Laurence’s multicultural approach and her experience as an expat, (combining 17 years of life in Morocco and the Netherlands), allow her to adjust her work method to the specific needs of an expatriate.
As “French Account Manager Key Accounts”, she had the opportunity to work closely with the ‘Expat Centers’ of large companies such as ABN-AMRO and collaborate in developing a “Dutch Culture Workshop “.
Expatriation is never easy and after the “tourist phase” may follow a much more complicated phase of integration and adaptation.
Expatriation means leaving your country, family and friends.
- For the individual who has decided to “follow” the partner transferred by the company is often in charge of the practical and emotional side of this expatriation. This entails a significant loss of landmarks, often related to the abandonment of the working career of the “follower”. The latter suddenly gets downgraded from an “I” status to being “I am the partner of”, not to mention the apparent inactivity, both situations can become quite stressful. This disorientation may cause a loss of confidence and self-esteem. The working partner is often very busy and often away, more elements that may cause stress, and sometimes lead to a state of a latent depression. In addition, on some special occasions, such as being pregnant in a foreign country may be stressful. Sophrology is the ideal tool to appease, help to accept what is to be experienced, develop inner resources and help regain self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Children / adolescents, in turn, often face the pressure of having to adapt to a different school system. They sometimes have trouble making new friends and miss those they had to leave behind, even with social networks facilitating contacts. Teenagers on the onset of adolescence face numerous social and emotional challenges. They struggle to manage their emotions and to accept the physical changes. Once again, through the combination of techniques which are easy to learn and which can be rehearsed at home, sophrology is a very suitable method for these children/adolescents to help them overcome their “fears” and regain confidence in themselves, confidence in their capacities, confidence in their bodies.
- To the transferee, the expatriation is often exciting and a professional fulfilment, but on the other hand can also cause a great amount of stress: pressure due to requirements/goals that seem excessive, difficult economic conditions, sometimes along with a lack of consideration. Chronic fatigue due to insomnia, anxiety from facing new responsibilities, guilt over the expatriation can lead to a burnout. Sophrology is once again a great tool to overcome sleep disorders, stress and anxiety, and helps to take a step back from the situation in order to regain a sense of wellbeing in daily life.
- Some expats have decided to stay in the “adoptive” country either by resignation or by emotional and/or financial constraint. Nostalgia for the home country is palpable. They are constantly torn between a desire to return and the necessity to stay. No place feels like home anymore. Sophrology can help them to feel more grounded, to appease their mind and to regain physical and mental harmony.
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Please remember that these sessions should not replace any other sessions or treatment you may be following elsewhere, for example with your medical practitioner or psychiatrist.