Expat Coaching with melissa parks, phd
Do you want to feel more content and confident?
Learn tools to navigate the challenging moments of expat life?
Be a more relaxed and engaged parent, spouse, friend, etc?
Feel more fulfilled with this chapter of your life?
Get unstuck and move forward with an important goal?
…then expat coaching with me might be for you!
These are the most common reasons my clients seek out expat coaching with me-
For support with a specific stage in international living:
Living abroad is supposed to be the best time of your life, but unfortunately, life in an exotic new place is still life. It’s full of its challenging moments and now you’ve got to do it far away from the familiarity of home and without a support system. I’ll teach you the tools that have helped my clients (and me) to make a new place home, create a fulfilling life, and even use this life chapter to learn more about yourself.
Should I stay put? Should I move back home? Should I move to a different country? This is a common dilemma faced by expats and it’s often made more difficult if you tell yourself “it shouldn’t be so hard.” Usually there isn’t one right decision, but in our work together we’ll clarify what’s deeply important to you in life, and explore what tools available to create a more fulfilling life where you currently are, or prepare for a big transition–either to a new country, or back home.
You might have known that living abroad was going to be hard, but did you know that moving back home can be just as hard (and sometimes even harder)? I can help you to learn tools to navigate this difficult transition, whether you’ve already repatriated or are just starting to consider it. You’ll learn strategies to say goodbye to your former home, reflect on how your time abroad has shaped who you are, and envision how you can have a fulfilling life back in your home country.
And/or because they identify with one of these types of clients I specialize in working with:
Being a mom is probably THE hardest job you’ll ever have. It demands so much of you – emotionally, physically, mentally – yet also tends to be under-appreciated. Not to mention that there are so many messages out there about how you should be doing things. It’s hard not to have a voice in your head that’s constantly telling you that you could be doing more. You’re likely stressed, exhausted, overwhelmed, and having a hard time being fully present for the people you care about. You might even feel out of touch with who you are. Coaching can help you to reconnect with yourself, acknowledge the amazing job you’re doing, and start to care for yourself in the same way you care for your children.
I especially enjoy working with new moms as they navigate the challenges of this big life transition
Being your own boss or working from home is amazing, right? Especially if you can travel the world while doing work you love. But it also comes with its own unique set of challenges. You might struggle with work/life balance, experience burnout, or find that imposter syndrome and procrastination keep getting in your way. Together we’ll work on strategies to help you gain clarity, stay productive, manage stress, and continue to do the work you love, while not losing sight of other things that are important in your life.
Romantic relationships are hard enough even when you’re from, and living in, the same country. The international element of being from different cultures, possibly adding in another language, or being away from your support system, all add additional challenges. I’ve worked as a couples therapist for intercultural couples, am in an intercultural/bilingual marriage myself, and can provide you with strategies to clarify what you want in your own relationship and how to work through any challenges that you face. I also support international clients going through a breakup or divorce.
Working with me:
What will I get out of our work together?
Coaching will help you to feel more content and confident in your day-to-day life. You’ll be more present and engaged with the people you care about. You’ll gain clarity about what a fulfilling life abroad means to you, and strategies to make that vision a reality.
You’ll also learn how to prioritize your own self-care and put on your own oxygen mask first. We’ll work on creating or improving your self-care toolbox so you can find what works for you to navigate the challenging moments of day-to-day life, wherever in the world you are.
We’ll also talk about what you can do between sessions to get the most out of coaching. I provide all my clients with a curated list of resources to explore, as well as action steps to take, between our sessions.
What’s the process of working together?
- Schedule your first 50-minute coaching session HERE. If you’d like to meet me first or discuss whether individual sessions or a package of sessions is a better fit you can also set up an initial free 15-minute consultation.
- Once you schedule your first coaching session, I’ll send you a coaching agreement and a goal-setting and reflection worksheet, and you’ll also pay for your coaching session (or package).
Each session is 50-minutes long. We work online via Zoom so you can connect with me from the comfort of your own home or office, wherever in the world you may be.
The frequency of sessions and length of working together vary depending on your concerns. We can discuss different options depending on your availability and goals.
How long will we work together?
If you’re working towards a very specific goal such as gaining clarity about whether you’d like to stay abroad or move home, you may find that 2-3 sessions are enough for you.
However, for the majority of clients, I’ve found that a minimum of 6 sessions is needed in order for you to feel like you’ve made progress. For this reason, I’ve also created the option of 6-session and 12-session packages. My clients who choose packages do so because it’s a better fit for their goals, it helps them commit to the coaching process, holds them accountable to their goals (they also appreciate not needing to remember to pay before every session).
If you choose a package, before the last session, we’ll check in about your progress and you can decide if you’d like to end our work together or continue working together – either by purchasing another package or paying for sessions individually.
It all depends on what you’re hoping to work on. If you’re unsure what to choose, schedule a free 15-minute call with me is a great time to discuss this more in detail. There is no obligation to work together after this call, but it’s a great opportunity to see if it would be a good fit to work together and get your questions answered. Schedule yours HERE.
This is a great option for clients who are working towards a very specific goal such as gaining clarity about whether they want to stay abroad or move back to their home country.
- This option is great for clients who want to work towards feeling more fulfilled where they’re currently living. Usually you already have some changes in mind that you’d like to make, or we can explore that in the first session.
- It’s also a good option for clients who want to explore the “stay or go” dilemma and would then like some additional support with feeling more fulfilled either abroad or a plan for coping with repatriation and reverse culture shock
- To be used within 3 months
- This option is great for clients who are in the midst of more than one transition. For instance – moving abroad and becoming a parent, exploring the “stay or go” dilemma and starting your own company, or repatriating and exploring new career options.
- We’ll work together over a 6-month period to gain clarity on your core values and your vision for a meaningful and fulfilling life, identify goals that are aligned with this vision, and explore what’s getting in the way of achieving those goals. You’ll also learn strategies for making long-term sustainable changes by motivating yourself through encouragement rather than pushing yourself to move forward.
- To be used within 6 months
*Prices listed are in USD