When you’re living abroad and struggling with personal or emotional challenges, you need to talk to someone who speaks your own language — both literally and figuratively!
While many people prefer to meet with a counselor in-person, I know that it can be difficult to find an English-speaking counselor in some areas of the world.
If you have been having a hard time finding a local English-speaking counselor — or if you just prefer the flexibility of meeting in the privacy of your home — I would be happy to work with you remotely.
While I offer in-person counseling and psychotherapy from my office in Lyon, I also provide distance (online) counseling to English-speakers living elsewhere in France or in other parts of the world.
I specialize in working with expats, international students, and others living outside of their countries of origin who are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties. These difficulties may be related to the challenge of adjusting to life abroad, navigating the complexities of intercultural relationships, or growing up as a third culture kid. They may also be difficulties with depression, anxiety, problems in relationships, unresolved trauma or grief, or other personal challenges. To learn more about who I work with, see here.
Distance counseling can also be combined with in-person counseling. For example, if you live in the Lyon area but frequently travel for work, or if you wish to continue meeting during an extended holiday, we can maintain the momentum in our work through remote sessions until you’re able to come back in person.
How Does Distance (Online) Counseling Work?
Distance counseling means that we can meet remotely, using an online video platform.
I use a program which designed specifically for medical and mental health professionals and which is more secure than typical video conferencing platforms (like Skype or Facetime). This way, we can be sure that our sessions are as confidential as they would be in the privacy of my office.
This program is easy to use and involves no special downloads or technical skills — it’s just a secure website. The only requirements are: (1) a computer, tablet, or smartphone, (2) a camera, microphone, and speakers (usually built in to your device, although you may want to check if it’s an older computer), and a decent internet connection. If you’d like, you’re welcome to check it out below.
Otherwise, distance counseling is a lot like in-person counseling. To learn more about counseling and psychotherapy more generally, click here.
If you have any further questions about my distance counseling services, or if you would like to schedule an initial phone consultation (free of charge), please feel free to contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you!