Moving from an environment in which you feel comfortable to one that is completely new and unlike anything you’ve experienced before is challenging.
The challenge only grows when that move takes you hundreds or even thousands of miles away from your home country to a foreign land.
Expatriate issues – a collection of challenges and conditions that often impact expatriates – can be extensive and disruptive. Negotiating these expatriate issues with the help of professional counselling in Toronto and psychotherapeutic treatment is something every expat should explore.
Learn more about how counselling in Toronto with Cristina can help you navigate the turbulent waters of being an expat and transitioning into a new life in a new home.
What are common expatriate issues?
Common expatriate issues include:
- Loneliness and isolation
- Anxiety caused by new surroundings
- Cultural differences
- Strain on relationships
- Financial and legal difficulties
- Loss of confidence
- Lowered productivity
These expatriate issues may impact just an individual, or may affect an entire family. Regardless of their scope, they can severely lower your quality of life unless steps are taken to resolve them.
What is culture shock?
Culture shock is your reaction when you are suddenly confronted with a new culture and new environment that is significantly different from the one you are used to. Culture shock has several stages; at first, you may be excited, but you can easily and quickly fall into anxiety and even depression as you feel rejected and spurned by your new environment – and in turn reject it.
With time and counselling in Toronto, you can enter the final stage – adjustment – and begin a happy, productive life.
How to get ready for culture shock and how to manage it
To prepare for culture shock, learn as much as you can about the culture in which you will soon be placed. How do people talk, dress, and act? What do people expect from each other in terms of communication, personal space, privacy, and appearance?
Learn about the local customs, holidays, and traditions. Also learn about the climate and prepare for making that change.
Above all, be open to the experience. It’s okay to be excited, but it’s even better to view the move as an adventure.
Who are Third Culture Kids (TCK)?
Third Culture Kids (TCK) are people who spend many years growing up in a culture different from that of their parents – which results in a unique blend of cultures and experiences. Those who travel frequently – like children of people in the military – often experience this phenomenon.
Learning to handle being a TCK is a unique challenge for young people that may require professional help and psychotherapy treatment in and of itself.
How can counselling in Toronto help?
Counselling in Toronto and psychotherapy treatment can help these expatriate issues and culture shock by helping you learn how to cope with a strange new environment and handle the thought processes and emotional responses that result.
Talk to Cristina to schedule a consultation and find out more about psychotherapy treatment and other options – options that can help create a smooth and exciting transition for you and your family.