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Why Summer Can Feel So Hard for Internationals in Barcelona

Why Summer Can Feel So Hard for Internationals in Barcelona

Barcelona, with its stunning architecture, vibrant culture, and beautiful beaches, is a dream destination for many. However, for internationals living in this bustling city, summer can be a paradoxical experience. While the season promises warmth, festivity, and an influx of tourists, it also brings unique challenges that

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Navigating the Intricacies of Managing In-Laws in Intercultural Relationships in Spain

Navigating the Intricacies of Managing In-Laws in Intercultural Relationships in Spain

  Intercultural relationships bring a myriad of challenges and rewards, and one common area that can significantly impact the dynamics of these relationships is managing relationships with in-laws in the foreign culture.  This blog post delves into the cultural impacts of Spain as a family-oriented culture for

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Therapy: It’s Not Like Surgery or Running, It’s More Like Gardening and Renovation

Therapy: It's Not Like Surgery or Running, It's More Like Gardening and Renovation

When people think about therapy, they often mistake it for something quick and clean, like surgery or running. But that’s not the full picture. Therapy is a complex, nuanced, and deeply personal journey that often defies simple analogies.  To truly understand what therapy is and what it

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The Power of Rituals in Managing Expat Life: A Guide to Finding Stability in Transition

The Power of Rituals in Managing Expat Life: A Guide to Finding Stability in Transition

Navigating the life of an expatriate can be a thrilling adventure filled with new experiences and opportunities. However, it is sure to bring about significant levels of uncertainty and ambiguity. Moving to a new country involves adapting to different cultures, languages, and environments, which can be daunting

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Navigating Language Barriers and Foreign Language Anxiety: A Neuroscience-Informed Guide for Expats

Navigating Language Barriers and Foreign Language Anxiety: A Neuroscience-Informed Guide for Expats

Speaking a new language can be daunting, but there are effective ways to manage this anxiety. In this post Leigh Matthews, Australian Registered Psychologist and Director of Therapy in Barcelona dives into three practical tips, backed by neuroscience, to help you navigate this journey with confidence. Among the challenges

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Notes About Therapy By a Therapist in Barcelona

Notes About Therapy By a Therapist in Barcelona

  As a therapist working with a diverse international community in Spain and Europe since 2011, Australian Psychologist, and Founder of Therapy in Barcelona, Leigh Matthews, has gathered insights crucial for those embarking on or currently navigating the journey of therapy.  In this article she sheds light

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Embracing the Power of Not Belonging: A Journey for Internationals

Embracing the Power of Not Belonging: A Journey for Internationals

As internationals living in a culture distinct from our own, such as the rich and diverse environment of Spain, we often confront complex emotions associated with not quite fitting in. This journey, while challenging, is imbued with unique strengths and invaluable opportunities for growth. Being different offers

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Couples Therapy: Navigating the Unique Challenges for Expat and Intercultural Couples

Couples Therapy: Navigating the Unique Challenges for Expat and Intercultural Couples

In the dynamic and often complex world of relationships, couples therapy stands as a beacon of hope and guidance. For expat and intercultural couples, the journey through partnership can be especially intricate, weaving through cultural nuances, language barriers, and the unique challenges of life abroad. At Therapy

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Lidia Therapy in Barcelona Collaborating Therapist in Her Own Words

Lidia Therapy in Barcelona Collaborating Therapist in Her Own Words

lidia lidia I invite you to work towards understanding and accepting who you are to enhance your relationship with yourself and others. To begin working with me, fill in the intake form. Adult form Couples form Adolescent 15+ form Hello! I’m Lidia, a client-centred therapist and Gottman

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Physical and Mental Fitness: A Guide for Expats in Barcelona

Physical and Mental Fitness: A Guide for Expats in Barcelona

Life as an international entails managing the opportunities and challenges of being dislocated from your country of origin and managing language barriers and cultural differences. Culture shock, party lifestyles, separation from friends and family – expat life disrupts your usual routines, creating a storm of challenges that

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