Adjusting to life abroad

Making plans to live abroad or moving to the UK from another country can be exciting at the outset, however it can often turn out to be a challenging experience.

When you become an expatriate you arrive into a new culture; there is often a new job with a new set of colleagues to get to know, and a new social life to nurture. Although you may have travelled extensively before, you may be far removed from what you know as home to be in a new country on a long-term basis.

Some feelings of nervousness and fear are normal and these feelings may be temporary and easy to handle. For some people though deeper feelings of fear, loneliness and isolation from family, friends and colleagues can set in and these feelings can become difficult to handle.

Unhappiness and a lack of confidence around the lifestyle change can cause different stresses and pressures – in self-esteem, confidence, diet – and – affect relationships with others.

Experience has also shown that lifestyle changes can be traumatic – with some expats not being able to work in the new country or others giving up work voluntarily – for the first time. In some instances having a more privileged lifestyle, which is culturally acceptable in the new country results in compulsive behaviours and specific disorders.

In conclusion, people start to rely on such things as food, alcohol and drugs as ‘props’ to get through life and often find it difficult to talk to the people around them. It is very important to locate a counsellor who understands the particular issues facing expats and the expat lifestyle.

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Expatriate Counselling for those new to London with Richard Reid

Fortunately, Richard has lived abroad in many different countries. He can empathise and treat negative feelings, whether you are either in the UK or you are abroad. Richard can see you face-to-face in the UK or via Skype technology. If he is travelling, he will make every effort to meet you.

If this proves to be difficult, it is important to choose an experienced and qualified psychotherapist such as Richard. And a psychotherapist who is professionally qualified and who is a member of more than one professional psychotherapy membership organisation, such as Richard.

Telephone or Skype consultation

As a first step to get to know you, Richard will contact you for a no cost and no obligation telephone or Skype consultation. During the consultation, you can ask questions and feel sure that psychotherapy is the right choice for your problem, and understand more about how Richard’s programmes work.

Psychotherapy programmes

Richard’s psychotherapy programmes centre on listening and understanding you, your life, your pressures and your specific issues.

He will give you the best advice as a top UK accredited and experienced counsellor. He will counsel you to overcome the specific and interrelated emotional issues in a safe space.

Call us now to book your initial half hour introductory session:

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—Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a highly qualified psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator practicing in London and Richmond. Learn more about Richard and Pinnacle Therapy.

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