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Online Therapy for Expats Living in The U.S.A.

As a Repatriate or Expatriate, Online Therapy for Expats is a Good Idea

It can be difficult to be an expat living in America or an American expat returning to America.  Getting a job or being stationed in the US can be a dream come true or a long sought after assignment. But like all other countries, it can take some getting used to. Difficulties may pop up where you were not expecting them. This can impact your mental health and leave you seeking a therapist. Apricity’s therapists understand this unique experience. 

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Here are some of the chief complaints from expats living in the US:

  • Medical system – Other industrialized nations have nationalized healthcare. The United States’ healthcare is a private industry. Healthcare in the US in extraordinarily expensive and quality of care varies greatly.
  • Gap between the rich and the poor
  • Ruled by capitalism – The US has a culture of “Go, go, go!” There is a scarcity mentality that drives many Americans.  The “live to work” culture is pervasive. 
  • Lack of public transportation – Unless you are living in a major metropolitan area, you will need to drive.  Things are spread out. The rail system is woefully inadequate when compared to Europe.
  • Superficial friendliness – Americans are known to be overtly friendly to everyone, including people they don’t know.  However, breaking into a social network can be more difficult as Americans have a tendency to not make time for friends or other social things because of that “go, go, go!” culture.

Repatriating & Reverse Culture Shock

American expats returning to the US experience reverse culture shock. When Americans return to the US, they may become acutely aware of American traits that rub them the wrong way. In addition to the complaints listed above, here are additional some common irritants that are exceptionally noticeable upon return

  • Lack of interest – Friends aren’t particularly interested in hearing about your life abroad and you’re not particularly interested in hearing about what happened while you were gone.
  • Myopic values and attitudes – Your perspectives, values and attitudes have been impacted by living abroad. Friends and family’s values and attitudes may shock and anger you as you find them short-sighted and narrow-minded.   
  • Anonymity – when you’re abroad, you may have some level of celebrity status as an American.  At home, you’re anonymous and average.
  • Lack of community – Americans -particularly those in diplomacy – who live overseas tend to form tight-knit communities.  That community does not travel with you. 
  • Privilege – For American living overseas – again, particularly those in diplomacy – you enjoyed privileges that are not afforded to you when you are back in the US. You miss it.
  • You simply miss being overseas.
  • Romanticized version of the US – There is a tendency to romanticize how great things are in the US particularly when not living in the US.  It’s imagined that everything works, customer service is better, things are efficient, and clean.  Everything will just be easier. The reality can be very different.
  • Abundance of Materialism and Waste – The grocery story is a prime example of this. Go into any US grocery store and you are bombarded with an overwhelming amount of choice and excess.  This is mind-blowing, particularly if you are coming from a place where choice and consistent supply was a luxury. Relative the rest of the world, Americans spend a lot of money on materialistic items and think nothing of discarding something simply because their tastes have changed. 

 

Reasons Why You Should Work with An Expat Therapist

  • Continuity Of Care – if your role as an expat requires you to move frequently, your therapist can remain consistent if you work with an online therapist.
  • Expat Specific – Our therapists are also expats who implicitly understand the challenges of living outside one’s native culture.
  • Anonymity and Privacy – As an expat, no matter how large the community, it can feel like a fish bowl at times.  When you work with one of our online therapists, you can be confident that you won’t see them out and about socially and you won’t run into anyone you know in a waiting room.
  • Immediate availability – There are no wait times.  Our therapists have immediate availability and flexible scheduling options.
  • Affordable – If you are living in the Washington, DC metro area, the cost of an individual therapy session starts at about $100 per session to meet with an intern or newly licensed therapist and goes up to $350 for more experience and expertise.  Apricity is able to offer you therapists with years (and years!) of experience and expertise for $100/session because we don’t pay the high overhead costs of the DC area.