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Top 5 Mental Health Issues Among Expats in South Korea

Top 5 mental health issues among expats in South Korea and how therapists at Integrated Counseling Services (ICS) can help:

1) Culture shock and adjustment difficulties: Adjusting to a new culture can be challenging, and expats who mostly live in the metropolis in Korea, may experience feelings of isolation, loneliness, disconnect, and anxiety.

Our counselors can provide support and guidance to help expats navigate the challenges of adjusting to a new culture. This may include coping strategies and cultural awareness education provided through individual and group counseling.

2) Language barrier: Difficulty communicating in the local language can lead to feelings of frustration and a sense of isolation.

ICS therapists are native English speakers or bilingual, so all of us can provide counseling services in English, making it easier for expats to communicate their concerns and receive support.

3) Stigma surrounding mental health: In some cultures including Korea, mental health is stigmatized, and seeking help for mental health issues may be viewed as a weakness.

We can offer a safe and confidential space for individuals to discuss their mental health concerns without fear of judgment or stigma.

4) Work-life balance: Work culture in South Korea is often characterized by long working hours and high levels of stress, which can take a toll on mental health.

We can work with individuals to develop strategies for managing stress and achieving a better work-life balance.

5) Access to mental health resources: Expats may face barriers to accessing mental health services due to language and cultural differences.

We can connect individuals with local resources and services, including hospitals, clinics, and support groups, in addition to online and in-person counseling sessions.

Overall, our US-trained and licensed psychologists and counselors at ICS can provide a range of services and support to help you address your mental health concerns and improve your overall well-being.


Hugh Kwon, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

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