28 episodes

Welcome to "We are here, too," an insightful podcast exploring the ebbs and flows of life abroad and its profound impact on mental health. Join me, a counsellor with two decades of experience outside my homeland, Italy, and a background in counselling and psychotherapy, as I share  stories of life abroad. Whether you consider yourself a migrant, an expatriate, a foreigner, a digital nomad or a wandering soul, embark on a journey of self-discovery while gaining valuable insights into the everyday struggles faced by those who have chosen to build their lives in foreign lands. Don't forget to subscribe and share if you find it engaging. Thank you for tuning!

We are here, too - on mental health abroad Francesca Lo Verso

    • Health & Fitness

Welcome to "We are here, too," an insightful podcast exploring the ebbs and flows of life abroad and its profound impact on mental health. Join me, a counsellor with two decades of experience outside my homeland, Italy, and a background in counselling and psychotherapy, as I share  stories of life abroad. Whether you consider yourself a migrant, an expatriate, a foreigner, a digital nomad or a wandering soul, embark on a journey of self-discovery while gaining valuable insights into the everyday struggles faced by those who have chosen to build their lives in foreign lands. Don't forget to subscribe and share if you find it engaging. Thank you for tuning!

    S3E6: Loneliness abroad

    S3E6: Loneliness abroad

    Ever found yourself in a foreign land, feeling the weight of solitude pressing down on you? My journey through the highs and lows of living abroad brought me face to face with the challenges of cultural adjustments and finding a place of belonging. In our latest discussion, I share the realities of navigating loneliness and stress in a new country. With the aid of therapy and self-care, I've learned to combat these feelings and want to offer you the same sense of hope and connection I've foun...

    • 28 min
    S3E5: Some hard truths about life abroad that no one told you about

    S3E5: Some hard truths about life abroad that no one told you about

    This episode was a long one coming, and I hope it invites you to extend curiosity to those experiences that are often at the edge of our life abroad. If you want to deepen some of the topics discussed in this episode, I would recommend:Hard truth 1: S3E2: People-pleasing abroad: maintaining identity amidst cultural adaptationHard truth 2: S1E2: Unpacking culture shock and S1E12: Tapping into your powerHard truth 3: S1E8: Remember your whyLet me know what you think of this episode!-------...

    • 23 min
    S3E4: In search of home through folklore

    S3E4: In search of home through folklore

    Have you ever pondered where you truly belong? This week, I invite you on a heartfelt exploration of 'home' and belonging as we unravel how our sense of place shapes our mental landscape. We will venture through Scottish (and Northern European) folklore, where personal tales of finding comfort in the unfamiliar intertwine with the collective experiences of those who've ventured far from their birthplaces. We delve into the notion that 'home' transcends mere geography, morphing into the relati...

    • 15 min
    S3E3: The somatics of guilt abroad

    S3E3: The somatics of guilt abroad

    Edit: I've just realised I opened this episode saying, "In Season 4 Episode 1", when I actually meant "Season 1 Episode 4".--Have you ever felt the weight of guilt gnawing at you physically while living miles away from home? This episode peels back the layers to reveal how guilt triggers neural networks, stirs muscle tension, disrupts our digestive and respiratory systems, and hijacks our emotional well-being. You'll discover the science behind these physical reactions and understand why your...

    • 20 min
    S3E2: People-pleasing abroad: maintaining identity admidst cultural adaptation

    S3E2: People-pleasing abroad: maintaining identity admidst cultural adaptation

    In today's episode, I talk about people pleasing when living abroad and how it may take on the role of integrating us into the new country.Transitioning to life in a new country comes with its own emotional rollercoaster, a journey that many of us know all too well. This episode addresses the fine line between adapting and losing oneself. With heartfelt stories and practical advice, today's episode is a message of hope for those balancing the desire to please with the courage to stand fi...

    • 21 min
    S3E1: Finding the self between borders

    S3E1: Finding the self between borders

    Emerging from a long hiatus, I, Francesca, return to the microphone with a tale that resonates deep within the heart of anyone who's ever found themselves rooted in foreign soil. This episode peels back the layers of identity shaped by the lands we call home and the internal tug-of-war between assimilation and authenticity. This conversation is a gentle nudge to embrace the richness of our heritage and the unique stories it weaves into our lives. It's about finding strength in our foreig...

    • 24 min

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