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Counselor Helps Expats Adjust to Life in Houston

If you€™’ve lived in Houston any length of time, chances are you€™’ve noticed the diversity of the city €“ and that a lot of people here were born in another country. This means plenty of Houstonians are adjusting €“ not just to living in a new city, but also to living in a completely different […]

If you€™’ve lived in Houston any length of time, chances are you€™’ve noticed the diversity of the city €“ and that a lot of people here were born in another country. This means plenty of Houstonians are adjusting €“ not just to living in a new city, but also to living in a completely different country and culture. Then there€™’s the many Houstonians who move abroad to work in industries like oil and gas, and those folks might experience re-entry shock when they return home.

Either way, adjusting €“ or readjusting €“ to life in Greater Houston can be challenging. To find out just how challenging it is, Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin spoke with Dr. Eva Gortner, a psychologist who specializes in helping expats.

Edel met Dr. Gortner at her office and started by asking about her experience in dealing with these two kinds of expats on a daily basis in Houston.

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