Psychology Beyond Words London

Therapy in English and Spanish for all challenges expat

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W1W 6AB London
English, Spanish


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You may have set out your 'expat' experience as a great opportunity to challenge yourself and grow in so many ways. But enriching as it may be, starting and maintaning one's life in a country other than yours brings a number of difficulties, such as:
1. Culture shock: Culture shock is the feeling of disorientation and uncertainty that can occur when someone is suddenly immersed in a new culture. This can be caused by a number of factors, such as language barriers, different customs and values, and a lack of familiarity with the new environment.
2. Homesickness: Homesickness is the feeling of longing for one's home country and loved ones. This can be a very difficult experience, and can lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety, and loneliness.
3. Stress: Expatriates often experience a great deal of stress, due to the challenges of adjusting to a new life in a new country. This stress can be caused by a number of factors, such as work demands, financial worries, and the difficulty of making friends.
4. Isolation: Expatriates can often feel isolated and alone, especially if they do not speak the language of their new country or do not have a strong support network. This isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety.
Whilst these can be normal challenges of being an expat, they can sometimes lead us to feeling stuck and question the wisdom of our move and not fully live the experience.
Apart from this, we tend to bring in our suitcase issues that were already haunting us back home, which at times can entangle us and become more difficult to manage when abroad, away from our supportive network and dealing with other issues which may feel more pressing.

But it is important to remember that you are not alone. Many expats experience psychological difficulties and there are ways of getting support to learn how to deal effectively with the challenges posed by these aspects often part and parcel of the expat experience. The first step is to acknowledge that you are struggling and reach out for help.

I am a UK-trained clinical psychologist and couple therapist accredited in CBT and EMDR. I can help individuals struggling with a wide range of mood and anxiety difficulties as well as traumatic experiences and dilemmas that the expat community is often faced with. I can also work with couple difficulties, especially those that arise in the context of expat life, due to distance and other circumstances.

I had first-person experience of what being an expat is when moving from Spain to the UK. And now when, after 20 years, I'm arranging my return home, where my connections, society, processes and myself have changed considerably.

If any of the above describes (at least in part) your experience, please check my website for further detail on what I offer and how I might help you. And feel free to let me know: we can have a commitment-free conversation about how therapeutic support can be useful to you at this point.


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