Living overseas. Counselling in Exeter. Brian Dennis (MBACP)
If a person has lived overseas for a period of time they will have been exposed and become used to a different lifestyle. That lifestyle may include more financial income, a more relaxed lifestyle, different climate, extensive travel, having domestic staff, - in overall being a "bigger fish in a smaller pond".
Understanding and accepting the different lifestyle can often be a problem. The language, and understanding it, may be difficult. Climates will be different. Many other different situations will have probably have occurred.
Working with, as opposed to against, the different situations will be beneficial.
There is usually a cultural shock to working and living in a different location. That shock will affect different people in different ways. The shock will occur when moving overseas, as well as returning. The return is more likely to be more of a shock, as for many people it will be a demotion, or an end of a wealthy phase of their lives - for now.
I have extensive experience of living and working in many areas of the world as a technician, supervisor, manager and managing director; in enjoyable as well as 'challenging' locations. I am familiar, from a personal viewpoint, with the stresses that occur whilst juggling pressures of work and personal life.
It is often more difficult for families and partners than for the employee, especially when living in an "expatriate" environment.
Counselling will often bring clarity and reality to problems, bringing enjoyment and purpose to lives - of clients and their families.
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