Are you an ex pat, feeling the strain of dislocation from your home country?
Are you a trailing spouse, stressed and resentful because you’re uprooted from your home base?
ExPat Support Program: Plant Your Tree Where You Are
Our ExPat Support Program helps you cope with the following challenges faced by expat executives and their families:
- Solo parenting: If you are a trailing spouse, you may feel left alone to do the heavy lifting, getting the brunt of the kids’ complaints about missing home or disliking their new school. You may feel like your husband’s assistant rather than his spouse.
- Resentment: You may wonder What did I give up to support this move? You may be getting flack from your family for leaving— your parents may complain that “We can’t see our grandkids.” Once you make friends in the new place, they leave! The sense of impermanence kicks in, again.
- Marital stress: Coping with international relocation requires a solid marriage. Even the strongest marriages can be strained by the expat experience.
- Disappointment: Relocating to the U.S. can seem like a dream come true. But sometimes it doesn’t turn out to be all that you’d hoped. Health care can be tough to navigate, maybe your spouse can’t work, your career might go off track.
- Infidelity: An executive travel schedule can be a set up for either spouse to seek out affairs.
- Culture shock: Maybe you’ve taken cultural sensitivity courses in preparation for the relocation, but now that you’re here it just doesn’t make sense.
- Unmarried partnerships: Relocating when you’re in a long-term relationship that isn’t recognized by the company as a marriage can pose logistical and psychological challenges.
- Drugs and alcohol: The stress of dislocation can make drugs or alcohol seem like a source of stress relief. And the corporate lifestyle of “wining and dining” potential clients can offer ample opportunity. In moderation such occasions can afford an opportunity to learn the local ways and meet new people. Sometimes, it can go a bit far.
- Single Expat: If you’re single you may have less support than a couple or family. It can require a proactive effort to find “a way in. If you’re single you may be at greater risk to isolate, and make your job your life— and of course, you’re probably rewarded for this by your boss.
- Prejudice: Accents, style of clothing, the politics of your home country may be mocked openly, or subtly misunderstood. This can be challenging at home and at work.
We can help you survive and thrive.
- emotional and career support
- tips and strategies
- a wealth of experience to help you, your spouse and your family survive and thrive personally and professionally
Our seasoned team has extensive experience helping global clients expand their repertoire for coping with the stress on executives– and on their families and marriages– of transferring around the world.
Our team has experience cultivating resilience with clients who span the globe. Dr. Warren grew up in a community of expats and has worked with professionals from a wide array of countries. Dr. Leahy has lived as an expat in Quito, Ecuador and London— where she counseled expats. She has worked extensively with expats from Europe, Latin America and Asia.