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Contributed by Holly Mak As Lunar New Year approaches, I’m sure many of us are looking forward to festivities and family time. I’m also sure that for some of us, family gatherings might bring about more complex feelings – anxiety, dread, or even shame. Over the past year, I’ve been struck by how enduring a […]

Contributed by Agustín Hayes – Open Mind Therapy – TCK, Expat, Digital Nomad Therapist “Hey can you pass me a… a… coltello? Oh shoot… I… I can’t remember the word in English”. So many of us that are multilingual have been there. Honestly, the feeling of forgetting a word in your native tongue is extremely […]

Contributed by Megan Stapelberg, MSc Counselling Psychologist, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Have you ever said or thought the words in the title of my blog? Or have you ever heard someone say it before? In the expat world that I live and work in, parents often tell me that they believe that their child can cope […]

Contributed by 鶴田 みさ Misa Tsuruta, Ph.D Getting higher, more qualified education sounds exciting and promising all the time. It is hard to deny excitement and benefits coming from that kind of experience. However, things won`t always turn out to be expected, especially when parental expectation is disproportionately high. I am saying this because in my private […]

Contributed by Shauna Larson Living as an expatriate or global nomad offers exciting opportunities and fosters a diverse cultural identity. This group includes third culture kids and international expatriates who grow up in different cultures. Their experiences create a global mindset, but their nomadic lifestyle can also lead to mental health challenges, such as adjusting […]

Contributed by Lauren Wells There’s a conversation that seems to keep repeating; a training that has been continually requested in the past couple of years. It’s on a topic that we recognize is a growing global challenge, but in our Third Culture Kid community seems to be even more weighty.  Anxiety.  As practitioners, we know […]

Contributed by Paul W. Anderson, PhD The Problem Most of what I have left from my childhood are tattered memories and a few pieces of paper; black and white pictures, old, faded letters and such. I was five years old when I was kicked out of an American kindergarten for painting a kid’s face black. […]

I recently had the privilege of being invited to participate in an interview with Lindsey Phillips, editor and chief for Counseling Today, as she worked to author a feature article on Third Culture Kids. Not only do articles like this one help bring the Third Culture Kid experience more thoughtfully into the public eye, but […]

Contributed by 鶴田 みさ Misa Tsuruta, Ph.D If somebody asks me what the important issues that I would think of in working with expats are, I would definitely list social support among them. Social support is various social resources that you can turn to when you are in need or to reduce your stress, such […]

Contributed by Tina Quick Third culture kids/global nomads have typically interacted with two or more cultures during their developmental years—those years that shape who they are as human beings. As they go about living their normal highly mobile, cross-cultural lives, they have no clue as to how they are being impacted. But one day they […]

Contributed by Lois J. Bushong, MS, LMFT I suddenly found myself exhibiting anxious thoughts and behaviors. I was pacing up and down the short hallway, watching the clock slowly tick down to the hour of my appointment. My hands were sweating. My mind was spinning with statements of self-doubt, even though I was trying to […]

Contributed by Lisa Rogers, MA, LPC, LMFT You’ve taken the massive step of moving to an entirely new country, and everyone back home is sure you must be living the dream. So why do you feel like something’s wrong? Expats often perceive themselves as independent people who aren’t afraid of new things. Yet, this same […]

David Phipps is a Counsellor working internationally. In his short article he describes how similarities and difference enable us to find a sense of belonging. Something he was not expecting to notice in the two primary client groups he works with, whom on the face of things appear very different, but share similar experiences, needs […]

Families in Global Transition is a welcoming forum for globally mobile individuals, families, and those working with them. They promote cross-sector connections for sharing research and developing best practices that support the growth, success and well-being of people crossing cultures around the world. I have enjoyed attending FIGT conferences in the past, and I continue […]

Contributed by Lisa Rogers, MA, LPC, LMFT Moving to a new country can be a wonderful adventure to undertake. But, unfortunately, it can also be a very stressful one to navigate, and many expats are surprised by just how much it can affect their mental health. Even if you wanted to make a move, you […]