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 some of the common topics I work on with Expat coaching Clients

Which one would you like support with?

making here home: dealing with the challenges of expat life



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.

moving back home: repatriation/re-entry




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.

location independent professionals, expat entrepreneurs, & digital nomads


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. 

put on your own oxygen mask first: self-care for parents


You tend to put everyone else’s needs before your own. Your spouse’s, your kids, your family back home, the newly arrived expats. But it’s not working. Your stressed, exhausted, and don’t even feel like you can be fully present for the people you care about. This coaching is all about remembering that “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” We’ll work on tools to connect with yourself, clarify what you really want and need, and find self-care strategies that will help you make sure you’re being taken care of so you can fully be there for those you care about. 

what's next? navigating the should I stay or go dilemma


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. 

person walking past a grafitti wall that reads 'courage'

intercultural relationships, lovepats, and breakups



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 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. This might be a book recommendation or a small habit you’re trying to implement. I can also provide you with relevant resources if that’s helpful for you. 

What’s the process of working together?

  1. Set up your initial FREE 30-minute consultation so we can see if working together is a good fit
  2. If it’s a good fit, we’ll schedule our first session and I’ll send you a coaching agreement and goal setting worksheet, and you’ll pay for your coaching 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. I recommend starting with either weekly or bi-weekly sessions, depending on your availability and goals.

How long will we work together?

I’ve found that a minimum of 6 sessions is needed in order for you to feel like you’ve learned new tools and made progress.

After you complete your package of 6 sessions, we’ll check in about how you’re feeling and decide if we want to wrap up the process or continue working together (sometimes on a less frequent basis).

It depends largely on what you’re hoping to work on in coaching
and the initial 30-minute chat is a great time to discuss this more in detail.

*New clients are required to purchase a minimum of 6 sessions to start in order to ensure there is enough time working together to see the benefits of coaching. However, the option of purchasing single sessions at a rate of $160/session is available to clients who have previously purchased a 6 session package.

**Prices listed are in USD