Third Culture Kids*
When “Where do you
come from?” is anything but a simple ice-breaker
If you grew up moving every few years and found yourself
ever adapting to new environments and norms, you are not alone. Although this life experience is
increasingly common, it is often poorly understood or overlooked by therapists.
This is unfortunate given the powerful ways in which it can both enrich lives
and, at times, create chaos and profound loss. Whether you were raised in a military family, a missionary
family, a family in international business, or moved frequently because of
economic reasons, this experience of disruption and transition matters.
Has no previous therapist understood how this unique
upbringing affects your life or why it is an important part of who you are?
I am someone who also spent her formative years moving from
place to place and adapting to cultural differences. I am uniquely prepared to help
you explore how a past of feeling everywhere yet nowhere has influenced who you
are today. I have integrated my own experiences with my professional training
as a psychotherapist, allowing me to bring both deep empathy for your
experiences and clinical skills to our work together. We can explore the
adaptations you made to a life of constant transition so that you can better understand
yourself and chose the relationship you would like to have with the world
around you today.
* Children and teens who
experience frequent moves and are exposed to multiple cultural influences while
growing up are commonly referred to as Third Culture Kids. This provides a
unique perspective that influences how the world is seen in adulthood. When
grown, these individuals are referred to as adult Third Culture Kids.