Like everyone else, hearing-impaired people also deserve to go to a psychologist.
Sometimes it is often taken for granted that the integration of people with hearing impairments in Spain with society is now greater than ever. But this is only partly true.
Towards more inclusive societies
The arrival of smartphones, tablets, accompanied in turn by social networks and messaging and video calling applications such as WhatsApp, has contributed to a better integration and communication of the deaf community, among its members themselves and also with the rest of the community. society.
But when a deaf person goes through difficulties such as anxiety, goes through stages of stress or is exposed to emotionally difficult situations, it can sometimes happen that they feel misunderstood or frustrated by not knowing who to turn to.
It is true that in Spain, the deaf community is currently grouped in associations and federations such as the Spanish Confederation of Deaf Families (FIAPAS), which defend the rights of these people, allow and facilitate contacts between them promoting links between this sector of the population .
Although there is still much to be done in terms of integration of the deaf community on a daily basis, since there are not so many hearing people trained in their official sign language, and fewer who can help them in situations where the mind turns out to be a deciding factor.
Psychological assistance to people with hearing impairments
The community of deaf people in Spain, according to official data extracted from the State Confederation of Deaf People (CNSE), is around more than a million people.
Despite the large volume of people with hearing impairment that exists in our country, there are still many television channels that do not incorporate a simultaneous translator in Spanish Sign Language (SLE) at prime time, opting for subtitles, which translate sounds from automatically and do not reflect the information clearly.
Unfortunately, when a deaf person goes through a difficult period and does not find in others the support and sustenance they need … who do they turn to? Where can they go to be treated by psychologists with the ability to really understand them and offer them alternatives?
Due in part to the non-inclusive Spanish educational system years ago, many deaf people today do not understand texts and even many do not know how to write. In fact, it can be pointed out that reading and writing problems in this community tend to be generalized, and practically 90% of deaf people can be considered as oral language illiterate.
Psychologist for deaf people in Spain
The lack of trained psychology professionals capable of truly understanding and guiding deaf people with difficulties, or seeking to increase their performance in some area of their lives, can be frustrating for a person with a hearing impairment.
As a psychology center, at UPAD Psicología & Coaching we offer psychological intervention services to anyone with hearing impairment, in face-to-face therapy or by video call, to make our range of scope as inclusive as possible. You can find us at Calle Rey Francisco 27, Madrid, and our contact information is available on this page.