France

A listing of therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists in France interested in providing culturally sensitive cross-cultural care for today’s international expat community.

Divonne Les Bains

Morgane Radanielina, counselor, PhD
Location: Divonne Les Bains, France (close to Geneva)
Phone: +33 664 77 09 28
Email: morgane@lecedre-famille.com
Website: www.lecedre-famille.com
Nationality: french
Languages Spoken: french, english, german, spanish (intermediate level), malagasy (beginner level)
Religious Affiliation: christian
Clinical Specialties: third culture, multicultural families, gifted adults and children.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Has lived in 4 different countries, married to a man from Madagascar, living in the third culture community of Geneva.

Lyon

Laura Khan, Clinical Psychologist
Location: Lyon, France
Phone: 06 58 66 15 35
Email: laura.e.khan@gmail.com
Website: www.psychologue-lyon1.com
Nationality: Canadian and French
Languages Spoken: English and French
Religious Affiliation: Open Minded
Clinical Specialties: I offer therapy for individuals, families and couples. I specialize in personality disorders, mood disorders ( depression, anxiety), addictions and cultural issues. My approach is integrative: I tailor to meet each patient’s goals, needs and style. I integrate different techniques and theories from a variety of therapeutic models: Cognitive, Behavioural, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Systemic ( family and couples), Mindfulness, and Relaxation.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I am originally from Montreal, Canada (native bilingual) and inherited four different cultures. I have been in Lyon since 2013. The transition has provided me with a certain sensitivity to cultural integration and the issues surrounding it. In my final years of schooling, I chose to study ethnopsychiatry which takes into consideration cultural impact in therapy. I often work with the expat community and international students.

Dana Nelson, Ph.D.
Location: Lyon, France (69003). I also provide remote (online) counseling to those living elsewhere in France.
Phone: (+33) 06 70 67 45 25
Email: dana@dananelsoncounseling.com
Website: www.dananelsoncounseling.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English (I also speak French at an intermediate level, although I provide counseling/therapy in English only)
Religious Affiliation: Open-minded
Clinical Specialties: I offer individual, couples, and group counseling and psychotherapy services for English-speaking adults and adolescents in Lyon. I also provide distance (online) counseling to people living elsewhere in France. I specialize in working with expats and international students who are struggling with emotional or personal difficulties (such as adjustment issues, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, etc.), as well as those who want to develop greater self-awareness and self-compassion and build more meaningful and satisfying relationships with those around them. Common presenting concerns include depression, anxiety, cultural adjustment issues, difficulties in intimate relationships, cross-cultural or intercultural relationships, trauma, and grief. I have extensive training in a number of different therapeutic approaches (e.g., interpersonal, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive, and mindfulness-based approaches) and work from an integrative perspective.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I am originally from the east coast of the United States (Northern VA/DC area), and I have now been living in Lyon since 2014 with my French partner. I am therefore intimately familiar with the challenges of moving and living abroad and of being in a cross-cultural relationship. Additionally, prior to moving to France, I worked in a large university counseling center, where many of my clients were international students.

Emmanuelle Niollet-Metcalfe
Location: Lyon/Caluire 69300 – France
Phone: +33 6 73 66 22 34
Email: eniolletmetcalfe@yahoo.fr
Website: www.counsellinginfrance.com; www.psyexpat.wordpress.com
Nationality: French
Languages Spoken: French and English
Religious Affiliation: Open Minded
Clinical Specialties: Fully qualified Clinical Psychologist (DESS – Paris 8) specialized in ethno-psychiatry; Therapies for Adults, individuals or couples, Children, Mixed marriages, Expatriates; Volunteer Therapist for Migrants, Refugees and Victims; Child Welfare under Legal referrals; Supervision for Social Workers providing support to Homeless people; Teaching Psychology in Psychoprat – Lyon; Talks and workshops on Expatriation Life Cycles
Cross-Cultural Experience: I have lived – on and off – as an expatriate in Ireland, Algeria, UK, Qatar, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan and Indonesia and have brought up our own two bi-national TCKs.  My professional experience and clinical training lead me to work in the Humanitarian field as well as in hospital and care centers in developing countries. My research work included the observation of a religious sufi traditional healer and an extended amount of my time includes investigating different cultures and their perceptions and interpretations of the mental disorders. I have both a personal and professional knowledge of the impact of expatriation on each member of the family and can provide support to those who experience the challenge of adapting to a new culture.

