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How therapy can help you if you are an expat in Bucharest

I work with expats in Bucharest for various problems that they may face here. If you are an expat and you finding it difficult to cope with living in a new country, it is best to seek help from a therapist. This is where I come in as an English speaking psychologist in Bucharest.
Unlike other therapists I am a professional licensed as a European therapist and I am here to help you overcome your emotional challenges you may be facing. I can provide you with counselling, support and guidance so that you can make the most of your experience living in Romania.


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If you are an expat in Romania it can be both exciting and frightening at the same time. There is this amazing side to it having the opportunity to start a fresh life in a new part of the world. You get to experience many new things in a place you soon call home. But as nice as it sounds, there are some down sides to living abroad.
For example, you might find it hard to meet new friends. This is because you are not familiar with the local customs and way of life yet. Additionally, you may also struggle to integrate in the normal life of the country. This is due to language barriers, as you discover that some people don’t speak English, as well as different values and beliefs. You might also struggle with culture shock because all of this, which might put you in need to work with a therapist.
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As a therapist I am available to help you deal with the common problems immigrants encounter:
  • Culture shock or reverse culture shock
  • Difficulty adapting to changes or cultural differences
  • Anxiety
  • (Clinical) Depression
  • Burnout
  • Difficulties stemming from low self esteem, weak boundaries
  • Your existing mental health disorder
  • Couples relationship issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma and traumatic experiences
  • Going through difficult periods in your life
  • Divorce
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue

Moving out of the home country can have a negative impact on one’s well being. There is loneliness, cultural differences, health care arrangements, job search, cost of living, finding proper schools for children, learning the language, feeling away from your family and friends, or even dealing with a new government system.
Many of the people living or working abroad feel like this at some point, expat problems being very common. Working with an English speaking psychotherapist in Bucharest (through various psychotherapy approaches available such as integrative or cognitive behavioural) can help you move through these issues.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy (regardless of the approach, be it integrative or cognitive behavioural) is a process that aims to resolve problems that interfere with our ability to fully enjoy life and interacting with other people, perform at our best at work, form satisfying relationships and achieve our goals.
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Working with a therapist in psychotherapy is effective and recommended for difficulties including depression and anxiety, low confidence and self-esteem, feelings like shame or guilt, feeling of being stuck in an unhappy place or relationship, and a tendency to experience the same problems repeatedly, particularly in relationships.
Integrative psychotherapy is a multicultural approach to the problems expats experience. This approach connects the client and the therapist beyond the limits of culture or religious beliefs. It is highly adaptable to your needs and objectives because it integrates the most efficient sides of other psychology approaches in a coherent theoretical frame.

What is talk therapy in psychology?

Talk therapy is a general term that can be used to describe any type of psychological treatment in which the therapist and client talk together to explore the client’s thoughts and feelings. The therapist may use a variety of different techniques and approaches during talk therapy, depending on the needs of the client.

What is the meaning for psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a process that involves talking with a trained mental health professional to help you understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It can be used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.
It is useful because it can also be used to help people cope with difficult events, such as relationship problems, job stress, or the death of a loved one. Psychotherapy can also be used to help people achieve personal goals, such as improving self-esteem or managing anger.

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What is a psychotherapist?

A psychotherapist is a trained mental health professional who uses his training in psychotherapy to help patients deal with their emotional problems. A psychotherapist also helps people overcome their psychological disorders like depression or anxiety, or develop their coping strategies, or self improvement.

Psychotherapy for English speakers in Bucharest

I am an English speaking therapist in Bucharest working online or in-person with expats living in Bucharest. My training is in integrative psychotherapy, which is in my opinion one of the best approaches and the most effective types of therapy there are.
During my training and practice so far, I have been working with many adults from various countries and cultural backgrounds, students who came here to study (especially medical students). My professional experience include the focus on effective techniques, the patient-psychologist relationship. If you need to see a psychologist for in-person or online sessions, counselling or coaching, I am here to help.
You can make an appointment by using the appointment tool below, by call or by sending an email.

