Expat Therapist

Steph has been an expat for nearly a decade, spending almost 2 years in Bangkok, almost 2 years in Rio de Janeiro, and nearly 6 years in Mexico (Mexico City, Puebla, and Puerto Vallarta).

Stephanie Kempker Edri of JoyAndJourney.com in Puebla, Mexico

During this time, she recognized the need for (and short supply of) counselors and coaches who specialize in helping with the issues that are unique to the expat and immigrant lifestyle. She went back to school to obtain her master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in therapy.

Due to the pandemic, she works with clients online via Zoom or Whatsapp Video (as well as offering voice-only and text options). Established clients also have the option for in-person appointments in both Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta.

She is well-versed in the unique complications and stressors of the expat lifestyle, including adjustment struggles, culture shock, career changes abroad, loneliness and making new friends, relationship issues, new language acquisition, anxiety, and uncertainty. She has special interest in habit formation, works from a holistic perspective, and uses the solution-focused therapy method along with cognitive behavioral techniques.

The majority of Steph’s clients at this time are actually NOT expats; she works with individuals and couples, adults and adolescents, all around the world, whether they are living abroad or in their home country. Her clients come to work on a variety of issues, including anxiety (and COVID-specific anxiety), stress, depression, loneliness, relational issues, grief, purpose-finding, job changes, and more.

Schedule your free, 15 minute consultation to see how you can work together, or to take the first step on your expat or therapy journey, by clicking here.

Steph provides transparency and authenticity in every aspect of her work, including financial. Located in Mexico, Steph is able to offer an affordable regular rate of just $65USD per session (paid via PayPal, or pesos in cash). She also has sliding-scale options for those experiencing financial hardship, as she is committed to making therapy affordable and accessible to all (contact her here to ask more).