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Adjusting to a new environment can be very difficult.

It often feels disorienting as you adjust and take in all of the new, unfamiliar ways of life, attitudes, and cultural norms.

There can be questions of how to retain customs and a sense of self while forming a new sense of “home.” Issues around loss, loneliness, or identity can be heightened by being in a new environment. It can make you feel vulnerable and unsure of your place in your community, making you question your identity and how you fit in.

These can be especially difficult depending on the circumstances of your arrival in the US.

Whether you’re an international student, expatriate working away from home, an immigrant, or have moved to the Bay Area from another region in the U.S., it’s understandable to feel uncomfortable as you get used your new environment.

All your surroundings are different. Customs – and possibly the language – are unfamiliar. It can all feel overwhelming.

Having immigrated to the U.S. and later, as an adult, having worked and lived abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I’ve experienced some of the ups and downs of adjusting to new customs, learning new languages, and navigating the challenges of cultural assumptions (my own and others’).

Even moving from the East Coast to California offered its own set of adjustments.

I enjoy working with people from different countries or regions, whether it’s helping immigrants, professionals here on a temporary visa, or international students.

If you’d like help dealing with adjusting to a new culture and all that it stirs up, please call me at 510.406.5124, email me, or fill out the contact form below.

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