Expats issues
Why I feel I can relate to Expats I   am   born   and   raised   in   Switzerland,   and   I   have   lived   in   the   U.S.   for   ten   years, including   acquiring   a   U.S.   citizenship.   I   am   familiar   with   the   types   of   difficulties that   one   is   faced   living   in   a   foreign   country.   Furthermore,   living   with   my   American wife   and   raising   a   binational   daughter   makes   it   easy   for   me   to   empathize   with Expats. I   have   worked   in   an   Expat   environment   in   Switzerland   since   2004   as   a   music teacher   at   Zurich   International   School,   and   since   2016   as   a   Psychotherapist   for   a big international company where I treat their Expat employees. The challenge an Expat faces Making   the   decision   to   leave   home   and   start   something   completely   new   is   usually   the easy   part   of   the   adventure.   Arriving   here   and   getting   started   with   apartment,   getting   to know   the   environment,   learning   language   etc.,   is   also   still   pretty   much   a   situation   most people   can   handle   well.   But   once   the   first   excitement   of   living   in   a   new   place   has   worn off,   once   you   start   realizing   how   it   feels   to   not   have   your   family   and   friends   around, things are getting more real. A person might experience some of the following points: Doubts if the decision to leave home was right, including leaving a great job or intact job chances behind Loneliness, isolation, home sickness Finding yourself in a different (worse) place on the job market, because your education is not valued the same way here than back home Feeling jealous or angry towards your partner who has a job (while being unemployed) Loss of identity, feeling of not being able to "fit in" Feeling of worthlessness, emptyness and sadness Depression symptoms such as sleeping problems, loss of joy and interests and energy, feelings of guilt, self-blame, disappointment, loss of appetite or suicidality Anxiety symptoms such as increased tension, unable to relax, irritable, lightheaded, difficulty breathing, worrying/always expecting the worst, etc. Reccurring thoughts about important life decisions How can therapy/counselling help? Strong   emotions   tend   to   get   in   the   way   of   good   judgement.   As   a   therapist,   I   can   help you   sort   through   unresolved   issues   and   emotions   in   order   to   facilitate   taking   the   big pending    decisions    afterwards.    Sometimes,    you    might    need    additional    time    (and guidance) to work through a difficult experience. I   believe   that   you   will   have   to   reinvent   yourself   in   a   new   culture   and   environment. Finding   new   friends,   activities,   a   niche   where   you   fit   in,   and   maybe   you   will   learn   a   new language - all these factors will contribute to getting your "old self" back. Helpful links http://www.expatica.com/ch lots of infos about Switzerland (and other countries) https://www.ch.ch/en/ - everything about Switzerland (work, driving license, politics, naturalization, self-empolyment, marriage, taxes, holidays, etc.) http://www.feiertagskalender.ch/ferien.php?geo=3056&hl=en  School holidays for your local area www.internations.org - Internations - Connect with other expats in your city and join local events and groups of interest www.helloswitzerland.ch - a great useful online directory facebook.com/groups/283000505181699 - Mumpreneurs Bern, Basel, Fribourg, Zurich or the rest of German speaking Switzerland facebook.com/groups/englishspeakingmum - English Speaking Mums in Switzerland
Practice for psychotherapy & counseling Dr. Phil Stöckli, PhD

Psychotherapeutic practice

Dr. Phil Stöckli, ph.D.

Gemeindestrasse 26 | 8032 Zürich

Tel. 076 282 8885

info @ psycho-therapeut.ch

Learn more about my specializations: Gestalt therapy Trauma therapy Addiction therapy Expat issues High sensitivity (HSP) EMDR NARM

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Psychotherapeutic practice

Dr. Phil Stöckli , ph.D.

Gemeindestr. 26 | 8032 Zürich

Tel. 076 282 8885

info @ psycho-therapeut.ch

Practice for Psychotherapy Dr. Phil Stöckli, PhD
Expat issues
Why I feel I can relate to Expats I    am    born    and    raised    in    Switzerland,    and    I have   lived   in   the   U.S.   for   ten   years,   including acquiring   a   U.S.   citizenship.   I   am   familiar   with the   types   of   difficulties   that   one   is   faced   living in   a   foreign   country.   Furthermore,   living   with my    American    wife    and    raising    a    binational daughter   makes   it   easy   for   me   to   empathize for the Expat cause. I    have    worked    in    an    Expat environment    in    Switzerland since      2004      as      a      music teacher              at              Zurich International       School,       and since           2016           as           a Psychotherapist     for     a     big international company. The challenges an Expat faces Making    the    decision    to    leave    home    and    start something   completely   new   is   usually   the   easy   part of   the   adventure.   Arriving   here   and   getting   started with   apartment,   getting   to   know   the   environment, learning   language,   etc.,   is   also   still   pretty   much   a situation   most   people   can   handle   well.   But   once the   first   excitement   of   living   in   a   new   place   has worn   off,   once   you   start   realizing   how   it   feels   to not   have   your   family   and   friends   around,   things are   getting   more   real.   A   person   might   experience some of the following points: Doubts if the decision to leave home was right, including leaving a great job or intact job chances behind Loneliness, isolation, home sickness Finding yourself in a different (worse) place on the job market, because your education is not valued the same way here than back home Feeling jealous or angry towards your partner who has a job (while being unemployed) Loss of identity, feeling of not being able to "fit in" Feeling of worthlessness, emptyness and sadness Depression symptoms such as sleeping problems, loss of joy and interests and energy, feelings of guilt, self-blame, disappointment, loss of appetite or suicidality Anxiety symptoms such as increased tension, unable to relax, irritable, lightheaded, difficulty breathing, worrying/always expecting the worst, etc. Reccurring thoughts about important life decisions How can therapy/counselling help? Strong   emotions   tend   to   get   in   the   way   of   good judgement.    As    a    therapist,    I    can    help    you    sort through   unresolved   issues   and   emotions   in   order to     facilitate     taking     the     big     pending     decisions afterwards.   Sometimes,   you   might   need   additional time    (and    guidance)    to    work    through    a    difficult experience. I   believe   that   you   will   have   to   reinvent   yourself   in   a new   culture   and   environment.   Finding   new   friends, activities,   a   niche   where   you   fit   in,   and   maybe   you will   learn   a   new   language   -   all   these   factors   will contribute to getting your "old self" back. Helpful links http://www.expatica.com/ch lots of infos about Switzerland (and other countries) https://www.ch.ch/en/ - everything about Switzerland (work, driving license, politics, naturalization, self-empolyment, marriage, taxes, holidays, etc.) School holidays for your local area  www.internations.org - Connect with other expats in your city and join local events and groups of interest www.helloswitzerland.ch - a great useful online directory facebook.com/groups/283000505181699 - Mumpreneurs Bern, Basel, Fribourg, Zurich or the rest of German speaking Switzerland facebook.com/groups/englishspeakingmum - English Speaking Mums in Switzerland
Learn more about my specializations: Gestalt Therapy Trauma therapy Addiction therapy Expat issues High sensitivity (HSP) EMDR NARM