Expats, Repats, Military & Veterans

International Employees, Diplomats, Humanitarian Aid Workers, Foreign Students and others

Expatriates and Repatriates

Expatriates, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers, international employees and foreign students, as well as others, may find relocating to a new country a daunting experience. Culture shock, language barriers, unforeseen circumstances, expectations, acclimatizing oneself to the new culture, career anxiety, alien registration and uncertainty, may prove to be more of a challenge then initially expected. Suddenly everyday tasks can become complicated and difficult to perform. This can cause a strain on relationships with others and one may develop feelings of isolation upon realizing their usual support networks are thousands of miles away.

Transitions helps clients to explore their situations, problems, options and choices in order to find strategies which they can implement in their lives.  The process can help with learning to manage expectations and find new ways of coping with difficult Expatriate and Repatriate experiences.

Military Personnel, Partners and Families

It can be an exciting as well as a difficult transition for a couple or family to make an international move. When a service member is then deployed to another country leaving the partner or family behind, it can leave the spouse and/or children feeling as though they have even less support and they may begin to feel even further isolated.  A service member’s return from a deployment can place a further strain on their relationships. Couple and family difficulties, which were present prior to the deployment, can intensify upon the return of the military family member. The spouse at home may have needed to take on a new role while the deployed member was away and roles may need to be redefined upon his or her return. An individual’s life can be significantly altered during a deployment, particularly if the deployment was in a battle zone. Children may have a range of emotions upon the family member’s return and it may take time for family members to reconnect.

Seeking professional support for anger management can be beneficial for deployed and returning military personnel as well as their partners and families who wish to provide help.  Oftentimes feelings of anger can turn into rage when people have suffered through situations which contravene their belief systems.  Perhaps this might include circumstances where people experience things which are perceived to be unforgivable. It is not uncommon for military employees and veterans who have experienced deployment and combat to feel a sense of outrage associated with something they witnessed.

Post-Traumatic Stress is brought on subsequent to people experiencing terrifying and horrifying circumstances. Therapy may help those with Post-Traumatic Stress to restore their damaged ‘fight-or-flight’ response to a healthy necessary one.  Feelings of fear are natural when we are in danger and alert us so that we can protect ourselves. However, people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress may remain in a state of anxiety and fear long after the danger has passed if they do not receive emotional and psychological support.