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Mindful Expat is a weekly podcast show designed for those living abroad to provide you with weekly guideposts for emotional wellbeing and resilience in your international life and to help you make the most of your inner and outer journeys. Living abroad presents us with unique challenges, but also equally unique opportunities for personal growth and development. Psychologist and expat counselor, Dana Nelson, Ph.D., shares insights on emotional wellbeing for overseas adventurers and brings yo ...
 
The "Love Junkie" podcast is dedicated to giving hope and practical tips to those who struggle with love addiction (the persistent pursuit and fantasy of unavailable romantic partners), sex addiction, codependency, and trauma. Every week, we will explore either a problem area and give advice on how to work through it, focus on a tool to build positivity and abundance in your life, or feature the story of someone who's been trapped in these addictive patterns and overcome. The purpose is to h ...
 
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The biggest morning tea is an annual fundraiser for cancer research in Australia. This year again I had the honour of guest speaker in Mount Gambier with some 350 people in the audience. Sorry for the background noise. The topic was SELFCARE & SELFCOMPASSION a much needed notion in our competitive world and after the self-esteem movement! It was di…
 
Janine Barelds reflecting on her experiences as a Psychotherapist in an interview with her daughter Salome Carter who is a Social Worker. Topics include: Becoming a therapist Philosophy of Psychosynthesis Rewards and challenges Avoiding burnout Spirituality and it’s meaning Preparing for a session Audio editing by Jason Walker for The Auscast Netwo…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • I’ll introduce you to the concept of the “rentrée” in France (basically back-to-school but for adults and kids alike!). • We’ll discuss how this time of year can be an opportunity to take stock of what we have accomplished and learned in the past year and set our intentions for the year to come. • I will provide …
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • Today’s episode will be a brief welcome back to the podcast. I’ll share with you a bit about what I have in mind for Season 3! • I’ll invite you to connect with me and stay in touch as we move into Season 3. • I’ll request YOUR participation in the podcast by leaving me an audio message! I'd love to be able to sh…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Claudia Neiman! Since moving away from the US at the age of 18 for school, Claudia has lived in Spain, Brazil, and Portugal. Although she has never actually lived in the UK, she has dual US/British citizenship, which lowers administrative hurdles to her living in the EU long-term, and she considers herself a global ci…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Dani Jauregui! Dani is originally from the Chicago area. While studying at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois – majoring in Sociology and Hispanic Studies – she decided to do a semester abroad in Alicante, Spain. After returning to the US to finish her degree, Dani then decided that she wanted to mo…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Amanda Zetah! Amanda is originally from the United States, from the state of Colorado. While she was in college, inspired by the dream of becoming a travel writer, she started traveling independently and soon caught the travel bug. As soon as she graduated, she jumped at the opportunity to start traveling full-time. O…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Claire Handscombe! Claire is a freelance writer, blogger, and fellow-podcaster (host of The Brit Lit Podcast) living in Washington, DC. Born in London to a British father and French mother, Claire then spent much of her early adolescence in Belgium before returning to the UK at the age of 12. She later returned to Bel…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • How self-care is really having empathy for your future self (and what this really means). • A fun Seinfeld clip to illustrate this concept (in the inverse) • Some ideas for what this type of self-care might mean for you. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode: • I mentioned our wonderful New Year's episode, featu…
 
Today's Mindful Expat Guest is Carolyn Parse Rizzo! Carolyn is a certified Child Life Specialist and Life Transition Coach focusing on healthcare and vitality abroad. From her home in Italy, she works as a health coach and consultant, supporting people who are dealing with various types of health conditions while living abroad. Through her company,…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • We'll talk a bit about New Year's resolutions and making sustainable self-care a priority in 2018! • We'll hear from all of our Mindful Expat guests from the 2017, listening to their self-care tips from their own experiences as inspiration for our own self-care in the coming year! Resources Mentioned in Today's E…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Lois Bushong! Lois is a licensed marriage and family therapist living in the state of Indiana in the United States. She is originally from the US, but grew up in Central America (mainly in Honduras) as part of a missionary family, and she also spent 10 years working in Honduras as an adult. Having grown up as a Third …
 
