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Karen Rigatti – Certified Professional Counselor

Karen Rigatti – Certified Professional Counselor

Karen Rigatti is a Certified Professional Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association and AssoCounseling, in Italy. Karen has been working with ex-pats (individuals, couples and young adults), helping them develop more effective communication and coping strategies to better manage interpersonal challenges and embrace the changes in their lives. An American living in Milan, Italy since […] Read More

Emotional Hurdles of Studying Abroad

Emotional Hurdles of Studying Abroad

For many university students, a highlight of the college years is the chance to live abroad for a semester – or even a year – and experience life and school in a completely new culture, and often, a new language. Some students carefully plan their studies around being able to manage a semester abroad, knowing […] Read More

Relocation: A Chance for Reinvention

Relocation: A Chance for Reinvention

There are times in life when we all wish we could have a clean slate, a kind of “do over.” For those of you who have moved abroad and begun a whole new life, you know that’s exactly what you get: a completely fresh start and a chance to be a whole new version of […] Read More

Expats: How to Deal with Anxiety

Expats: How to Deal with Anxiety

As an expat, there is no shortage of challenges and stresses to manage and overcome. The logistical considerations of moving abroad – often with children in tow – automatically equal a dramatic increase in the amount of stress a family experiences. Add to that the emotional toll of leaving behind everything familiar and settling into […] Read More

Staying in Milan With Kids This Summer?  Stay Sane and Have Fun!

Staying in Milan With Kids This Summer? Stay Sane and Have Fun!

It’s nearly here again…summer! And with it comes the end of another school year and the start of what seems to be both the fastest and slowest season of the year, depending on where you’re sitting. Some of you have summer calendars already jammed so full with plans that you risk whiplash racing from one […] Read More

TCKs: What Does It Mean?

TCKs: What Does It Mean?

“There is a sense of being at home anywhere, and yet a lack of attachment to any one place, culture or group.” So many of us grew up with parents from the same country, although perhaps from different regions: parents who very often had different socioeconomic, political, religious and academic backgrounds, and who undoubtedly had […] Read More

The Accompanying Partner, AKA: The Trailing Spouse

The Accompanying Partner, AKA: The Trailing Spouse

“take heart that every single ex-pat you meet was once as green as you are…” There seems to be no great label for a role that is challenging, hard to define and often overlooked when talking about life as an ex-pat. Historically, the term has been ‘trailing spouse,’ which many feel implies that the one […] Read More

Resolute Resolutions

Resolute Resolutions

It’s a new year! The time when many of us think – or at least talk – about making some new year’s resolutions. But, why do we think we’re any more likely to resolve to do something new, something different, on January 1, rather than, say, June 29? A new year’s resolution is a declaration […] Read More

Managing Holiday Stress by Managing Your Daily Habits

Managing Holiday Stress by Managing Your Daily Habits

Here we go again…the holidays!  For some, it really is the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us, it’s more of a mixed bag: stress, added expenses, family (with all the good and all the challenges), travel, illness, and of course, food, fun and festivities.  There’s nothing new in being more […] Read More

Expats: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Expats: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Expats come in every color and stripe, and each one has a unique story to tell, an individual set of circumstances and a reason that brought them here. It may be a job, a spouse’s job, a relationship, an opportunity, or something else, and, depending on the reason, the length of an ex-pat’s stay can […] Read More

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 3 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 3 of 3)

In part two of the series, we left off discussing stage three of cultural adjustment, adaptation, in which you were beginning to reach a place of understanding and acceptance of your new culture, and you found yourself feeling more like the person you were back in your home country, but with a new twist. As […] Read More

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 2 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 2 of 3)

In part one, we left off discussing stage two of the process of cultural adjustment, in which you were experiencing full-blown culture shock and all the frustrations and challenges that go with it. Again, this can be the most difficult stage of adapting to a new culture and the time in which it is most […] Read More

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 1 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 1 of 3)

When thinking about and planning to move to a new country, the number of logistical preparations to take care of can seem endless.  Especially if you are moving not just by yourself, but with a partner and children in tow.  Sorting out housing, schools, cars, documents – documents! – and much more, add up to […] Read More

Intercultural Relationships: When They Don’t Work Out

Intercultural Relationships: When They Don’t Work Out

You fell madly in love with an Italian man, someone who wasn’t like anyone else you had ever met. You quickly realized you could see yourself with this person in a permanent way. You decided you were willing – happy – to leave your own life behind and move across the world to be with […] Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 3)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 3)

(Part 3 of 3) Your bundle of joy is here! Labor and delivery are behind you, and now begins Life With Baby. What do you need to know? First, let’s talk about a few tips for staying sane. Remember that the first three months are, in many ways, the hardest. As exhausted, overwhelmed, teary and […] Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 2)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 2)

(Part 2 of 3) You now have your tessera sanitaria in hand and you’re familiar with the various options for giving birth in your adopted city. What’s next? The OB/GYN First, it’s important to remember that in a “normal” delivery, i.e., a vaginal birth without complications, the OB/GYN is going to spend precious little time participating in […] Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 1)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 1)

(Part 1 of 3) You’re having a baby! Few discoveries are as momentous, as joyful and as terrifying as the news that from this day forward, you will forever be responsible for a life aside from your own. That bringing this life into the world and helping to shape the person your baby will become […] Read More

Two Worlds, One Relationship

Two Worlds, One Relationship

Are you in an intercultural relationship? Do you know firsthand the unique joys of having a partner who enriches your worldview, and the frustrations of having a partner with whom you are often on different pages, based on different points of reference, different societal norms and countless different cultural nuances? In my counseling practice, I […] Read More

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