English speaking therapy for couples in Bucharest

I offer therapy sessions for adults and couples who are struggling with stress, communication, conflict resolution, or other issues in their relationship, or trauma related. If you are in a relationship and you need to see a psychologist together with your partner, I am here to help.
The best way to overcome the difficulties from our relationships is to seek help when we need. Couselling and psychotherapy with a psychologist can support you to make the change needed to improve your relationship. You can learn ways to deal with conflict, manage your emotions, and your attachment style when you have therapy with your partner.

Do you do therapy online?

Psychotherapy and counselling can be done via Webex, Zoom, Skype, and other secure telehealth or teletherapy platforms. My personal preference is Webex. It is secure and professional for therapy with anyone who cannot come at the office. For more info please see the online therapy page.
All you need for a Webex session is to have Webex installed on your device, a microphone and webcam (recommended). A quiet room is also necessary to ensure the quality of our conversation.

The payment for the online therapy is always made in advance and the transaction document sent to me by email at [email protected]. This will confirm your appointment.

Can psychologists work internationally?

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Many psychologists or therapists do. I am working in therapy and counselling with clients who are expats living in Bucharest, or Romanians who live abroad. I am an European Licensed Psychotherapist which means that, unlike other therapists, I can practice counselling and psychotherapy within the European Union.

Is my information kept confidential?

Your information is kept in strictest professional confidence by your therapist. I may not disclose any of it to anyone, but there are some specific exceptions to this rule. In Romania, the confidentiality can be breached in these situations:

  • for protection of public health
  • to prevent an imminent danger
  • prevent a criminal act or to prevent the occurrence of such an act or to prevent the harmful consequences of such an act

Confidentiality is not considered to be breached in these situations:

  • sharing the information obtained in the psychotherapeutic relationship to a supervisor for the purpose of supervision in the best interest of the client
  • sharing with third party the information obtained during the sessions for the purposes of scientific or case presentations

In the above two cases all the personal details obtained through counselling and psychotherapy sessions, which can lead to identification of the client will be removed. If it is required from the psychotherapist to disclose information that can lead to identification of the patient, the psychotherapist will ask for written permission from the patient.

How much does psychotherapy cost?

The fee is 190RON per session and the duration of a therapy session is 50 minutes. Payment can be made in cash at the end of each therapy session in person or by bank transfer before the appointment. Check the prices for therapy / psychology sessions: couples therapy, individual therapy and personal development.

How do therapy sessions work?

I offer individual and couples therapy sessions. The first step is to contact me and schedule an appointment for a free consultation. During the consultation we will discuss your goals for therapy and decide if we are a good fit to work together. If we decide to work together, we will schedule weekly 50-minute sessions.

Client concerns I treat in therapy

My therapist training is in integrative approach and I treat a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and adjustment to major changes. I also help adults with personal growth and development by applying my knowledge and experience in psychology.

Acculturation / Cultural Integration
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I am available to help people who are living in a new culture to adjust to their new way of living. This may include dealing with homesickness, stress, adjusting to the change of culture, a new climate and people. I also help people who are struggling with their identity after moving to a new culture.
Psychology teaches us that a lot of our behaviour is learned. We are not born with a set way of behaving, but we learn it starting with our parents and other family members. We learn as we grow up what is acceptable in our culture and what is not. So, when we are exposed to a new culture, we have to learn what is considered normal behaviour all over again.
This can be a difficult process, and it is only natural to feel like a fish out of water at first. Working with me, a professional therapist in Bucharest, to help you feel more comfortable in your new surroundings. Because of my training as a therapist, I am available to support you to understand how culture shock might be impacting you. Counselling can help you find new ways of dealing with the challenges you might be facing.
Anxiety
My training and experience in psychology allows me to help patients understand and manage their anxiety through in person or online sessions. I use a combination of Integrative Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help my patients learn ways to reduce their anxiety and find more balance.
(Clinical) Depression and low mood
(Clinical) Depression could be a very difficult disorder to deal with because it can have a significant impact in someone’s functioning. Working with a therapist is extremely important to cope with the symptoms of (clinical) depression.
My services can help you understand and manage depression. I use a combination of the best and the most effective techniques to help expats reduce their depression and live their best life.
Bereavement, Grief and Loss
I help expats understand and manage their grief and reduce their suffering to feel better and accept loss. Loss is a form of trauma and it can be difficult to find ways to deal with it when you are away from home.
Relationship difficulties
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I help expats understand and manage their relationship difficulties and improve their relationships to feel more fulfilled and happy about their them, through effective therapeutic sessions.
Adjustment to major life changes
I help expats understand and manage their adjustment to changes. During counselling sessions in person or online, I use a combination of the best known techniques to help clients adjust to major life changes and live a more fulfilling life. As a therapist, in my practice I have been working with expat clients at a cognitive and emotional level to find what helps them the most to overcome their difficult situations, emotions or feelings.
Personal growth and development
My therapist training allows me to help expats understand and manage their personal growth and development. I use Integrative Psychotherapy with elements of Coaching and Psychodrama to help my clients grow and improve themselves.

