Seeing new places, trying exotic foods, learning different customs, and
sending photos of you standing at famous sites to envious friends back
Living overseas can be exciting! Being an expatriate can be fun!
But the life of an expat can be difficult: sometimes a spouse has to give up
a career to accompany the employed spouse and resents it, children can
have difficulty fitting into a new school, if a family is already struggling the
international move may be the last straw, culture shock affects everyone
and returning to one's own culture is often even more difficult.
Being an American born, native English speaking, seasoned expatriate myself, I understand the ups and downs of expat life!
Starting out as a 12-year-old, I have lived for decades in several countries (Russia, Finland, Holland, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic
and Switzerland ) and learned numerous languages.
I understand the struggles of Third Culture Kids (TCKs)...I am one!
I know the stress living as an expat can bring, I have lived through invasions and political unrest (Warsaw Pact Invasion 1968), currency
crisis (Eastern Europe 1990s) and many other events that affect our lives abroad.
Even though most expats don't live through revolutions and coups on a regular basis, the strain of living in a different culture can
deepen a crack that already exists.
Marriage and Family Therapy
As a Licensed American Marriage and Family Therapist, I have been serving couples, individuals and children worldwide since 1980.
To learn more about Marriage and Family Therapy click here
We work on issues that affect us most: loneliness, depression, boredom, marriage conflict, trailing spouse resentment, Third Cultural
Kid identity issues, career decisions, and anything else that comes up in the life of an expatriate.
Marriage/Couples Expat Counseling
If a marriage is already struggling, living overseas as expats away from the support of home, can make the marriage worse.
To find out destructive patterns that can severely harm your marriage and if left unchecked are "Predictors of Divorce" click here
Individual Expat Counseling
If a bad habit is starting to rear its ugly head at home, the pressure of expatriate living can turn it into a full fledged addiction devastating
everyone around. To learn more about counseling for individuals click here
I work with Third Culture Kids, TCKs and expat children with special needs,developmental delays and social and behavioral issues. To
learn more click here
|Helen Rudinsky, MS
Marriage & Family Therapist