Migration is a major life event. It is a multistep process, which usually involves planning, preparations, going through the procedure, moving physically to another geographical area, adjusting to the local cultural needs and integrating into the local system. The impact of migration on individuals is complex and it includes both physical and mental aspects of wellbeing. However, some of the effects highlighted by studies include influence on self-esteem, performance, happiness, resilience and overall wellbeing. For many migration is a rewarding life decision. At the same time, it is important to recognise that experiencing ambivalence or a wide range of emotions during the transition period is a normal part of the process.
10 ways therapy with Lisbon Counselling can help clients after relocation
Creating a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment for the client to talk about their emotions around relocation.
The therapist holds a 'dual attunement' frame for the client, which provides both relational and neurobiological attunement. This helps to regulate the client's nervous system and promotes neuroplasticity.
Making space for ambivalent, contradicting or difficult feelings that are hard to share with others and add to the sense of being alone. With Brainspotting (BSP), a new brain-based therapy, the client decides how much or how little they want to share.
Giving the client permission for all emotions, without judgement. Experiencing unconditional acceptance and validation can help free client’s inner resources tied up in their pain and struggle.
Working with the client to enhance their self-attunement. Helping the client become more genuine in their emotions, reactions and behaviours can benefit the client’s overall wellbeing.
Clients who experience difficulties often engage in harsh self-talk. Working with a counsellor can help them develop a gentler and more compassionate attitude towards themselves.
Together with the counsellor, the client can identify and expand the resources available to them and increase their repertoire of tools and techniques for self-regulation of their nervous system.
The counsellor can also support the client by modelling acceptance, compassion and nurturing behaviours.
Weekly sessions enhance the healing process by helping the client prioritise their healing and self-care over other distractions.
The therapist can offer psychoeducation to enhance the client’s understanding of their experience and to normalise what they go through.
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