Moving Abroad/ Expat Life

Moving abroad means changes in habits, language, traditions that can cause a transition shock. We may miss our favorite places to eat, friends, family, cultural references. These are some of the symptoms:

  • Loneliness

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Helplessnes

  • Boredom

  • Lack of confidence

  • Irritability 

  • Unwillingness to interact with others

  • Feeling depressed and powerless

  • Insomnia

  • Hostility

Therapy can help you adapt and make a new start.

There are 4 stages (everyone is different some pass through quickly and others might be more of a challenge): 

1.- "Tourist/honeymoon phase"differences between the old and new culture are seen interesting and exciting as they are "new" 

2.-  Initial Culture shock (emptiness/rejection)

  • differences between the old and new culture become apparent and may create anxiety

  • miscommunication: complaining

  • role shifting: my relationships, my job, feeling loss of identity

  • personal shock: tired, confused, seeing only the bad things and lost

3.-  Conformist phase&superficial adaptation:

  • gaining understanding of the new culture  and negative reactions and responses to the culture are reduced

  • feeling a sense of humor and pleasure of host culture

  • one becomes concerned with every day basics

4.- Assimilation phase: adjusted to new culture, develop routines, knows what to expect in situations. Feeling of comfort and acceptance to the new culture (language and local customs)


For any question please dont hesitate to contact me

Jennifer Mancera

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