Expat Therapist

I have been an expat for about over a decade, spending 2 years in Bangkok, 2 years in Rio de Janeiro, and over 6 years in Mexico (Mexico City, Puebla, and Puerto Vallarta).

Stephanie Kempker Edri of JoyAndJourney.com in Puebla, Mexico

During this time, I recognized the need for (and short supply of) counselors and coaches who specialize in helping with the issues that are unique to the expat (as well as immigrant, frequent travel, digital nomad and remote work) lifestyles, at the same time reigniting my own passion for and interest in psychology and wellness.

So, I went back to school to obtain my master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. I completed my practicum and internship requirements working with individuals and couples, adolescents and adults, and worked in educational and private practice settings. I now work full-time in my own private practice.

Beyond my master’s degree, I have completed additional training through the Beck Institute focusing on cognitive behavioral techniques for use in depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and general therapy applications, in order to better be able to support my clients with research-backed techniques and tools. I have certification at the University of California in college and career counseling, to be equipped to provide clients with support during career transitions that have become increasingly frequent in my generation and beyond.

I work with clients via Zoom and audio-only (phone call and WhatsApp voice call) formats.

I am 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. I have special interests and experience in habit formation, sleep, stress management, remote work issues, chronic illness, and infertility. I work from a holistic perspective, and use a solution-focused approach along with cognitive behavioral techniques.

Most of my clients are expats, immigrants, or remote workers/digital nomads, but certainly not all; I work with individuals and couples, adults and adolescents, all around the world, whether they are living abroad or in their home country. My clients come to work on and process through a variety of issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, loneliness/community creation, relational issues, grief, divorce, purpose-finding, job changes, infertility, and more.

*I have one morning client space available (for any session time M-F, before 12pm CST) as I limit the number of clients I see each week in order to provide the best quality of care. You can sign up for a session by clicking here. I also have a waitlist, or can refer you to other therapists: just send me an email.*

I strive to provide transparency and authenticity in every aspect of my work, including financial. I am able to offer a regular rate of $75USD per session (paid via credit card or bank transfer) per 55-minute session, with discounts available for packages of 5 sessions, audio-only sessions, and shorter sessions (40 minute or 30 minute).

In addition to therapy, I also provide consulting and coaching for therapists (and potential therapists) and other mental health professionals who are seeking to establish or grow a successful, thriving private practice in Mexico and other locations abroad. You can sign up for a consultation by clicking here. I am also currently finishing a “how-to” book on the subject, tackling everything from nitty-gritty legalities to ideas for referral sources; add yourself to the waitlist (and get 10% off when it publishes!) by clicking here.