Ana Zunic, MA
Location: Lyon, France (69001), Online
Phone: (+33) 06 36992479
Email: info@etreavec.net
Website: www.etreavec.net
Nationality: Serbian
Languages Spoken: English, French, Serbian
Religious Affiliation: Open-minded
Clinical Specialties: I am a psychologist and a Certified Focusing Oriented Therapist. I offer individual therapy sessions for adults, adolescents, and children in Lyon and also provide online sessions for adults. In my practice, I feel open and interested in meeting any human being and his/her life situation. I see states such as anxiety, depression, addictions, feelings of isolation, stress, problems of self-esteem, conflictual relationships… as valuable messages of a “deeper part of the self” calling for our attention. My approach is grounded in creating an open, welcoming environment nourishes a relationship of security, acceptance… Guided by our relationship, I facilitate the process of deep empathic listening, experiencing, and discovering, unique to each person. A significant area of my practice focuses on providing support for parents through sessions with them as individuals and as couples, as well as via educational workshops and conferences. I am continuing my education through researching and studying Humanistic oriented psychology – Client centered therapy, Gestalt, Hakomi, the processes of Focusing and Mindfulness, Existentialist Philosophy and Phenomenology, Musical and contact dance improvisation, and my own life experiences.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I am coming from Serbian-Greek family and I am living in France for the past 14 years. My life partner is French, and my children are bilingual. I have a deep understanding of the richness and challenges of living abroad and in a different culture.

Paris

Dr. Naomi Fisher, UK-trained Clinical Psychologist and Accredited EMDR Consultant
Location: Paris, France; therapy online via secure video connection.
Phone:
Email: Naomicfisher@gmail.com
Website:
Nationality: English
Languages: English and French
Religious Affiliation: Quaker
Clinical Specialities: Trauma, including complex and developmental trauma. Autistic spectrum disorders and other developmental issues. Birth trauma and adjustment to parenting. Therapies used: EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Cross-Cultural experience: I am a TCK myself having spent several years growing up in Botswana, South Africa and DR Congo. In total I attended eleven different and very diverse schools. I was trained as a clinical psychologist in London where I worked with people from an extremely wide range of countries and backgrounds, including many refugees. I have worked in primary care and specialist services in the NHS, as well as in private practice. I am now living in France with my family.

Anastasia Piatakhina Giré, Member of EAIP
Registered with the European Association of Integrative Psychotherapy and FF2P (Fédération Française de Psychothérapie et Psychoanalyse) with a European Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy
Location: Paris, France
Phone: +33 7 89681702
Email: expatstherapy@gmail.com
Website: www.expatstherapy.com
Nationality: Russian, Italian
Languages Spoken: English, French, Italian, Russian
Religious Affiliation: –
Clinical Specialties: Integrative Psychotherapy approach with adults. Especially interested in working with expats, people with multi-cultural background or members of mixed couples. Helping people, whether they are facing the very ordinary but demanding problems of adult life or the extraordinary difficulties of dealing with loss, grief, illness and trauma. The areas for which I can offer help are: Pathological bereavement, Coping with injury or illness, Depression, Family relationship issues, General anxieties and phobias, Work related problems, Challenging life changes: birth, death, move of house or relocation, Loss e.g. relationship, employment, health etc, Stress and mild post traumatic stress, Marital/relational difficulties, Self-image and identity issues, Lack of direction, alienation, existential problems, Moving on from substance-dependant lifestyles…
Cross-Cultural Experience: I was born in Russia and lived in Italy, France, UK and Spain. Married to a French National, I have an experience of a multi-cultural family.

