I became a Bangkok expat in 2011 after relocating from the UK. I experienced expat life for the first time and after managing my own experiences and coping with the difficulties associated with settling into a new home, culture and way of life, I was inspired to start a Bangkok counselling practice.
I felt there were limited counselling options for Bangkok expats who may like to talk about how they were feeling, whilst looking for support with ongoing issues that hadn’t gone away just because they had moved continents. It also resonated with me that as individuals we were all experiencing similar challenges as a Bangkok expat but felt unable to admit them.
Moving away from what we consider as ‘home’ is an exciting new venture that comes with many challenges along the way. But moving away from a familiar environment without our valued support network of friends and family, can often makes these challenges feel much more overwhelming and magnify a sense of isolation that we are not prepared for.
I often liken Bangkok to Marmite as some days you can either love it or hate it! This can be very difficult for other people in our life to understand as they seem unable to fully appreciate the challenges of living here. Sharing what life as a Bangkok expat is really like can often be hard to contemplate and feeling misunderstood can result in nothing being said at all.
The most significant cause of stress and anxiety in our lives is an in-built fear of change in whatever capacity it is presented to us. Coping with a relocation change can be hard to deal with when you are feeling isolated and removed, both physically and mentally, from those closest to you when you need them most.
This can have a major impact on your relationships with others as it may seem that your partner, parents, friends, family or children have their own issues to deal with, whilst you are looking to them for support. More often than not, our own feelings and needs are put to one side as we continue to give strength to others whilst being overlooked ourselves.
Life, along with the people in it, continually makes us question how we feel about our own significance and self-worth. Self-esteem and confidence play a very important role towards both our physical and mental well-being because if you are not confident in your own worth and ability it can become extremely demanding to believe in yourself and appreciate what you have to offer.
Talking about how you are feeling, in a non-judgemental and supportive environment, can help to identify what issues are associated with feelings of low self-esteem and confidence whilst offering support and techniques to help improve relationships and change your life in a positive way.
‘The Bangkok Counsellor’ is a Bangkok counselling practice that offers an INITIAL CONSULTATION for all Bangkok expats as an opportunity to find out more about how Psychotherapy could be of benefit to you.
Book an INITIAL CONSULTATION to see how talking with someone completely uninvolved in your current situation can really help to make sense of how you are feeling and understand what’s happening. I listen and offer support in a non-judgemental and objective way.
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