Starting a new life abroad is a dream for many people. However, while relocating can be an exciting adventure, it can also come with its fair share of challenges, especially for couples. Alongside the common adjustments that all expats face, such as cultural differences, language barriers, and navigating the intricacies of bureaucracy, there are specific challenges that expat couples can encounter in their relationship.
Here are a few:
One person being settled, the other feeling homesick.
A change in the dynamic due to one of you giving up work.
Losing your old support network.
Bringing your old problems with you, when you thought you’d left them behind.
Spending a great deal more time together, but also feeling isolated.
The reality of having to work long hours in a business.
Separation due to one of you having to now travel a lot for work.
Not knowing how to find the intimacy again now that you're retired.
It’s important to remember that these challenges are common for expats. By overcoming them, your relationship will become even stronger. You'll discover new horizons in your relationship, as well as your location!
As a couples therapist with extensive experience working with expat couples, I understand the specific challenges you may be facing.
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I've helped many expat couples overcome challenges, improve communication, and come back to a happy and thriving relationship.
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