@Gilbert Garcin, Divergences, 2005
An intercultural approach
I am French and grew up in France, but I have lived in Berlin for the past 15 years. I also lived for an extended period in the United States. My studies and my professional career have have given me extensive experience in a trilingual environment. Since my husband is American and we have two daughters who were born and raised in Germany, at home I am regularly confronted with the tensions or discrepancies that can result from cultural particularities and differences.
I offer consultations in French, German and English. One area of my expertise is supporting couples confronting language barriers or cultural differences, or who live and work in multinational environments.
My approach is to integrate the transition from one language to another in the sessions themselves to suit your particular needs. Taking an intercultural perspective is central to my therapeutic work.
Why go to couples therapy
There are many reasons a couple may seek therapy: you no longer talk to each other without arguing. You have lost hope and do not understand how your relationship got to this point. You feel far away, and the distance between you keeps growing. You feel that your desire has been lost. You want to find moments of passion and lightness in your relationship. You often think of breaking up. You fall back into the same conflicts again and again. You wonder how your relationship will recover from infidelity. You are going through intense and destructive episodes of jealousy. You have experienced a dramatic or traumatic event from which your couple cannot escape.
Couples therapy can help you.
Binational and/or expat couples
International couples, whether multilingual or monolingual living abroad, may face a range of common conflicts, including:
a sense of uprootedness, loss of identity and alienation
a feeling of imbalance, dependence or injustice when one partner has left their country for the other
differences in the ability and willingness to adapt to a new culture
a feeling of loneliness, lack of social contacts, lack of family support
fear of losing children in the event of separation due to geographical distance
« The clarity is not born of what we imagine the clear, but what we become aware of the dark. » C. G. Jung