Counseling for Immigrants:

While immigrants share many of the same issues as expatriates, they differ in permanence as the intention is to “belong” to the new country and perhaps even seek citizenship. There are 4 models of immigration: assimilation, which is often the unrealized expectation of the dominant or local culture — that somehow you will “become” one of them in all ways; integration, the most successful model, in which you learn to “blend in” by adopting many of the local cultural characteristics while retaining elements of your heritage, and that you engage with local people; separatist, in which immigrants live in communities of their own culture and make little attempt to adopt local characteristics or engage with local people — considerably easier on the basis of language and the familiar, and in alleviating homesickness; and marginalized, in which immigrants are forced by the local culture to remain separate and remain underprivileged as many opportunities are not available to them.

Being an immigrant, no matter to which country, and no matter how much you wanted to make this transition, is hard work. Learning the language and culture of another people — with a constant feeling of uncertainty and insecurity, experiencing discrimination and rejection, and generally struggling with what constitutes one of the most profound changes one can make can be unsettling and destabilizing, bringing with it a host of emotional and psychological concerns.

Dr Anne herself has lived abroad as an expat in several countries since early 2005, and has worked with many immigrants — those who have chosen to remain permanently and become part of the new society — as they go through the long and often difficult transitional period. She has also conducted cultural field research in 100+ countries while maintaining her counseling practice, and thus has the knowledge and skills set to work effectively with immigrants from and to a wide variety of countries, as they attempt to cross this cultural divide.

Counseling sessions are available globally; sessions are typically one-hour in length, and are conducted online via video conferencing. Frequency and duration vary widely based on individual circumstances, and can be estimated during the first session. Confidentiality and professionalism maintained to the highest degree.

EWP … promoting global understanding

Dr Anne at HKUST Culture Forum

Presenting at HKUST, on “Cultural Intelligence” (Hong Kong, 2015)