WHO AM I?
am a fully qualified clinical psychologist and I work as a therapist
first left France, my home country, in 1982, to begin my ongoing
expatriate life. I have lived abroad as an expatriate for many
years, successively in Ireland, Algeria, United Kingdom, France,
Qatar, France, Myanmar, Sudan, returned to France for further
studies one year and Indonesia through to 2006.
Originally, my decision to go abroad was driven by my love of
traveling, discovering new cultures and people. In 1996, I decided
to study Psychology with the French distance learning system (CNED-IED)
which enabled me to combine expatriation with personal and
hold a DESS in Clinical Psychology, specialized in Ethnopsychiatry
(Paris 8) and abide by the “Code de Déontologie des Psychologues”.
The curriculum offered by the CNED is of excellent quality enabling
students to acquire a strong theoretical knowledge of several
approaches, including psychoanalytic, systemic,
cognitive-behavioral, pragmatical and ethnopsychiatric. A sound
framework upon which to approach different client needs.
use an integrated approach whilst respecting the client’s specific
needs and cultural background.
My experience encompasses working with expatriates both
abroad and at home in France. This included counselling mothers and
babies, children, teenagers, adults, couples and families.
Khartoum Psychiatric Hospital:
psychological assessments and diagnosis for the out-patients clinic
as well as the patients within the hospital.
I have been involved in several support networks (Parents of
Children with Learning Difficulties, Jakarta Health Net, Khartoum
Women’s Group, International Women’s Group, “Union des Français à
l’Etranger” in Jakarta);
o Médecins du Monde,
Yangon and Mhythkynia,
Myanmar : HIV-AIDS program for sex-workers and drug addicts from
1998 until 2001,
o Street Children Home in
Sudan : workshops with teenager boys in a home, 2001-2003;
o Médecins du Monde in
Indonesia : post Tsunami emergency program, briefing/debriefing
o Handicap International,
France: I am currently working with a French NGO assisting
expatriates living in critical contexts, since 2006;
I held some assessments and counselling for American
Families who adopted children in Indonesia based on my knowledge of
both the cultural context and the legal demands. International
Adoption was the topic for my final clinical dissertation for the
I hold presentations (in English and in French) of the Expatriation
Life Cycles for International Organizations.
Presentation on the Expatriation Life Cycles
for the Lyon American Club on 27th September 2007 at the
Hilton Cité Internationale, 7-9 pm.
Support groups for expatriates
will start during Fall 2007 (one group for expatriate women and
workshops for expatriate children). Contact :
for further information
Counselling is done either in French or in English to individuals,
couples or families. Distance counselling can be arranged when
appropriate. A sliding fee scale is available for students and
unemployed. Client confidentiality is assured. Therapeutic plan
mutually decided after initial meeting. Payment arrangements made on