Cultural and Integration Difficulties
In many ways, and with the help of globalisation and technology, the world has become a small place. Many people are living in countries that they would not call ‘home’. They have relocated for work or lifestyle purposes and find themselves in a country where the culture, lifestyle and even the food and languages spoken are different. Cultural integration is an important and relevant topic now, especially when people struggle to integrate. Our counsellors can help you overcome this cultural hurdle.
These are a few examples of the differences in cultures that one may experience when relocating to a new country and integrating into that culture.
Preferred LocationLevel 8 / 288 Edward St, BrisbaneBuranda House, 154 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba
Preferred Gender of PsychologistMaleFemaleNo Preference
Areas of ConcernAddictionsAnger ManagementAnxietyCouples CounsellingDepressionDomestic ViolenceGrief/LossLGBTIQ+StressTrauma
Do You Identify AsLGBTIQSGBB+Aboriginal or Torres Strait IslanderCALD
Relocating to another country is not an easy task and there are many factors that can contribute to general emotional instability.
It may be time to speak to a counsellor and seek support if you are:
A fear of open spaces. Someone with this phobia will prefer to stay indoors and find it extremely anxiety provoking, if not impossible, to be outside.
A fear of social situations. Someone with social phobia finds that being in a crowd of people (however small) is very anxiety provoking and, as a result, avoids all social situations.
Fear of situations, places, animals or objects. This can include an intense fear of spiders, clowns, circuses, shoes, heights, flying and many more. In fact there is no real limit to what specific phobias one may experience.
Counselling for cultural integration difficulties focusses mainly on offering support and assistance in adjusting to your new environment. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression as a result of the adjustment difficulty, then you may be treated with anti-depressants and anxiolytics to help you cope.
Your counsellor can also help teach you about the culture you are integrating into. He/she can provide a neutral and supportive space in which you can explore the finer nuances and social behaviours of the new culture and your counsellor can provide insight for you. It is important that you have some support when adjusting to your new country and, if you find it difficult discussing your experiences and difficulties with your loved ones, then it is essential that you find support in counselling services.
Take the first step and contact us today.