Counselling for Migrants and Expatriates

Migration to a new country can be a wonderful experience yet it often is also challenging and sometimes even daunting . Assimilation in this new country brings other possible such as dealing with a new culture, career, language difference, workplace anxiety, language and unforeseen circumstances. Being away from family and friends can be difficult and cause feelings of sadness, grief and loss.

Having lived in several European countries, North Africa, the USA, Central America, the Pacific Islands and now New Zealand I know what it is to be a newcomer – an immigrant – an expatriate. I have a clear understanding of the problems you may encounter after having moved away from your home country. Without the support of an established network of friends and family, issues of cultural identity, workplace related problems, strained family relationships and partner/marital differences can result in feelings of isolation, loneliness, anger, disappointment, frustration and hopelessness.
I can help you work through this process to arrive at a higher level of belonging to this new place and its people as you realize the joy of contributing your own cultural heritage, strengths and abilities to the diversity of your adopted home.

Being able to use our birth language in counselling enables us to connect on a deeper level to our beliefs, emotions and personal truth – I communicate with clients in English, German, Italian, French and Spanish . I believe in the cultural importance of our country of origin and my own experience of living in other cultures helps me to work sensitively with clients from other cultural backgrounds. I believe in integration rather than assimilation – this means that I appreciate and value your cultural identity and experience while working with you to give life in your adopted country more meaning, joy and completeness.