Expatriates in the United Arab Emirates are increasingly turning to the internet for therapy in order to help them cope with moving abroad.
Advances in technology have made it possible for such services to be offered to those in foreign countries, when in the past they would have to have been carried out in person, reports the National.
The tailored support can be particularly helpful for those struggling to adjust to a new culture away from family and friends.
One particular organisation, the Truman Group, started to focus on therapy for expats three years ago, catering for those living all over the world, despite being based in the US.
The idea was born out of the fact that its founder Sean Truman, grew up in Kenya as his father worked for the United Nations and when training as a psychologist became interested in how people deal with the expat experience.
He offers three basic tips to all those moving abroad:
1. Say 'yes' to invitations upon arrival and do not withdraw into your shell.
2. Watch out for the 90-day crash – this is often when the initial excitement can wear off.
3. Make the social and emotional side of your new life a priority and spend time with any friends and family who are around.
Keeping these factors in mind will help new expats to deal with the situation, but if things continue to look bleak then it is important to seek professional help.
The transition from one way of life to another can be particularly stressful and can involve a range of emotions at different times.
It is easy to think that the difficult time has passed, but it can return in waves and should not be ignored as this is not dealing with the issues.
Expatriate insurance can help to foot the bill for therapy sessions over the internet, which can make all the difference when those living abroad are finding it difficult to cope.
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