mental health care providers in the use of EMDR with their clients and provides consultation to those clinicians looking to obtain advanced credentials in EMDR.
Psychological assessments answer a question. Before any treatment or remediation can begin, it’s important to understand the nature of the problem or difficulty. A psychological assessment is the necessary first step in determining the strengths and weaknesses in an individual’s functioning when that functioning has been called into question, either by displaying actions that are unexpected or by not displaying actions that are expected, in a given circumstance or environment. Psychological assessments involve the observation, measurement and evaluation of an individual’s adaptive functioning. Assessments are used to assess the developmental, behavioral, academic, psychological, neuropsychological and personality functioning of an individual.
The purpose of a forensic assessment is to determine the facts under question in a legal matter such as a lawsuit or a criminal case. Psychological assessment findings may be utilized for a variety of purposes in family, civil, criminal and clinical matters. Dr. Peters offers assessment in cases involving clinical diagnosis, the establishment of impaired judgment or diminished capacity, custody determinations, allegations of sexual abuse, and the establishment of trauma or other personal psychological injury.
Your therapy will focus on tapping into your own internal resources and helping you use those resources to move in a desired direction in life.
Ms. Madera is a Denver native who is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages with a Translation Certificate from Metropolitan State University. She has seven years of interpreter experience and has worked with Dr. Peters for five years doing immigration evaluations.
Ms. Madera firmly believes in the saying, “Help others achieve their dreams, and you will achieve yours.” Coming from an immigrant family herself, she knows first-hand the struggles that immigrants go through with language and cultural barriers and feels a sense of personal gratification knowing she can help facilitate part of the process of legalizing their status in the U.S.
Ms. Pantoja is a bilingual speaker and certified interpreter who has 16 years of experience in interpretation for the Aurora Public School District and the Cherry Creek Public School District. She has worked with Dr. Peters for the past six years in the area of immigration evaluations.
As stated by Ms. Pantoja,” I enjoy working with people that are trying to legalize their status and better their lives here in the United States. My family immigrated from Zacatecas to the United States when my mother was a little girl. My grandfather worked in agriculture in California for many years and was able to legalize all of his family through his job. In my work as an interpreter, I hear about the struggles and hardship that many people go through to come to the United States in search of better opportunities for themselves and for their families. I believe that people need to be given an opportunity to establish a better future. I really enjoy working with those pursuing legal status in the U.S., as I gain a sense of personal satisfaction from helping others.
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