Expat Therapist

Steph has been an expat for more than 7 years, spending almost 2 in Bangkok, almost 2 in Rio de Janeiro, and 4 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 lifestyle. She went back to school to obtain her master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in therapy, has finished all of her coursework, and is currently on the practicum component of her degree.

She is working under the guidance and supervision of a Mexican-licensed psychologist, and seeing clients (only one per day due to COVID-19 sanitization standards) at a home office in Fluvial Vallarta, and online via Zoom or Whatsapp Video.

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.

She can also help with location-specific planning and consulting on moves to Thailand, Brazil, and Mexico, with extensive expertise on Mexico (including personal experience living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, and Puebla).

Schedule your free, 15 minute consultation to see how you can work together to maximize your expat experience, or to take the first step on your expat 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 exceptionally affordable regular rate of just $30USD per hour for new clients starting in June or July (paid via PayPal, or 600MXN 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). She is currently offering a 10% discount for packages of 10 sessions purchased and scheduled in advance.