Therapy for non American in America, will it work?
So this year both my mum and one of my very best and closest friends died suddenly months apart, it still feels like I am in some weird alternative timeline. They both died back in Africa so I had to suck up the pain for my internship this summer in NYC. I got the return offer and start next July.
My father lost all his money trying to keep my mum alive and now he is gearing me up to be the bread winner for my siblings in Africa when I start. I also had some prior violent trauma from civil unrest in the country I am from and after my mum died I realized I never got over it, her death made all those shootings and near death experiences resurface because despite all the near misses, I never lost anyone close to me and her death came in what could've been the best year of my life so now I constantly think back to situations we survived together and the fact that it was a stroke that took her out of all things she survived.
I can't concentrate in my masters program now and I think I might not finish my masters program on time because I haven't dealt with these issues and I am scared my bank will rescind my offer when I tell them. My masters has a part time option but idk if my bank will even believe this story.
I tried to talk to a NY based therapist and they called me a "fantasist" and said we need to try and work on bringing my stories down to reality and others give me a similar vibe without outright saying it.
I just think they are used to more westernized problems and I don't want to waste money on a paid session. So what do you guys think are there specialized therapists you know about in the city? Is there anyone not from a western country who made it into high finance and has any advice on dealing with past trauma? Please let me know I am at my wits end