The Intentional Expat

Living Your Best Life Abroad

English Speaking Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Madrid (Online Sessions Available)


After having this blog for a little over a month, I´ve finally published a tab that includes information about the therapy services I offer both in Madrid (in-person sessions) as well as online (for those living outside of Madrid seeking an English-speaking therapist)



While traveling, studying or living abroad brings with it a lot of excitement and adventure, it also involves numerous changes in terms of location, language, customs, support system, etc. All of these changes and the stress they entail can exacerbate already present psychological conditions, or trigger new ones. Some possible reasons that someone living or traveling abroad may wish to seek therapy include:

  • Homesickness
  • Prolonged Culture Shock and other problems associated with Cultural Adaptation
  • Identity issues associated with being an expat, especially those related to moving abroad to accompany your partner
  • Guilt for living away from your family
  • Loneliness and difficulties associated with a lack of familiar support system

The article ¨Are Expatriates At Greater Risk of Developing Mental Health Problems,¨ cites a joint study carried out by Chestnut Global Partners and The Truman Group in which the following was found:

  • Three times as many expatriate as U.S.-based workers claimed that they experienced feelings of being trapped/depressed.
  • Twice as many expatriates as U.S.-based workers revealed that they experienced anxiousness or nervousness.

Those living abroad may also wish to seek therapy for anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other mental health concerns that have appeared since the move abroad, or have resurfaced following relocation.

If you are living abroad, whether in Madrid or in another location, and you believe that you might benefit from therapy, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me for more information about rates, hours and the type of therapy I offer.




Author: Melissa

Born in the rainy, green Northwestern corner of the United States, Melissa relocated to the almost-always-sunny city of Madrid, Spain five years ago. After getting her master's degree, traveling to places her friends at home drooled about, falling in love with a Spaniard, and having her heart broken by said Spaniard, it's safe to say that she's learned firsthand about the less than glamorous side of living abroad. Thankfully, she gets to use this experience, along with her professional expertise, in her work as a mental health therapist in Madrid where she helps other expats learn to deal with the inevitable ups and downs of living abroad. This blog is designed to be informative and is in no way intended to serve as a substitute for therapy.

2 thoughts on “English Speaking Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Madrid (Online Sessions Available)

  1. Melissa, this is a great service you are offering. What a wonderful idea. I have wished for this type of counseling in Nicaragua for a long time. We’ve had 3 expat friends commit suicide and I often wished there was a service like this available for them. Good luck with this and let us know how successful it is.


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