Expat Therapist

I have been an expat for about a decade, spending almost 2 years in Bangkok, almost 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, WhatsApp, and audio-only 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 in habit formation, stress management, remote work issues, and work from a holistic perspective, and use the solution-focused therapy method along with cognitive behavioral techniques.

Many of my clients at this time are actually NOT currently expats; 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 a variety of issues, including anxiety (and COVID-specific anxiety), stress, depression, loneliness, relational issues, grief, divorce, purpose-finding, job changes, self improvement, 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.

*As of October 2022: My practice is full (though I do have one morning-only CST space), though you are still welcome to contact me to be added to the waitlist for when availability opens up, or I would also be happy to make referrals and suggestions for other possible therapists*

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).