Tamara M. Howell PGDip, MSC, Reg MBACP (Accred.)
Location: Paris, France; London, UK (& Online)
Phone: +33 (0)6 10 79 68 78 and +44 (0)7575 350609
Email: enquiries@tamaramhowell.com
Website: www.tamaramhowell.com
Nationality: UK / Israel
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Open to All Religious/Spiritual Orientations
Clinical Specialties: I am particularly interested in supporting people adjusting to new cultures, languages, communities and careers, reintegrating to their previous or “home” culture, feeling apart from and lost, looking for connection and stability, seeking new experiences, planning departures and preparing for moves, disappointment and excitement of international lives and the challenges of bringing up children or having been brought up in this lifestyle. Anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship concerns.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I was born and have remained an expat all my life, living in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. I now spend time between France and UK with regular visits to Greece and Israel. I work with clients worldwide via secure video conferencing and have found my own experience invaluable in supporting others through the challenges of expatriate lives and immigration.

Toulouse

Sarah BARCHAM (MSc, MBPsS)
Location: Toulouse, France (31000). I also offer online (Skype / FaceTime) and telephone counselling elsewhere in France or other countries.
Phone: (+33) 06 49 24 90 85
Email: sarah@headspace-therapy.com
Website: www.headspace-therapy.com
Nationality: English
Languages Spoken: English (I speak elementary French but only provide counselling / therapy in English at present)
Religious Affiliation: I work with clients from different religious backgrounds and spiritual orientations.
Clinical Specialties: I am an English psychological therapist living and practicing in Toulouse, France. I work with individuals and couples, offering counselling and psychotherapy support with a wide range of problems. The sorts of things people may bring to me include, but is not limited to: family and relationships issues, difficulties living as an expat, difficulties from childhood, burnout or collages of a professional function, stress, life-stage events, abuse and trauma, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic illness, bereavement and loss, identity issues, self-esteem and confidence issues, mental health difficulties. All of these reasons, and more, may bring a person to therapy. However, you do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to seek counselling and psychotherapy. As an integrative practitioner, I do not adhere rigidly to a specific model, or way of working, but rather I take a multidisciplinary approach by adapting and drawing on a variety of therapeutic traditions to tailor how we work in a way that will be most beneficial to you as an individual.
Cross-Cultural Experience: From the UK and I have previously lived in Geneva and then moved to Toulouse with my family so I have first-hand experience of the types of challenges faced when moving and living abroad.

Countrywide

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.
Location: France (and worldwide: travels to client countries)*
* Grey Matters International is a “one stop shop” global psychological consulting firm that leverages powerful neuroscience technologies and methods for ex-pats and their families. We work in a ‘we come to you’ fashion and can help all your personal,relationship and family/children mental health needs quickly and effectively.
Phone: 1-877-606-6161  (if calling from outside USA: 1-918-949-1972)
Email: info@greymattersintl.com
Website: www.greymattersintl.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Open to All Religious/Spiritual Orientations
Clinical Specialties: Mood disorders, stress/burnout, relationship conflict, addiction, OCD, ADD/ADHD, brain injury, trauma, sleep concerns, high performance and career counseling
Cross-Cultural Experience: Worked with clients on 5 continents on their private mental health needs and have advised many multi-cultural “professionals, executives, leaders” on their culture change needs affecting many employees and their unique values

Dana Nelson, Ph.D.
Location: Lyon, France (69003). I also provide remote (online) counseling to those living elsewhere in France.
Phone: (+33) 06 70 67 45 25
Email: dana@dananelsoncounseling.com
Website: www.dananelsoncounseling.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English (I also speak French at an intermediate level, although I provide counseling/therapy in English only)
Religious Affiliation: Open-minded
Clinical Specialties: I offer individual, couples, and group counseling and psychotherapy services for English-speaking adults and adolescents in Lyon. I also provide distance (online) counseling to people living elsewhere in France. I specialize in working with expats and international students who are struggling with emotional or personal difficulties (such as adjustment issues, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, etc.), as well as those who want to develop greater self-awareness and self-compassion and build more meaningful and satisfying relationships with those around them. Common presenting concerns include depression, anxiety, cultural adjustment issues, difficulties in intimate relationships, cross-cultural or intercultural relationships, trauma, and grief. I have extensive training in a number of different therapeutic approaches (e.g., interpersonal, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive, and mindfulness-based approaches) and work from an integrative perspective.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I am originally from the east coast of the United States (Northern VA/DC area), and I have now been living in Lyon since 2014 with my French partner. I am therefore intimately familiar with the challenges of moving and living abroad and of being in a cross-cultural relationship. Additionally, prior to moving to France, I worked in a large university counseling center, where many of my clients were international students.