Vienna Expat Coaching & Support

If you are on this page, you may be in the process of relocating to Vienna or have come to Vienna as an Expat. Either way, welcome!

Here you find my thoughts about the life changing process of moving to a new country, some tips and my service for coaching and relocation support throughout your move to Vienna and settling in phase.

Moving country is a strain on our emotions

Going through an international move can be a life changing event for not only the newly recruited expert but for the whole family. It is not only the career perspective that determines our happiness, it is the society, the culture and how well integrated we feel. If we feel lonely, isolated and helpless over a long period of time, this can lead to serious depression and anxiety. Many highly qualified experts have to go back home because the challenge and pressure on the whole family is too much.

I have been in this situation of being new somewhere many times in my life, including moving to Vienna twice, once with and once without children. I know the ups and downs of a multicultural journey as a single person and as a mother. We experience different feelings along this journey in our lives. From excitement and joy to overwhelming sadness and anger and sometimes on the same day. We have the whole range of emotions that come crashing down on us and we are not always prepared to handle them.

Relocating is highly demanding on our brain power and might leave us feeling exhausted. Sometimes we don’t have the strength to discuss these matters with our partner, maybe wanting to protect him or her and putting on a brave face. We may feel that we want to go back home, pack it in or just sit through the time abroad in silence until we can go back home. Is this what you want from your life though? People say that it just takes time to adjust. Surely it does, but you don’t need to suffer on the way. You don’t need to feel isolated and lonely, you have the power to create your life - also abroad.

What does Expat Coaching look like?

I have gone through many moves in life and as a fully qualified coach, I can support you along the way. I can appreciate what you are going through and I have also the necessary qualifications to coach you through the process. Yet the most important basis for working with each other is that we click. Unfolding strength and your potential can only truly happen if you feel safe and happy with me being your coach. So we start easy with a first get to know each other session and by discussing your personal needs for your journey. Then take it from there. You can decide what support you require and what topics are important for you right now. Possible topics could be: review and unfold your career prospects here in Vienna, find new coping strategies in an unfamiliar surrounding, get advice on how to deal with language issues or turn a stressful moving experience into your new positive life. I offer 1+1 coaching and group coaching (2+ Coaching) for those that feel they want to share their experiences, network and go through this with others.

Expat Training Program

The Expat Training Program offers you 1+1 Coaching, 2+ Coaching tailored to Expat needs as well as special workshop events. Look out for the activities!

Read more about my offers in this presentation or get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Dos and Dont's

Dos

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Appreciate you are doing enough
  • Check in with your children to see how they are feeling
  • Tell your partner how you are feeling and ask him/her too
  • Accept grief of leaving your old home behind
  • Plan a goodbye ritual with your family (e.g. all cleaning the old home together, packing some items together, have a party, plan your last trip)
  • Unpack in your own time
  • Accept the time you need for settling in
  • Take time off and discover the area together
  • Ask as many questions as you need
  • If you get stressed or frustrated, know everybody does
  • If you get home sick, understand it is normal

Dont's

  • Don’t expect the move will go smoothly
  • Don’t expect everyone will be happy all the time
  • Don’t forget to take care of yourself in between
  • Don’t argue about little things, they are not worth it
  • Don’t compare to your previous home

Please feel free to contact me to see if I can help.