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What is Culture Shock and Homesickness?

Culture Shock is a common problem among the expatriate community. Culture shock generally moves through four different phases: honeymoon, frustration, adjustment and acceptance.

The Honeymoon Stage is a positive phase, where the individual feels excited about the new country and becomes infatuated with the culture, people, food habits and language in their new environment.

The Frustration Stage is probably the most difficult of Culture Shock, where people feel a sense of rejection towards everything that has to do with their new environment. During this stage a strong feeling of homesickness may arise. Homesickness is usually associated with low mood.

The adjustment phase is characterised by a sense of adaptation. Expats feel more at ease in their new environment.  The language barrier becomes less intense at this stage as well as their ability to get by in their new surrounding.

Generally the final stage of culture shock is acceptance. However some expatriates struggle to resolve the mixed feelings they experience towards their new environment. Culture Shock & Homesickness Counselling can be a powerful resource that may help to resolve culture shock related issues.

Signs of Homesickness and Culture Shock

Individuals differ in the degree to which culture shock and homesickness affects them, but almost every expat is affected by it in one way or another. Signs and symptoms of culture shock and homesickness vary, but can include:

  • boredom
  • withdrawal
  • feeling isolated
  • sleeping a lot or tiring easily
  • irritability
  • longing to be back home
  • low mood
  • anxiety

Counselling to Help you Cope with Homesickness and Culture Shock in London

The most effective treatment for Culture Shock and Homesickness is integrative therapy, also known as integrative counselling, which is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Culture Shock & Homesickness Treatment in London is available at our clinics.

For more information about talking therapies and treatment programmes available at our Clinics in London please visit our Treatment page.

Getting Culture Shock and Homesickness Therapy in London

We offer Psychological Therapy to help you cope with Culture Shock and Homesickness treatment at our clinics in Central London.

Culture Shock & Homesickness Counselling Team

All our Therapists offer Psychological Therapy for Culture Shock & Homesickness therapy in London to Adults, Children and Teenagers. Click here to meet the Team.


Sessions with our Psychologists are by prepaid appointments only. You can find out more about our fees on our Fees Page.

Recent Blog Posts on Homesickness and Culture Shock

Recent Blog Posts on Homesickness and Culture Shock

5 Tips to Cope with Christmas Away From Home

By Dr Martina Paglia | 7 December 2018
5 Tips to Cope with Christmas Away From Home

Expats are sometimes unable to come home for Christmas. When this happens people can experience difficult feelings like a sense of emptiness, sadness and loneliness that gradually intensify as Christmas eve approaches. This blog post aims to help you beat the holiday blues when you are far from home.

The Way Out of Homesickness

By Dr Martina Paglia | 5 September 2017
The Way Out of Homesickness

Home is not a place, it’s a feeling.

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