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Contributed by Liz Rice I was nine months old when my American family landed in Seoul, South Korea, in 1966, the youngest of four children. My parents were social justice oriented people, called to divided places. They moved to South Korea as missionaries to try and help a country that had lived through a devastating […]

Contributed by Kim Roberts If you’ve spent time living abroad, you have probably experienced some level of culture shock. Life as an expat expands your horizons, and also exposes you to new ways of being in the world. Culture shock is a well-known phenomenon that occurs when our existing set of beliefs clash with the […]

Contributed by Cécile Buckenmeyer, Jungian Psychotherapist The interview On a September morning, in suburban Manchester, I meet Yoko and her two-year old son. We sit in a conservatory furnished with plain, Ikea-style table and chairs; I accept her offer of a glass of water. I came to interview Yoko about her experience of moving to the […]

Contributed by Dawn Purver, Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling In the early hours of a morning I waved goodbye, once again, to my two eldest sons; one journeying back to UK, and the other beginning his own adventure in Bolivia. As the vehicle disappeared into the darkness, my heart broke and the tears flowed once again as […]

Contributed by Viktoria Ivanova, M. Ed., Expat Therapist Moving to a new country by yourself can be both exciting and difficult. Moving to a new country with your spouse and kids can exaggerate these associated emotions even more. The new challenges that you face as you journey together through this change can often make or […]

Contributed by Lindsey Anderson [This ITD Guest Post was originally published on www.knowitall.ch.] As the festive season approaches, it can be a tough time for many people, especially expats who don’t have the benefit of family nearby to draw upon for support. Even those with a vast network of family and friends can feel lonely […]

Contributed by Dan Martin, MS Psych Preparing the family for a move may conjure images of stacks of boxes and phone calls to utility companies. While those logistical matters are a key part of making sure that the move goes smoothly they only address a portion of the necessary tasks. I’m reminded of Maslow’s Hierarchy […]

Este Directorio Internacional de Terapistas (DIT) Blog ha sido creado para resaltar miembros del DIT. Estos son terapistas, consejeros, psicólogos y psiquiatras interesados en proveer tratamiento y cuido que es culturalmente sensitivo a la comunidad emigrada internacional de hispanohablantes. Estos terapistas han expresado interés en ser destacados en este “post” y están organizados geográficamente. Argentina Paula […]

Contributed by Paula Vexlir, Registered Clinical Psychologist So you have moved overseas, you have managed to find a new home, a school for your children, to start learning the new culture; and you have supported your children through transition. You have helped them name their feelings, you have allowed them to navigate the paradox of having […]

Contributed by Susan Dellanzo Many people perceive the life of an expatriate as exciting, glitzy and glamorous when, in fact, it often is not. Global living can be both positive and negative, as with everything else in life. In the same way a magnet is always positive and negative, so is everything else and one […]

Contributed by Lois J. Bushong, MS, LMFT It is a fit! As a Third Culture Kid and in the light of my natural giftedness as a counselor, I selected a vocation that is a perfect fit. When I was in college in the 60’s, I only knew of one TCK who had become a therapist. […]

Contributed by Anastasia Piatakhina Gire, Member of IIAP There are places I’ll remember all my life. —I was born in a small Russian town, a very cold and dirty place. This was one of the first things Anna shared about herself in a long introductory email reaching out to me for online psychotherapy. In this […]

Contributed by Judy Hansen, MA, LPCC Do you ever wonder how non-TCKs and TCKs get along much less have lasting relationships? Do you find yourself jealous or slightly cynical of those who seem to have close friendships and wonder how they got there? Do you question how TCKs in relationship with non-TCKs have managed to […]

Contributed by Anastasia Piatakhina Gire, Member of IIAP “You are so resilient!” – said with a shred of admiration and with some (more subtle) envy underneath. I have heard that so many times. And every time, even though I feel grateful that the person appreciates my striving, it irritates me slightly. But what may cause […]

Contributed by Kate S. Berger, MSc, Child & Adolescent Psychologist Expatriate children deal with a laundry-list of stress factors that are associated with the dynamic lifestyle they live – e.g., packing, unpacking, saying goodbye to loved ones, time differences, new schools, new friends. And after one has made it through those stressors there is the […]