You might enjoy travelling and visiting new places now and then, but moving to a new country or living abroad is a totally different experience. It could be due to a lot of reasons. You might be moving for a new job, a new setup, or simply because you want a fresh start. But, moving away provides a unique set of challenges that become hard to handle sometimes. It is not always easy to deal with the changes environment and the culture. We, human beings, are resistant to changes and it is hard for us to swallow one change after another. That’s why we can become overwhelming sometimes.
Living abroad comes with the additional stress that can make our living difficult and challenging with more issues than just adjustment. Issues can arise that could be dealt with well if we were at home, surrounded by our normal environment and familiar faces. But when you don’t see those faces and landscapes when you turn around, even the minor issues become the hurting ones.
How to find an Expat Therapist
If you are looking to find the perfect Expat Therapist it is crucial to make sure that they have the appropriate qualifications, knowledge and experience. At Expat Therapy 4U we only accept therapists who have full professional proficiency in English and are highly experienced in working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The clinicians we approve share our values and commitment to provide high quality therapy to the expatriate community in the private sector across Europe and online worldwide. We strongly believe that therapy changes lives, and being accredited ensures all our therapists are qualified to a high standard. You can find an Expat Therapist who is insured to practice and accredited with a recognised membership body online here.
Are you an Expat?
You can be an expat for several reasons, here are some:
- Romantic – you have moved to another country to be with your love or your family.
- Economic – you have relocated to another country because you found another job that has more perks.
- Political – you have moved away for your own safety and survival.
What is Expats Therapy?
Expats therapy provides you space and time to manage your thoughts and feelings about the new experiences you are having. When living as an expat, it is hard to share your feelings and thoughts with others instantly. But, you don’t have to feel alone about it. You are not the only one facing it, many of the people who move aboard find it hard to make others understand what they are feeling.
You might not want to share your feelings with your friends, colleagues, or family back home to make sure they know that you are doing great. You don’t want them to know that this transition has made you struggling and you are finding it hard to cope. You might not get the sympathetic ears from the partners and peers who don’t even understand what problems are you facing.
In this scenario, expats therapy is there for you to help you through this tough time. You can tell the therapist about the issues you are facing and the thought patterns you are having. Your therapist sorts out the chain of thoughts and help you identify the issues. Expats therapy can help you know the clear picture of your presence there and together with your therapist, you can find out the ways to cope with the mental health challenges you are facing.
What does Expat Therapy help with?
Expats therapy helps you with the typical challenges that you face when you love abroad. Such challenges can vary from the cultural difference to mental health issues. The issues that are mostly addressed in expats therapy are as follows:
- Cultural shock and adjusting to the new culture or language of the new place/country.
- Managing the change which can range from the living setting to the social settings.
- Making the transition easy for the children as they might face difficulties when moving to a new school, new environment, and learning a new language.
- Repatriation which includes returning to your homeland after a long time. It can become difficult as with time, things change. By the time you adjust to the new environment, many new changes happen in the homeland. So, sometimes it can be challenging to come back to the homeland.
- Loss of the professional and personal support network as you move to a new place.
- Difficulties in role transition. For instance, a partner in the marriage might have to give up a career and suffer from loss of job or income due to the other partner. It can cause damage to the relationship.
- Feeling tired of the expat life and wanting to settle down.
- A lack of cultural belongingness and identity wondering, ‘Where is home?’
- Fear of flying but having the need to travel a lot.
These and many other issues related to living abroad are addressed in the expats therapy to make the adjustment as smooth as it can be.
What to expect from Expats Therapy?
Expats therapy is focused on the needs and challenges of the individuals who had to give up their homeland and moved to another country. On the emotional level, there is a roller coaster going around in the minds of the expats. They hope for a new exciting experience and adventure but at the same time, they feel alone and they have anxiety. Expats therapy will help you deal with that brand new reality and give you the courage to face that anxiety to move forward.
From the cultural change, homesickness, to the lack of sleep, things become very difficult and challenging when you are an expat. Expats therapy focuses on helping you cope with things in a healthy way without adopting any bad habits and being involved in something worse. The stress you face when you give up your family and career back home, it can cause depression, anxiety, and other mental issues. The expats therapist makes sure that you don’t face those issues and live the new experience with a healthy mind.
You might have several reasons to live abroad, but you are away from your spiritual, cultural, and family homeland, and that makes life harder for you. Being an expat is hard no matter how motivated you are. When you are relocating to another country, it comes with its own set of difficulties and challenges, and if they are not dealt with right away, it can turn into mental health challenges.
That’s where expats therapy jumps in, to find you the balance and grounding in you when you displaced and uprooted. Expats therapy focuses on the issues that you might be facing while living abroad and help you find the perfect mental health to deal with those issues.
Further Readings on Expat Therapy
About Expat Therapy 4U
Expat Therapy 4U is the result of 5 years’ experience running The International Psychology Clinic, the first private therapy service based in London specialized in multilingual and multicultural therapy.
The platform is run by Dr Martina Paglia. Dr Martina is a leading dual qualified Clinical and Counselling psychologist who helps patients by providing bespoke psychological services including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy in London and online worldwide.
Our network comprises highly qualified and experienced private therapists who have made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of expats worldwide. All members of our community are highly experienced working in cross-cultural environments.
We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care. If you would like to work with a warm, inclusive, caring and professional English-speaking therapist in Europe or online worldwide you have come to the right place.
If you are looking for the perfect expat Therapist in Europe or online worldwide, our team is dedicated to help you find your best match. We offer a client guarantee where clients can re-book with a different therapist if they are not satisfied with their first therapy session.
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