Psychotherapy techniques used in therapy

Due to my training, I use a variety of different techniques and approaches during talk therapy, depending on the needs of the client. I use a wealth of techniques, some of the psychotherapy techniques I use, include:

  • Thought observation (Techniques from CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • The empty chair technique (Gestalt therapy technique)
  • Dramatizing conflict in order to better understand it, role play (Psychodrama)
  • Inner child work (Transactional Analysis)

What to expect from our sessions?


What you should expect in our sessions is that we will work together to help you understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I will also provide you with tools and resources that you can use to help you in your everyday life. We will work together to create a plan that is tailored specifically for you and your needs.
I offer a safe, confidential, professional and supportive environment in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings. I believe that everyone has the ability to grow and change, and I will work with you to help you reach your goals.
As a therapist I believe that you are the architect of your own life, I am here to support you and work with you to achieve what your objectives from therapy with a psychologist, and self-development.

Safe and confidential English speaking therapy in Bucharest

I offer safe and confidential English speaking therapy in Bucharest. I am here to help you with the difficulties you find in this new place. I offer a confidential and safe space in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings. I believe that confidentiality is key for a successful therapeutic relationship.

Sessions via Skype / Webex are available

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I offer sessions via Skype / Webex for expats who are not able to come to my office for English speaking therapy. I believe that therapy should be accessible to everyone and the internet made it easy to access psychological services if you weren’t able, for any reason, to come to the office. If you are interested in having therapy via Skype / Webex, please contact me for more information.

How many counselling sessions will I need?

Each client is unique and the work done with you can’t be compared to the work done with another client. The length of treatment can’t be estimated from the outset. The duration of therapy depends on many factors which are unique to the individual. Usually, the clients know when the therapy is over because they feel better, have different energy and perspective about life. Also, they feel that they are more confident in their own abilities to tackle challenges on their own.

How long is a psychotherapy, counselling or coaching session?

One appointment or individual sessions are 50 minutes long. Couples sessions are 70 minutes long.

What is the location of the therapy office?

Currently I work both online and in the office. My office address is: Anastasie Simu 6, in Bucharest, Romana Sq. area (Piata Romana). I am working Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00.

How much is the cost of a session?

Please find the list of prices.

What are the accepted payment methods?

The currently accepted payment methods are by bank transfer, in RON or EUR, made before the session which takes place either at the office or on Webex. Please make sure you send a copy of the transfer by email at [email protected] to ensure the confirmation of your appointment.

I am not sure if I need psychotherapy

If you are not sure if your need is to see a professional therapist who is speaking psychotherapist in Bucharest, contact me and we can talk about what is going on in your life and how therapy can help. Sometimes it is hard to know if we need help, and talking to a therapist can be a good way to figure out if therapy is right for you.
I offer a free initial consultation of approx. 15 minutes in which we can talk about this and see if seeing a therapist or going in therapy is what you need.

Can I see a psychologist just to talk?

Of course you can. Many people who feel bogged down by stress or the demands of day-to-day living come to see a psychologist for help in managing their lives more effectively. Others have more specific problems, such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties or adjustment to major life changes.
Psychologists or therapists are trained to provide you with the best tools you need to cope with your challenges. Psychologists or therapists can help you understand why you think, feel and behave the way you do. They can provide practical advice and guidance to help you solve problems, overcome obstacles and make positive changes in your life.
If you have been experiencing psychological distress, seeing a psychologist or therapist can provide relief and help you to feel better.

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