Expats issues
Why I feel I can relate to your situation as an Expat 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 employees from a big international company. 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
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Bahnhofstr. 6 | 8302 Kloten

Tel. 076 282 8885

 info(@)psycho-therapeut.ch

Practice for Psychotherapy Dr. Phil Stöckli, PhD
Expat issues
Why I feel I can relate to your situation as an Expat 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,   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.) 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
Learn more about our specializations: Gestalt Therapy Trauma therapy Addiction therapy Expat issues NARM (comin soon)