Cross Cultural Issues

Cross-Cultural Counselling

In today’s world, moving across cultures is common – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Effectively, we’ve left behind our familiar `tribe’. We can struggle to cope, unsure of our identity in either the old or new environments.

Our counsellor has an up-close understanding of how it feels. As a specialist in cross-cultural counselling, she can help you to adjust.  Moving to a new country can bring up feelings of loss and bereavement, as well as other issues such as:

In a safe, non-judgemental environment you’ll have the time and space to speak freely. You will be heard, acknowledged, accepted and understood. There will be no judgements or assumptions.

Its aim is to help you make sense of your feelings. Over time, you may achieve a clear understanding of what shaped you, and the person you wish to become.

Are you ready to get in touch? You can do so here.

Finding a place as a third culture kid

The term Third Culture Kid (TCK) was coined in the 1950s by US sociologist Ruth Hill Useem. It refers to children who grow up in places which are not their own parents’ homeland. 

There are numerous advantages to being a TCK – not least the ability to cope with change – but there are also challenges. A feeling of loss is common, as is lack of belonging and an overall sense of uprootedness. 

 As a TCK, you can feel like a stranger in two cultures. There are two sets of losses – your parents’ culture, and that of your own home country. When you are part of a `third culture’, where should your loyalties lie? Who should you be? 

Counselling is a safe `holding’ place where you can express, process and freely explore thoughts and emotions. It may allow you to strengthen your own identity and in time, bridge the divide.

Cross-Cultural Counselling FAQs

How long will it take to feel better?

Counselling usually lasts for between 12 and 18 sessions, but that’s just a rough guide. Your therapy and recovery will be unique to you. 

It’s possible that you’ll see improvement faster than expected, although keep in mind that during the sessions, new issues can come up – angles that you weren’t aware of and want to explore. 

There will be challenges. There may be times when everything feels too difficult. When it gets tough, your therapist will be there for you, gently guiding you through the rough patches and out the other side.  

What happens in a counselling session?

Each session lasts 50 minutes, and you will be encouraged to talk freely about anything.

Our therapist is highly trained in listening and reflecting skills. This is a protected place to reveal thoughts, emotions and issues that can’t be aired elsewhere.

Find out more about how counselling works. 

Are counselling sessions confidential?

Yes, the sessions at Crysalis Therapy Clinic are confidential. Nothing you say will be revealed to anyone else.

Is the therapist qualified?

Yes. Our therapist has a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and has had 5 years of training in Transactional Analysis (TA) counselling. 

She is a registered member of the following:

  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)
  • European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA)
How much does counselling cost?

It costs £50 for a 50-minute session. 

Are all sessions face-to-face? Can I have counselling on video or phone?

Yes. You can attend the sessions in any way that suits you. It could be face-to-face, on video or on the phone.

Perhaps surprisingly, phone and video counselling create no barriers. In fact, some people find it easier to open up when they’re in their own space at home.

It’s all about the relationship between me and the therapist. How can I be sure that we’ll get on?

At Crysalis Therapy Clinic, you’ll have an initial session to help you decide whether counselling is right for you. If it doesn’t feel right, there will be no obligation to continue.

If you like, you can book your initial session here.

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