A third culture kid (TCK) is a term coined by David Pollack that refers to children who are raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture for a significant part of their development years. Also known as global nomads or cross cultural kids they are often children of diplomats, military, missionaries, and other various expat groups.
I currently live in Bogota, Colombia with my husband and my two children. Because of my husbands career we move every few years to different countries. With these moves comes a lot of change and loss. As a clinician and a mother I have become highly interested in how this myriad of changes will impact my children and other kids as well. As adults, moving to a new country and starting over is stressful. Why shouldn’t it be for kids too? Since these transitions are inevitable it has become important to me that I minimize the stress that my children experience as much as possible.
In my research and experience, I have found that typically these kids- Third Culture Kids (TCK’s), Global Nomads, Military brat, etc.- are incredibly resilient and for the most part do extremely well. They do, however, often run into issues related to unresolved grief and anxiety. Many struggle with the idea of where is home and can feel paralyzed by the question “Where are you from?” I started TCK Services to focus on reducing stress that children experience during major transitions.
I hold a Master’s degree from Columbia University in Social Work where I specialized in clinical work with children. I have been practicing since 2006. My clinical experience is diverse and includes working with high-risk and traumatized youth, mental health disorders in adults and children, and adult inpatient psychiatric treatment. I have worked on mobile clinics following Hurricane Katrina, in FEMA parks, homeless shelters, schools and hospitals. I have specialized training in trauma.
As a clinical social worker, I am qualified and trained to provide psychotherapy. I use a strengths based approach to therapy and primarily employ cognitive behavioral techniques; however, the needs of the client will always be taken into consideration prior to determining the appropriate therapeutic modality.