Qualifications and Experience

Teri Sand, MEd (University of Cambridge, England), MA (Couns/Psych), BA, DipCouns, PGCert, WCPC, MBACP.

Welcome to Transitions Therapy International.  My name is Teri and I am a British qualified humanistic therapist and personal coach working with clients from around the globe.  As an Expatriate therapist, who has lived and worked in other countries – my specialism is working with other Expatriates.  I have worked with multicultural people from numerous countries with various backgrounds.  Although we are all unique – we tend to experience some of the same range of thoughts and emotions when moving to and living and working in a foreign country.  Relocating to a new country can be exciting and joy filled at times – and it can also be stressful, filled with anxiety, frustrating, depressing, lonely and isolating sometimes.  Any difficulties, which were present prior to the move, can be exacerbated during and after relocation.  This can put a further strain on relationships when people find themselves hundreds or thousands of miles away from home without their usual support networks.  Counselling can facilitate people to explore their difficulties and develop strategies for coping and managing their lives.  My specialty is facilitating expatriate clients in ‘Transitioning to a more resourceful way of living and being’.

I have a clear personal and professional understanding of the joys and difficulties of being an accompanying, or some might use the term trailing spouse.  Moving a business to a new country in order to accompany a partner can be a complicated process fraught with many obstacles.  And it can be even more difficult for accompanying or trailing partners to find themselves relocated to a country where they are not able to obtain a working visa. For some, not being able to work as an expatriate in the new country can feel like grieving the loss of a sense of identity – especially for those who have spent many years on training, education and climbing the ladder to attain their personal and professional goals.

As a result of my education, training and personal experiences, I have an understanding of the problems and range of emotions people may encounter within relationships, family dynamics, expatriation, foreign educational systems, repatriation and the empty nest stage of life.  I have a clear understanding of the joys and difficulties one can experience when making an international move and living in a foreign country.  As an expatriate  therapist, I facilitate an exploration into finding a way of living more resourcefully, through discovering new insights into how the choices you make could help you cope with the obstacles you encounter in your daily life.   As a personal coach, the process is more goal orientated – I facilitate people to explore their current situation, choose a focus and set goals prior to developing and incorporating strategies to attain their objectives.

My professional experience includes working as a psychotherapist, counsellor and coach with adults, adolescents, couples and families in a variety of contexts.    In addition to providing services at Transitions Therapy International, I have been a therapist for community counselling & therapy agencies,  employee assistance programmes (EAP’s), and British schools.   The majority of my clientele have been expatriates, repatriates, foreign students, third culture kids, humanitarian aid workers, military personnel and veterans.   I have experience working with a variety of clients suffering from various emotional and psychological problems including, but not limited to, relationship difficulties, depression, bereavement, bullying, post-traumatic stress, and suicidal ideation. I have worked with multi-cultural  clients from a variety of backgrounds around the world.

I have been awarded a World Council for Psychotherapy Certificate.  In addition to my degrees and qualifications, I have completed professional development trainings at numerous institutions including, but not limited to, the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London, the University of Oxford  in England, the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and De Faculteit voor Mens en Samenleving in Belgium.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP, Counselling Children and Young People (CCYP),  BACP Coaching, the American Psychotherapy Association (APA), the American Counselling Association (ACA), the World Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (WAPCEPC) and BAPCA. My affiliation with these professional associations affords me the opportunity to keep up to date with current research in the field of counselling, psychotherapy and coaching.  Hence, I can continue to develop as a practitioner and become a more valuable resource for my clients.