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 2008, and having lived previously as an ex-pat in various other countries, Karen understands the stresses and changes of living abroad can sometimes make you feel like you’re no longer yourself and no longer in control of your life.
Living abroad can be challenging on many levels, and the emotional and psychological impact on yourself and your relationships is sometimes quite a shock. There are numerous and often unexpected cultural differences, some of which might include trying to understand where you fit into Italian culture, feeling accepted by the family of your Italian spouse, giving birth in Italy or navigating the particular challenges of having a bi-cultural family. Having an English-speaking counselor who has lived the experience and who has the training to teach you the skills to confront and better manage these difficulties can make a valuable difference.
Understanding the challenges of living abroad
“I understand that life as an ex-pat can be challenging and that anxiety, self doubt and overwhelm can make you feel like you are struggling to get by. I’ve learned that facing new parenthood far from home requires education, perspective and support. I know that inter-cultural relationships have their own brand of hurdles and that parenthood for cross-cultural families can sometimes leave both parents feeling adrift. If you can relate and are having trouble coping, remember – YOU ARE NOT ALONE.”
Contact Studio Karen Rigatti for more information
Viale Sabotino 19/2, Milano (zona Porta Romana)
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