Personalised Therapeutic Wellness Program
The service I offer is a Personalised Therapeutic Wellness Program which includes 2 x1hr consultations via Skype.
Online consultations offer the benefit of working with a qualified healthcare professional within the comfort of your own home.
After the first 1hr consultation a realistic personalised program is designed specifically for your needs.
Your suggested and prescribed program designed specifically for you may incorporate aspects of:
- Counselling and psychotherapy
- Pilates and gentle exercise suggestions
- Therapeutic yoga; including postures (known as Asana) and yogic breathing techniques (Pranayama)
- Simple Qi gong and Taoist practices
- Meditation and mindfulness practises
- Nutritional suggestions
- Lifestyle recommendations
- Art therapy and guided journalling
The second 1hr consultation is practical with full explanation of the prescribed practises and a PDF document for your convenience.
I encourage an optional follow up consultation after 4 and 12 weeks to assess progress and make any changes that may be needed.
You are of course more than welcome to make an appointment at any time for additional support.
My approach and prescribed program is integrative.
This means the program is based on a combination of Yoga, Ayurveda (the sister science of Yoga), Taoist practises, Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Western holistic approach.
The intention is not to strive for or attain perfection based on unrealistic expectations; rather to regain and maintain balance.
The Middle Path.
Therefore, the program is suitable for everyone at all levels of health.
I meet you where you are.
Expatriate Support Services provided via Skype
The expat life is usually seen as one of privilege. Rarely is the mental health challenges of moving away from your support network to unfamiliar surroundings considered.
Depression, anxiety, nervousness, social isolation, hypervigilance and feeling unable to cope is very often self-medicated with alcohol, drugs and sex. Being away from family and trusted friends makes dealing with loss and grief even more difficult than usual.
Substance abuse within expat communities is common and very often ignored, or socially accepted as entertainment to the detriment of family relationships.
Trailing spouses frequently describe feeling invisible, unrealised and unheard while at the same time feeling as if their lives are under the microscope requiring them to pretend that everything is ok to maintain the family’s contract of employment.
Establishing a trustworthy and confidential support network to deal with mental health challenges within an expat community can be very difficult. More so if there is a language and/or cultural barrier between you and the local social services, or if the health care support is provided by your employer. Dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety in an environment where you feel unsupported amplifies the condition.
Self-care, self-awareness, cultural sensitivity and a strong support network is necessary for mental and behavioural health. It is also necessary for the service provider to have personal experience and a cultural frame of reference in order to support you; by understanding your personal condition and your personal experience with non-judgment and clarity.
My personal experience of expat communities and the inherent cultural challenges is based on 16 years within the UK, Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Brunei. I have lived outside of my home country for 19 years.
From experience within these communities I know that people in need of help are often afraid of, or uncomfortable with, being seen in a waiting room. They decide to go unsupported, spiralling into deep depression. For this reason I offer online consultations in the privacy of your home.