Are you an expat?
Maybe one of the millions that make up 0.77% of the total global population. Are you concerned about yourself and someone in your family who you think might benefit from speaking to a counsellor?
Are you struggling to find a suitably trained, English speaking counsellor where you live?
The Stress Less Clinic provides affordable, professional and private online counselling and psychotherapy services for adults, children and families wherever you are in the world.
I work with expats and their families, helping them prepare or deal with difficulties adjusting to life in a new country, or a new city; adapting to a new culture; homesickness; establishing new connections and friendships; plus other challenges of relocation.
My clients are:
- Professionals working abroad
- Expat parents worried about their child (Third Culture Kids)
- Students planning to study abroad
- Professionals and students considering a gap year and/or volunteering abroad
- Expat spouses or partners
- Senior Leaders and teachers working in International Schools.
- Repatriated expats
Having extensive experience counselling people who have lived and worked internationally, and experienced 20 years of expatriate life myself, (predominantly as a school counsellor in International Schools) in Kuwait, Thailand and New Zealand, I understand the unique issues (joys and demands) that go hand in hand with living in a foreign country.
Choosing the right counsellor is an important process. Because of this I offer an initial 30-minute free consultation with no obligation or commitment to attend any further sessions, to give you the chance to see if you feel comfortable with me and the way that I work.
There may be significant challenges to finding and accessing high quality counselling and a discrete service (especially if you live in a small expatriate community) where you live. If you have access to the internet, I can help.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help in several ways and at different stages of the expat experience. Speaking with someone who is independent can provide a confidential setting where you can talk about and process difficult experiences before, during or after your time abroad (like trauma, anxiety, addictions, relational difficulties, work stress, losses and identity). During the expat placement, counselling can become a useful addition to your support network abroad, as it offers an opportunity to take stock and review experiences before they develop into difficulties. It can also help explore techniques and self-help strategies to manage work stress and anxiety.