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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 and couples), 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

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