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The Whirlwind of Returning Home for the Holidays: Navigating Family, Food, and Fun

The Whirlwind of Returning Home for the Holidays: Navigating Family, Food, and Fun

Ah, the holiday season! That magical time of year when you leave behind your life in Barcelona and head back to your country of origin. It’s a whirlwind of reunions, nostalgia, and the sweet (and sometimes overwhelming) chaos of trying to see everyone and do everything in

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Preparing for Family and Friend Visitors in Barcelona: Coping Strategies and Setting Boundaries

Preparing for Family and Friend Visitors in Barcelona: Coping Strategies and Setting Boundaries

Living in Barcelona as an expatriate is a unique and enriching experience. The city’s vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and Mediterranean charm make it an attractive destination not just for you but also for your friends, family, second cousins or acquaintances from many moons ago (everyone loves Barcelona)!

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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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12 Compelling Reasons Internationals and Digital Nomads Should Consider Therapy

12 Compelling Reasons Internationals and Digital Nomads Should Consider Therapy

Let’s start with the Story of Castellers in Catalunya…. In the heart of Catalunya, a powerful tradition unfolds – the building of human towers known as ‘Castells.’ This captivating spectacle, more than just a cultural marvel, encapsulates a profound life lesson. At the base of each tower

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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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The Difference Between Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Psychotherapists

The Difference Between Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Psychotherapists

Navigating the bustling streets of Barcelona, with its vibrant culture and stunning architecture, is an exhilarating experience. However, the expat life in Barcelona, with challenges like pressures on established relationships, intercultural dating, and culture shock, can sometimes bring feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress. In such times,

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5 Key Stages of Culture Shock and How Psychotherapy Can Help

5 Key Stages of Culture Shock and How Psychotherapy Can Help

Moving to a new country or city is a thrilling adventure, filled with new sights, sounds, and experiences. However, adapting to a new culture can also bring about a range of emotions and reactions known as culture shock. For internationals in Barcelona, understanding these stages and seeking

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Psychotherapy for Expats

Psychotherapy for Expats

Psychotherapy for Expats Psychotherapy can be a valuable tool for expats who are struggling to cope with the challenges of living in a foreign country.  Living abroad as an expat can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be incredibly challenging, especially for those

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RAIN Meditation

RAIN Meditation

R.A.I.N is an effective meditation technique which has become increasingly popular in recent years. It owes it’s appeal to the fact that it injects a large dose of compassion into our lives and helps us connect with and soothe uncomfortable emotions from difficult life experiences.

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Finding an English-speaking therapist in Spain

Finding an English-speaking therapist in Spain
Finding an English-speaking Therapist in Spain Australian Registered Psychologist and Director of Therapy in Barcelona, Leigh Matthews, answered some questions about finding therapy in English for The Local Spain   It seems that there are quite a few English-speaking therapists in the big cities such as BarcelonaRead more
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