This psychosynthesis podcast explores the idea of self identification, resulting in an awareness and experience of the deeper, authentic self. This may evolve in feeling more confident. The acceptance exercise examines this powerful ingredient, in dealing with life. The golden heart meditation can help strengthen self confidence and gratitude.…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • Why the holidays can be an especially challenging time of year for expats — whether we’re traveling home or staying in our host countries. • Some specific tips for meaningful expat holidays when we’re far from home that you can implement in your life this holiday season! Resources mentioned in this episode: • I m…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • How not all issues in relationships can be completely resolved, but how this may actually be ok — we just need to learn how to manage them! • Some problematic patterns that couples can fall into (what John Gottman calls the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” — criticism, defensiveness, contempt, and stonewalling —…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Claudia Landini! Claudia is an intercultural trainer and mobile careers coach. Originally from Italy, Claudia has been living abroad for the past 27 years, since 1989! She has lived in four African countries (Sudan, Angola, Congo Brazzaville and Guinea Bissau), two Latin American countries (Honduras and Peru), in Jeru…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • The benefits of practicing gratitude (to our emotional, psychological, and physical health!). • What it even means to "practice" gratitude. (And how doing so can help you experience more spontaneous gratitude as well!) • A short gratitude practice that you can incorporate into your daily routine that is supported…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Karen Wilmot! Karen was born and grew up in South Africa. Growing up with a mother who was a midwife, Karen was exposed from an early age to inspiring stories of women giving birth. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a midwife herself. Karen’s love of travel led her to live in many different countries –…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • Some of the different contexts in which students may study abroad and how these contexts might impact their experiences as international students. • Some of the amazing benefits of studying abroad! • Some of the common challenges that international students may face. • Some of my recommendations for current and f…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Louise Wiles! Louise is an expat coach who works with international assignees, expat partners, and international organizations to help expats and their families not only survive but thrive in their lives abroad! Louise is originally from the UK, but she has spent much of the last 18 years living in Spain and Portugal.…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • My reflections on foreignness during my travels in South Korea. • Some of the pros and cons of being an obvious foreigner vs. a hidden foreigner (or "hidden immigrant"). • Some of the benefits of living abroad and experiencing being "the other" first-hand -- and how this experience can make us reflect differently…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Dr. Carmen Roman! Dr. Roman is a licensed psychologist in the state of California. She is originally from Mexico and practiced as a psychologist there for a number of years before moving to the United States in 2007. Dr. Roman is bilingual in English and Spanish and offers bilingual and bicultural psychotherapy to her…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • I'll introduce you to the concept of the "rentrée" in France (basically back-to-school but for adults and kids alike!). • We'll discuss how this time of year can be an opportunity to take stock of what we have accomplished and learned in the past year and set our intentions for the year to come. • I will provide …
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • Today's episode will be a brief welcome back to the podcast after our break in August. I'll share with you a bit about what I have in mind for Season 2! • I'll invite you to connect with Mindful Expat (and me!) and stay in touch as we move into Season 2. Resources mentioned in this episode: • Mindful Expat is one…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • I’ll share with you some updates about the podcast and invite you to take a short survey I've designed to help me know what you'd like to hear more about in Season 2 of the podcast. • We'll discuss a quote from Thich Nhat Hahn that says, "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile ca…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Dr. Nazanin Moali! Dr. Moali is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California in the United States. She is not only a practicing psychologist, but also a consultant, researcher, sex educator, and fellow podcaster! She has two wonderful podcasts – one in English and one in Farsi – both called Sexology, wh…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Kate Berger, MSc! Kate is a child and adolescent psychologist based in Amsterdam. Her private practice is called the Expat Kids Club, and -- as the name would suggest -- she specializes in working with expat and Third Culture Kids and their families. She is originally from New York, completed her bachelors degree from…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • I'll share with you some updates about the podcast. • We’ll discuss some common myths and misconceptions about counseling/psychotherapy that sometimes serve as barriers to seeking help. We'll debunk these myths and discuss what counseling/psychotherapy is really like. Resources mentioned in this episode: • If you…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • We'll discuss what depression is, some factors that contribute to it, and why I think this is a particularly important issue for people living abroad. • We'll discuss some of the ways depression can be effectively treated and how you can connect with therapists in your area or online. • We'll discuss some alterna…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • I ask you to reflect on whether you're waiting on something to really start living and encourage you to think about how this may present a barrier to living in the present moment. • We discuss how to allow yourself to start really living right now, even as you may also be working toward your goals or trying to ov…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • A continuation of our last discussion about how our emotions can actually give us useful messages about our needs — if only we can learn how to listen and decode the messages they’re sending us! • Some of the reasons why many people have learned to distrust their emotional signals — and how we can begin to practi…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • About how our emotions are actual useful! They give us important information about our needs -- if only we can learn to listen to them! • How to begin to tune in and be curious about what our emotions are telling us and respond with intention to get our needs met. Stay in Touch! To make sure you don’t miss future…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • About the importance of practicing mindfulness in everyday situations or through “formal practice” so that we have the skills when we really need them (when we’re in distress). • How to use mindful eating as an everyday mindfulness practice. Resources mentioned in this episode: • The exercise I use in this episod…
 
Today’s Mindful Expat Guest is Sundae Schneider-Bean! Sundae is an intercultural strategist and solution-oriented coach, and – as she says –she’s on a mission to help expats make the most of their lives abroad! Sundae is originally from the United States, from the state of North Dakota. Even before meeting her Swiss husband and launching on a serie…
 
What you’ll hear in this episode: • How you can create a pause between your initial experience of an emotion and your reaction to it, and how doing so will allow you to cultivate more self-compassion and feel less out of control in your life. • About the differences between pain and suffering — and how our responses to our own internal experiences …
 
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