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A therapist for children of immigrants says there's one issue her clients bring up again and again

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For many South Asians, the phrase ‘What will people say?’ is a common concern. Sahaj Kaur Kohli, a licensed therapist and founder of an online mental health community, explores this fear of judgment in her book ‘But What Will People Say? Navigating Mental Health, Identity, Love, and Family Between Cultures.’ Kohli, raised in a predominantly White suburb in Virginia, discusses the tension between her immigrant parents’ collectivism and the individualism of the West. The book offers insights and guidance for children of immigrants, addressing challenges such as shame, self-sabotaging behaviors, and loss of cultural identity.