Entries by Melissa Cochrane

The Expanded Role of Teachers in International Schools

If you have ever been to school, have ever been a teacher, or have ever been a parent, then you know how important teachers are in children’s lives. Teachers do so much more than teach content – they are mentors, guides, supporters, cheerleaders, and so much more. In international schools, especially when children and young […]

Repatriation Shock and how counsellors can help

In this blog, I explore what can be an unrecognised population who may show up in your counselling practice: those returning from working and living abroad. We are living through unprecedented times, and the demand for counsellors, coaches, and therapists is great. For some people who work abroad, their time overseas is ending abruptly and unexpectedly. […]

Musings During Coronavirus

I had considered writing about something else this week, but Coronavirus and isolation are still dominating my thoughts, and I suspect those of many others. It is an interesting and, in some ways, difficult time to be an expat. I live in England and consider it my home; my children go to school here; my […]

Keeping Psychologically Healthy During Coronavirus

As I write this blog, my family and I are entering our fourth week of isolation here in the UK. As the coronavirus ravages the globe and changes the way we live and work, there is so much information out there about how we can cope and stay mentally healthy. We may find that we […]

Mindfulness in the Morning

I have to admit, I go to bed early and I tend to wake up early. When I wake up, I often start by thinking of all the things I need to do that day; sort of making lists in my head. It’s not the most peaceful way to wake up, but I just find […]

Becoming An International School Counselor

I remember my first days as an International School Counselor. I had finished my Masters’ degree in California, and had interned as a counselor to students of school and college age before spending two years in England as a high school counselor. When I discovered that there was a network of international schools worldwide, and […]

New Course Launching October 1, 2018

We are delighted to announce that our course, Understanding and Working with Expatriate Clients, will be launching October 1st, 2018. This is a three-module course directed at counsellors and psychotherapists who work (or want to work) with expats. We created this entirely online course to meet the needs of counsellors and therapists all over the […]

Working with Expatriates Training Day

What a fantastic training day in Wilmslow! Kathy and Melissa facilitated a workshop for counsellors /psychotherapists who have an interest in working with expatriate clients.  It was a privilege to work with interested and engaged colleagues, and to hear about the myriad reasons for their interest in working with expatriates.  This was fascinating to hear about […]