It is not uncommon when on international assignment to experience a traumatic event or be traumatised by a part of the experience. Trauma requires sensitivity and gentle counselling. Andrea Blake has experience in working with individuals who have experienced trauma.
Critical Incident Debriefing is available following a traumatic incident.
Adults and children can take several years to adjust to living back in their culture of origin.
People may suffer depression or anxiety as they attempt to 'make sense' of their time and re-adjust.
Journeying with a counsellor can assist the transition process, giving space to process pain and change.
Debriefing provides a chance to tell and process your story. My debriefs may last between 2 and 3 hours. Debriefing allows a client to reflect on what has touched them deeply during their international assignment. It may be times of joy, it may be challenges or trauma or all of the above. Debriefing helps to make sense of the cross-cultural journey. It allows the richness of experience to be woven into life's journey.
The re-entry transition or the processing of an international assignment can impact family relationships. Each person may process their experience uniquely. Andrea is happy to work with families as a whole or in part.
She works collaboratively with a family to strengthen the bonds, promote communication and minimise stress.
People who have worked overseas or locally as a result of their personal faith, may find their faith enhanced or challenged by the experience. People may feel they need someone outside their church or religious organisation to help them process faith questions. Andrea provides a safe space to explore faith.
Children and teens
When children have lived cross culturally, their point of reference for 'home' may look very different to that of their parents. Working with children requires unique methods. Children respond well to art and play therapy, both of which Andrea is experienced in using.
Teens need a space to be able feel validated. Their transition can be particularly challenging and isolating.